SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the post-NRL Grand Final edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch…. * Congratulations to rugby league star and ex-Touchie Benji Marshall who, with his team the Wests Tigers took out the 2005 NRL Premiership over the weekend! * The players and officials heading to the All Nations tournament in New Zealand later this month spent the long-weekend at a training camp in Sydney. In preparation for the tournament, the teams did various fitness and skills programs run by their coaches. * As the 2005 Vawdon Cup progresses, the fight for the Boland and Smith medals is heating up! Both medals are decided with players allocated points for each round. NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell has revealed there are seven Men’s players who can still win the Boland medal and five players in the Women’s division are still eligible to win the Smith medal. Winners will be revealed on December 2nd. Stay tuned! * Information for the 2005 NSW State Cup is now available from the NSWTA website. The tournament will run from December 2-4 at the Hibbards Reserve in Port Macquarie. * Sydney Scorpions have announced the commencement of the Junior Development Days Program on Sunday December 16. It will take place at Jones Park, Westmead from 3pm-5pm. The program is open to all junior players (boys and girls) from ages 12-17. For more information please see www.nswtouch.com.au * QSST All Schools Championships are being held this week from October 7-9 at the Whites Hill Touch complex. Divisions will be 19 years Boys and Girls, 15 years Boy and Girls and 13 years Mixed. A massive 198 teams will contest the title! * Online registration for the QTA 2005 Queensland State Cup is now available on their website. The tournament will run from December 2-3 at Quad Park, Kawana Waters. For those needing accommodation at the tournament, special deals are also available on the website. * ACT Touch are running a Junior Referees course on Wednesday October 12. For more information contact Gabe Hodges on 6285 4977. * There’s exciting news for Touch in WA. Their 2005 Be Active State Touch Championships which aired earlier this year, will be aired on Access 31 TV at 10.30pm on Sunday October 9th and 1pm on Friday October 14th. * Media and Merchandise Manager Rachel Moyle will not be in the office this week as she prepares for her wedding this Saturday to Duncan Grant. All at TFA wish Rach and Duncs all the best for their special day! By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

National Referee Squad

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who have been rewarded for their performances, and will now strive to represent at the event in New Zealand in January. David BaggioSandra Clark Adam FoleyDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieMick MedlinRichard O’ConnorAnthony SmithKeith SteelGavin WestThese referees will commence their program with a National Referees Squad camp on September 11 -13.last_img

Legends recognised

first_imgBy BEN HARRISTouch Football Australia (TFA) recognised six legends of the sport at the Australian Touch World Cup jersey presentation dinner on Monday evening.Bill Ker and Lou Tompkins received life memberships to TFA, while Adam Foley, Giselle Martin, Greg Young and Tony Trad became the latest members of the TFA Hall of Fame.Each person has put countless hours and devotion into the sport they love.Lou Tompkins has been an integral member of the referee arm.He has been on the Federation of International Touch referees’ panel since the 1995 Touch World Cup and was TFA national director of referees from January 2005 to January 2010.“It makes me very humble to join the list of people who have received life membership before me. They are people I respect greatly, contribute greatly to the sport and I feel very humble with that,” Tompkins said.“At the same time, I’m also very proud. I’m proud because this is a recognition not just of my effort, but the recognition of the efforts of every volunteer.”Bill Ker’s involvement in touch football has been extensive.From starting out as the vice-president of Gold Coast Touch in their inaugural year (1976) to climbing to the top of the Australian Touch Association as their chief executive before settling in as the secretary-general of the Federation of International Touch.Ker was one of the three men who initiated the National Touch League concept.“I am humbled and excited to receive this from an organisation that I have grown to love. Just like the sport,” Ker said about his life membership.Former world No.1 referee Adam Foley was the 27th person inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame.Foley has 70 international caps next to his name for the whistle-blowers including 34 World Cup appearances.Giselle Martin has been a key member of Australian touch since making her debut for the green and golds in 1993.She has 34 international caps next to her name, as well as representing NSW from 1995 to 2014.Her record in the National Touch League has seen her play in six finals for the Sydney Mets, winning three of them.“I’m honoured and humbled to be next to some legends of the sport,” Martin said.Greg Young will add to his international caps this week at the Touch World Cup but he was taken aback when he was named in the Hall of Fame.He was involved in Australia’s inaugural touch football team in 1985 with cap No.5.“I’ve been in touch since 1977. It has been a long journey but it has been fantastic. I have made heaps of friends along the way. It has bettered my life in many ways,” Young said.Incumbent Australia men’s open coach Tony Trad has mentored many of Australia’s greatest touch players.He has been heavily involved in Australia’s international campaigns since 1999 and has 70 caps.Apart from his induction, Trad was surprised when he spotted his wife and children in the crowd.“When did you get up here? I just spoke to you on the phone,” he said to his wife Trish, and children Jacob and Olivia.“This game has been wonderful to me and I owe it everything and it owes me nothing. I have been blessed.”Related LinksWorld Cuplast_img read more

