Matt Deem


Meet and Greet: Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis

April 5, 2011

At first glance Lewis might not look like the prototypical NFL running back, but that is nothing new to his ears. Coming out of high school, he was the 20th ranked running back in the country, with only three offers; Tulane, Miami (OH), and Pitt. Entering his freshman year at Pitt, he had big shoes to fill with LeSean McCoy leaving for the NFL draft. That hole was filled quickly when Dion started the opening game of the 2009 season with 129 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown against Youngstown State. He followed that up with 9 more games of at least 100 yards rushing including 159 yards in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina. I had an eye witness account to his best game that year in the final game of the regular season against Cincinnati where he had 47 rushes for 194 yards and (read more…)

Two Brothers Bound For Greatness

February 17, 2011

Brothers in pro sports are not incredibly rare, but twin brothers in pro sports are. Mike and Maurkice Pouncey fit into that rare category. Born on July 24th, 1989 in Ardmore, Oklahoma these two brothers have made a name for themselves in just 22 short years.

 

Mike and Maurkice played high school football in the state of Florida for Lakeland High, anchoring the line that led to three straight Florida Class 5A titles and two straight USA Today National Championships. After graduation, they took their talents to the University of Florida.

 

Both earned playing time as true freshman. Maurkice started 11 games at right guard earning freshman first team All-American and was on the All-SEC freshman team. Mike started out playing on the offensive line but was moved to the defensive line where he started 4 games, finishing with 8 tackles and 1 interception, the interception (read more…)

2008 NFL Draft Review

February 4, 2011

Miami Dolphins

It’s commonly said that analysts should wait three years before making a decision on how an NFL Draft prospect has progressed. So that’s exactly what we decided to do. The 2008 NFL Draft produced some serious star power, but also had it’s share of busts and disappointments. What’s interesting is taking a look at the teams that picked in the first half of the draft that have turned things around and are now picking at the end of the first round. Here’s a look back at the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

 

1. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins selected Offensive Tackle Jake Long with the first overall pick, and when we look back the Dolphins made a great choice. Long was selected to the pro bowl his first two seasons. Jake has already proven to be an All-Pro left tackle in the NFL in just three short (read more…)