Minnesota Kids in the Elite Eight

While reading about the NCAA Basketball tournament, I read about several Minnesota kids, that will participate in the Elite Eight.

  • Army v Duke  Tres Jones

  • Tres is the starting point guard for Duke. He is from Apple Valley, where he starred for 4 years. He is following in the footsteps of his brother, Tyus, who now plays for the Timberwolves. Coach K calls him a game changer. He is a freshman, and is projected as a draft pick, in the upcoming draft, if he chooses to come out. Jay Bilas says he is the best defensive player in college ball.

 

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  • Geno Crandall                                                                                                                   
  • Played high school ball at DeLasalle in Minneapolis. He chose North Dakota for college. He graduated early, and still had a year of eligibility, had several offers, including the Gophers, and chose to attend Gonzaga, because he felt that going there, would give him the best opportunity, to get top the Final Four. He is averaging 7 points, and 2.5 assists, per game

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  • Reid Travis

  • Also an alum of DeLasalle. He led the team to the state title, while scoring over 29 points, and 9 rebounds, per game. He was a 2014 McDonalds All-Star. He had several college offers, and chose Stanford. He was redshirted, because of injury, therefore having a year of eligibility, left after graduation. He chose to go to Kentucky, where he has averaged 9 points a game backing their point guard.

All 3 of these young men are looking forward to returning home for the Final Four.

Jerry Kill Slays P.J.Clark

For those of you, who follow me; you know that I’m not a fan of University of Minnesota Football Coach,  P.J.Fleck. He has always appeared to me, to be an egomaniac, only interested in promoting P.J.Fleck.

I was always appalled, by Fleck throwing all previous Gopher coaches under the bus. He has always talked, of how bad the culture was in Minneapolis. How he was going to build a program, that Minnesota could take pride in. He has stated that we haven’t had a team, we could be proud of since 1967. And even then , he stated there was not a strong culture.

Having been a long time fan, I’d like share the records of some recent coaches, all better than Flecks first two years:

  • Tracy Claeys       9 – 4
  • Jerry kill                8 – 5 (twice)
  • Tim Brewster      7 – 6
  • Glen Mason          7 – 5 (twice)
  • Glen Mason          8 – 5
  • Glen Mason        10 – 5  

These were all coaches Fleck has knocked. He’s the one that should be thrown under the bus, by these coaches.

Jerry Kill has come forward with some criticism, on a national Sirius radio program. Kill stated that Fleck had coached for him for 2 years @ Northern Illinois, before he left to go Rutgers, under Greg Shiano. Kill said he changed while there. Kill said, he then helped Fleck to get the head coaching job, at Western Michigan, and supported the University of Minnesota in hiring him.

Kill said “When he went to Minnesota and treated people, the way he treated my recruits, telling them he had to come in, and completely change the culture, because it was a bad culture, run by bad people”

Kill said there must be a lot of people, who disagree with Flecks style, based on the players, and coaches, who have left the program.

Kill also said he called and talked with Fleck, after he got the Minnesota job. He said “Yep, and that will be the last time”

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NFL Combine Shines

My wife said to me “How can you watch guys run the same track, the same distance, do all the same drills, for 3 days in a row. Who’s the winner?”

My response; “It’s my favorite 3 days of the year. It’s like you watching 3 nights in a row, of the Bachelor.”

What a great display of very talented athletes. After viewing the process from beginning to end, I’ve developed my  list of the top talents in each category. I don’t know where they will all get drafted, but am sure, they will all be gone, by the end of round 3.

Offensive Line

  • Garrett Bradbury; OL NCST: sub 5/ 40, top performer in drills. 1st yr starter.
  • Andre Dillard; OL WSU: sub 5/40, Sure 1st rounder.
  • Jawaan Taylor; OL FL: A+ in the movement drills. Stock up at combine.
  • Jonah Williams; OL ALA:
  • Cody Ford; OL OK:
  • Michael Jordan; OL OH ST: 6-3 and 315 lbs. Agile in all drill
  • Running Backs

  • Justice Hill; RB OKST: Spectacular at Combine. 4.00/40.  40″vert.
  • Miles Sanders; RB Penn ST:4.47/40. Top Notch in all drills.
  • Mike Weber; RB OH ST:4.47/40 Great in drills.
  • Josh Jacobs; RB ALA:

Tight Ends

  • Noah Fant; TE IA: 4.5/40. 39″vert.@6-4 249 lbs. Best of WR’s.
  • T.J.Hokanson; TE IA: 4.7/40.37″ vert. First Round. 1st TE taken.
  • Josh Oliver; TE SJ ST: 4.63/40.6-5 249. 103/4 hand.
  • Caleb Wilson; TE: 4.50,40.

Wide Receivers

  • DK Metcalf; WR MISS:4.33/40, 40″vert, 6-2 & 230 lbs.
  • Parris Campbell; WR OH ST: 4.31/40. Great Hands.
  • AJ Brown; WR OLE MISS: 4.49/40. 36 vert. 6ft& 230lbs.
  • Miles Boykin; WR ND: 4.42/40. 43″vert.: Highly skilled.

Quarterbacks

  • Dwayne Haskins; QB OH ST: 6-3, 231 lbs. Best Passer.
  • Ryan Finley; QB NC ST: 6-4 & 213. Big Hands
  • Easton Stick ; QB NDSU: 4.63/40
  • Drew Lock; QB : 4.69/40
  • Murray; QB OK: 5-10 208 lbs. Did not participate in the combine.

 

  • Defensive Line

  • Rashan Gary; DL MI: sub 5/40
  • Nick Bosa; DL OST: sub 5/40
  • Dexter Lawrence; DL CLEM: 5.05/40 @ 343lbs
  • Quinnen Williams; DL ALA: 4.83 at 303 lbs. Top Ten pick.
  • Renell Wren; DL AZ ST: 6-5 & 318 lbs, ran a 5.00/40. 1st Round

EDGE Rushers

  • Montez Sweat ; MISS ST EDGE: Outstanding At 6’6″ & 260 he ran a 4.41 /40
  • Chase Winovich; EDGE: Sub 5 /40
  • Ben Banajo; EDGE TCU: 6-3 and 250.4.62/40. Led conference in sacks.
  • Josh Allen; EDGE KTY: 4.64/40 @6-5  AND 282lbs.

Linebackers

  • Greedy Williams; LB LSU: 4.37/40 Big corner at 6-2  185.
  • Byron Murphy; LB W: Not fastest, but best overall in drills.
  • Deandre Baker; LB GA: 4.52/40

Defensive backs

  • Jonathon Abrams; DBack MISS ST: 4.45/40. Excelled in all field events.
  • Byron Murphy; Dback: 4.5/40 and excelled in all drills.
  • Darnell Savage Jr.; Dback: 4.36/40 and a 39″vert.
  • Chauncy Gardner- Johnson; Dback FL: 4.48/40 at 210 lbs
  • Deandre Baker ; Dback GA: 4.52/40 and excelled in all drills.
  • Juan Thornhill; Dback  4.42/40 with a 44″vert and a 10ft. 9 in broad.

From my vantage point the Top Five at the combine were

  1. Dback JuanThornhill 4.42/40 & 44″vert,

  2. EDGE Montez Sweat with a 4.41/40 @260lbs.,

  3. DL Quinnen  Williams with a 4.81/40 @318lbs.,

  4. WR DK Metcalf with a 433/40 @6-3 230lbs.

  5. TE Noah Fant with a 4.50/40 @ 6-5 and 249lbs.