10 months ago​Sheffield Wednesday up for sale

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Sheffield Wednesday up for saleby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri says he is putting the Championship club up for sale, reports BBC Sport.The Thai businessman, who bought the Owls in 2015, told a fans’ forum he would put the club on the market.The Owls are currently 18th in the Championship, with fans unhappy with manager Jos Luhukay, and were under a transfer embargo which ended in August.”I will put this club on the market. I believe many people want to buy,” Chansiri told the forum.The last available financial figures show the Owls lost more than £20m in 2016-17, an increase of £15m on the previous year.”The EFL changed the regulations at the end of last season. We didn’t just break (FFP rules) a little, we broke them a lot – eight figures,” he added to the forum.”We have problems with FFP, so it is hard, but we will try our best.”I am not looking to next season, I am looking now to solve FFP and how we can make this season as good as we can.”If we can solve those problems now, then next season can be better.” last_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utd

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers concedes he could lose James Maddison to Manchester United in January.Since his arrival in the Premier League, the England U21 international has continued to impress, with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land the playmaker. Rodgers, who became manager of the 2015-16 Premier League champions in February this year, conceded that keeping hold of his £70m-rated star man may prove difficult. He said: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. “There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Mata full of praise for Wan-Bissaka: I’ve never seen any player like him

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Mata full of praise for Wan-Bissaka: I’ve never seen any player like himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is full of praise for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The defender has made an instant impact since joining from Crystal Palace in the summer.Mata told The Times: “He’s very, very good in defensive duties, very good in tackling.“I’ve never seen any player like him, he’s unbelievable.“Even in training you think you’re past him and then he comes and takes the ball straight. He has very long legs! I can only see him improving.“Like Anthony, he’s a shy, reserved guy but confident on the pitch.” last_img

18 days agoReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burst

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burstby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde was proud of his performance in victory over Granada.Valverde won great praise from coach Zinedine Zidane for his display.And the youngster stated: “I’m going to offer my thing, I’m an all round midfielder.”I have the fitness to press and whenever I can I’m going to do so, until I burst legs…” “This is the beginning, nothing more,” Valverde added. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

3 days agoJoao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Joao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoao Cancelo believes he can win the Champions League with Manchester City. Cancelo joined City from Juventus in the summer and, after a settling-in period at the Etihad, he is set for a fourth successive start tonight against Atalanta.”I’ve been aiming to win this competition since I was a child,” Cancelo said. “I came here because it’s my type of football. Man City is one of the teams that can win the Champions League.”Cancelo has previous experience of Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, having faced them with Juve in Serie A.”I believe we are both strong teams, all the teams in the Champions League are strong teams and I believe it will be a lively, interesting match,” he said.”I hope we will get the three points because if we get up to nine points it will put us in a secure position in the group.” last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Debuted An Infographic Commemorating Every Win Of The Urban Meyer Era

