Evan Davis Jr


CJ Gable – The Best Kept Secret

April 25, 2011

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How strong do you have to be to be a RB in FBS? How tough must you be to attend a school that produced Heisman trophy award winners, OJ Simpson and Marcus Allen? If that wasn’t enough, how determined do you have to be to overcome an early injury, mid–career coaching change and sanctions that will prevent you from playing in possibly 2 bowl games?

 

Tough as nails, stubborn as an ox and as skilled as CJ Gable.

 

Gable sat with me after working out with his old team. Instead of wallowing in his own distraught from the lack of media recognition, or stewing in the uncertainty with the NFL labor talks, Gable continues to go to work. He continues to practice with his former team as they prepare for their Spring game.

 

“I’m training everyday”, he explained after both a field and weight (read more…)

The Well Educated Richard Sherman

April 19, 2011

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Richard Sherman is well educated. More educated than what his Stanford education or childhood in Compton, California would suggest. More educated than one would have to be to excel at two different positions on both sides of the ball. Even more educated than what his own articulation and diction would lead you to believe. He is educated in the rollercoaster ride of the game of football. Throughout his high school and college career, Sherman has learned how to win, lose, and become a better athlete, student and person. The evolution, growth and maturation that this young man has experienced are remarkable.

 

If with trials and tribulations come the opportunity for growth and learning, Sherman is standing much taller than his own athletic 6’3” height would suggest. The Stanford Cardinals went a dismal 1-11 in his freshman year, the most losses in school history. They were (read more…)

Nate Bussey – Mr. Versatility

April 19, 2011

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Gone are the days of the single-faceted player. The evolution of this great game of football has gone from slow and bruising, to quick and dynamic. Offensive linemen have abs and DEs can keep up with RBs. A pocket passer must know how to ”buy time”, runners have to “make somebody miss” and receivers have to “lay out”. To excel in this league means to add to this evolution by bringing yet another facet to the position and game.

 

Each year the Pro Bowl is decorated with athletes that kept highlight reels running and the competition sweating. Being unstoppable, unblockable or unguardable means to have at easy dispose, a litter of moves, skills and techniques, which the opposition has no answer for.

 

Versatility will keep a player on top. It will keep his name on an NFL jersey. It will keep pens writing and (read more…)

Chykie Brown does it Big at Texas Pro Day

March 31, 2011

AUSTIN, TX, MARCH 29, 2011 – When it comes to the NFL, speed is what makes coaches & owners salivate. Clocking a forty time of 4.45 at the recent NFL Combine, former Texas Longhorn CB Chykie Brown elected to have a “do over” in today’s Texas Pro Day to improve his time. Clocking times of 4.37 & 4.35 it’s safe to suffice that Chykie made the best and MORE of his “do over.” He proved he has speed to burn in his last showing in burnt orange. Additionally, Chykie was fluid and consistent on his position drills.

 

Chykie Brown was a 3-year starter for the Texas Longhorns and helped lead the team to the BCS Championship Game vs. No. 1 Alabama in 2010. He appeared in 47 career games, starting 29 and tallied a total of 106 tackles (71 solo), two INTs. 24 pass break-ups, four sacks, nine TFL (read more…)

Ronald Johnson – New & Improved

March 29, 2011

One can’t open a magazine, skim a website or watch the daily news, and not hear of another celebrity having to “re-invent him/herself”. This usually comes after a movie that bombs, an album that does the same, or even upon release from rehab. Stars have to almost go through a “re-birth”; urging the public to forget what it already knows and accept a new direction.

