Duke QB Daniel Jones shares football mentor with Eli Manning – Giants.com


MOBILE, Ala. — The Manning family carries a lot of weight in football. The Cutcliffe name does the same in the Manning household. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, who is participating in this week’s Senior Bowl, has a reverence for both.  

Before taking over as head coach of the Blue Devils in 2008, David Cutcliffe helped mentor Eli and Peyton Manning, two former SEC Players of the Year who went on to be drafted No. 1 overall in their respective classes. With Eli, he was the Ole Miss head coach. With Peyton, he was the assistant head coach and ran the offense at Tennessee. So it wasn’t uncommon for Cutcliffe to pull up the brothers’ tape and show it to Jones during his tenure at Duke, where he threw 52 touchdowns and ran for 17 more in 36 career games.

“We watch a lot of film on those guys, a lot of technique stuff,” Jones said. “The offense has changed a little bit since his days with Peyton and Eli, but we will occasionally watch an Ole Miss clip or something for our install. But a lot of technique, you watch those guys, particularly Peyton, you think about Peyton’s fakes or something like that. It’s something we’ll watch a good bit.”

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Jones is ranked No. 24 in Daniel Jeremiah’s top prospects list on NFL.com. He is the third quarterback behind Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Missouri’s Drew Lock, who is also in Mobile this week for the combine. Jones capped his collegiate career with a record-setting bowl performance. He threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns, both Independence Bowl records. So was Duke’s point total in a 56-27 victory over Temple. It was Cutliffe’s first Independence Bowl victory since Eli led Ole Miss to a win over Nebraska as a junior in 2002.

“I think what he expects his quarterbacks to do, the responsibility that he puts on his quarterbacks to manage the offense, I think he’s been very helpful to me in understanding the game,” Jones said, “and kind of managing the game and playing the position and kind of what the quarterback is expected to do in all aspects of the game.”

The Jones-Manning connection goes beyond their distinguished former coach. Jones, like so many of the top college quarterbacks, was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. He also saw Eli when the two-time Super Bowl MVP would annually gather his Giants receivers for offseason workouts at Duke.

“I got to interact with them a little bit,” Jones said. “I got to sit in on one of Eli’s meetings and kind of just talked to him walking through the building. Peyton was down there also this past year.”

Jones added: “Being around those guys, watching Eli work out and lead those workouts and meetings and that type of thing is really cool also. So just those relationships and over the years being able to watch those guys is special.”

Jones, a three-year letterman at Charlotte (N.C.) Latin High School who helped his team to two state championship game appearances, originally committed to Princeton after his junior year. Then Cutcliffe and Duke came calling, and Jones couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play at his “dream school.” Now he is in position to join the NFL and feels prepared after playing in a pro-style system.

Jeremiah wrote the following in his scouting report: “Jones has outstanding size for the position (6-5, 220). He is always under control and throws from a firm platform. As a passer, he relies more on touch than power. He throws with anticipation underneath and puts plenty of loft on deep balls, dropping them in the bucket. He’s more accurate than his stats would suggest (career completion percentage of 59.9); Jones suffered from a lot of dropped passes at Duke. He’s very athletic on designed QB runs, but lacks urgency to consistently escape when pressured. He has shown the ability to read the full field, but was forced to hold the ball at times because his weapons failed to separate. He showed his toughness by playing through injuries this past fall. Overall, Jones lacks elite arm strength, but he has a nice blend of size, toughness and football smarts.”

Of course, there is the possibility that Jones could follow in Eli’s footsteps with the Giants, who hold the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Eli admitted near the end of the season that “when you get to year 15, these things come up.” He was referring to the uncertainty of his future with the organization. Jones would relish the opportunity to learn from him in an NFL setting.

“I think that would be a huge opportunity for me to learn from one of the best quarterbacks to ever do it,” Jones said. “I think he’s obviously proven how great he is, and over the course (of his career) he’s achieved a whole lot. So to be able to learn from him and observe his daily routine, his practice habits, his preparation in kind of all areas of the game would be I think a huge opportunity for my growth and development.”

Whoever comes next – and whenever it happens – will always be compared to Eli. Jones knows all about the Manning shadow.