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Over the past three seasons under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has an impressive Big Ten regular season record of 24-0 and an overall record of 38-3. The Buckeyes were banned from the post-season in 2012 and lost the Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl to finish 12-2 in 2013. They finally struck gold on their third try by finishing 14-1 and winning this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier tonight, the program put out an infographic recognizing all 38 victories of the Meyer era. It might take some time to adjust your eyes to it, but it’s definitely well-executed.Braxton Miller. J.T. Barrett. Carlos Hyde. Ryan Shazier. Bradley Roby. Devin Smith. There’s a lot of talent on that thing, and enough returning in Columbus to guarantee a lot more wins in 2015.last_img read more

Breaking: ESPN Shutting Down Grantland Effective Immediately

first_imgESPN promotion for Grantland Sports.Grantland/ESPNUpdate 2: Simmons has weighed in on the situation. He called the treatment of his former colleagues “simply appalling.”I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015Update: According to James Andrew Miller, all of Grantland’s writers will have their contracts honored. Furthermore, the network “intends” to use the sports writers on other platforms.All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015 espn grantland shut downGrantland/ESPNEarlier: ESPN sports and pop-culture blog Grantland, which was founded back in 2011 by former employee Bill Simmons, is being shut down by the network. Simmons parted ways with ESPN back in May, and Chris Connelly had been in charge since.The Worldwide Leader announced the news Friday via the following statement:Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.  We are grateful to those who made it so.  Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.  Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.Reaction has been pouring in from many in the industry. ESPN’s handling of @Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 30, 2015Writing seemed to be on the wall the past few weeks, but still a major bummer nonetheless https://t.co/d9qJlNpTbK— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 30, 2015.@Grantland33 gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That’s great.— HALLRAISER (@edsbs) October 30, 2015The decision to end @Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at @espn— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015I have read Grantland every day since launch. There is going to be an real hole in my life with it gone. I’m so sorry for everyone involved.— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) October 30, 2015More as we learn it.last_img read more

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more

‘Morata wrong for Atleti & shouldn’t have left Real’

first_imgAlvaro Morata would be wrong to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, according to former midfielder Bernd Schuster.Striker Morata is, as revealed by Goal, expected to depart Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes after the Premier League club brought in Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed this week that Morata informed the club last month that he wanted to leave, just 18 months on from his £60 million ($78m) arrival from Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Atletico have been tipped to sign the Spain international, but Schuster, twice a Copa del Rey winner in three years at the club, thinks such a move would be unwise.Indeed, the former Madrid player and head coach thinks Morata should have stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’m surprised by Morata’s arrival at Atleti,” he told Onda Cero. “I don’t know if they’re the team for him. I think Morata was wrong to leave Madrid. He didn’t have patience.”Schuster was speaking after Madrid beat Girona 4-2 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, fighting back from 1-0 down thanks to goals from Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema and two from Sergio Ramos.Marcelo Real Madrid 2018-19Marcelo, whose future has been the subject of recent speculation, set up Ramos to score Madrid’s crucial third goal after having failed to track Antony Lozano for Girona’s seventh-minute opener.Schuster accused Marcelo this week of getting “fat easily” when he does not play, but he praised the Brazil international’s impact.”Bringing in Marcelo was very positive, although he is still not at 100 per cent, which showed in Girona’s first goal,” he said. “But you have to put him in. He has to play. He’s an indisputable first-choice.”However, Schuster is in no doubt that Madrid are suffering from the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus in a €112m (£97m/$127m) deal last year.”What they miss at Madrid is a player who gets 45-50 goals,” he added.last_img read more

Watch: Iowa Football Sings Fight Song On Field After Defeating Rutgers

first_imgIowa football walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes get set to walk on the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa football defeated Rutgers Saturday and did a victory chant afterwards to celebrate the win.Iowa football managed to hold on for a 14-7 win against Rutgers, putting the Hawkeyes at 3-1 on the season and undefeated in conference play.It wasn’t pretty, but after an upset loss at the hands of North Dakota State last weekend, a win was exactly what Iowa needed.Watch the team sing the fight song after the contest on the field:VICTORY! #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/7lwlRprDuG— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 24, 2016C.J. Beathard threw for 162 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-23 passing, while running back Akrum Wadley rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries (7 yards per carry) and a touchdown.Iowa committed no turnovers, and that appears to have been the difference. Rutgers RB Andre Patton fumbled at the beginning of the fourth quarter, giving the Hawkeyes great field position and setting up Wadley’s eventual 26-yard touchdown run. Wadley’s touchdown scamper ended up being the game-winning score.The Hawkeyes take on the Northwestern Wildcats at home next Saturday at noon E.T.last_img read more

