Georgia justifies Playoff committee’s ranking, keeps two-team SEC dream alive

first_imgIf not for a fourth-quarter rally by Auburn (7-3, 4-3), this would have been a much stronger statement. For now, just give the Bulldogs credit for having substance that overshadows their style.  Georgia enhanced the committee’s belief in it on the field, and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury created another dynamic that was unexpected heading into the weekend. The LSU-Georgia two-SEC-team Playoff scenario now seems even more realistic than the LSU-Alabama Playoff scenario. AL-KHATEEB: Blaming Saban for Tua’s injury is pointlessGeorgia used the same methodical approach that led it to victories over No. 11 Florida and No. 16 Notre Dame earlier this season. Jake Fromm (13-for-28 passing, 110 yards, three touchdowns) didn’t have a prolific stat line, but scoring passes to Dominick Blaylock and Brian Herrien in the first half built a 14-0 lead. D’Andre Swift (17 carries, 106 yards) led the rushing attack, which grinded it out four yards at a time — or 3.9, to be exact — against a loaded Auburn defensive front.The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 21-0 with a touchdown pass from Fromm to Eli Wolf before the Tigers mounted their furious rally. Until that point, Georgia flashed something that Alabama does not have.  That’s a College Football Playoff-caliber defense that continues to get better. The Bulldogs have allowed more than 17 points in one game this season — the dreaded 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12 — but this unit was in peak form against the Tigers.  The run defense was especially nasty. Auburn managed just 84 yards on 36 attempts. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix had the ball with a chance to tie on the game’s final possession, but Travon Walker’s sack put the game away.  So what if the Bulldogs did not get the style points? The quality victory is what matters to the committee.BENDER: How Minnesota’s loss to Iowa impacts CFP, Big Ten racesAll of Auburn’s losses this season have been to top-10 opponents. Georgia, meanwhile, set itself up for a third top-10 showdown against the SEC West champion, which likely will be LSU. There is no Alabama in the way this time, and all the Bulldogs need to do to keep the Crimson Tide out of the conversation is win the SEC championship. It’s the best-case scenario all around for a program looking for its first national championship since 1980.   Georgia proved the College Football Playoff committee right Saturday, at least for three quarters.  The Bulldogs, who are fourth in the committee’s rankings, grinded out a 21-14 victory over No. 12 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, a third quality win on their resume heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Georgia (9-1, 6-1 SEC) also clinched a spot in the SEC championship game for the third season in a row as East Division champion.   Georgia might not have an offense that can keep pace with LSU, Clemson or Ohio State, but it has the overall talent to win with the style that has produced nail-biters vs. the Crimson Tide each of the last two seasons.The committee said that with confidence last week, and Saturday’s victory will keep the Bulldogs in that coveted No. 4 spot — the top spot for the one-loss teams remaining in the CFP mix.With three weeks left until the final selections are made, that is exactly where they need to be.last_img read more

Brandon Matthews hugs fan with Down syndrome whose yell caused crucial missed putt

