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Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 3:31 PM
— Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer had a solid, if unspectacular, start against the Steelers. He completed 20 of 30 throws for 222 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Kizer did show some of the “it” factor the Browns have search for since 1999. The Browns looked like a competitive football team with him leading the charge, and that has people interested. Here are the reactions to Kizer’s first NFL action:
“This young man gives us hope. He gives you an opportunity to make plays.” — Hue Jackson on @DKizer_14— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 11, 2017
Browns might really have something in DeShone Kizer.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 10, 2017
If you're a Browns fan and you aren't feeling good about DeShone Kizer...You're insane. This has been beyond impressive.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) September 10, 2017
#Browns DeShone Kizer looked most ready of all big 4 rookie QBs early in preseason & we've seen that continue every step of the way so far.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 11, 2017
#Browns DeShone Kizer was sacked 7 times. The fastest sack for PIT, however, was just 3.8 seconds. That doesn't really scream O-Line issue.— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) September 11, 2017
Silver lining: the Browns look like an actually viable NFL team and DeShone Kizer looks like "the guy"— Damon Kecman (@DownWithDamon) September 10, 2017
Ben Roethlisberger wearing the Findlay T-Shirt today and talked about DeShone Kizer after the game: pic.twitter.com/G596rBe9bI— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) September 10, 2017
DeShone Kizer's final line: 20-30, 222 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 17 rushing yards, 1 rush TD. Solid first impression.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) September 10, 2017
Hue on DeShone Kizer: "This guy has the right feel, he understands things, he sees it. We speak the same kind of language that way."— Patrick Maks (@maksimuspatrick) September 11, 2017
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
Maryland football has hired Matt Canada as its new offensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday night. Canada will also serve as quarterbacks coach.
AL.com’s Matt Zenitz reported Monday that Maryland was expected to hire Canada, and ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported earlier Tuesday that the hire was official.
Head coach DJ Durkin also announced that associate head coach and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty had been promoted to co-offensive coordinator.
For Maryland, Canada would be a high-profile hire at a program that just lost its previous offensive coordinator to a high-profile job. Walt Bell left the Terps after two seasons to join Willie Taggart’s staff at Florida State, leaving behind only potential after a 2017 season that saw Maryland forced to start a walk-on at quarterback by the end of the campaign.
Canada was looking for a new home after spending one season as offensive coordinator at LSU. He and the program parted ways after LSU’s bowl loss to Notre Dame, reportedly due to disagreements between Canada and head coach Ed Orgeron.
Maryland returns rising junior Tyrrell Pigrome and rising sophomore Kasim Hill at quarterback, in addition to former UNC transfer Caleb Henderson, a senior. Pigrome tore his ACL in Week 1 of 2017, while Hill tore his ACL in Week 4. Henderson did not see much playing time after suffering a foot injury the previous spring.
Maryland returns starting senior tackles Damian Prince and Derwin Gray for 2018 and Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison lead a deep backfield. Maryland’s biggest loss on offense is receiver D.J. Moore, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season.
This would be Canada’s third Big Ten team. He was a student assistant at Indiana, where he later returned as a quarterbacks coach in 2004, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois in 2011, then held the same title at Wisconsin in 2012, at NC State from 2013-15 and at Pitt in 2016.
Canada’s offense is notable for its focus on presnap motion, and he was regarded as one of the best up-and-coming offensive minds in college football upon his hiring at LSU. For a detailed breakdown of Canada’s creative offense, go here.
Maryland’s offense ranked 113 in S&P+ in 2017, while LSU’s was 42nd.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-11, 1-7 Big Ten) and rival Wisconsin Badgers (10-10, 3-4) face off for the only time this Big Ten season at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The series between the border foes began in 1909 and Wisconsin leads 83-80. The Hawkeyes won last year’s meeting 59-57 in Madison to end a six-game losing streak.
Six of the last nine games between the teams have been decided by five points or less. Iowa has not beaten the Badgers in Iowa City since 2013.
7:27 p.m. (2H, 8:51) — Iowa forward Tyler Cook limped to the locker room with an apparent ankle sprain. Iowa leads 64-46. During a media timeout with 7:57 left, Cook returned to the Iowa bench. He then went back to the training room.
7:22 p.m. (2H, 10:17) — This is by far Iowa’s best game this season. The Badgers have hit just 2 3-point shots and Iowa has played enough defense to keep Wisconsin from scoring in the interior.
7:11 p.m. (2H, 15:28) — The Hawkeyes are cruising with a 47-32 lead against the Badgers. Tyler Cook has 12 points so far for Iowa.
6:44 p.m. (Halftime) — Hawkeyes lead 37-28 after an Isaiah Moss 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and bucket right before the half. Moss has nine points. Iowa has a halftime lead on a Big Ten opponent for the first time this season.
