Bruschi, who is No. 31 on our list of Tucson’s Top 100 Sports Figures of the last 100 years, was a two-time consensus All-American, tied the career NCAA record for sacks (55), and went on to play in the NFL Pro Bowl and help the Patriots win three Super Bowls.
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Be careful counting out Nebraska veteran QB Adrian Martinez. He has a chip on his shoulder and the mentality of a man with nothing to lose. Perfect.
Former Missouri star Karissa Schweizer finished seventh in her Round 1 heat Friday in Tokyo, advancing to the women's 5,000-meter Olympics final.
Asked what qualifies as success, Scott Frost said he's been asked that question "100 times." One by one, his players gave much blunter answers.
As he strode onto Ray Nitschke Field Thursday morning, Kelly did so incognito: He was wearing All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari’s No. 69 jersey, which led to more than a few double takes — given that Bakhtiari is on the physically unable to perform list and isn’t expected to return to action for awhile after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last Dec. 31.
How long has the linebacker from Colorado been around? He forced a fumble in the 2016 Music City Bowl. You know, when NU won nine games.
BOISE — Boise State athletics director Jeramiah Dickey acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding potential conference realignment in an email to Bronco Athletic Association members and season ticket holders Thursday and said, “Your support will set the tone for the future of Boise State.”
GREEN BAY — Brian Gutekunst made himself crystal clear: Randall Cobb would not be a member of the Green Bay Packers had Aaron Rodgers not wanted him on the team.
A loaded notebook for your fall camp eve perusal. We start with Frost on vaccine rates and move to an interesting position battle.
METAIRIE, La. - The first snaps in the battle to replace a New Orleans Saints legend went to Taysom Hill.For the first time since the 2005 season, the Saints held a training camp practice in which Drew Brees was not the unquestioned leader of the offense. Brees retired this March, the Saints made a commitment to allowing Hill and Jameis Winston compete for the starting job, and they are making good on that promise now.Though Hill worked with the first team, and though all of Winston's full-team practice repetitions came with the second unit, coach Sean Payton said after practice that the roles would rotate so the team can get a look at how both fit within the starting offense.Here are a few observations from Day 1 of the post-Drew Brees era.The numbersTaysom Hill: 5 completions in 7 attempts during full team drillsJameis Winston: 7 completions in 8 attempts during full team drillsBehind the numbersWhile both Winston and Hill completed a high percentage of their passes (and Hill's numbers may have been better if not for what appeared to be a dropped pass by Deonte Harris), Winston clearly had the better day throwing the football.All but one of Hill's completions appeared to travel fewer than seven or eight yards past the line of scrimmage, and both of his incompletions came on his downfield attempts (though, again, Harris could have helped him on one). Three of those completions came either at or behind the line of scrimmage.Winston, meanwhile, cut it loose on several of his attempts. His zipped his first pass attempt of the day on time and in stride to former Tulane receiver Jalen McCleskey near the sideline on a deep crosser, then two pass attempts later found Juwan Johnson for a similar completion.The Saints did not run through red zone or two-minute offense drills, sticking mostly to the middle of the field, but Winston likely would've had the only touchdown between the two when Harris got behind new Saints signee Brian Poole on a play action pass.Harris had Poole beaten by several steps, allowing Winston to put a little more air under the ball to make sure he didn't overthrow the streaking Harris, who caught the ball and raced toward the end zone.Winston's lone incompletion was a short pass to rookie Kawaan Baker that was deflected by Ken Crawley.Moment of the dayWinston's final pass attempt in team drills went to Baker, who bobbled the pass before reeling it in and picking up yards after the catch. After the play, Winston tracked the rookie down and shouted words of encouragement his way.Quote of the day"Two very strong leaders, two confident men, they've both got unique styles, unique ways they go about their business and how they do things," said All-Pro left tackle Terron Armstead. "This first practice went really well, the offense had a lot of tempo, we had a lot of would-be big plays."
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints All-Pro punt returner Deonte Harris was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was issued other citations in July near his hometown of Baltimore, according to police records from Baltimore County.Harris was arrested at 1:27 a.m. on July 16 in Towson, Maryland, and was cited for negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control device instructions, and exceeding the speed limit.According to police records, Harris was driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone.The case remains open, and Harris has not yet received discipline from the NFL. The news was first reported by Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football.Typically, two-game suspensions are common for a first offense of DUI. Saints defensive back P.J. Williams was suspended two games during the 2019 season after he had an offseason arrest for the same charge in New Orleans.Williams later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.Harris, who came to New Orleans as an undrafted rookie in 2019, has played in 23 games for the Saints and has logged 53 punt returns for 545 yards and 40 kick returns for 1,080 yards.Last season, Harris missed some time due to injury, playing in just nine games. When he was out, then-rookie Marquez Callaway filled in on punt and kick returns, as did Tommylee Lewis. Callaway remains with the team, while Lewis does not.If Harris misses time, he'll be the second receiver to do so. Saints receiver Michael Thomas was placed on the physically unable to perform list earlier this week after having ankle surgery in June. He is expected to miss all of training camp and part of the season.If Harris receives a suspension, he'll be the second key player to do so.Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata will be suspended the first six games of the upcoming season without pay after he tested positive for a banned substance.
Arizona’s first 13 practices will be open to the public, part of Wildcat coach Jedd Fisch’s ongoing efforts to connect with the community.
Rodgers offered plenty of insight during a news conference in which his tone was borderline somber at times. What he didn’t do was instill much confidence his time with the Packers is going to end well or even that this season will be as super as some had hoped.
“I'm not complaining about it. I'm not poor right now. I'll be OK to get through and go and try to win a Super Bowl again,” Adams said.
Nebraska plays Illinois in less than one month. Let that sink in. As such, here's a six-pack of storylines to monitor this fall.
During a news conference in which he was even-keeled and introspective but also unvarnished and brutally honest, Rodgers confessed he came back for two reasons: He found his competitive fire still burns within him, and he wanted to be back with those in the organization he loves — his teammates, including wide receiver Davante Adams and left tackle David Bakhtiari; his coaches, led by coach Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett; and the fans.
Both saw extensive playing time for the Huskers in 2020, and the Husker OC says Falck has emerged as a leader "because of how hard he works."
The Idaho Press is counting down the 25 biggest questions facing the Boise State football team during the 2021 season. Next up is No. 4: Will Boise State’s defense create more turnovers?
Over 27 starts, Nebraska fans have seen a lot of Martinez and Martinez has seen a lot of the ups and downs. So why is he No. 1 on this list?
The Nebraska Athletic Department has provided an updated list of recommendations in the wake of the COVID-19 risk dial moving to yellow.
Freshman made all 16 of his extra-point attempts and was 13-of-14 on field goals (92.9%), leading the nation with 2.17 field goals per game last season.
Is it Jedd Lloyd? Or is it Tommy Fisch? Does anyone outside of Tucson — anyone at Oregon State or Stanford — know the difference between Arizona’s rookie head coaches?
The NFL talk, the media glare, the intensity of another season — it’s all pretty eye-opening, Husker junior TE Austin Allen says.