Arsenal target Claude-Maurice hoping for Gladbach move

first_imgLorient winger Alexis Claude-Maurice has revealed he wants to join Borussia Monchengladbach, despite interest from the Premier League.The 21-year-old Frenchman has reportedly been the subject of a bid from Arsenal while West Ham are also understood to have had an offer turned down earlier in June.However, despite that interest, Claude-Maurice is keen on a move to the Bundesliga with Monchengladbach his ideal club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Claude-Maurice hopes to seal a move away from Lorient this summer and told L’Equipe: “Now I feel like it’s time to leave, to join a club that is playing at a higher level.”I want to join Monchengladbach. It is a club that relies on young people, there is a good structure, the team will play in the Europa League. This project pleases me and suits me.”Arsenal are keen to strengthen having missed out on the Champions League after May’s Europa League final defeat by Chelsea and one area of priority is the wide positions.With some reports suggesting manager Unai Emery only has £45 million (€50m) to spend during this transfer window, he may now look elsewhere with Claude-Maurice’s valuation close to €20m (£17.83m).The north London club have also been heavily linked with Lille forward Nicolas Pepe though reportedly face fierce competition from Bayern Munich and Liverpool.Claude-Maurice, meanwhile, scored 14 goals last season and was named in the Ligue 2 Team of the Season. Despite his scoring feats, however, Lorient missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 and the youngster is now ready to take the next step of his career.West Ham are also admirers and have enjoyed their own success in the French market after landing centre-back Issa Diop from Toulouse in 2018. The 22-year-old went on to enjoy a stellar campaign at London Stadium and has been linked with Manchester United as the Old Trafford club plot a mass rebuild.Having come through the ranks at Stade du Moustoir, Claude-Maurice has represented France at Under-20 level.Should the player seal his dream move, he would join young compatriots Mickael Cuisance and Mamadou Doucoure at the German club while Alassane Plea also signed from Nice 12 months ago.last_img read more

Chemnitzer sack captain for association with neo-Nazi group

first_imgChemnitzer FC of the German third division have sacked club captain Daniel Frahn for displaying his support for neo-Nazi groups.The 32-year-old had missed Saturday’s game against Hallescher FC after picking up an injury and subsequently watched the match alongside members of Chemnitzer’s far-right fanbase, Kaotic Chemnitz, who are known for their neo-Nazi affiliation.The city of Chemnitz itself has had various problems with far-right violence, with riots in 2018 leaving several injured. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In a bid to distance themselves from any involvement with the aforementioned movements, the club have parted ways with Frahn and via a statement on their website said they ‘will continue to act consistently against any anti-constitutional ideas and their sympathisers’.Romy Polster, deputy chair of Chemnitzer FC’s shareholder meeting also added: “The shareholders of Chemnitzer FC strongly condemn the incidents on the sidelines of the third division match between Chemnitzer FC at Halleschen FC.“With horror we have to recognise that our former team captain Daniel Frahn has turned out to be a great sympathiser of the right-wing and inhumane group ‘Kaotic Chemnitz’ and thus caused great damage to the club. There is zero tolerance for this behaviour.”Frahn had previously been involved in an incident last March when he held up a t-shirt in tribute for a far-right activist. At the time, Frahn had claimed he did not fully understand the significance and message associated with such a t-shirt, although Polster stated on Monday he believed this to be a ‘farce’.“There is zero tolerance for this behaviour,” he said. “We now know for certain that it was the wrong decision to continue to trust him after his innocent protestations following those actions.“His remorse back then was a farce. He could not and did not want to take responsibility as a player and team captain in the football club.”Frahn has played for a variety of clubs in the lower reaches of German football, including RB Leipzig, who he guided towards two promotions during a five-year spell with the club.As for Chemnitzer, they have picked up just one point from their opening four matches and are second bottom of the 3.Liga.last_img read more

