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Micah Jones Has What It Takes To Make Noise At The College Level



Micah Jones started playing football around the age of eight or nine and his decision to keep at it and work hard to get where he is now, has led him on a path to representing his hometown of Gurnee, Illinois very well moving forward.

“I was born in Round Lake, Illinois. When I was [a year old], I then moved to California and I was there until I was like four and then I moved back to Gurnee so I’ve been here since I was four or five years old,” Jones said. “It has been a great time for me just making friends and I have made lifelong friends that I’ll always talk to and always get along with. Everybody’s really very nice here, the community is great and everybody shows up for the football games. The atmosphere is great for me and for football so all the way around it’s a pretty good community.”

Micah Jones is grateful to his dad, Mark Jones, for showing him the way of life, football and how to do everything possible to stay out of trouble and be a good student in the classroom.

“The kid is a Freak of nature. A kid that big (nearly 6’5″ and 200 lbs) and athletic at such a young age does not come around that often. His base sports were karate (balance) and soccer (footwork). He’s a pretty quiet and confident kid that likes to compete. My goal was to expose him to top competition early. Then get him the training needed for him to excel. He’s already an academic qualifier at 95 percent of schools,” Mark Jones said.

Micah Jones wants to major in sports management as an undergraduate student and after he is done with football, he said, going back to school to get a master’s degree in sports medicine is an option he will consider.

On the football field, Micah Jones is a four-star wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class, the 47th best wide receiver and second best player in Illinois according to the 247Sports Composite. As a sophomore for the Warren Township High School (Ill.) Blue Devils, he started every game and recorded 25 catches for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns.

He has gone to “The Opening,” in Chicago and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s “Irish Invasion,” football camp and here is what some recruiting analysts had to say about his performance at those events. This information below was provided by Mark Jones.

From 247sport recruiting analyst – 2016 Irish Invasion

Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township four-star wide receiver Micah Jones is a blue-chip prospect. Jones has size, speed, strength, and explosiveness. Jones gave defensive backs fits all night at Irish Invasion. No one could match up with his size and strength. It almost was not fair. He was aggressive running routes, and in a one v. one setting, getting rerouted was never a concern. Jones used his prime time size to manhandle the smaller defensive backs. He showcased a number of short to immediate routes, as well as several down the field back shoulder or high pointed fade balls.

From 247Sports recruiting analyst – Micah’s “The Opening,” performance

Micah Jones — The Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township four-star wide receiver had a very good day. Only a class of 2018 recruit, he flashed as one of the most talented wide receivers at the camp. His 6-4, 190-pound frame stands out initially, but then as you continue to watch him, you see a player that can run well, catches the ball away from his body and has a quickness to him that allows him to gain separation.

From 247sport recruiting analyst – Micah’s “The Opening,” performance

“WR Micah Jones — The Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township class of 2018 wide receiver looks like he should be in college already. He has the physical tools and body that will make him a force during his next two years of high school. On Monday, Jones showed off his catch radius, ability to snatch the ball out of the air with ease, and smooth route-running.”

From recruiting analyst – Micah’s “The Opening,” performance

“WR/TE Micah Jones Warren Township (soph) – Jones has a chance to become the next potential 5 star in Illinois in the Class of 2018. I might be crazy but the more I see Micah in person the more I think maybe he has the frame/size to develop into say an elite level DE? Regardless, this kid’s a stud and a half.”

In addition to participating in those showcases, he was selected to the Youth1 and National Prep Football Association Top 100 as an eighth grader, selected to participate in the NUC U100 Regional/National Top Prospect Camp twice (2013, 2014) and was a three-time All-American selection (Won NUC’s Offensive Player of the Year – 2013, Adidas Army Freshman All American game participant – 2014 and named to the CBS Sports/Max Preps Freshman All American Team – 2014).

He has received 10 scholarship offers from these programs: Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, Syracuse, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Central Michigan, and Bowling Green. He released a top five list of schools back in late June and Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Iowa made the cut.

“Really, it was the family atmosphere I got from each of those programs. The atmosphere with the coaches, the players, the fans and everything there makes it feel like a whole family. Also, it’s great to have those be top academic schools as well so that’s really one thing I’m looking for,” Micah Jones said.

He plans to make his commitment decision in the spring of 2017, going into his senior year so he doesn’t have to worry about it later on.

He said the recruiting process has been crazy for him but it hasn’t really even started. September 1 he will be able to receive calls, texts, social media messages from coaches and not just one-sided communication after that date. He’s ready for it, he said.

“The toughest thing I’ve had to overcome is just the people talking to me and in my ear all the time. I can’t really listen to the people talking and what they think because some people are going to tell you what they [want] or what can advance their mind or their ideas,” Micah Jones said. “I want to stay with people that are going to tell me things that I can work on and tell me things I can get better at and not just blowing smoke up my butt about how good I am. I want to sit with people that are going to criticize me but tell me what I’m doing well. So it’s really [about] managing everybody that’s talking to you.”

Micah Jones believes he is most effective catching the football on pivotal downs, third down or fourth and long. Because of his size, he’s also an effective red zone target and believes he can use skills to help his team at any point in the game.

He mentioned that the best parts of his game are his footwork which allows him to get in and out of breaks faster and spate from defensive backs that are smaller and quicker than he is and high pointing the ball. He feels like he can work on everything to be the best football player and wide receiver he can be.

Micah Jones definitely is not a finished product but he is showing signs that he can be a stud at the next level already. As an upperclassman, he can only grow and keep growing. Whichever football program gets him, they’re offense is going to see a major boost with him on the field.

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million



Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”


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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games



Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:


Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30


Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance



Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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