“I always saw it just that it was cool to know and kind of have perspective on what Peyton or Eli was like when they were a freshman in college or something like when Coach Cut said, ‘Peyton would have done this,’” Jones said. “I think that’s just kind of cool to me and was kind of always a challenge to see if Coach Cut can compare you to Peyton in a positive light. Hearing from their experiences through Coach Cut was always cool for me.”

Being a quarterback in the NFL, however, is more than just making the throws. It is equal parts tangibles and intangibles.

“I’ve never been a real rah-rah guy or someone who’s going to take that approach to it,” Jones said. “Maybe that makes me more of a lead-by-example guy, but I try to come from a place of service and humility and prove to your teammates that you’re willing to do what needs to be done for them first, put them first. I think proving to your teammates that you’re committed to the team and that you’re willing to do whatever it takes, the preparation, that’s the most important thing to you. … Once you do that and your teammates trust you and trust that you care about them I think most of the time you will be respected. And I think that’s the most effective way to lead.”



West Orange football coach Bob Head arrested on domestic violence charge – Orlando Sentinel


West Orange High School head football coach Bob Head was arrested Monday, accused of striking his wife in the head with a decorative object during an argument.

According to a warrant affidavit, a Winter Garden police sergeant arrived at the couple’s home on Turningwind Lane just before 1 a.m. Sunday to find Head’s wife lying on her stomach, bleeding.

She told police she and Head had gone out to dinner with friend to celebrate her birthday, then returned home and resumed an argument they had been having earlier, which turned physical.

During the fight, she said she threw a plastic plate at Head, then began to walk away when she was struck in the back of the head, according to the affidavit. She wasn’t able to clearly recall the period between being hit and police arriving, the affidavit said.

The police sergeant identified a decorative window frame as the weapon used by Head. It was described in the affidavit as a wooden frame with wrought iron decorative elements.

According to the affidavit, the object — in particular the sharp, iron element — was bloodied and the metal was bent inward. The bedroom was also “torn apart,” wrote the sergeant, who reported a broken bed post, broken vases and a broken candlestick.

According to the affidavit, his wife did not want to press charges against Head and refused to fill out a sworn statement.

Head was gone from the home by the time police arrived, the affidavit said. He was booked into the Orange County Jail about 4:30 a.m. Monday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was being held without bail Tuesday morning.

Head, 44, has been West Orange’s head football coach since 2013. He previously was the head coach at Olympia High School. He has a 98-57 overall record and has gone 48-20 in six seasons at West Orange, including a 7-4 playoff season in 2018.

A spokeswoman for Orange County Public Schools said Tuesday afternoon that Head self-reported his arrest to the district and was facing administrative leave “pending the outcome of” a court appearance.

Sentinel staff writers Stephen Ruiz and Buddy Collings contributed to this report.



Florida State Football Issues Apology For MLK Day Tweet – The Spun


Florida State’s football program has taken to Twitter to issue an apology for their controversial Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tweet.

The Seminoles’ official recruiting account posted a message for MLK Day with a photoshopped image of the icon in FSU gear.

Many took issue with the photoshopped image, saying it was tone-deaf and insensitive.

Florida State ended up deleting the tweet:

florida state tweet about mlk day

Florida State’s football program has since taken to Twitter to issue an apology for the tweet.

“In a well-intentioned effort to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day, a member of our recruiting staff created a graphic using one of Dr. King’s quotes – ‘If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.’ The quote resonated with our program’s Do Something mantra.”

“However, in our attempt to more closely connect the message to FSU, we foolishly posted a graphic that was not in line with our intent. We are sorry for missing the mark in our attempt to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.”

You can view the full statement below:

Several college football programs have tweeted graphics in response to today’s holiday, but Florida State’s tweet clearly missed the mark.



College Football Fans Are All Saying The Same Thing About NFL Overtime – The Spun


The NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams have gone to overtime.

The Saints and the Rams are tied, 23-23, as we head into the overtime period. Both Los Angeles and New Orleans made field goals in the final minutes to send the game into the extra period.

The NFL’s overtime rules are as follows:

  • 15 minute quarters until the game is over
  • Both teams will get a chance to possess the ball unless a touchdown is scored on the first possession

Of course, college football fans are all saying the same thing about the NFL’s overtime rules:

“College football overtime is better.”

It’s hard to argue with that standpoint, too. If the Saints score a touchdown on this opening possession, the overtime will be over before the Rams’ offense gets a chance to possess it. Letting something so important come down to a coin toss feels wrong.

