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All-Freshman team

Props to Marques Aiken, but overall, I don’t take this list as a good sign for MU football …


QB – Jeff Godfrey, UCF

RB – Kendrick Hardy, Southern Miss

RB – Orleans Darkwa, Tulane

OL – Grant Harner, East Carolina

OL – Ricky Hart, Memphis

OL – Stetson Burnett, Tulsa

OL – Justin McCray, UCF

OL – Jordan McCray, UCF

TE – Zeke Walters, Southern Miss

WR – Thomas Roberson, Tulsa

WR – Jackie Williams, UAB


DL – Marques Aiken, Marshall

DL – Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss

DL – Victor Gray, UCF

DL – Germard Reed, UTEP

LB – Efrem Oliphant, Houston

LB – Shawn Jackson, Tulsa

LB – Cody Wilson, Tulsa

DB – Mohammed Seisay, Memphis

DB – Alex Walters, Southern Miss

DB – Deron Wilson, Southern Miss

DB – Marco Nelson, Tulsa

DB – Jordan Ozerities, UCF


K – Chris Boswell, Rice

K – Cairo Santos, Tulane

P – Tom Hornsey, Memphis

KR – Darryl Fields, SMU

All-C-USA football

Just 4 Herd players honored, and you can guess ’em.





QB- G.J. Kinne, Jr., TulsaRB- Bryce Beall, Jr., Houston

RB- Zach Line, So., SMU

OL- Kelvin Beachum, Jr., SMU

OL- Matt McCants, Jr., UAB

OL- Jah Reid, Sr., UCF

OL- Willie Smith, Sr., East Carolina

OL- Chris Thompson, Jr., Houston

OL- Cameron Zipp, Sr., Southern Miss

TE- Johdrick Morris, Sr., Southern Miss

WR- Dwayne Harris, Sr., East Carolina

WR- Patrick Edwards, Jr., Houston

WR- Aldrick Robinson, Sr., SMU


DL- Vinny Curry, Jr., Marshall

DL- Bruce Miller, Sr., UCF

DL- Cheta Ozougwu, Sr., Rice

DL- Taylor Thompson, Jr., SMU

LB- Ja’Gared Davis, So., SMU

LB- Mario Harvey, Sr., Marshall

LB- Jamon Hughes, Sr., Memphis

DB-Philip Davis, Sr., Tulane

DB-Kemal Ishmael, So., UCF

DB-Marco Nelson, Fr., Tulsa

DB-Josh Robinson, So., UCF


K- Danny Hrapmann, Jr., Southern Miss

P- Kyle Martens, Jr., Rice

KR-Quincy McDuffie, So., UCF

PR- Dwayne Harris, Sr., East Carolina

PR- Damaris Johnson, Jr., Tulsa

LS- Brandon Long, Sr., Rice

QB- Austin Davis, Jr., Southern Miss
RB- Orleans Darkwa, Fr., Tulane
RB- Ronnie Weaver, Jr., UCF
OL- Clint Anderson, Jr., Tulsa
OL- Rod Huntley, Sr., UTEP
OL- Dominik Riley, Sr., Memphis
OL- Chad Schofield, Sr., Marshall
OL- Isaiah Thompson, Sr., Houston
TE- Lee Smith, Sr., Marshall
WR-Cole Beasley, Jr., SMU
WR-Lance Lewis, Jr., East Carolina
WR-Damaris Johnson, Jr., Tulsa
DL- Anthony Gray, Sr., Southern Miss
DL- Elliott Henigan, Jr., UAB
DL- Cordarro Law, Jr., Southern Miss
DL- Darius Nall, Jr., UCF
LB- Trent Mackey, So., Tulane
LB- Marcus McGraw, Jr., Houston
LB- Youri Yenga, Sr., SMU
DB-Travis Bradshaw, Jr., Rice
DB-Emanuel Davis, Jr., East Carolina
DB-Chris Banjo, Jr., SMU
DB-Justin Wilson, Sr., Southern Miss
DB-Travaun Nixon, Jr., UTEP
K- Michael Barbour, Jr., East Carolina
P- Michael Such, Sr., Tulsa
KR- Damaris Johnson, Jr., Tulsa
PR- Patrick Edwards, Jr., Houston
LS- Charley Hughlett, Jr., UCF

Marshall at Ohio, live

Let’s try this again… I think the net is better than Louisville, but we’ll see…

Small crowd at The Convo with the students out on quarter break… A full high school band is taking up half the usual “O Zone” section courtside. … And I love having the students courtside.

Pena starting, Spikes, Shaq, Kanes and Baines. … the usual. Ohio plays “Thunderstruck” during its introductions. WTH?

Ohio 5, Herd 0: Distastrous start. Baltic 2, Cooper 3 off a turnover…

Ohio 8, Marshall 2 at 15:59: Kane is not on this planet right now. He’s really, really out of it … except when he drew the charge …. oh, wait, it was called a block. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? If the officiating takes that track, I’m going back out in the snow. Still, a bad, bad start for the Herd.

