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Thursday, January 5, 2017
04:27 PM - January 5, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
GIANTS FALL IN WEEK 8

#1 Baylor loses 42-39 to #19 TCU

#2 Florida State falls 34-27 to #15 Virginia Tech
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03:46 PM - January 5, 2017. Written by Steelers4190
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Yesterday The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded their three day rookie mini camp. The 2017 draft class in its entirety was present for the camp. As expected eyes were on 1st round pick Jimmy Belcher. The corner from Notre Dame didn't disappoint as he had an exceptional three days showing off his athleticism and ability to play man to man. After going almost two decades without spending a 1st round pick on the corner back position the Steelers have selected 1st round corners back to back. There was chatter of the Steelers being in talks to trade up to pick #21 as they were targeting edge player Posey as their guy. When the Arizona Cardinals selected him one pick prior the Steelers stayed put and ended up with the next best player they had on their board. Steelers brass also sang praises for FS Lewis Seigler. From the start of camp he took on a leadership role within the defensive back group. Secondary Coach Carnell Lake stated that he set the tone for the group the minute they stepped on the field. Wide Receivers coach Richard Mann, who indicated that this will be his final season, was impressed with 7th round pick WR Kurt Bauman. "I really liked his competitiveness. He is very crafty for a rookie. He brought it every day this week".
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RD 1 (30) Jimmy Belcher Notre Dame CB 6'1 195 LBS

Belcher was one of the most intriguing prospects in the NFL Draft. A highly productive player for the Fighting Irish where he led the team in pass deflections and interceptions. He has very good long speed and is able to smoothly get in and out of breaks. He is at his best when rolled up in press coverage. In most seasons he would have not made it past 15 but in a year where the top of the draft was loaded at this position the Steelers benefit. He is raw in his reads in zone coverage and will need to be coached up by the Steelers staff. He also needs to get stronger as he struggles to shed blocks in the run game which has been traditionally very important of CBs here in Pittsburgh. He will enter a deep CB room and it will be interesting to see if he contributes this season. GRADE: A

Rd 2 (62) Rioll Gash Hawaii DL 6'1 290 LBS

Gash was dominant at Hawaii and tested out as one of the most athletic defensive lineman in the draft. He is very versatile and should be able to play in both the Steelers' okie front as an end and rush from the interior in their nickle defense. He has a great first step off the ball and has shown that he is already advanced in his bull rush technique. The competition jump will be something he will have to adjust to as the Mountain West is not the NFL. Gash will have to develop more to his pass rush repitore if he is to contribute early. The Steelers have John Mitchell who has been cranking out quality defensive lineman in Pittsburgh for years. Just more clay for the most tenured coach on the staff. GRADE: A


Rd 3 (94) Lewis Seigler Wisconsin FS 5'11 196 LBS

Seigler was the captain of the Wisconsin defense and that is one of the reasons the Steelers plucked him in the 3rd round. Seigler has enough speed to play center field or half field coverage. He is very natural in zone coverage and reads the ball well in the air. He struggles in man coverage, but one would imagine the Steelers wouldn't be using him in man much. He comes out as one of the best tacklers of all DBs in the draft which the Steelers value at the position. He has a knack for making big plays in big moments which HC Nick Cotner has had to witness in the past meetings with Seigler. With safties Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, and Robert Golden gobbling up the majority of snaps on defense Seigler is most likely going to be relegated to ST duties in his rookie campaign. GRADE: B+


RD 4 (126) Darby Johnstone Indiana LB 6'3 242 LBS

It is not often that 4th round picks get labeled as reach picks but this feels like one. Johnstone is very athletic but struggles to get off blocks and often gambled way too much at Indiana. He is a long ways away technique wise as of today and you can't help but feel there were many other better players on the board. One has to think if Cotner's familiarity with Johnstone from his days at Indiana was the deciding factor of this pick. GRADE: D+