No overtime rules are perfect, but you would think the NFL could improve on its OT rules, especially when college football has a better system.

Alas, the Rams and the Saints are playing on FOX.

The AFC Championship Game will follow on CBS at 6:40 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.



Breaking: Georgia football coach Kirby Smart names Charlton Warren DB coach – DawgNation


ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart has named former Florida secondary coach Charlton Warren as the Bulldogs’ defensive backs coach after crossing paths with him earlier this week.

“Charlton is from Atlanta and has a wide range of experience coaching defensive football at several universities and conferences around the country,” Smart said in a UGA release issued Saturday.  

“His entire coaching career has been on the defensive side of the ball and especially defensive backs,” Smart said. “He has developed an outstanding record and reputation in the coaching profession and he’ll bring great knowledge and energy to our staff.” 

Warren is also considered a top recruiter. Warren was previously competing with Georgia for the services of Kaiir Elam, the 2019 class’ No. 7 cornerback.

Elam is believed to have narrowed his choices to the Bulldogs and the Gator. Elam was in Athens on Saturday on his official visit.

Georgia has gone more than six weeks without a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.

Mel Tucker had previously held both roles before accepting the Colorado head coaching job on Dec. 5.

RELATED: Colorado tabs Georgia veteran DC Mel Tucker new head coach

Smart has yet to name a defensive coordinator.

Warren’s hire would seem to make it more likely the position could be filled from within.

Linebackers coaches Dan Lanning and Glenn Schumann have each been considered strong candidates, and there’s also the possibility of a co-coordinator role.

Warren played his college football at Air Force and helped lead the Falcons to consecutive 10-win seasons in 1997 and 1998. His coaching stops also include Nebraska and North Carolina.

Florida hired Warren after the Tennessee staff dissolved following the 2017 firing of Butch Jones.

The Gators defense made considerable improvement with Warren on board last season.

Florida went from being tied for 81s in the nation in takeways (17) to tied for 11h (26).

The Gators’ pass efficiency defense also picked up, ranking 17th in the nation, while the scoring defense improved to 20th (20 points per game)

Warren’s fit at Georgia was such that premature reports surfaced that he interviewed for the job last weekend, when LSU secondary coach Cory Raymond was in discussions with the Bulldogs.

Sources with direct knowledge of the hiring process in the Georgia and Florida athletic departments said there was no interview involving Warren and the Bulldogs last weekend.

RELATED: Kirby Smart did not have weekend talks with Charlton Warren

Georgia also replaced its offensive coordinator this offseason, adding playcaller duties to James Coley’s role after Jim Chaney made a lateral move to become Tennessee’s offensive coordinator.

Coley was previously the co-offensive coordinator, and he coached the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks last season while Chaney coached the tight ends.

Smart hired Todd Hartley off Mark Richt’s previous Miami staff to coach the Georgia tight ends.

 

 

 



Torrey Green, ex-Utah State Aggies football, guilty rape charges – ESPN


BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — A jury Friday found a former Utah State University football player guilty of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college.

The jury convicted 25-year-old Torrey Green of five counts of rape, one charge of object rape, a count of forcible sexual abuse and one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News reported.

The jury deliberated for about 16 hours over two days, the newspapers reported.

Former Utah State player Torrey Green testifies during his rape trial in Brigham City, Utah. He was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting six women while in college. Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP

Green broke down in tears as the verdict was read. He was accused of sexually assaulting the women when he was a student from 2013 to 2015.

Green was waived by the Atlanta Falcons during training camp in 2016, when the team learned of the allegations against the undrafted free agent.

“We don’t want anybody connected to the organization who has those kinds of accusations around them,” team owner Arthur Blank said at the time.

Deputy Cache County Attorney Spencer Walsh says the jury’s verdict shows the women were believed.

“There were convictions for all six of these survivors,” Walsh said after the verdicts were read. “We’re very happy about that.”

Walsh said during closing arguments Thursday that it’s impossible that six women who don’t know one another other could come forward with similar accounts of alleged sexual assault by Green.

Green’s attorney Skye Lazaro countered that Green had consensual sex with four of the women, and that two occurrences never happened. Lazaro told the jury that “hooking up” with women and having one-night stands isn’t illegal.

The trial lasted nearly two weeks. Sentencing is scheduled for March 27.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.