Herd 10, Ohio 10 at 10:57: After that bad start, an 8-0 run … this Herd team can get downcourt very quick in transition when the opportunity is there. …. Baines, etc. starting to assert themselves inside … that will be a match of power vs. skill and quickness all game. … Marshall has ball after Johnny Higgins got swatted by DeVaughn Washington.

Herd 18, Ohio 13 at 7:46: Dago just hit a 3, ending a string of horrendous possessions by both sides. Ohio has 5 turnovers in a row, including a lane violation on a 1-and-1. Big men using all of their fouls — Allen 2, Spikes 2 and Aundra Williams 1. The youngster is still a little lost.

Herd 22, Ohio 17 at 3:14: D.J. Cooper on line after drawing Audra Williams’ 2nd foul. Herd slid into the 3-2 zone with some effectiveness… Johnny Higgins with 4 straight, 2 on FTs and 2 more on a smooth drive.

Herd 25, Ohio 23 at 1:11: Kane passes up Williams and hits a 3 at the top of key … I’m all for it!

Herd 27, Ohio 23 at the half: Baines hits a 2 at the top of the key and Cooper misses at the buzzer. All things considered, the Herd must be happy with the result.

The ugly numbers: Herd shooting 36 percent, Ohio 33.3 percent … Ohio 13 turnovers, Herd 12 … Ohio 2-of-10 from 3-point range, a tough number for that team. Marshall is 3-of-7, which it will take every half. BUT… Marshall is 6-of-18 inside the arc, where it typically is much better. The pregame figure was 57 or 58 percent, methinks.

Cooper has 7 points to lead all scorers… Baines and Higgins have 4 for the Herd, and Kane has just 2, with 3 turnovers. Ouch!

Herd 32, Ohio 23 at 18:01: Great start, with 5 fastbreak points. Kane made a sweet dish-out to Dago, who buried the 3 and forced John Groce to use a timeout. Bobcats ball.

Herd 34, Ohio 25 at 15:50: Kane is starting to assert himself in transition, and he’s on the line after this timeout. Washington missed a chippie at the other end, though Nigel Spikes may have had something to do with it. Washington has a little disadvantage at 6-8.

Herd 43, Ohio 40 at 11:40: Bobcats starting to hit 3s and get back in it. But the Herd made its play of the year, when Spikes rebounded a Pena 3, got it out to Pena, who went behind the back to Baines for a dunk — at the shot-clock buzzer.

Herd 47, Ohio 43 at 9:02: Bobcats tied it with Baltic 3-pointer (abused Espinosa), but Kane scores on a baseline drive and a j from the line. He’s back…

Herd 49, Ohio 45 at 7:55: Johnny Thomas bails out Shaq on his second airballed 3 of the game. Another tough day for Shaq. … Kane has 12, Baines 10; Cooper 14, Baltic 10 for Ohio. Baltic has backdoored Marshall more often than I’ve seen all season.

Herd 55, Ohio 52 at 3:49: Bobcats’ ball after Shaq stole a pass (great play) and then carried the ball (bad play). Spikes missed 2 free throws before that. Washington showed a nice midrange jumper to set this score. We’ll go to the wire with this one, I’m sure.

Herd 57, Ohio 55 at 2:42: Kane hit 2 free throws, though Ohio wanted traveling … Washington missed close-in attempt vs. Baines. Herrion calls 30-second time.

Herd 59, Ohio 55 at 1:47: Groce takes a 30 in mid-possession, after Spikes hits 2 free throws (really).

Herd 62, Ohio 55 at 1:08: Free throws!

Herd 62, Ohio 57 at 49.4: Herd on double bonus, has made 9-of-12 FTs since last FG.

Same score, 46.7: Shaq lost ball under big pressure in backcourt. Ohio takes last timeout after trouble inbounding in frontcourt.

Herd 65, Ohio 57: It’s over!

Unexpected volleyball item

Went off-Marshall to do a feature on Christian school basketball and heard this: Teays Valley Christian’s Lauren Legge has committed to play for Mitch Jacobs’ volleyballers — with a full scholie. She is supposed to 6-foot-2 or so, has just completed her junior season and is playing in a travel league. (Volleyball prospects really, really make their mark in travel leagues, I have been told several times.)

Jamar Lewter

The offensive tackle from Washington’s Ballou High who decommitted from North Carolina and threw his lot with the Herd carries a lot of … height. That’s 6-8, and he’s listed at 280 … you figure he can carry 310-325 with the same agility, or better.

Scouts Inc. (via rates him a 77, or a 3-star. He is called “a flexible athlete who runs well for his size,” and a man who “flashes a tough, aggressive attitude.” There are a number of things he must correct and improve on, including his pad level in run blocking — that’s a biggie. Most propects from the District need a fair amount of polishing, but … this could be a much-needed catch on the O-line.

Just don’t pencil him in for 2011. Boy, the Herd could use a juco or three in that unit.

