Was Hue Jackson overruled in the Browns’ draft room?

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

One NFL reporter seemed to indicate Hue Jackson may not have as much power as he’d like in the Browns’ decision making.

Mike Silver, an NFL Network analyst and University of California graduate (where Jackson attended), suggested the head coach didn’t get his preferred quarterback last April.


Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller chimed in, saying Jackson wanted Mitchell Trubisky, who flashed in his first start of the season with Chicago on Monday night.


The latches are coming unhinged due to Jackson’s decision to bench second-round rookie DeShone Kizer. Kizer has massively struggled in the NFL and was replaced by Kevin Hogan at halftime on Sunday.

Even if Jackson wanted Trubisky, it’s hard to see how he could’ve gotten him. The team was locked into Myles Garrett at No. 1. Trubisky went with the next pick. While the team had the 12th pick, it would’ve costed a bounty to jump up to No. 2. Plus, the 49ers – who traded the second pick to Chicago – wanted Soloman Thomas, who they could’ve have taken at No. 12.

It’s too early to call Kizer a bust, and even if he didn’t want him, it’s Jackson’s job to develop him. But if what is being reported is true, the larger issues lie in the upper ranks of the front office.

Impact of assistant Josh Gattis leaving Penn State; four Nittany Lions begin Senior Bowl practice

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

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Another void to fill

Assistant coach Josh Gattis decided that the opportunity to join the reigning national champion was better than sticking with a team that is going to reload and try to win one.

So Gattis moves to Alabama, where he joins Nick Saban’s staff, replacing Mike Locksley, who was elevated to offensive coordinator after Brian Daboll moved to the Buffalo Bills. Got it?

Now James Franklin loses one of his chief recruiters and has to fill another spot on his ever-changing staff.  Gattis left his impact on the Penn State program and as Mike Gross of LancasterOnline noted over the weekend, didn’t leave the cupboard bare in Happy Valley either.

Senior week

DaeSean Hamilton, fresh off an appearance in the East West Shrine Game on Saturday was added to the North roster for the Senior Bowl, which will be played this Saturday, according to Andrew Callahan of Lions 247.

Hamilton joins former Penn State teammates, safety Marcus Allen, cornerback Christian Campbell and tight end Mike Gesicki. Each practice session from the Senior Bowl will air live on NFL Network at 1 p.m. ET daily. The game will air on NFL Network at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

From the start

Will any of Penn State’s early signees make an immediate impact? Chances are, if healthy, you’ll see Micah Parsons hit the field right away, and if he does, he would not be the first true freshman to make an impact during James Franklin’s tenure at Penn State.

Land Of 10’s Tyler Donohue looks at five freshman who have made an early impact under Franklin. The names should be pretty familiar. Two, Connor McGovern and Lamont Wade, have yet to show their full potential, but should get plenty of opportunity this season.

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Recapping Iowa

Victory Bell Rings has been reviewing the performances of Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley during the offseason.

In Collin Wieder’s latest piece, he reviews McSorley’s heroic performance against Iowa, on the road, arguably McSorley’s key moment of the 2017 season, until his performance in the Fiesta Bowl.

Headed to Minnesota

Penn State will have minimal representation in Super Bowl LI in two weeks in Minnesota, but it will be one of the Nittany Lions’ all-time greats doing the representing.

Eagles offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski will be the lone former Nittany Lion in the game. The New England Patriots do not have a Penn State player on their roster.

Wisniewski has started 12 games for the Eagles this season and was a four-year letter winner during his time at Penn State.

Dropping two

The Penn State men’s hockey team dropped a critical road series to Michigan over the weekend, losing 4-0 on Friday night and falling short 3-2 on Saturday.

Michigan wasted little time jumping on the Nittany Lions in Saturday’s tilt, scoring 26 seconds into the game, writes Josh Moyer of the Centre Daily Times.

The loss dropped Penn State to 13-10-3 overall.

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CB Braxton Clark commits to Nebraska; the Huskers winter ‘war zone’

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

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Braxton Clark commits

Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class just keeps on growing and it got a little bigger last weekend. Braxton Clark, a 3-star cornerback, committed to the Huskers on Sunday evening.

