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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Baker Mayfield tackled hard by police during arrest (Video)

Baker Mayfield

The hardest tackle Baker Mayfield took all year came at the hands of some policemen.

The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback was arrested last month in Fayetteville, Ark. on multiple charges. Police say they were trying to interview the quarterback when he sprinted away, leading to him being taken down.

Mayfield was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. He is set to appear in court on April 7.

He sent the following statement out apologizing after the arrest and promising to make up for it.

Tom Herman wants his ‘fat guys’ to lose weight

Tom Herman

New Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman isn’t exactly earning sensitivity points around Austin.

Herman spoke with the media ahead of the start of spring practice beginning Tuesday for the Longhorns. According to the Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis, one of Herman’s goals is to get his “fat guys” on the defensive line to lose weight.

“The effort as a group has not been to our requirements here in this program,” Tom Herman said Monday. “I think we’d know a lot more if some of these really fat guys lost some weight.”

Ouch.

Even though the words appear harsh, this really is a matter of transition for Texas.

Previous head coach Charlie Strong wanted big guys on the defensive line to clog the middle. That’s why Texas has five defensive linemen listed at over 300 pounds. Herman says some of the players are up to 350 and 360 pounds.

Herman has a different defensive philosophy and doesn’t want the players to be that heavy, so he wants them to lose weight. They have several months before the start of the season to get players to optimal playing weights.

Western Kentucky football players accused of masked attack at frat house

A group of Western Kentucky football players are reportedly under investigation for their alleged role in an attack at a frat house on campus.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that at least four unnamed members of the team are accused of showing up to the Pike fraternity house wearing masks and violently attacking two men. A police report states that an alumni member of the fraternity was called and told that some football players were outside the frat house looking for a fight. When the former member of the fraternity showed up and confronted the football players, he was allegedly attacked and ended up going to the hospital.

Here’s more:

The alum says he confronted the men to get them to leave — but instead, one of the guys tackled him into a fence and began beating him. A Pike member says he tried to break things up and was also attacked. The alum says he went to the E.R. for his injuries.

Cops were then called … and tracked down one of the football players who admitted he and his teammates went to the Pike house to retaliate after someone got jumped at a Pike party the night before.

Cops say one of the victims claims several of the suspects were carrying guns. At least one suspect allegedly had a box cutter knife.

Police also said they found evidence on social media that one of the Western Kentucky football players sent a warning to the Pike fraternity that an attack was coming.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Leonard Fournette posts exceptionally fast 40-time for his size

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette appears to be the full package as a running back. And much like Christian McCaffrey, he was very impressive at the NFL Combine on Friday.

Fournette posted a 4.51 40-time at the scouting event. On the surface, that might not “wow” you, but when you place it into context, you see how impressive it is.

Fournette is much bigger than your average back, which makes his 40-time the fastest for a running back at the combine who weighed over 240 pounds.

The size and speed the former LSU back possesses has led to comparisons to Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson. Now you can see why.

In fact, NFL Research put his impressive skills in perspective with this tweet:

You can see why some teams are salivating over him. About the only thing that can hold him back is health concerns, which limited his playing time at LSU.

Christian McCaffrey impresses at NFL Combine in 40 time, 3-cone drill

Christian McCaffrey

The quickness and speed you saw out of Christian McCaffrey during his time at Stanford has been confirmed with a stopwatch at the NFL Combine.

The former Cardinal running back had a stellar day in Indianapolis on Friday. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash time, and then he posted one of the best 3-cone drills by a running back at the combine in nearly 15 years.

McCaffrey is somewhat on the small side, which may scare some teams off. But given what he did at Stanford as a rusher, receiver, punt returner, and kick returner, you’d be foolish not to take him. He seems like he could provide similar value to Darren Sproles, but with more potential to be used as a rusher.

Expect him to go in the first two rounds of the draft.

10 best players missing NFL Combine action

Chad Kelly

330 NFL hopefuls were invited to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. for the 2017 NFL Combine, which is held through March 6. During their time there, the young prospects will be run through the wringer, fielding questions from professional scouts and putting their athletic skills on display for the football world to see.

For some, the NFL Combine will provide a springboard to the NFL Draft. For others, it very well may harm their projected value. And for even fewer promising rookies, the opportunity to prove their worth won’t even come about.

But just because this event is hyped, don’t forget that there are plenty of athletes who won’t be there, or will be limited while there. Whether it’s because of injury, off-field issues or they simply weren’t invited, a number of good players are not participating in the NFL Combine. Some who will be there will be missing some action.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best players who will be missing the action in Indianapolis.

10. Erik Magnuson (offensive lineman, Michigan)

Unlike most players on this list who won’t participate in the NFL Combine due to injury or who were omitted due to character concerns, Michigan offensive lineman Erik Magnuson simply wasn’t invited.

A first team All-Big Ten Conference honoree in 2016, Magnuson appeared in 45 career games for Michigan, starting 36 of those, including 23 straight at right tackle. And while most experts would agree that there’s not a single standout tackle in the draft, there’s a belief that Magnuson could be an NFL starter for years to come.

The 6-foot-6, 304-pound Magnuson also offers the potential for versatility, having played inside at the guard position as well. And while good numbers at the NFL Combine certainly would have helped his draft stock, he’ll instead have to fall back on his game film and any Pro Days he attends.

At the end of the day, Magnuson will take a hit due to his non-invite to the combine, but should still be considered a solid mid-round option with a lot of upside.

9. Chad Williams (wide receiver, Grambling State)

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Report: Phil Fulmer was led to believe he had Tennessee AD job

Phil Fulmer

Former Tennessee football coach Phil Fulmer reportedly was led to believe that he had the Tennessee athletic director job a day before it went to someone else.

The Vols on Tuesday named John Currie their athletic director. Currie, 45, comes from Kansas State after a previous stint at Tennessee. He and Fulmer apparently had some friction prior to Fulmer being pushed out of his job as the head football coach of the Vols in 2008.

On Wednesday, Sports Radio WNML reported that Fulmer spoke with a search committee member on Monday and was led to believe he had the job. However, they say the school’s chancellor decided Fulmer was not suitable because she wanted someone who had AD experience, which Fulmer does not.

Currie reportedly pushed for Fulmer’s firing in 2008, so Fulmer joined the AD pursuit to try keeping Currie from getting the gig. That obviously did not work.

Fulmer has not coached since 2008. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

H/T SEC Country

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