A bowl worksheet

This simply projects simple bowl eligibility, considering there are *70* spots available. If there isn’t 71 eligible, we cannot consider the possibility that any 6-6 team gets shut out.

Heading into today, standings from

Big East: 3 are in
Next win: UConn, Louisville
Next loss out: Cincinnati

Big Ten: 7 in, 1 out
Next win in: Illinois
Next loss out: Purdue, Indiana (both play 11/27)

Conference USA: 5 in, 3 out
Next win in: Houston, SMU
Next loss out: Marshall, Tulane

Independents: 2 in
Next win in: Notre Dame

MAC: 5 in, 6 out
Next loss out: Kent St, W Michigan

MWC: 4 in 4 out
Next win in: BYU

Pac-10: 3 in, 3 out
Next win in: Cal
Next loss out: Washington, UCLA

SEC: 8 in, 1 out
Next win in: Georgia
Next loss out: Tennessee, Ole Miss

Sun Belt: 0 in, 3 out
Next win in: Troy
Next loss out: Ark St, La-Monroe, MTSU

WAC: 4 in, 2 out
Next loss out: La Tech, Utah St, Idaho

54 in, 27 out, 38 still alive (USC is counted as out)
Next win in: 15
Next loss out: 20

Herd wearing the (kelly) green at SMU

Uh, oh. The Mustangs have called a “white-out,” with the home team donning white. LSU is the only college team that should wear white at home, IMHO.

What do ya say the Herd goes “pea pod” and wears green jerseys and green pants? Like it should have been wearing against Central Florida?

It’s SMU week

A few things about the Mustangs:

1. They are coming off a bye week, which gave them an extra 7 days to grouse over a disastrous 28-14 loss at UTEP. You never know for sure, but that appears to be a plus for SMU.

2. They blew a chance to tighten their grip on the West Division, but were handed full control of their destiny when Houston lost to Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane and Mustangs are tied at 5-2, but SMU won 21-18 … took a 21-7 lead in that game, Tulsa scored with 6-plus minutes to get within a field goal and the Mustangs successfully ran out the clock. (Once again, you do that by getting first downs, not running up the middle 3 times.)

3. Shocking development, considering June Jones is the coach: SMU is ranked higher in scoring defense than it is in scoring offense. … though it is 2nd in total offense in C-USA play.

4. They run the ball. Really — Zach Line needs 28 yards to be the first C-USA rusher to 1,000 yards. They are ahead in time of possession, a stat pass-happy offenses really don’t worry about. Something to watch: Line banged up his hip against UTEP, though he has had time to heal.

5. Don’t worry, they can still pass. In league action, Kyle Padron leads the league at 304 yards per game, and Aldrick Robinson leads with 121.8 receiving yards — and 21.5 yards a catch. Cole Beasley is 3rd at 92.7.

6. Gerald J. Ford is one of the very nicest venues in the league. Announced attendance averages 22,000, bumped by an over-capacity 35,000-plus against TCU. We’ll see upper teens announced, perhaps mid-teens on hand.

7. These guys are buried, buried, buried in the Dallas sports scene. It’s the Cowboys, Longhorns, Aggies, Rangers, Cowboys, Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars, Cowboys, high school football, MLS team, Cowboys, rodeo, golf, Cowboys, Cowboys, then SMU. Only Rice is buried as badly in its market. You may find a half-dozen high school playoff games outdrawing MU-SMU. … During the 2006 trip, Flower Mound-Flower Mound Marcus brought 36K to Texas Stadium.

8.  Weather forecast: 76 ‘n’ mostly sunny. That reminds me: The 2006 game was on Oct. 13 or thereabouts, under similar conditions. That day, the Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo game was postponed a day because of a foot-plus of lake-effect snow. God bless the MAC.

Grades for UAB game

Finally hit the 400-yard mark and converted 10-of-20 first downs, but the running yards were tougher than expected.

This may be nitpicking, but I will deduct for the 43-yard touchdown. Good play call by UAB, but still… Otherwise, a great performance, including a goal-line stand that turned the momentum.

40 yards a punt, key KO return by Troy Evans, Tyler Warner hit 41-yard field goal and the kickoff team quit squibbing — and got a better results.

BA had one big brain cramp and he admitted as much … check my notebook. Otherwise, he hit two bombs, threw for 304, found Lee Smith 9 times… Great game on the road.

The adjustments were many: Quit squibbing, stopped Jeffery Anderson down the middle, found ways to keep jacking up the pressure on Byron Ellis… It was a good argument for staying the course.

Are you kidding? These guys were 9.5-point dogs and played like 9.5-point favorites. On the road, no less.

UAB articles over the weekend

As you may know, the Blazers upended Southern Miss 50-49 in double overtime, at “The Rock,” no less.

From Steve Irvine of The Birmingham News: Game story; notes and grades from Irvine.

The Hattiesburg American angle isn’t bad reading, either.

This is a good roadie, if you want to do it: 532 miles from Edwards Stadium to Legion Field and PLENTY of tickets available.