The MAC should have plenty of offensive fireworks in 2015. There’s no shortage of talent at quarterback in this league, beginning with UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel, as the senior headlines Athlon’s 2015 All-MAC team.
For the first time since 2008, the Baltimore Ravens used their first two picks in the NFL Draft to select offensive players. In the first round, they took speedy wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who looks to fill in for Torrey Smith. With their next pick, the Ravens selected Maxx Williams, the first tight end drafted, who many considered to be the best in this year’s rookie class.
It’s been a busier than usual news week for NASCAR as it settles into its summer swing. A P1 penalty for Jimmie Johnson was rescinded Tuesday, Michael Waltrip Racing swapped personnel within its two Cup programs and NASCAR CEO Brian France expressed his support of a driver-organized council, one whose goal is to improve competition. At this point, Sunday’s race winner should be an afterthought.
Athletic ability is at least part genetic and how you grow up, and that rings certain in the Rivera household. Mariano Rivera Jr, son of the greatest closer in MLB history, Mariano Rivera, was drafted by the Nationals in the fourth round of the MLB Draft as a pitcher. The Yankees, the team his father played for, were very high on him, after drafting him last season in the 29th round. However, Rivera took a gamble to spend another season at Iona College, which paid off well, being taken 25 rounds earlier than last year.
Chris Heston came into last night’s game against the Mets with some flashes of brilliance but also shaky inconsistency in several starts. He wasn’t even supposed to start this season in the majors, but an injury to Matt Cain brought him into the rotation.
It’s no secret college football’s best talent resides in the SEC. While the talent at quarterback is down this year, there’s no shortage of potential All-America candidates on defense and at running back.
Could Conference USA have a contender for the Group of 5 bowl spot among college football’s top postseason destinations? WKU is a team to watch as the Hilltoppers return an explosive offense behind quarterback Brandon Doughty. The senior headlines the All-Conference USA team, along with two other members from WKU’s offense on the first team.
Ranking every college football coach is an impossible task. However, coaching is a critical component to every collegiate program. Needless to say, success with any college football team starts with coaching.
While Carlos Correa may have garnered some of the attention during the Astros-White Sox game, nobody forgot that Chris Sale was on the mound. Sale, who has progressed into one of the MLB’s top pitchers, has been on a roll recently, allowing only one run in his past 22.2 innings of work. Almost more impressively, he has recorded 10+ strikeouts in five of his past six starts, with a season-high 14 punch-outs yesterday. He went eight strong innings, allowing just one run over the game and lowering his season ERA to 3.04.