first_imgBrandon Matthews’ moment of frustration quickly turned into an act of kindness.As the golfer was attempting an 8-foot birdie putt to extend a playoff in the Argentina Open on Sunday, a fan yelled out in the middle of his stroke. Matthews flinched and missed the putt. The 25-year-old lost the playoff and also a spot in The Open Championship.  View this post on Instagram Brandon Matthews 🇺🇸 falló un putt que le habría dado la posibilidad de seguir luchando un intenso play-off con @PipoCelia por el 🏆del #VisaOpenbyMacro . ¿La razón de su fallo? Un señor con Síndrome de Down hizo un sonido involuntario en el momento menos oportuno. En un acto de caballero, Matthews se acercó, le pidió disculpas por su inmediata reacción, le firmó un guante y le regaló una pelota. On the third playoff hole of the VISA Open de Argentina on Sunday, a mentally disabled fan moved and talked right as @brandonmatthewsgolf was about to make his stroke on an eight-foot birdie putt that would have extended the playoff. Matthews missed the putt and lost the playoff to Ricardo Celia 🇨🇴. In a #classact Matthews went over and signed a glove and a ball for this fan. • 📽 @martinbachiller. #Volvo #Hilton #GoVacacionesA post shared by PGA TOUR Latinoamérica (@pgatourla) on Nov 18, 2019 at 7:31am PST”His switch – his face changed. He almost broke into tears,” Rivas told GolfChannel.com. “I’d been putting really well all week, and I had no doubt that I was going to make the putt,” Matthews said, via Golf Digest. “At that stage, any minute noise resonates. I gave it a little too much right hand, missed it and turned around and said, ‘Come on guys, seriously?!’ I was obviously frustrated about it.”MORE: Tiger Woods to write first memoir, ‘Back’But Matthews eventually learned from Claudio Rivas, the tournament administrator for the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, that the fan who distracted him was a middle-aged man with Down syndrome.As soon as Rivas told him about the situation, Matthews answered: “Take me to him.”Matthews introduced himself to the fan and give him a hug, along with a signed glove and a ball.  Matthews’ mother managed group homes as he was growing up, and his best friend had a sister with Down syndrome. “I gave him a hug and I asked him: ‘Hey, are you doing OK? Are you having fun?’ I just wanted to make sure he was enjoying himself, that he had no hard feelings, that he didn’t feel bad about what happened,” Matthews said. “I didn’t want anyone to be mad at him. I didn’t want him to be mad at himself. I wanted to make sure he knew that I wasn’t mad. That’s all I wanted to do.”Some things are bigger than golf,” he said. “And this was one of them.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, November 3, 2015•1:10 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect•1:27 a.m. Seth W. Helton, 23, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with theft.•7:09 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1300 block N. C, Wellington. •7:09 a.m. Jason C. Lile, 44, was arrested, charged and confined with burglary in the 1300 block N. C, Wellington.•8 a.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 1100 block N. C, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Amy E. Ferguson,  27, Wellington and Johnna K. Leonard, 39, Wellington.•8:11 a.m. Officers investigated a theft and criminal damage to property in the 600 block N. Douglas, Wellington.•10:35 a.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1000 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Linda K. Ferguson, 56, Wellington and a fixed object/cement post owned by Loan Max Title Loans, Wellington.•10:55 a.m. Daniel L. Teague, 43, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for failing to comply with Kansas Offender Registration, Sumner County Warrant for Violation of Kansas Offender Registration Act and a Sumner County Community Corrections Order to Arrest & Detain for Violation of the Conditions of Probation.•9:13 p.m. James A. Redford, 57, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 31 mph in a 20 mph zone.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, November 5, 2015•7:55 a.m. Catherine L. Swift, 51, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.•10:21 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block W. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Raymond E. Watts, 45, Wellington and Randy D. Hodges, 58, Oxford.•10:21 a.m. Raymond E. Watts, 45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•10:53 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1100 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•1 p.m. Officers investigated no kennel license of known subject in the 900 block N. C, Wellington.•1:41 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. F, Wellington.•2:20 p.m. Daniel P. Haggerty Jr, 45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57 mph in a 40 mph zone.•Samantha M. Myers, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with theft.•5:25 p.m. Stephen T. Jamerson, 41, Mayfield, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.last_img read more

2015-16 Wellington girls eke out 47-41 win over Kingman in season opener

first_img8 12 Wellington ———Wellington junior varsity girls lost to Kingman 36-26. Those scoring were: Gracie Fink 6, Jacelyn Buck 6, Taylor Meyer 6, Chloe Wilson 5, Fides Huelsmann 3.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is no doubt curiosity has reigned with the fourth ranked Wellington girls basketball team this off-season — not just with fans, but with coaches and players alike.Tuesday, the Lady Dukes’ off-season officially ended with the season opener of the Kingman Tournament Classic.So how did it go? Wellington won 47-41 over the ninth ranked Class 4A Div. II Kingman team. This was a good win. But those expecting the Lady Dukes to be the Golden State Warriors of the high school girls basketball world, well, that is not going to happen.“We told the girls that this is a darn good Kingman squad,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “They won 16 games and had four starters back. That’s good.“Basketball is a long season, so you are going to have nights when it just doesn’t click offensively. So I was proud of how the girls dug down deep and found a way to just win the game.”It was a tough game to be sure.The Crusaders led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter and 26-21 at the half. Kingman cut the margin two 35-33. In the fourth quarter, Wellington would go on to outscore Kingman 12-8 in the final stanza.Grace Mitchell made her Wellington Crusader debut impressive as ever by scoring 22 points. Lauryn Snipes had 10 while Tayland French had 7.Kingman was led by B. Bangert who had 15.Wellington was 17 of 46 from the field for a 37 percent field goal percentage. Wellington was 3-11 from the 3-point arch with Mitchell going 3-8.T. French was the leading rebounder with 12, while Mitchell had eight. Full stats can be found here.Wellington battles Conway Springs at 3 p.m. on Thursday in the second round game. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 244 weeks ago Congrats Coach Adams! A great start for both the boys and girls teams. Report Reply 0 replies · active 244 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 14 9 16 7center_img Wellington girls 47 Kingman 41 47 10 12 Kingman Kingman: DeWeese 3, Jackson 6, Bradshaw 10, B. Bangert 15, S. Bangert 6, Garrison 1. Total 12 (3) 8-14 41. 41 Wellington: T. French 7, Snipes 10, Rusk 7, Adams 1, Mitchell 22. Total: 14 (3) 10-18 47.last_img read more

