Chad Bailey broke Ridge Point High School’s career tackles record (187 tackles) with a few weeks left in the regular season but now he and the undefeated Ridge Point Panthers (10-0, 7-0 District) are looking to get the job done this year.
They were close to winning the UIL Class 5A Division II state championship in 2015, making the final four. They lost to 2015 state champion Cedar Park High School 38-17. The Panthers finished that year 11-4 (6-1 District).
“Yeah, it’s pretty good. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder this year because last year we started off pretty bad and we weren’t even projected to make it past the second round. Making it to the fourth round was a good thing. Now that we lost, I’m ready to win state this year,” Bailey said on the team’s chances to win a state title.
The Ridge Point Panthers / Missouri City, Texas, will play their first playoff game against the Morton Ranch Mavericks / Katy, Texas (5-5, 4-3 District), on Thursday, Nov. 10.
As far as how Chad Bailey finished that season, he recorded 120 tackles (86 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
His start in football began as a result of his father trying to toughen him up and he started playing football at the age of seven or eight.
Bailey is the youngest of five children (three brothers and one sister) and his motivation for playing is his mom.
“It’s probably my mom. You know, she works hard to make sure that I’m good. I’m the youngest and most of my siblings are already out and working and stuff so it’s just me and her at home. She’s a hard worker and I want to make sure that I help her out once I make it to the NFL.”
The Missouri City, Texas native loves the area and the fact that his neighborhood is filled with people who play sports so he made friends easily.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Chad Bailey is a four star 2018 recruit, the sixth-best inside linebacker and 32nd best player in Texas. He has received three scholarships from Indiana, Southern Methodist University and University of Texas San Antonio.
“I don’t have high interest in any schools right now. I’m just waiting it out to see who is going to offer me and once the time comes where I need to make the decision, then, I’ll start saying who’s at the top or what’s my top five and stuff like that.”
At the end of the 2016 regular season, he recorded 77 tackles (53 solo), four sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. See his junior highlights here.
At the college level, Bailey believes he can be a leader for a college program.
“I feel I can play the captain role of the defense, always hyping the team up and stuff like that but off the field I’ll make sure that everybody’s at workouts and just fit into the team.”
He admires Lawrence Taylor for his ability to get inside the opponents head before and during games.
“…He’ll talk trash to them and stuff so that already gets the opponent a little bit intimidated and then when you started popping them in the mouth it’s even easier.”
Bailey likes rushing the passer the most and he is quite good at it. He likes to be able to experiment using different moves on an offensive lineman and said that the best part of his game is his first step. He sometimes tries to time a team’s snap count in order to get a good first step off of the line of scrimmage.
“…Once I get that down pact then it’s on,” he said.
He needs to work on his footwork and pass coverage, he said, because he doesn’t break down in pursuit of a running back and he may get beat by a step or two.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m the heart and soul of the defense but we all work together as one unit so we all listen to each other and we all ball out as one team.”
The Ridge Point Panthers are going to have to ball out as a team if they don’t want their undefeated season and chance to win a state title to go to waste.
Chad Bailey and the Ridge Point Panthers finished the 2016 season 11-1 (7-0 District). They were ousted from the 2016 UIL Conference 6A Division I Texas state playoffs by Lamar High School / Houston, Texas, in a close one, 24-21.
Bailey finished 2016 recording 99 tackles (72 solo), 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
He now has a total of five scholarship offers as he picked up offers from Ole Miss (Nov 11) and Missouri (Dec 8)
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With one more season at Ridge Point left to play for Chad Bailey, here are his career numbers so far: 219 tackles (158 solo), 39 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young
The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.
The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.
“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”
While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.
Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.
Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.
Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal
Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.
“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.
“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”
Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.
“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”
Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.
“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”
Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke
Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.
“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.
“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.
“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”
Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.
According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.
Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.
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