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Oklahoma Sooners Add Another Stud in Addison Gumbs



Four-star 2017 weakside defensive end Addison Gumbs is now an Oklahoma Sooner. He announced his commitment to the Sooners on Twitter Wednesday, August 17. He became the second defensive end commit in Oklahoma’s 2017 recruiting class. With his commitment, Oklahoma has the fifth-ranked 2017 recruiting class nationally and first in the Big 12. Oklahoma beat out  USC, UCLA, Arizona, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oregon and others for his services. Gumbs was also named to the 2018 ESPN 300 class at number 245 on the list. Oklahoma Sooners are getting a pure pass rusher in Addison Gumbs. Looking at his junior highlight film, he is a guy who got into the backfield of opposing offenses on almost every play. His speed rushing on the outside is what separates him from other guys.In 2015, he had 23 sacks, 30 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles for the (Stellar Prep Thunder/Carson, California).

He was clearly a dominant force for that defense and he could be even more dominant if the defense allows for him to go hunt the quarterback even more than last year. The college game will be an adjustment for him just like it is for but if Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator Mike Stoops allows him to do what he does best, Addison Gumbs should fit in nicely. Click the link to see his Sports Rants profile or read it below.

Stellar Prep’s Addison Gumbs Will Miss Being Coached By His Dad

Addison Gumbs loves the bay area. He’s an Oakland, California native whose relationship with football goes all the way back to his youth football days when he started playing at seven years old with his dad, Desmond Gumbs, coaching him. Desmond Gumbs is also Addison’s high school football coach at Stellar Preparatory High School in Hayward, California.

“You know, it’s one of those things where when I put that whistle on my neck and walk on that field, I’m coach and if anything I probably coach him a little harder. There is definitely a separation,” he said. “It’s not something I learned instantly, I coached him in youth football too so I’ve had to grow into what I am now. As soon as we walk on the field, it’s definitely a coach-player [relationship].”

Addison Gumbs is a four star defensive end in the 2017 recruiting class. According to the 247Sports Composite, he ranks as the 11th best weak side defensive end and the 18th best player in California.

“I play defensive end and outside linebacker and as a linebacker, you have to a bunch of different things like: rushing the passer, dropping into coverage, stopping the run and [more]. I would say that as a linebacker and a defensive end that I’m just a very versatile player,” Addison Gumbs said about where he is most effective on the field.

As far as what motivates him to play the game, he says it is the ability to get a good education and knowing that his family and friends could see him play depending on where he decides to go. He is very thankful to his parents for all they have done in support of him.

“Both of my parents. They introduced me to football at a young age, I’ve loved it ever since, they’ve supported me with my goals and aspirations and making it to college for free. I really love them for helping me out in that way,” he said.

He has remained relatively healthy throughout his high school career and he credits an ankle injury he suffered his freshman year for that.

“My freshman year, I hurt my ankle a little bit but it wasn’t really that tough. It only stopped me from playing for a couple weeks. It was great getting over that and being fresh and 100 percent healthy throughout my high school career,” he said. “I learned a lot of new things that I didn’t know before that, it really taught me things that would help me throughout the rest of my career and helped me get to where I am today.”

Gumbs also plays basketball and baseball for Stellar Prep but will stay 100 percent committed to football in college and play no other sports.

“I have offers from plenty of different schools. I think nine in the PAC-12, six in the SEC, two in ACC. There’s a bunch of different schools everywhere and I really like everything the coaches have offered me,” Gumbs said about his recruitment.


USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Oregon are a few schools competing for Gumbs’ services and he has high interest in all of those schools as well as Mississippi State and Washington. He has earned 27 scholarship offers so far and isn’t sure when he’ll make a commitment decision but said it could come during the summer time.

Last season with the Stellar Prep Thunder, he was Bay Football League MVP and he recorded 23 sacks, seven forced fumbles and one interception. His 23 sacks placed him at second in California for that category. He said he wants to break the national record for sacks in single season. Here’s what he’s up against. The info below was found on

Player, Position, Year He Led in SacksHigh School# of SacksSacks Per GameGames Played
Ragghav Aggarval, O-Line/D-Line, 2008 (Senior)Harker School (San Jose, California)697.79
Jordan Birdwell, O-Line/Defense, 2007 (Senior)Westmoore High School (Oklahoma City. Oklahoma)504.212
Nate Bearden, Wide Receiver/Linebacker, 2009 (Senior)Westside Christian Academy (Detroit, Michigan)40410
Quinn Rawson, O-Line/D-Line, 2012 (Junior)Puyallup High School (Puyallup, Washington)39.53.611
Drew Portenga, Outside Linebacker/Fullback, 2006 (Senior)Caledonia High School (Caledonia, California)353.510
Nabahitachiini Nez, O-Line/D-Line, 2015 (Senior)Navajo Pine High School (Navajo, New Mexico)353.510
Ben Viramontes, Defensive End, 2004 (Senior)South Gate High School (South Gate, California)342.414
TJ Fehoko, Inside Linebacker/Defensive Tackle, 2013 (Junior)Cottonwood High School (Murray, Utah)343.410
Fredi Knighten, Quarterback/Defense, 2010 (Junior)Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas)332.215
Cameron Johnson, Wide Receiver/Defensive End, 2011 (Junior)McArthur High School (Hollywood, Florida)32.53.69

Desmond Gumbs spoke about how far Addison Gumbs has come in his three years at Stellar Prep.

“For one, he grew six inches, he’s 6’4, 220 pounds now. So physically, he got bigger. He started off playing a skill position and now he’s morphed into a linebacker. In terms of his football knowledge, him being my son, we watch a lot of football together so his football IQ is very high,” he said. “So in terms of knowledge of the game, I think it’s really growing. [That combined] with his physical ability and his football IQ really has made him into the player he is right now.”

Addison Gumbs said that he studies the games of Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram. Gumbs’ mentality on the field is to dominate his man and the other side of the ball. He also believes there is no such thing as a perfect football player and feels like he can work on anything to improve his game.

“One of my favorite things about football in general is just making a big play, making a sack, making a forced fumble and just trying to help my team out. It’s a great feeling to be able to make a big play and get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands or put [him] on the ground for a big loss. I like playing both positions because I get to do both of those [things],” he said about playing both defensive end and outside linebacker.

What he will miss most about playing with the Stellar Prep Thunder is playing under his dad and the lasting impression he wants to leave is to go out a champion and “be somebody that they will remember.”

“As a coach, it’s the ultimate. I’ve had other Division I players but I haven’t had one who has gotten this type of recognition. Army All-American game, number one linebacker in California one year; it has just been fantastic as a coach to see someone who has really grown and taken advantage of the opportunities. As a dad, being a high school football coach and seeing your son reach these levels of accomplishment, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

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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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