Sunday editorial: America’s anger and gun violence

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I asked an important question last week on Facebook, that no one seemed to really know how to answer:Why is America so angry?This week, America spent a good deal of time pointing fingers at one another in the wake of the tragedy that killed 49 innocent victims in a nightclub in Orlando.While I can justify the anger of such a senseless slaughter, I am saddened by how little remorse there is for the victims, or the tragedy itself. For that matter, we don’t seem to have the ability to come up with any lasting solutions.We continue to point fingers. That’s America in 2016.But while there is no solution for America’s current surge of anger, people have resorted to a more palpable topic to explore – the issue of guns.I try to steer clear of debating guns. It is an emotional topic for many people. I’m not a gun person, but I also couldn’t care less if you have guns, or an arsenal of ammunition. As long as you aren’t pointing those guns at me, that is your right as an American.I also tend to side with gun advocates on issues like concealed carry – provided those carrying the weapons are well trained on the subject. I’d like to think if some S.O.B is shooting up a place, there is a good guy on my side with a gun ready to take this maniac down.But, here is where I differ from some of my gun-loving friends:I don’t quite understand the mentality that every American is entitled to every single gun ever manufactured.The second amendment guarantees us the right to bear arms.But there is nothing in that document that states you have the right to own any type of machine gun (a play on words by the way people).Perhaps, there is a middle ground here. I suggest we as a nation take inventory on the guns that are manufactured and figure out which ones we need to protect ourselves and to legally hunt animals – and separate those from weapons that can kill people in mass quantities in schools, nightclubs, restaurants, and other places of public gathering.Of course, I’m not so naive to think that even if we were to ban any type of gun, that won’t prevent these mass killings. Drunk driving laws haven’t prevented drunk driving fatalities. But it has most certainly helped.Perhaps, the solution to these mass shootings is on the side of law enforcement and security. Obviously, we need to figure out a way to better protect ourselves – where it becomes nearly impossible for Joe Wacko to get his machine gun and cause massive amounts of human destruction. Surely, there is a way to make massacre shooting obsolete.President assassination attempts, for example, is a problem we have most certainly done a better job over the past two decades. The last time we had a Presidential assassination attempt was over 25 years ago, when John Hinkley Jr. opened fire on President Ronald Reagan in 1980.  In the 1960s and 1970s, the rage was to murder high-profile leaders in America: JFK, his brother, Martin Luther King. In the 1970s, President Gerald Ford was shot at twice within a month before Reagan survived a bullet wound in his first month of Presidency in Washington D.C.What did we do? We made our leaders less assessable to the public while implementing more security procedures.Will another President be shot and killed in the future? Heck, I don’t know. But our ability to fight the Presidential assassin has never been more effective.The old cliche “prevention is the best medicine” is essential in the fight on terrorism and random mass killings.I still believe more vigilant background checks and continual diligence of the distribution and tracking of guns is essential.And, of course, I also keep waiting for people in the know with the newest technology to figure this out.It is going to have to take leadership, compromise, and common sense – something America seems to be lacking at the moment.Ultimately, if we truly want to end gun violence, we need to take away the rage, the anger, the venom.That isn’t going to happen.America prefers being angry.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Picture Day is set for this Thursday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Aug. 29, 2016Monday Tuesday• Tennis at WHS 3 p.m.• Volleyball at Circle 5 p.m.WednesdayThursday• Picture Day!!• Volleyball at Augusta 5 p.m.Friday• NO SCHOOL• Football at WHS vs. Clearwater 7 p.m.Saturday• JV Tennis at Conway Springs 9 a.m.Monday• NO SCHOOLMonday’s lunch — Chicken Alfredo, Ham and Cheese, Salad.Saturday’s lunch — Bacon Cheeseburger, Turkey Club Sub, Salad.Today’s News: *The 2016-2017 Crusader Yearbook is currently on sale this week for its lowest price in over a decade. Buy online at jostensyearbooks.com to take advantage of other deals or bring a check or cash to Ms. Ford. The cost is $40.00. Order yours by Friday, September  2nd before the price goes up!*All students interested in joining Classic Movie Club- Please meet in Mr. Roses room (205) tomorrow at 3:10.*There will be a parent / student meeting for shooting sports on September 1st at 7 pm in the Ag Building. There is an information sheet available from Mrs. Chase or in the office.*Your WHS Student Council is excited to announce the arrival of a new mascot! They are having a contest to name the mascot and the winner will receive a mascot t-shirt, a league sporting pass for all regular season Crusader sporting events, and an autographed 24×36 poster of the winner and the mascot-compliments of Red Rave Posters! Visit www.usd353.com for information on how to vote. The deadline to cast your vote is September 5th.*WHS Student Council will have their first meeting tomorrow at 7:15 am in the auditorium. Anyone who is interested in making a difference in this school is welcome to attend. All class officers are expected to be present at this meeting. The first task as a member will be planning Homecoming!* Any high school student wanting to work as a line judge for volleyball games, please see Mr. Smith. This is a great opportunity for NHS hours or to earn some extra money.*If you were signed up to take the ACT in Wellington on September 10th please note: Our test center has been closed for the September 2016 ACT exam due to low counts. You have been reassigned to another center and will be notified by e-mail.* Picture Day will be on September 1st. Seniors- you will need to get your picture taken on this day for the wall panel! Picture packets are in the office!*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport you must pay your $25 sports fee before you are allowed to participate in your first game.Guidance Office News: Visits during lunch:Tuesday- Aug 30th- Friends UniversityTuesday- Sept 6th- Sgt. Justin SmithThursday- Sept 8th- Bethany CollegeThursday- Sept 8th- Emporia StateThursday Sept 22- Baker UniversityTuesday- Sept 27th- Pittsburg StateThursday- Sept 29- University of KansasMonday- Oct 10- Fort Hays State.Today is National…National Chop Suey Day.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Blue-chip Montreal Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield continues to elevate his game in NCAA

