It’s official: Bengals bringing back one of their first-round picks

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 12:58 PM


            The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota in 2016. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES
The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota in 2016. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

The Cincinnati Bengals made it official today: they’re bringing back offensive lineman Andre Smith.

Smith, an unrestricted free agent, played last year in Minnesota after spending his first seven seasons with the Bengals. A 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard/tackle, Smith played in 69 games with 68 starts over this last five seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals made the playoffs in each of those seasons.

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Last season Smith started the first four games for the Vikings at right tackle, but suffered a season-ending triceps injury in Week 4.

“We are excited to have Andre back in Cincinnati,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a talented player we know and respect. He will bolster our offensive team.”

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“I’ll play where the team needs me,” Smith said. “I have faith that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Smith was a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2009 out of Alabama. In 2008 he won the Outland Trophy as college football’s top offensive or defensive lineman.

WATCH: SEC Shorts delivers hilarious video on LSU fans struggling through work after blowout loss

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 11:48 PM

It’s not easy being an LSU fan right now.

The Tigers were on the losing end of a 37-7 blowout at the hands of Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday night.  And for many LSU supporters, that probably made it pretty tough to roll back into work on Monday morning.

By Wednesday evening, SEC Shorts had nailed that feeling with another hilarious video.

This time, the SEC Shorts crew attempted to recreate Tigers fans rolling back into work this week and attempting to make it through small talk on how the game went.

Check it out:

As usual, SEC Shorts nailed it!

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Cardinals hammer three home runs in rout of Reds

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 11:34 PM


            CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds throws to first after getting a force out at second base ahead of the sliding Stephen Piscotty #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning of a game at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cardinals won 9-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds throws to first after getting a force out at second base ahead of the sliding Stephen Piscotty #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning of a game at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cardinals won 9-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Mike Matheny enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals’ best all-around game in a while so much, he wouldn’t mind seeing a replay.

“I’ll go rewatch it,” Matheny said after the 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. “Good starting pitching, clean defense, clean bullpen, timely hitting, got momentum early. I’m really looking forward to (Thursday).”

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Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also homered as St. Louis gained ground in their National League playoff push.

Tommy Pham finished with two doubles, a single and two RBIs and Yadier Molina added a two-run double as the third-place Cardinals (79-72) gained a game on first-place Chicago and second-place Milwaukee in the Central Division and on Colorado in the wild-card race.

Rookie right-hander Luke Weaver retired 10 straight batters in one stretch on the way to his seventh straight winning start, the major leagues’ longest active streak.

According to post-game notes provided by the Reds, Weaver is the first Cardinals starting pitcher to have seven consecutive wins in a season since Matt Morris in 2001 and the first St. Louis rookie to do so since Ted Walks in 1944.

The 24-year-old rookie allowed five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings. He credited his curveball with helping make up for an inconsistent changeup.

“I haven’t had a chance to assess the outing,” he said. “I had more curveballs in the mix. It was nice to be able to throw them in different counts.”

Weaver’s curve also impressed Matheny.

“It worked better than it’s worked in other starts” Matheny said. “He made pitches on both sides of the plate when he needed to.

“He threw the ball really well,” Matheny added. “The fastball was coming out of his hand as good as I’ve seen. He had late life, and he got some big strikeouts when he needed them.”.

Weaver (7-1) has fanned seven or more batters in each of his last seven starts.

Weaver was savoring his contributions to the Cardinals’ playoff push.

“it’s awesome,” he said. “There’s lot of good nerves building up. These games, you get a little more amped up. There are a lot of meaningful games. You try not to put too much pressure on yourself.”

Relievers Zach Duke, Seung Hwan Oh, Sandy Alcantara and Sam Tuivailala teamed up to retire the 12 of the final 13 Reds batters.

Carpenter led off the game with his 21st homer. Fowler followed Pham’s RBI double in the third with a two-run shot into the right field seats. It was his career-high 18th homer of the season. DeJong added his team-high 24th, the Cardinals’ second set of back-to-back homers in two nights.

The Reds broke up Weaver’s shutout bid with a two-run fifth. Patrick Kivlehan’s drove in Jose Peraza from first with a double and scored on Jesse Winker’s single.

“I got a little out of synch,” he said. “I threw some average pitches and they put some good swings on them.”

Rookie Davis (1-3) gave up all three homers and five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings.

Grant on recruiting trail in Alabama

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:29 PM

Anthony Grant speaks at a press conference at UD Arena on April 1, 2017, in Dayton. David Jablonski/Staff
Staff Writer
Anthony Grant speaks at a press conference at UD Arena on April 1, 2017, in Dayton. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant traveled to Alabama on Wednesday to visit a top-100 recruit.

Kira Lewis, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Hazel Green High School in Hazel Green, Ala., ranks 82nd in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports.com. He’s the 15th-ranked point guard in the nation and the third-ranked player overall in Alabama.

Hazel Green is in northern Alabama, 16 miles north of Huntsville. Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee have visited Lewis recently, according to BamaMixtape.com, a scouting service for Alabama high school and junior colleges.

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LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama are among the numerous other schools to offer Lewis a scholarship. UD offered him a scholarship on June 1.

Grant has plenty of experience recruiting in Alabama. He coached at the University of Alabama from 2009-15 and also coached in the Southeastern Conference under Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006.

Dayton will have at least three scholarships open in 2019, losing John Crosby, Josh Cunningham and Xeyrius Williams after the 2018-19 season. That number could change depending on what happens with Sam Miller, the suspended junior forward.

Cozart, Reds two homers away from six 25 HR players

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Cincinnati.
AP Photo/John Minchillo
Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Cincinnati.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

With Zack Cozart’s and Scooter Gennett’s homers on Tuesday night, the Reds are approaching a baseball benchmark reached only one other time in MLB history.

If Cozart hits two more home runs, Cincinnati would be the second team ever to have six players with 25 or more homers.