RD 5 (158) Angelo Roan Pittsburgh EDGE 6'4 260 LBS

A local boy playing for his hometown team at a position of great need. Roan enters the Steelers program as one of the new fan favorites because of his Pittsburgh roots. He has a great combination of size and athleticism. He has a great first step and was one of the better defenders at setting the edge against the run in the Draft. He is raw in his technique and at times relied on either bull rushing offensive tackles or running past him with his first step. His hand fighting needs a lot of work and this rawness is one reason why he fell to the 5th round. The Steelers may have grabbed a steal if he develops his technique. He will have a chance to compete with Anthony Chickillo for the starting OLB spot opposite of Bud Dupree. GRADE: B



RD 6 (190) Keenan McMilan West Virginia RB 6'1 195 LBS

One of the fastest backs in the draft. He relies strictly on his speed an shows little creativity in the open field and just hopes to run past people. He needs to develop some moves to make people miss at the NFL level. He will struggle to see the field due to being one of the worst rated pass blockers at his position in the draft. He will step in and compete for a return role this season. GRADE: C

RD 7 (222) Kurt Bauman Mississippi State WR 5'10 198 LBS

Kurt Bauman was very productive at Mississippi State. He graduated in the top 5 in receptions in school history. He is very crafty in the open field and at the top of the route. He will compete for slot work with Eli Rogers and Demarcus Ayers. He needs work on his releases to get off the line of scrimmage. He has made a name for himself making big plays in big moments. He will also compete for a return role this camp as Nick Cotner has stated he would like to get Antonio Brown off punt return duties permanently. The Steelers have a knack of mining quality receivers out of late round picks. Bauman has an opportunity to be the next in line if he can stick around as the WR room is loaded. GRADE: B -
Dynasty: Steelers4190
I originally did this on the forums, but somehow my file was lost so I will be restarting it here. To set it up I simulated the first season and fictionally retired Mike Tomlin. I created my coach to take his place.

Twitter:
Quote:
@EdBouchette
Pittsburgh Steelers to hire Indiana University HC Nick Cotner as 4th HC since 1969


@EdBouchette
Nick Cotner went 36-15 in four seasons at Indiana University

@EdBouchette
Nick Cotner made a bowl appearance in all 4 seasons and won the B1G this season

@MarkMaddenX
Who in the hell is Nick Cotner? Garbage hire!

@RapSheet
Sources say the Steelers vacancy was narrowed down to OC Todd Haley and Nick Cotner

@EdBouchette
Art Rooney II cites Cotner's abilities to create a winning and family atmosphere at IU as very appealing traits along with his football IQ.


@EdBouchette
Cotner's teams at IU were known for being versatile and balanced

@BobLabriola
Nick Cotner is now the youngest HC in the NFL. Continues the trend of recent hires.

@RealSkipBayless
Why do NFL teams continue to hire college guys? Bad hire.

@EdBouchette
"I grew up a Steelers fan. The three guys before all won SBs. I embrace the expectations." - Cotner in response to inheriting a strong roster

@AdamSchefter
HC Nick Cotner will work closely with GM Kevin Colbert as Cowher and Tomlin before him did.

@BobLabriola
"I don't anticipate making any changes to the staff for the 2017 seaons" - Nick Cotner.
After getting hired the first thing I had to do was identify which free agents must be resigned and which we could let test the market. We entered the last window to speak with our pending free agents with the following players to evaluate:

RB L. Bell UFA
ILB L. Timmons UFA
OLB J. Jones UFA
RB D. Williams UFA
C C. Wallace UFA
TE D. Johnson UFA
DL R. Matthews UFA
ILB S. Johnson UFA
WR M. Wheaton UFA
S S. Thomas UFA
QB L. Jones UFA
CB R. Cockrell RFA
OL C. Hubbard RFA
RB F. Toussaint ERFA
OLB A. Chickillo ERFA
FB R. Nix ERFA
K C. Boswell ERFA
LB L. Fort ERFA
FS J. Dangerfield ERFA
TE X. Grimble ERFA
OL B. Mihalik ERFA
WR C. Hamilton ERFA
CB A. Shabazz ERFA
LT A. Villanueva ERFA


First and foremost we locked up our Exclusive Rights guys as there is a lot of depth and a few starters in this group. Finney serves as our swing guy on the interior. Nix, Bosswell, and Villanueva are starters at their respected positions. Chickillo is solid depth and could end up starting if we can't find more edge help. We tendered both of our Restricted FAs. Cockrell starts at LCB for us and we gave him a 2nd round tender. OL Hubbard serves as more OL depth and was the swing tackle in 2016. He was given the basic tender. One name stands out in particular with our unrestricted guys....Le'Veon Bell. One of the best backs in the league and just entering his prime we need to lock him up long term.

NEWS ALERT: Le'Veon Bell and Pittsburgh Steelers agree to a 5yr/$73M contract. Averages 9.6M per year in base salary.

With Bell locked up we could look towards our other UFAs.

NEWS ALERT: LB Lawrence Timmons receives Franchise Tag from Steelers. Tag is worth $11.7m for 2017.

With no long term solution on the roster to replace Timmons we decided to tag him for the year. While the tag is an obvious over pay at this point of the man's career we have the cap space to eat it for a season while look for ways to address the position going forward. We offered RB D. Williams, TE D. Johson, DL R. Matthews, and LB S. Johnson, but they opted to test the market. We allowed QB L. Jones, WR M. Wheaton, SS S. Thomas and OLB J. Jones to hit the market without offers. Essentially the 2013 class outside of Bell and Vince Williams will be employed by other teams going forward.

We enter the market with 24.2M in cap space. We will look to add some depth and possibly a starter on the edge. With OLB Harrison retiring we lose a starter. Chickillo may be forced to start if we cannot find help in FA or the draft. We will also look to add a back up QB in FA.

NEWS ALERT: The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Safety Daimion Stafford to a 1yr/$1M deal

NEWS ALERT: After test the market RB DeAngelo Williams has signed a 1yr/$3M deal with the Steelers

NEW ALERT: QB Brian Hoyer has a signed a 1yr/$2.19M deal with the Steelers. He will serve as their #2.

We were unable to target an edge defender that was worth the price the market was dictating as upgrades over what we have in house. We will have to target the position in the draft.

ON TO THE DRAFT!!!!

Round 1 Results:

2017 NFL Draft - Round 1 Recap
PickTeamPlayerPosHtWt
1Cleveland BrownsR. BeanFS
2San Francisco 49ersD. CodyCB
3Baltimore RavensJ. HansenEDGE
4Tennessee TitansL. PenningtonCB
5Chicago BearsB AnguloQB
6Denver BroncosM. DaileyWR
7Tampa Bay Buccaneers H. MaceWR
8Miami Dolphins C. MelvinEDGE
9Jacksonville Jaguars N. BarkleyCB
10New York JetsD. WatersMLB
11Green Bay PackersM. Hutton LG
12Atlanta Falcons D. MegnaQB
13Cleveland BrownsS. LeonhardtQB
14Carolina Panthers K. HaverWR
15Buffalo BillsD. DiggsWR
16Cincinnati Bengals J. CunninghamLT
17San Diego ChargersJ. McafeeFS
18Houston Texans M. Schaefering QB
19Minnesota VikingsB. BledsoeRG
20Arizona CardinalsM. PoseyLE
21Indianapolis ColtsA. BogerRG
22New Orleans Saints A. LanksterRG
23New York GiantsF. CrowellRT
24Tennessee TitansL. Warfield FS
25Kansas City Chiefs T, KingsburyQB
26Oakland RaidersJ. BootheRT
27Washington Redskins K. MeadowsLG
28Seattle SeahawksT. MoldenCB
29Detroit LionsM. BenoitWR
30Pittsburgh SteelersJimmy BelcherCB6'1195
31Dallas CowboysM. Justice CB
32New England PatriotsN. Tolzien C
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NEWS ALERT: Cleveland Browns select QB S. Leonhardt with the 13th pick. Leonhardt was the starting QB at Indiana University for HC Nick Cotner the last three seasons.


Steelers Draft Results:

2017 NFL Draft - Steelers Draft Recap
PickPlayerCollegePosHtWt
30Jimmy BelcherNotre Dame CB6'1195
62Rioll GashHawaiiDL6'1290
94Lewis SeiglerWisconsinFS5'11196
126Darby JohnstoneIndianaLB6'3242
158Angelo RoanPittsburghEDGE6'4260
190Kenan McMilanWest Virginia RB6'1195
222Kurt BaumanMiss StateWR5'10198
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
11:04 AM - January 4, 2017. Written by tigertj201
Kentucky Wildcats at Iowa Hawkeyes
Sep 7, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Kentucky Wildcats (0-0)0071421
#16 Iowa Hawkeyes (0-0)7130020
Team Stats Comparison
UKIOWA
Total Offense327354
Rushing Yards166230
Passing Yards161124
First Downs1818
Punt Return Yards027
Kick Return Yards0124
Total Yards327505
Turnovers13
3rd Down Conversion1-65-7
4th Down Conversion1-10-0
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals3-2-04-2-0
Penalties0-00-0
Possession Time9:0622:54
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGUKIOWA
5:03(IOWA) Wadley 34 Yd run (Duncan kick)07
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGUKIOWA
7:17(IOWA) Wadley 3 Yd run (Duncan kick)014
1:54(IOWA) Beathard 10 Yd run (missed kick)020
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGUKIOWA
4:32(UK) Barker 3 Yd run (MacGinnis kick)720
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGUKIOWA
7:25(UK) Williams 1 Yd run (MacGinnis kick)1420
4:09(UK) Johnson 47 Yd pass from Barker (MacGinnis kick)2120
Kentucky Wildcats
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Barker16-2116111
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Williams221165.21
Barker6244.01
Kemp III22613.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Williams4276.70
Conrad2199.50
Badet22010.00
Collins273.50
Timmons2147.00
Johnson25728.51
Hart11414.00
Baker133.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
Mosier30
Collins20
Meadows10
Hart10
Asafo-Adjei01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Daniel7000
Edwards6010
Harmon5000
Elam5000
Baity4000
McClain4000
Ware3000
Jones3000
Randolph2000
Miggins2000
Westry2020
West1000
Middleton1000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
MacGinnis0-03-330
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
McKinniss311739.00
Iowa Hawkeyes
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Beathard11-1812403
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
L. Daniels191276.60
Wadley11908.12
Beathard2136.51
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Kittle44912.20
McCarron22713.50
Smith2115.50
VandenBerg22110.50
Fant11616.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Taylor7000
Snyder7010
Jewell6000
A. Nelson4000
Johnson4000
King3000
Gair3000
M. Nelson2000
Bazata21.000
Bower1000
Mabin1000
B. Niemann1000
M. Rugamba1000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Duncan0-02-320
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Coluzzi15252.00
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
King412431.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
King3279.00
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
09:56 PM - January 3, 2017. Written by tigertj201
NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 - Updated: Aug 29, 2016
RKTEAM (VOTES)WLPOINTS
1Alabama
2Clemson
3Oklahoma
4Florida State
5LSU
6Ohio State
7Michigan
8Stanford
9Tennessee
10Notre Dame
11Ole Miss
12Michigan State
13TCU
14Washington
15Houston
16UCLA
17Iowa
18Georgia
19Louisville
20USC
21Oklahoma State
22North Carolina
23Baylor
24Oregon
25Florida
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09:48 PM - January 3, 2017. Written by tigertj201
Iowa Hawkeyes Depth Chart - 2016
Regular Offense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
WRVandenBergMcCarronParker
TEKittleFantPekar
LTMyersWard
LGBoettgerLa. Paulsen
CJ. DanielsFerentz
RGWelshLeGrand
RTCrostonLe. Paulsen
WRSmithNashBoyle
QBBeathardWiegersStanley
FBKulickRoss
HBL. Daniels Jr.WadleyMitchell Jr.Young
Base 4-2-5 Defense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
LDEA. NelsonHesseLattimore
LDTJohnsonEkakitieReiff
RDTBazataEkakitieReiff
RDEM. NelsonHesseLattimore
SLBJewellB. NiemannJones
WLBBowerB. NiemannJones
CBKingRugambaRucker
SSTaylorGair
FSSnyderGair
SSRuckerGair
CBMabinJacksonRucker
Special Teams
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
KDuncan
PColuzzi
HWiegers
PRKingWadley
KRKingWadley
LSJ. Daniels
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09:35 PM - January 3, 2017. Written by tigertj201
2016 Iowa Football Roster
#OFFENSEPOSHTWTCLASSHOMETOWN
16CJ BeathardQB6'2''215Sr (RS)Fort Meade, FL
8Tyler WiegersQB6'4''225So (RS)Sells, AZ
4Nathan StanleyQB6'5''212Fr (RS)Sells, AZ
18Drew CookQB6'5''220FrSeguin, TX
29LeShun Daniels Jr.HB6'1''225Sr (RS)North Babylon, NY
25Akrum WadleyHB5'11''191JrNorth Canton, OH
32Derrick Mitchell Jr.HB6'1''220Jr (RS)Mount Pleasant, IA
22Toks AkinribadeHB6'1''205FrNorth Canton, OH
28Toren YoungHB5'11''220Fr (RS)LeMars, IA
36Brady RossFB6'1''240FrLa Marque, TX
45Drake KulickFB6'1''236Jr (RS)Red Oak, IA
89Matt VandenBergWR6'1''185Sr (RS)Windsor Heights, IA
9Jerminic SmithWR6'1''187SoAffton, MO
83Riley McCarronWR5'9''186SrLima, OH
3Jay ScheelWR6'1''195SoCoralville, IA
5Ronald NashWR6'2''210So (RS)Windsor Heights, IA
10Jonathan ParkerWR5'8''188Jr (RS)Waukegan, IL
82Adrian FalconerWR6'1''190SoAffton, MO
11Ryan BoyleWR6'1''208Fr (RS)Waukegan, IL
46George KittleTE6'4''250SrWillowick, OH
87Noah FantTE6'5''220FrWillowick, OH
86Peter PekarTE6'4''250JrWillowick, OH
52Boone MyersLT6'5''305Jr (RS)West Carrollton City, OH
73Ryan WardLT6'5''295Sr (RS)West Carrollton City, OH
77Alaric JacksonLT6'7''285Fr (RS)Buffalo Grove, IL
75Ike BoettgerLG6'6''307JrOrland Park, IL
69Keegan RenderLG6'4''308SoHiawatha, IA
68Landen PaulsenLG6'5''305Fr (RS)Spencer, IA
78James DanielsC6'4''295SoSandusky, OH
54Steve FerentzC6'2''282Sr (RS)Cherokee, IA
79Sean WelshRG6'3''290Jr (RS)West Des Moines, IA
70Lucas LeGrandRG6'5''290So (RS)Orland Park, IL
63Spencer WilliamsRG6'3''290Fr (RS)Orland Park, IL
64Cole CrostonRT6'5''307Sr (RS)Mount Pleasant, IA
66Levi PaulsenRT6'5''305Fr (RS)Mount Pleasant, IA
#DEFENSEPOSHTWTCLASSHOMETOWN
40Parker HesseLE6'3''250So (RS)Alton, IL
98Anthony NelsonLE6'7''250Fr (RS)New Haven, CT
57Chauncey GolstonLE6'5''227Fr (RS)New Haven, CT
96Matt NelsonRE6'8''282So (RS)Conroe, TX
95Cedric LattimoreRE6'5''260Fr (RS)Conroe, TX
67Jaleel JohnsonDT6'4''310Sr (RS)West Des Moines, IA
99Nathan BazataDT6'2''285JrLanden, OH
56Faith EkakitieDT6'3''290Sr (RS)West Des Moines, IA
91Brady ReiffDT6'3''250Fr (RS)Oak Creek, WI
77Daniel GaffeyDT6'2''285Jr (RS)Park Forest, IL
60Jacob GieseDT6'3''280FrLanden, OH
53Garret JansenDT6'2''270Fr (RS)Park Forest, IL
41Bo BowerLOLB6'1''235JrFort Leonard Wood, MO
31Aaron MendsLOLB6'1''212SoFort Leonard Wood, MO
26Kevin WardLOLB6'1''205Jr (RS)Davenport, IA
43Josey JewellMLB6'2''235JrPleasantville, NJ
48Jack HockadayMLB6'1''227SoPleasantville, NJ
49Nick NiemannMLB6'4''220FrDavenport, IA
35Tristan BohrMLB6'3''205FrDavenport, IA
44Ben NiemannROLB6'3''220Jr (RS)Allentown, PA
52Amani JonesROLB6'1''215Fr (RS)Allentown, PA
14Desmond KingCB5'11''203Sr (RS)East Bradenton, FL
13Greg MabinCB6'2''200SrOkemos, MI
5Manny RagumbaCB6'1''172FrForestville, OH
15Joshua JacksonCB6'1''185So (RS)Colesville, MD
11Michael OjemudiaCB6'2''190FrForestville, OH
37Brandon SnyderFS6'1''210SoNorthview, OH
2Malik RuckerFS5'10''174JrSioux Center, IA
27Amani HookerFS6'1''203FrLoveland, OH
19Miles TaylorSS6'1''205JrNew Brighton, MN
12Anthony GairSS6'2''210SrNew Brighton, MN
#SPECIAL TEAMSPOSHTWTCLASSHOMETOWN
3Keith DuncanK5'11''165FrNevada, IA
7Ron ColuzziP5'11''182SrChester, WV
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05:27 PM - January 3, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
From now on, I will be posting an update every three games instead of every game.

Just another update from around Michigan:
Michigan is 4-2, 2-0
#25 MSU is 4-2, 2-1
Eastern is 1-6, 1-3
Central is 2-5, 2-2
Western is 5-1, 4-0
Dynasty: ThreeBallisLife
04:45 PM - January 3, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
QB TAYLOR STRUGGLES, BUT WESTERN OVERCOMES WASHINGTON 26-23

The Good: RB Walter Han had a good game rushing for 124 yards on 26 carries.

Western led 20-0 at the half.

The Bad: We were outscored 23-6 in the second half.

Our QB threw for 232 yards and an interception along with 21-36 passing.

We gave up five sacks and had two fumbles (Luckily, we recovered them both).
Dynasty: ThreeBallisLife
10:53 AM - January 3, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
TAYLOR'S DOMINANT PERFORMANCE LEADS WESTERN TO 49-20 ROMPING OF NEVADA

Western QB Bryan Taylor was still mad about his lackluster performance against Michigan State where he threw for only 125 yards. Against Nevada he came out strong, throwing for 330 yards and 4 touchdowns.

"I had a good feeling coming into this game. I feel like our game preparation really helped in finding weaknesses in their defense. I just followed our game plan and that led to some big plays." That was how he responded when asked about his huge performance.

Notable Scores
#7 Stanford beat #14 Oregon 20-10
#18 LSU beat #9 Alabama 28-23


Bryan Taylor has now thrown for 676 yards and 8 touchdowns over the last two games.

Next up: Washington State at Western Michigan
Oregon State at Nevada
Dynasty: ThreeBallisLife
Monday, January 2, 2017
05:47 PM - January 2, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
TAYLOR LEADS WESTERN TO 50-13 BLOWOUT OF FRESNO STATE

There was little to no drama in this game. As many expected, (Western was a 15 point favorite) Western Michigan dominated Fresno State winning 50-13 behind Bryan Taylor's 346-yard, 4-touchdown performance. However, there was some bad as Western Michigan's leading rusher gained only 68 yards on the ground.

Next Western Michigan visits 1-3 Nevada for week 5.
Dynasty: ThreeBallisLife
05:33 PM - January 2, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
WESTERN MICHIGAN DEFENSIVE END MOORE MAKES BIG PLAYS, BRONCOS BEATS #24 SPARTANS 21-19

Late in the game, the Spartans were down 21-13, but WR Burge faked out Western SS Davis and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass to make the game 21-19. Western was backed up and threatening to give the game away, but on the two-point conversion, DE David Moore blew past his blocker and drilled the quarterback.
Western would recover the onside kick, but go three and out. Michigan State had the ball at their own 19 with 48 seconds to go. Their quarterback threw a deep pass on first down to the Western 47. Then there were two incompletions to bring up third down with 18 seconds.
David Moore overpowered his blocker and hit Spartan QB Garry Kelly causing the pass to fall incomplete (The tight end was wide open at the 27). Now it was fourth down and 10 with 12 seconds. Michigan State was out of field goal range, but they had a time out. Kelly took the snap and was immediately pressured by David Moore. Kelly scrambled and looked downfield, but everyone was covered, so Kelly ran for the first down. No one could get there. Then, David Moore dove and tripped Kelly up causing him to fall two yards shy of the marker.

Records from Michigan:
Michigan is 1-2
MSU is 2-1
WMU is 1-1
Central is 0-3
Eastern is 0-3.


Western had a week 3 bye.
Dynasty: ThreeBallisLife
10:19 AM - January 2, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
MICHIGAN SURVIVES LATE WESTERN SURGE, WINS 26-23

Western Michigan lost their first game of the 2027 season on Saturday, falling 26-23 to the Wolverines. Michigan led 20-3 at half, but Western wasn't done. Taylor went 2/3 for 53 yards during Western's first drive of the second half. His passing combined with Spencer's 16 rushing yards led to Western's first touchdown of the game. Michigan added a field goal on their next drive, but Taylor was finally starting to play. On the ensuing drive, Taylor guided his team down to add a field goal. Western got the ball back with 10 minutes to go and they added another field goal cutting Michigan's lead to 7, 23-16. Michigan responded quickly, adding a field goal in only two minutes extending their lead to ten.

Then the biggest moment of the game happened. With only 1:50 remaining, Taylor threw his second touchdown pass of the day this time from six yards. Western was so close to completing the comeback. Unfortunately, Michigan recovered the onside kick and held on for a 26-23 win.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017
08:25 PM - January 1, 2017. Written by ThreeBallisLife
Reporter: Hello Coach, how are you doing today?

Coach: Good. I'm really looking forward to this season.

R: Team expectations are high as the AD and alumni feel that your team could be a top ten contender, how do you feel about all the hype?

C: I think that our team could do well this year as long as we maintain discipline and focus. The team has weapons on it and I am excited to see what this season has in store for us. In terms of the AD and alumni, they aren't really pressuring us, more just hoping that we can succeed.

R: There have been some rumors...

C: I'm going to stop you right there. I know there have been some rumors about illegal recruiting and that I built this team up and signed the best recruits by cheating. None of the rumors are true. The AD knows it, I know it, and most importantly, the players know it. I don't know where the rumors came from, but you guys can all ignore them.

R: How do you expect the offense to do this year with QB Bryan Taylor under center and two great receivers in John Fuller and Clarence Hagen?

C: I think this offense could be the best I've ever coached, but once again it comes back to offensive discipline and focus. If they aren't on the same page and passes aren't connecting they may see some other players take their roles.

C: That's all the time we have.

R: Thank you, Coach.
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