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A winter ‘war zone’

Strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval’s winter conditioning can be considered a “war zone” for how demanding it is. But if you ask coach Scott Frost’s former UCF players, they say it’s absolutely worth it.

Coming home

Former Omaha (Neb.) North quarterback Zach Martin is coming home. He is set to be a graduate assistant on Frost’s staff helping with tight ends.

First-year QB starters

How have former Nebraska quarterbacks fared in their first seasons as the full-time starter? A look back shows a mixed bag of results.

Bigger than himself

Nebraska kicker Drew Brown opted to wear No. 27 in the East-West Shrine Game over his usual No. 34. In doing so, he showed that he plays for more than just himself. He also plays for his friend and teammate Sam Foltz.

An interesting road

Casey Rogers’ path to Nebraska was an interesting one. It even included a meeting with Alabama coach Nick Saban that ultimately served as motivation.

What’s being said on Twitter 

Miss anything on Twitter over the weekend? Here’s a quick list of the more notable tweets in the past 48-plus hours:

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Iowa’s biggest recruiting needs; Cole Croston 1 win from Super Bowl title

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

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Last man standing

Three former Iowa players started the weekend with a chance at taking home a Super Bowl championship ring. There is one left after championship weekend.

  • New England and offensive lineman Cole Croston beat Jacksonville 24-20 in the AFC Championship.
  • Minnesota and tackle Riley Reiff and defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson lost 38-7 to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship.

Iowa’s position paper

The Hawkeyes are down to their final scholarships in the Class of 2018. What positions make sense to use them on? There are three. Land of 10 explains which ones make the most sense here.

Taken down

Iowa wrestling beat Oklahoma State a week ago. The Hawkeyes couldn’t keep their winning ways going against Ohio State. There were some highlights, like Spencer Lee beating No. 1 Nathan Tomasello, but not enough to top the Buckeyes.

Third time isn’t the charm

The Iowa women’s basketball team lost its third straight Big Ten game, falling 77-72 to Minnesota on Sunday. Here is the Cedar Rapids Gazette recap of a game the Hawkeyes really needed to win. The loss dropped Iowa (15-5) to below .500 in league play (3-4).

A trip down memory lane

David Schwartz of HawkeyeNation.com wraps up the big Chris Street remembrance weekend for Iowa men’s basketball by recalling how he found out about Street dying in 1993. Like for so many Iowans, Schwartz remembers the day vividly. Here is his story.

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Michigan gets 3-star CB Vincent Gray; Ed Warinner reportedly Titans candidate despite accepting Michigan job

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

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Michigan gets 3-star CB Vincent Gray

The Wolverines made an official offer to 3-star cornerback Vincent Gray in December, and two weeks later, he de-committed from Missouri. Gray received offers from Oregon, Duke and Cal throughout January but ultimately opted for the Wolverines.

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Ed Warinner reportedly candidate for Titans staff despite accepting Michigan job

On Saturday, Football Scoop reported that Ed Warinner had joined the Michigan coaching staff. On Sunday, Football Scoop reported that the former member of Ohio State and Minnesota’s coaching staff is a candidate to join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff.

Breaking down each position group on Michigan’s roster

Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press breaks down the entire Wolverines’ roster, one position group at a time. Baumgardner argues that the offensive line group is still the biggest mystery on the team.

4-star DL Tyler Friday picks Ohio State

Four-star defensive lineman Tyler Friday, a longtime Michigan target from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, made a verbal commitment to Ohio State on Friday afternoon. Friday had been one of Michigan’s top defensive line targets for the class of 2018 for more than two years.

Glen Rice passes Michigan scoring torch to Katelynn Flaherty

Land of 10’s Kevin Goheen recaps the passing of the torch from Glen Rice, the former leading scorer in Michigan basketball history, to Katelynn Flaherty, the new all-time leading scorer in Michigan basketball history.

Michigan women’s tennis tops Kentucky 6-1


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