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Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 22, 2011

Casey Hayward (2011)

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Stanford loses SS Howell for at least one game

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 20, 2011

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The Stanford defense took a big shot today when a school spokesman announced that starting strong safety Delano Howell would not be playing during the Cardinal’s Saturday game against the Washington Huskies.

 

Through the first six games of the 2011 season, Howell has been a big playmaker in the defensive backfield for Stanford. Arguably the strongest link in the Cardinal secondary, the senior safety has racked up 25 tackles and four defended passes this season.

 

Howell, who’s dealing with a hand injury, will be replaced by sophomore Devon Carrington. So far this season, Carrington has tallied 19 total tackles and one defended pass while seeing action in a backup role. He has played in all six games this season and will get his first start against Washington.

 

As of right now, Howell is week-to-week and could miss more than just the Washington game (read more…)

Week 6: Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on October 18, 2011

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Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ‘Quick Bits’, I am able to watch almost every snap of every game and give you a lightning (blitz) war (krieg) to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

The Steelers vs. the Jaguars started off like it was going to be a butt-kicking, but ended up a close game.  The Jaguars defense slowed down the Steelers in the second half, but MJD was the key cog for the offense.  Jones-Drew had 24 touches for 104 total yards and almost willed the Jags back into the game.  Early on the Steelers were very effective blending the run and passing games. Rashard Mendenhall looked to be healthy and he had over 100 yards on the ground in the first 19 minutes (read more…)

UDFA Jake Ballard Exceeding Expectations in NY

Written by JMPasq on October 17, 2011

Jake Ballard

The New York Giants’ offseason was filled with negative headline after negative headline: from numerous injuries, to Osi Umenyorias contract, to key FA losses. None seemed to leave a bigger hole at a position than the departure of Kevin Boss to Oakland.

 

Most Giants fans, including myself, looked to free agency, then the waiver wire for Boss’s replacement to arrive, but no one ever came. Instead, the Giants front office and coaches kept their faith in 2010 undrafted free agent Jake Ballard. I myself had given Ballard a 7th round grade: I thought he could stick as a blocking third TE because of his 6’6″ 280-pound frame. While I had a higher grade than most, I never expected him to be starting in the NFL, let alone contributing in this manner.

 

Through six game games, Ballard has 15 catches for 273 yards and 2 Touchdowns. On the (read more…)

Week 5: Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on October 11, 2011

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Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ‘Quick Bits’, I am able to watch almost every snap of every game and give you a lightning ‘blitz’ war ‘krieg’ to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

Momentum is very important and when this game started the Titans were on the way up and when the game finished, it was the Steelers that had found their way.  Chris Johnson ran well early, but the Steelers ended up locking him down after the second series.  CJ250 finished with 51 yards on the ground and a TD. Matt Hasselbeck did all he could dinking and dunking down the field.  Hasselbeck threw 49 times and completed 29 of them for 262 yards and threw a TD to Damien Williams.  Williams finished (read more…)

Oregon’s James suffers elbow injury against Cal

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 7, 2011

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All seemed well while the Oregon Ducks were pummeling the Cal Golden Bears on Thursday night. The Ducks were dominating on the scoreboard and Heisman hopeful LaMichael James was having a game that would surely grab the attention of voters everywhere. Unfortunately, his night would not end as well as it began.

 

After rushing for 239 yards and a touchdown on the night, James fell awkwardly on his right arm after a run in the fourth quarter. During the fall, his face was immediately etched with pain as he dislocated his elbow. He was tended to by the team’s medical staff and was carted off the field after the arm was put into a temporary cast. The game resumed and the Ducks came away with a dominant 43-15 victory.

 

Despite how nauseating the injury looked, it appears as though the Ducks most valuable offensive weapon (read more…)

Week 4: Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on October 4, 2011

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Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch almost every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

The Texans vs the Steelers game was to be a great battle of offenses.  Too bad a sloppy game broke out.  Andre Johnson was having a good day with 4 catches for 36 yards, but on his last reception, he ran a few steps then fell to the ground in a heap without even being touched.  The Texans offense didn’t suffer as Arian Foster did a fantastic job running and found the lanes available as Pittsburgh had no answer to the same zone blocking scheme that the (read more…)

Barkley breaks USC single-game passing yards record

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 1, 2011

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On this beautiful Saturday afternoon, the USC Trojans overcame a second-half surge by the Arizona Wildcats to come away with a 48-41 victory. The highlight of the win for the Trojans was the record-breaking passing performance of quarterback Matt Barkley.

 

A junior who’s doing everything he can to prove he’s ready for the NFL, Barkley has had an up-and-down season so far in 2011. After starting off the Trojans at 3-0, Barkley struggled last week against the Arizona State Sun Devils. He looked flustered out on the field and failed to make big plays when they were needed most. The Trojans lost their first game of the season, falling to 3-1.

 

That, however, wasn’t going to deter him from hitting the field against the Wildcats and performing surgery on the Arizona secondary.

 

When the clock finally struck zero today, Barkley had an impressive 468 (read more…)

NFL Rookie Watch

Written by Aaron Aloysius on September 30, 2011

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Guest post by Kyle Howe of NFLDraftGeek.com.

 

It is always interesting to see how a Draft Expert’s projections turn out, and we here are very intrigued by this years class of rookies. Every week we give you the top 5 players in the hunt for Rookie of the Year on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Click here for the Defensive Rankings.

 

1. Cam Newton- QB Carolina Panthers

 

Newton had his first game in which he threw for under 400 yards this past week against the Jags. Much of that can be attributed to the fact that the Panthers and Jaguars played their game on a field that resembled the Florida Everglades for much of the game. Completing passes would have been difficult for anyone.

 

However, Expect Newton to have more “humanly” statistical performances like he did against the Jags, and (read more…)

Trojan Draft Stock Watch

Written by Eric Stoner on September 29, 2011

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Which USC Trojans have seen their stocks surge or precipitously slide during the last couple weeks? Eric Stoner takes a look in his Trojan Draft Stock Watch.

 

Have thoughts or questions about Eric’s breakdown? Make sure to share them in the comments section below or over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

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