Category: College Football

USF QB Wins National Award

The accolades for Quinton Flowers, the quarterback at the University of South Florida, keep coming in. He was recently named the National Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards.

 

Th group based their decision on the season’s statistics and feel that Flowers was the most impact player in college football. Instead of voting on who most deserves recognition, the group bases their decision on scientific information. Data from each game is collected and analyzed as the group assesses whose performance was most exemplary.

 

Flowers set school season records for total offense, total touchdowns, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. In nine of the thirteen games he played, he was responsible for over 300 yards, also a record. Thanks to his level of skill, the team finished the season with 11 wins and 2 losses. This year was the program’s most successful one.

 

Flowers was also named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the year in 2016. Other awards include being a first team all-conference quarterback, a two-time College Football Performance Awards performer of the week, and a three-time College Sports Madness AAC offense player of the week. He was a candidate or finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, and the Johnny Unitas Award.

 

He is currently a junior, measuring six feet tall and weighing in at 210 pounds. He hails from Miami Jackson High School in nearby Miami, FL. His passing and rushing abilities make him hard to defend, and fans are hopeful that he’ll continue his winning ways with the USF team next fall.

 

St. Petersburg Student Commits to University of Florida

Jalynn Williams, a highly touted receiver from St. Petersburg High, has orally committed to play for the Florida Gators. This oral commitment is non-binding, unlike the letters of intent that players sign. Williams won’t be asked to officially commit to the school until next year.

 

This past season as a junior, Williams caught 53 passes for 399 yards. He scored six touchdowns as his team went on to win eight out of ten games.

 

The three-star recruit is 5’11” and 185 pounds. He becomes the first member of the 2018 Gator recruiting class. He also considered offers from other colleges, including Ohio State and Miami.

 

The Gator football team could benefit from having his agile feet and sure hands. They’re known for having explosive offensive power, and Williams has proven that he can make it quickly down the field both with and without the ball.

 

The University of Florida finished the year with a 10 – 4 record, beating Iowa in the Outback Bowl. They were ranked number 14 at the end of the season, but fans generally expect much more. The school has won three national championships, the last of which was in 2008 with Tim Tebow leading the way. Everyone is hungry for a chance to break into the top ten at the very least. A trip to the college football playoffs is always the ultimate goal.

 

The team is led by coach Jim McElwain, who took the helm

After the 2014 season. He likes to focus on the pass, and Williams could be a valuable addition to his group of receivers.

 

Clemson Tops Alabama in a Thrilling Game at Raymond James Stadium

Raymond James Stadium was the stage for the 2016 National Collegiate Football Championship. The Alabama Crimson Tide and The Clemson Tigers were primed for a big rematch. The Tide captured the national title last year when they held the Tigers off by five points (45-40).

 

Will Alabama’s talented defense be able to contain the Deshaun Watson? Will Bama’s freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts have a huge game and lead his team to their second consecutive national title? These were the two big questions circulating in everyone’s mind before the game.

 

It is imperative to point out that Nick Saban, Alabama’s Head Coach, dismissed his offensive coordinator several days before the game. Steve Sarkisian took over the offensive play calling responsibilities after Lane Kiffin was released. Some collegiate football insiders felt that move would have a huge impact on Bama’s offense.

 

It was vital for Alabama’s defense to hold Clemson to a low scoring game. Many felt that Hurts did not have enough experience to propel his team to a win if the game turned into a shootout. It is not unusual for inexperienced collegiate quarterbacks to succumb to pressure in big games.

 

Alabama took an early lead, but Clemson managed to get back into the game. The game resembled the classic boxing match that took place between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Both teams kept slugging it out until the end.

 

With only a few second left in the game, Deshaun Watson connected with Hunter Renfrow for the game winning touchdown. This completed pass put the exclamation point on one of the best national championship games in the history of the NCAA. Clemson was the underdog, but their poise and confidence helped them end Nick Saban’s winning streak in national championship games.

 

 

Clemson Bests Alabama to Take Home National Title

In the last second of the game, quarterback Deshaun Watson fired off a pass to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow leading to a win for the Tigers over the Crimson Tide with a final score of 35-31. Watch the crowd go wild after this down-to-the-wire pass here.

 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was ecstatic after the win, exclaiming that he had told his team at halftime that they were going to win. He didn’t know how, but he knew they were going to win. The moment felt surreal for Coach Swinney and his team, and the last minute victory still hadn’t sunk in.

 

This victory is especially sweet for Clemson after last year’s 45-40 defeat to Crimson Tide just last year. The win is an upset for Alabama fans, crushing a 26 game winning streak and stealing away what would have been Alabama’s 5th National Title in just 8 seasons.

 

Alabama coach Nick Saban was gracious in defeat, commenting that he thought Clemson made some fantastic plays. He admitted that Alabama just didn’t make the plays when they needed to in order to ensure a win. They needed sacks and a takeaway, and at the end of the day Clemson played a better game.