6:17 p.m. (1H, 10:38) — Fans stood and cheered as Iowa left the court following another media timeout. The Hawkeyes lead 21-9 and are outplaying the Badgers on offense and defense. The Hawkeyes are shooting 8 of 17, while the Badgers are just 4 of 19.
6:08 p.m. (1H, 16:18) — Iowa has brought energy to both sides of the floor. Wisconsin has missed all nine shots and the Hawkeyes have a 9-0 lead after a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer. The Badgers call timeout.
5:50 p.m. — Welcome to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for tonight’s Iowa-Wisconsin game. Not playing for Iowa: Connor McCaffery, Ryan Kriener, Brady Ellingson. Starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook, Nicholas Baer, Luka Garza. Wisconsin starters: Brevin Pritzl, Khalil Iverson, Ethan Happ, Brad Davidson, Nathan Reuvers.
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ESPN2 will air the Iowa-Purdue game. Dave Flemming will call the action, Dan Dakich provides analysis and Molly McGrath patrols the sidelines.
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
You can listen on Sirius 81/XM channel 81. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Wisconsin, Matt LePay and Mike Lucas call the action. In Wisconsin, 1310 AM and 101.5 FM (WIBA-Madison) are the flagship affiliates, while Badgers also air in Milwaukee on WOKY (920 AM) and WRIT (95.7 FM). Click here for other Wisconsin radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 3, 2017
My how much has changed since last March when Iowa rallied for the game’s final seven points and upset the Badgers 59-57 in Madison. Guard Jordan Bohannon drilled a 3-pointer for the win with just seconds remaining.
Both teams are struggling this year. The Badgers are 10-10 and 3-4 in Big Ten action. The Hawkeyes are in a rough shape at 10-11 overall and 1-7 in Big Ten action. Neither team appears in postseason contention. The Badgers rank 127 in RPI and Iowa is 144.
But each team has skilled players at different positions. Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ in the only player in the Big Ten to post top-10 numbers in points (16.7, sixth), rebounds (8.5, fourth) and assists (3.7, 10th). No other major conference player averages at least 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game.
“He’s a guy who can beat you in a variety of ways,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told Hawkeye Report’s Tom Kakert and other reporters Monday in his teleconference. “He’s basically like a guard who plays center. He has 74 assists this year and there aren’t many centers that have that. He goes off the dribble too and he can block shots and gets on the offensive glass as well. He shoots very well from the floor and impacts in the game in so many ways.”
Iowa counters with sophomore power forward Tyler Cook (14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds). Freshman post Luka Garza (10.9 points, 6.3 rebounds) scored 19 points against Purdue and 19 against Illinois.
The teams are struggling in opposite areas. Wisconsin ranks last in the Big Ten and 298th nationally in scoring offense at 68.4 points per game. Iowa is the Big Ten’s worst in scoring defense and ranks 279th nationally at 76.9 per game.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
USA Today’s Dan Wolken wrote a piece breaking down the most prominent story lines we’ll be talking about next college football season. At the top of the list: Clemson-Alabama Part 4, which Wolken thinks is “probably” looming.
A snippet from his story:
We’ll see how long it takes before people grow tired of this, but you should go ahead and mentally prepare yourself for another Playoff meeting. Barring some unexpected major development, the preseason polls for 2018 are likely to show Alabama at No. 1 and Clemson at No. 2, which reflects not only their recent consistency but the actual roster quality as well.
With Clemson unexpectedly returning Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant on their defensive line — any or all of the three viably could have left for the NFL draft — the Tigers’ defense should be just as good or better than last season. The offense got exposed a bit by Alabama in the Playoff, but there’s certainly a possibility stud recruit Trevor Lawrence will surpass Kelly Bryant at quarterback. If Lawrence performs as advertised — he’s basically the highest-rated quarterback recruit ever out of the state of Georgia — that could change everything, quickly. Either way, Clemson’s schedule is extremely favorable, and I’d say the odds are better than 50/50 that the Tigers are 12-0 going into the ACC championship game.
Alabama actually might have a few more roster questions than Clemson, especially with its entire secondary departing. But it’s Alabama, and the performances by freshmen such as Tagovailoa, running back Najee Harris and receiver DeVonta Smith in the championship game could foreshadow the next generation of Crimson Tide stars. They’ll be fine.
Clemson fans would welcome a fourth consecutive shot at the College Football Playoff, even if it meant facing a tough enemy in Alabama. The season just ended, but given the bitter note the Tigers’ season ended on, 2018 can’t come soon enough.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts have been updated prior to the Senior Bowl. You can find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.
Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings