Rodri says workload hitting Man City campaignby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri says their workload is hitting their campaign.Pep Guardiola is aiming to win his third league title in a row with the Blues, but City have made their worst start to a league campaign since he took charge of the club in 2016. Asked to explain their losses in the league, he told ESPN: “I won my first title as soon as I arrived [Community Shield], so that [start] was good.”I think people have to be aware that there is a lot happening: we have had a lot of players out, it is difficult because we play every three days in three competitions and we are playing with more or less the same players.”What’s done is done.”We have to realise that we are doing things wrong, and we have to fix it. We have to be calm: it’s the start of the season, we have recognised that we have had our problems, and we improve.”Also, in football there are many things you can’t control. We hope we can get important players [back from injury] and when they do, that will be good for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice. pic.twitter.com/GD6rAxK89O— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis apparently was not happy with the officiating in today’s loss at Ohio State.Buckeye running back Mike Weber, who, like Wolverines cornerback Jourdan Lewis, attended Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, shared an apparent post-game text message from Lewis. In it, he is complaining about the referees.??? go away @JourdanJD pic.twitter.com/3eAU0AzJep— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) November 26, 2016Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh criticized the officials in his post-game press conference. He, like many Wolverine fans, thought Ohio State received a favorable spot on its critical fourth down conversion in double-overtime.Other Michigan fans voiced displeasure with a handful of pass interference calls (and non-calls) throughout the day. Apparently, Lewis also thought the game was poorly officiated.But man, did Weber have to screenshot him like this? That’s harsh dude, even for a heated rivalry.
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Someone handed Lane Kiffin a microphone. Naturally, he used it to take some digs at his former employer.Kiffin hasn’t been shy about trolling Nick Saban and Alabama, since leaving the school. The former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator revived his career under Saban, and parlayed it into the head coaching job at FAU.Last season, he had a huge Year 1 with the Owls, going 11-3 with an undefeated Sun Belt record, and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl.Expectations are extremely high for FAU this season. The Owls should be one of the best Group of Five programs in the country, and are the favorites to win their conference once again. They won’t get off to an easy start, though.FAU opens the season on the road at Oklahoma. The Sooners are coming off of a College Football Playoff berth, and even after losing a number of stars including Heisman winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, Kiffin thinks they might be the best team in the country.Specifically, Lane Kiffin told fans at a recent stop on the FAU “Winning in Paradise” tour that Oklahoma is a “better team than ‘Bama.”Jake Elman of The Palm Beach Post tweeted video of Kiffin’s little jab at Alabama, from a stop in Coconut Creek.Lane Kiffin (jokingly!?!?) on FAU playing Oklahoma in week one. “You’re getting a better team than Bama.” @RedditCFB @pbpsports pic.twitter.com/UygSdRQVrF— Jake Elman (@JakeElman) June 13, 2018Oklahoma should be a very strong team once again. The Sooners get one more year with quarterback Kyler Murray, who looked pretty electrifying in relief of Mayfield last season.He was recently a top 10 pick by the Oakland A’s in the MLB Draft. However, he will play one final year of college football at Oklahoma before foregoing his senior season and turning his attention to baseball.Kiffin has good reason to promote the Sooners as one of the country’s best teams. If his team can spring an upset on the road—or even keep things close—and OU has another big season, it could help FAU potentially capture the G5 bid in one of the New Year’s Six games, which would be a massive accomplishment for a Sun Belt program.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)ABC tabbed the Ohio State-TCU contest as Week 3’s game of the week. So far, the Buckeyes and the Horned Frogs have lived up to the hype.Ohio State and TCU have both put up a ton of offense through two quarters. There have been some timely stops by the opposing defenses, too.The Buckeyes seemed poised to score heading into the break, but OSU missed a field goal to end the first half.It’s TCU 14, Ohio State 13 heading into halftime.Does ESPN think the Buckeyes will be able to pull out a win in the second half? Here’s the prediction from ESPN’s Football Power Index.ESPN’s Football Power Index is still confident in Ohio State, it gives the Buckeyes a 68.8 percent chance to win the game.TCU will get the ball to start the second half, which will begin in about 15 minutes.The Ohio State-TCU game is on ABC.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the game between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Texas Longhorns on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top junior college linebackers in the country is off the board. Caleb Johnson is bound for Texas.The four-star Murrieta (Calif.) Fullerton College product announced his commitment to the Longhorns tonight. Johnson chose the UT over Arkansas, Oregon and Colorado.He was originally committed to Iowa State but reopened his recruitment in October.Blessed to say I’m committed to the University of Texas??. I’m thankful for everyone that believed in me and helped me get where I am today?? #FJCPRODUCT @TexasFootball @FullColl_FB pic.twitter.com/nL50Io1gbB— CJ (@CalebJohnsun) December 18, 2018Johnson is the No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 39 overall recruit in the junior college ranks, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Here is an updated look at Texas’ 2019 recruiting haul.Texas checks in at No. 7 in the 2019 composite team recruiting rankings. You can see those full rankings here.