 

The defeat hits hard for Coach Saban as he was one National Title away from tying with Alabama Coach Bear Bryant for most College Football titles in history. It looks like Saban will have to wait at least one more year for the prestige of that honor, as it’s Clemson’s time in the spotlight.

College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 through 8, 2017, will be the dates; and Tampa, Florida, will be the place for this exciting family-friendly multi-day fan festival. Thousands of fans will enjoy the many varied special activities, some of which are outlined below, as well as mini pep rallies for each participating team, appearances and performances from institutions’ bands and mascots, special celebrity appearances and exhibits, youth sports clinics, interactive activities, entertainment, and more.

 

AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 – 8, 2017

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

 

FREE outdoor concert series featuring a variety of national recording artists including Usher, Gavin DeGraw and Jamie N Commons on Sunday.

 

Extra Yard 5K and Family Fun Run

Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Downtown Tampa’s Championship Campus

 

This official Extra Yard 5K road race at 8:00 AM is 3.1 miles down a scenic route of a portion of Bayshore Boulevard. A One-Mile Family Fun Run at 9:00 AM will also be held along a portion of the course.

 

There will also be a post-race awards ceremony, live entertainment, activities with race sponsors, and many benefits along with the registration fees. Proceeds will benefit Extra Yard for Teachers that goes the “extra yard” by celebrating, honoring, empowering, and inspiring teachers.

 

Championship Tailgate

Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium

 

FREE for all championship game ticket holders.

 

This ultimate game day tailgate will feature ESPN broadcast sets, interactive games, concessions, sponsor activities, and more. Dierks Bentley will headline the Capital One Quicksilver Music Stage.

 

Media Day

Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Amalie Arena – 9:00 AM

FREE event

 

Attendees will see their favorite players and coaching staffs and listen to interviews as over 1,000 media members preview the national championship game.

 

Taste of the Championship

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Florida Aquarium

7:00 to 10:00 PM

 

Attendees will get to sample gourmet food and beverages from different geographic regions throughout the country presented by a variety of Tampa-area restaurants. Proceeds from the $250 general admission support the College Football Playoff Foundation..

 

Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are a college football team that has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years. However, after Urban Meyer retired, the school has struggled to field a team that is worth anything. This year, the team is struggling on offense, and the head coach is taking a lot of blame. This Saturday, Florida will play against South Carolina. Although this is not a good team, it is a team with enough talent on defense to hold the Gators down. Florida talked a lot of trash against the University of Tennessee before their game this year. This made national headlines, and then the Gators were embarrassed on national TV when the Vols destroyed them at home. It will be interesting to see whether this team can rally after getting crushed by Arkansas.

 

Florida Defense

 

The strength of the Gators team is with the defense. They have one of the best secondaries in the country, and they have a stingy defense that forces a lot of turnovers. However, if South Carolina can play a clean game, they have a really good opportunity to take things to a new level. There are a lot of people who are excited about the future for this team. The Gators are struggling right now, and many people think that South Carolina can pull off the upset. The future of the Gators program is in peril, as they have continually gotten worse in recent years. If this trend is going to be reversed, they need to start winning again. Recruiting is starting to drop off, and the team is losing a ton of seniors next year. Only time will tell if they can turn things around.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, Florida is a talented football team that has not been able to put it all together for a big win. There are a lot of people who want to take things to a new level with the team, but a lack of offense has prevented the team from winning very many games. If you want to watch this team play, you need to be prepared for a lack of offense. There are a lot of fans who wish their team had a defense like the Gators, but few people want to have the overall results of this team.

 

Tampa Bay Sports Roundup

Bucs Receiver Murphy Finds Himself Locked Up

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Louis Murphy is in the headlines. The former Florida Gator and St. Petersburg native was a groomsman in a wedding this past weekend in Palm Beach, FL.

At some point during the reception, Murphy blacked out. When he woke, the Bucs wideout found himself locked inside a building, though he did not know where.

With his cell phone dead, Murphy managed to break a window and access a phone to call 911.

The police eventually arrived and let Murphy out. He promised to pay for any damages and was not charged with any crime. The incident did produce a hilarious 911 call, which is now plastered across the internet.

South Florida Bulls Expected to Compete for Conference Championship

With college football season right around the corner, South Florida Bulls fans have reason to be excited. Entering his fourth season with the program, head coach Willie Taggart believes that his time finally has the quality and depth to compete for the American Conference title.

Coach Taggart will be looking to build on a very strong 2015-16 season that saw the Bulls play in a bowl game for the first time since 2010. The college football world believes that the squad will meet its lofty expectations, with many picking the Bulls to win the American Conference’s East Division.

The team will lean heavily on junior quarterback Quinton Flowers. The Miami native is considered one of the top duel-threat QB’s in the country and has shown himself more than capable of putting the team on his back.

South Florida season kicks off in Raymond James Stadium on September 10th, when the Bulls host Northern Illinois.