5-Star Penn State Freshman Micah Parsons Is Excited About Recent Developments

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2018 recruiting cycle got off to a slow start for the Penn State Nittany Lions, who held the No. 41 recruiting class in the country just two weeks ago. However, James Franklin and the Penn State coaching staff have led an epic turnaround in just 14 days.In fact, just over the weekend Penn State landed five recruits, pushing the team up to No. 14 in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings.The Nittany Lions landed commitments from the No. 1 and No. 2 players from the state of Virginia in linebacker Brandon Smith and running back Devyn Ford.A recent Penn State addition was loving the recruiting action. Former No. 5 overall recruit from the 2018 class Micah Parsons is hyped up for the incoming class.Oh yes this 2019 class !!! My lil brothers is coming hungry ! don’t sleep on Psu the sanctions is over and titles are coming!! #weare ?— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_Parsons11) May 21, 2018Penn State also added the No. 1 JuCo safety, Jaquan Brisker, along with 4-star safety Tyler Rudolph and 4-star athlete Marquis Wilson.James Franklin has often been called one of the best recruiters in the country, which he showed masterfully at Vanderbilt before bringing that success to Happy Valley.Penn State owns the No. 3 recruiting class in the Big Ten, and likely isn’t done yet. Get excited Nittany Lions fans!last_img read more

Video: Kyler Murray Just Had The Best TD Run Of The Season

first_imgKyler Murray runs for a long touchdown against Texas.FOXTexas football looked to have today’s Red River Showdown in hand, but Kyler Murray isn’t laying down just yet.Down 45-31, the Heisman candidate just broke one of the most impressive quarterback runs you’ll ever see.On first-and-10 from his own 33, Murray split two Longhorn pass rushers that were coming down on him, found a seam, picked up a first down, and then got an angle up the sideline and burned past the rest of the defense for a touchdown.The 67-yard Kyler Murray touchdown run cut the Texas lead to 45-38 late in the fourth quarter.Here’s video. You’re going to want to see this one a few times.Kyler Murray ???????Sooners cut the Texas lead to 7 pic.twitter.com/7j061LlHlv— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 6, 2018The Sooners defense just got a big stop, so Murray will have a chance to tie the game with just under four minutes left in the game.Murray has been very good through the air, completing 17-of-24 for 272 yards and four touchdowns, along with an interception.His speed is absolutely devastating in the open field, though. Murray leads all rushers with 92 yards on 11 carries. Oklahoma is driving deep into Texas territory after a few big plays, and look to tie this one up.last_img read more

Dan Mullen Gives Injury Update On QB Feleipe Franks

first_imgFlorida head coach Dan Mullen runs onto the field.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators looks on during warm ups prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered a lower leg injury on Saturday against Kentucky. If you watched the game, it was pretty easy to tell it was a severe injury.Nearing the end of the third quarter with his team trailing 21-10, Franks scrambled on 4th-and-1 to try and pick up a first down. He didn’t make the line to gain though.The Florida QB absorbed a hit from behind before getting hit from the front. The hit resulted in Franks’ leg getting caught underneath a Kentucky defender. He was in obvious pain following the play. Even before the game was over, speculation grew surrounding the severity of the injury.Florida coach Dan Mullen updated Franks’ status during his Monday press conference. Franks suffered a dislocated ankle. Surgery next Monday, six months recovery — Mullen— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) September 16, 2019Certainly a disappointing update for Franks and the Gators. As previously reported, the six-month recovery puts Franks out for the season. But all is not lost for Florida.Backup quarterback Kyle Trask was instrumental in the Gators’ comeback win over Kentucky. Trask completed 9-of-13 passes for 126 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21 (extra point gave the Gators a one point lead).Trask is a redshirt junior. He came to Florida as a low three-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. He’s expected to make his first career start this upcoming Saturday against Tennessee.last_img read more