Hue Jackson brags on DeShone Kizer despite Browns’ loss

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer passes against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland.
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Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer passes against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Hue Jackson has shuffled quarterback DeShone Kizer in and out of the lineup. He initially thought the benching was beneficial, and Sunday’s performance may be some form of validation.

The Browns lost to the Vikings in London, with Kizer throwing for just 179 yards and completing 52.9 percent of his passes. He didn’t have a touchdown or interception.

But Jackson maintains he’s seeing improvement.

"Today was a better version of DeShone,'' Jackson said. "He made some throws, made some plays with his legs, made some decisions. I'm sure there's a couple plays he'd like to have back, like any quarterback would, but I thought this was improvement from where we've been to where we're trying to go, so I was very happy about that.''

The Browns did have their first halftime lead of the season at 13-12. Kizer had a solid first half, completing 8 of 12 passes for 101 yards. And again, no interceptions. That in itself is encouraging for a player who’s been plagued by them.

Oklahoma’s first 2018 opponent loses key player in offseason

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:14 AM

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When the Oklahoma Sooners host Lane Kiffin and the FAU Owls, they’ll have the benefit of not playing against the offensive MVP of the Boca Raton bowl and the architect of the Owls’ 11-3 season.

Jason Driskel has announced that he is moving on from football after his graduation, and will not utilize the rest of his eligibility.

Driskel’s retirement opens the door for former Oklahoma quarterback Chris Robison to start for the Owls in 2018. In 2017, Robison was dismissed from the Oklahoma team by Lincoln Riley for a violation of team rules.

He’s got himself into a few social media spats with current Sooners over the 2018 opener as well.

Robison was enrolled early in January of 2017, but didn’t make it to the regular season. He was a highly sought after four-star recruit out of Mesquite, Texas.

Driskel threw for 2,247 yards and completed 61.1 percent of his passes in 2017. He also threw 15 touchdowns to just four interceptions on the season. He did not record a snap in FAU’s first two games, losses to Navy and Wisconsin. Driskel only lost a single game as the starting quarterback in 2017.

Robison sat out a year due to NCAA transfer rules and has yet to record a single official snap in college.

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Kansas State teases throwback threads for Big 12 showdown with TCU

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

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Kansas State will soon be laced in lavender.

On Saturday as part of a purple-on-purple showdown in which Kansas State will host No. 24 TCU, the Wildcats will provide the modern era with a blast from the past.

That has nothing to do with the actual game, either, but rather, the throwback threads the Wildcats will don when the Horned Frogs arrive at Bramlage Coliseum.

Simply put, these are amazing.

Fresh off of an 87-69 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma on Tuesday, Kansas State is up to 13-5 on the season and seeking back-to-back ranked wins. On Saturday, the Wildcats can accomplish that feat, and do so in style with some of the cleanest uniform combinations in college basketball.

Kansas State and TCU is set for tip-off at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 20. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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Amazon releases list of possibilities for new headquarters, and Twitter busts out recruiting jokes

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:02 AM

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Now we know what happens when business news collides with college recruiting.

On Thursday, Seattle-based Amazon released an updated list of 20 metro areas that are possibilities to become the home of the company’s second headquarters. You can see the full list of 20 here, but something funny happened after the news broke: many Twitter users responded with recruiting jokes.

You can understand why. Releasing a top 10 or top 20 list on Twitter is nothing new to prospects who are part of modern-day recruiting. There’s little that separates a college coach attempting to woo a blue-chip prospect and what leaders within various metro areas are doing to try to lure Amazon. (Yes, gaining the second Amazon headquarters would be a game-changer for the fortunate city that is chosen.)

We’ve decided to collect a few creative recruiting-related tweets that surfaced Thursday morning. (For fun, here’s a list of the college programs that are local to the 20 finalists, courtesy of The Spun.)

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. includes 7 SEC players in first mock for 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:01 AM

The SEC is accustomed to dominating the first round of the NFL Draft, and 2018 may be no different with a variety of talented options for the top end of the annual NFL selection process.

On Thursday, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. released his first mock draft for the new draft season. He surprised some by featuring Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen as the No. 1 overall selection, ahead of consensus top quarterback prospects Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Sam Darnold (USC).

The top SEC projection was Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who Kiper has going at No. 6 overall to the New York Jets.

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Fitzpatrick was one of four Alabama players projected by Kiper to go in the first round. In total, he projected seven SEC players to be selected on the first day of the draft, which will take place on April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Here’s a look at where he projected each SEC player to land:

6. New York Jets: Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back, Alabama

8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, wide receiver, Alabama

10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, defensive tackle, Alabama

23. Los Angeles Rams: Carlton Davis, defensive back, Auburn

26. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Kirk, wide receiver, Texas A&M

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, linebacker, Alabama

While each of these has merit, Kirk’s projection to the Falcons seems of particular interest of fans who are offensive-minded. Can you imagine the former Aggies star lining up in the slot aside all-world wideout Julio Jones to catch passes from Matt Ryan? That’s quite a vision.

Given that we’re still more than three months away from the NFL Draft, expect Kiper and other NFL Draft experts to change their minds a couple dozens times as things like the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and Pro Days impact their opinions on prospects.