 

Being in LA, it’s commonplace for actors, singers, talk show hosts being forced to do this, but rarely does an athlete have to. Such is the case in USC’s WR, Ronald Johnson. He went from being a highly recruited high school All-American to virtually forgotten in just 4 years. Yet, he has battled and fought through frustrations and injuries, to being a player that everyone must watch for come USC’s Pro Day and NFL Draft in April. Rojo is in the midst of re-inventing (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ronald Johnson

March 11, 2011

Ronald Johnson

 

Position: WR School: USC Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 199 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 4th Round

 

Summary

Ronald Johnson makes plays. He is a tremendous athlete, yet raw enough in some areas to develop. His quickness and elusiveness are 2 of his many qualities, as he always found himself behind defenders and found open field. His offense relied on him for big plays and he always came through. As tough as he is speedy, he has no problem going over the middle and absorbing hits. The return game is where his value rises. As a punt returner he is dangerous; oftentimes being one block away from 6 points. He explodes through holes and easily finds open space. Upper body strength and route running are both areas of where he must improve, as he has (read more…)

Martez Wilson – Standing Tall and Strong

March 3, 2011

One of the many overused sports-related catch phrases that are haphazardly thrown around is “mental toughness”. It’s used when an athlete needs a little something more to overcome adversities; when his/her body breaks down, the weather is unbearable or circumstances may point to defeat, “mental toughness” is employed to rise above these hardships. Most times, coddled and protected collegiate football players never get to experience hard times, so their mental toughness is never developed. When they are then thrown into a playoff game in a snowstorm, with a sore knee and asked to lead a 4th quarter comeback and fail, there are then called “mentally weak”.

 

Are they really? How can we grade someone on a test that we didn’t prepare them for?

 

Enter Martez Wilson. He stands tall not because he’s a lean 6’4″ 250lbs., but because he overcame a crippling injury, 2 surgeries, media assassination (read more…)

Senior Bowl Game Notes

January 30, 2011

After a long week of practicing, interviewing and tailgating, the actual game came upon us. I predicted a North win, as they had a much better defense throughout the week of practices, with the South’s QBs proving ineffective. So with a whole lotta southern sunshine and down south cooking, two planes flew over Ladd-Peebles Stadium and we finally had kickoff.

 

GAMEDAY SCRATCHES

 

Stephean Paea, DL, Oregon State – Knee injury Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian – Hamstring injury Gabe Carimi, OL, Wisconsin – Ankle injury Ahmad Black, DB, Florida – Illness Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma – Undisclosed injury

 

BIGGEST WINNERS

*Leonard Hankerson showed his versatility everywhere; offensive MVP with 5 catches for 100 yards and 1 TD and also covered punts and kickoffs. *Von Miller may be the best pure athlete here and should not stay long on the board. *Danny Watkins was very effective and looked (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 5

January 28, 2011

College football’s Friday practices are entirely “walked-through”, in shorts and tees. As there was nothing to do but sit in this ‘Bama sun, here’s my list of Surprises and Disappointments from both teams.

 

 

Surprises

 

Honorable Mention

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Hankerson made a believer out of all by week’s end. His reliable hands and precise routes made him a favorite target of the QBs. And just when you thought that all he could do was go deep, he impressively beat double teams and found open spaces in zone today. Add in great focus and you have a real winner.

 

5.Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M What an athlete. A perfect mix of speed and strength; very effective pass rushing moves too. Excellent, quick feet gave linemen a lot of trouble on the line. Looked very good in space as well. Very active (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 4

January 27, 2011

Today’s practices were in helmets and shorts, so not a lot of work being done; so minimal scouting was done, as well.

 

 

NORTH

 

QB Ricky Stanzi continues to underimpress. His ball is still floating on the intermediate routes, causing his receivers to wait for it.

 

QB Colin Kaepernick is still having accuracy issues in the 2 minute offense drill. Big wind up had DBs breaking on him quickly and making plays.

 

FB Owen Marecic is able to use his quick feet to get into 5 and 6 holes on dives…very impressive.

 

RBs – Da’Rel Scott doesn’t look too comfortable in pass routes and catching the ball. May be his stiff footwork being highlighted in another area. Needs to be more aggressive on the draw.

 

Roy Helu Jr. had an awesome day. He showcased what you need to in helmets and shorts – (read more…)

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