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football takes a hiatus for the next eight-and-a-half months, leaving us to fantasize about what excitement lies ahead next fall. Once again, we have a number of major non-conference matchups early in the season.ESPN’s Andrea Adelson ranked her top non-conference games in 2019. Some of these games will shape the College Football Playoff race, even though they are in the first few weeks of the campaign.Adelson chose Georgia-Notre Dame at No. 1. This will be the second time these two teams have met recently, with Georgia having beaten ND in South Bend in 2017.The Bulldogs host the Fighting Irish on Sept. 21, and there will be more than just a game at stake, as Adelson notes.Let’s be real. The trash-talk coming from Georgia players via Twitter as they watched Notre Dame get trucked by Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal makes this Week 4 matchup between the Irish and Bulldogs must-see TV. And considering both teams should be in the top 5 and playoff contenders again at that point, this one is already circled 50 times on the calendar, though it’s eight months out. This will be Notre Dame’s first trip to Athens, Georgia, and a return game after the two played in South Bend in 2017 (Georgia won 20-19). It will be hard to ignore the playoff implications in this one, especially considering the Irish must once again — in all likelihood — be perfect to have any shot at the top four.A 12-0 regular season in 2019 would be a major accomplishment for Notre Dame, considering the Irish have to play at Georgia, at Michigan and at Stanford. As for the Bulldogs, they can ill afford to lose a non-conference game before the SEC gauntlet kicks in.In addition to its usual SEC East slate, Georgia has to travel to Auburn and play a tough Texas A&M team in conference crossover action.If both of these teams are undefeated going into Week 4, the atmosphere for this one should be incredible.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers enter 2019 as the defending national champions, coming off a 15-0 season, with an elite freshman quarterback and one of the top recruiting staffs in the nation. But ESPN believes it would be a mistake to think of Clemson as a flawless team as they begin their title defense this season.According to ESPN writer David M. Hale, Clemson’s biggest obstacle heading into 2019 will be finding replacements and leaders for a plethora of superstar defenders that are leaving school.Specifically, Hale pointed to the team losing five of their top six pass rushers from 2018, who have either declared for the NFL early or have otherwise graduated, as a big obstacle to overcome.For any other team, the turnover on defense would be a huge red flag. For Clemson, it’s more of a minor inconvenience. Yes, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant are all moving on to the NFL, along with Tre Lamar, Kendall Joseph and Trayvon Mullen.Hale added that while the Tigers likely have the players capable of stepping up to the plate physically, the team will need to identify its new defensive leaders.The talent remains stout. The leadership will need to be developed this spring.Ferrell, Bryant, Wilkins, Joseph, and Lamar combined for 32 sacks and 70 tackles for loss in 2018.The Tigers may be one of the betting favorites for the 2019 national championship, but head coach Dabo Swinney will certainly want to identify the team’s new leaders quickly.[ESPN]
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Former Michigan star and Wolverine assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley is reportedly set to take over his own program. Wheatley has landed a head coaching job, according Football Scoop.Football Scoop’s Zach Burnett reports that Wheatley is expected to be named the new coach at Morgan State. The Bears played the 2018 season under interim head coach Ernest Jones, going 4-7.Wheatley spent the last two seasons as the running backs coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the running backs coach at his alma mater under Jim Harbaugh in 2015-16.Wheatley also has stints with the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and Syracuse (2010-12) on his resume. His only previous head coaching experience was at his former high school, Dearborn Heights (Mich.) Robichaud in 2007.Tyrone Wheatley is expected to be the next head coach at Morgan State, sources told @FootballScoop https://t.co/ThiJIYjLCq— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 5, 2019Wheatley was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and a three-time All-Big Ten first team selection from 1992-94. He was then selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.Wheatley played 10 years in the NFL, four with the Giants and six with the Oakland Raiders, retiring after the 2004 campaign.Additionally, Wheatley has had a pair of sons play college football. Tyrone Jr. played for Michigan before transferring to Stony Brook, where he appeared in 11 games in 2018. Terius Wheatley played in 10 games this season at Virginia Tech.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of the stadium taken during a game between South Carolina and Florida on November 11, 2000 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Flordia. Florida defeated South Carolina 41-21. ( Photo by: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2020 recruiting class has announced his college commitment, as he’s heading to the SEC.Jeremiah Johnson, a four-star wide receiver out of Homerville, Georgia, is heading to Florida.The 6-foot-7 wideout announced his college commitment on social media.“My decision has been made,” he wrote. “I will be attending the University of Florida.”Here yah go 📝💯 pic.twitter.com/CmF0ZvSU1R— Melly Mi👁☠️ (@jjeremiahman) March 21, 2019Johnson is ranked the No. 68 WR in the 2020 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, the No. 359 player overall.Arkansas, Cincinnati, Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee, among other programs, were also involved in his recruitment.Florida’s 2020 class is ranked the No. 6 class in the country.