first_imgIf 20 is the new 30 in today’s NHL, then don’t expect Wisconsin Badgers’ 19-year-old sniper Cole Caufield to be hanging around the college ranks much longer. Especially if he continues to victimize NCAA goalies three to five years his senior the way he did last Friday night against host Notre Dame.Caufield, a Wisconsin native who was picked 15th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2019 NHL draft, is arguably the top teenage goal-scoring prospect currently outside the NHL. Even before arriving at the Madison campus for his freshman year, the Stevens Point native had already broke records for the U.S. National Team Development Program in both the career (126) and single-season (72) goal-scoring categories – records previously held by NHLers Phil Kessel and Auston Matthews, respectively. Additionally, his 14 goals during last year’s under-18 world championship tied the record held by current NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin, who is the leading goal scorer among active players and tied for ninth on the league’s all-time list with 692.MORE: Lafreniere, Byfield among standouts at Top Prospects GameOn Friday, Caufield recorded the first hat trick of his NCAA career to propel his rebuilding Badgers to a 6-4 win in hostile territory. Not only was he the first Wisconsin freshman to score three goals in a game since 2004, but he also upped his season total to 16 – the most in the nation among first-year players. Caufield added an assist in a 5-2 loss on Saturday, giving him 26 points in 24 games, also tops among freshmen.With a 0.67 goals-per-game average and at least 12 games remaining on the schedule, Caufield is on pace to become the first Wisconsin freshman to score 24 goals or more since former NHL all star Dany Heatley potted 28 in the 1999-00 season.The shotCaufield doesn’t hide from the fact that he’s a shoot-first winger. His primary responsibility, like most goal scorers, is to anticipate where the puck will end up and beat opponents to that spot with his stick blade at the ready. Whatever he’s been doing to evade pressure seems to be working — through Monday, Caufield also leads all NCAA freshman in shots (96) and shots per game (4.00). Naturally, teams have tried to limit his looks at the net by overloading his side of the ice or have a defenseman cheat away from the low slot to prevent shots from the left circle. These tactics may brief well on a dry-erase board, but even the most well-planned schemes designed to slow down a scorer of Caufield’s caliber have a weak point destined to be exploited. Such was the case on Friday when Caufield beat the Fighting Irish with three goals that were unique in pre-shot execution but identical in method of delivery: a deadly wrist shot with pinpoint accuracy.On his first goal of the night, Caufield – all 5-7 of him – picked up a loose puck in center ice and fended off 6-1, 192-pound defenseman Matt Hellickson with an inside move that bought him space but reduced his shooting angle. Despite having limited options, Caufield saw goalie Cale Morris drop down early and wristed a shot over Morris’ glove-hand shoulder to get the Badgers on the board after trailing for most of the opening stanza.“It always feels good to score, just to help the guys and the team win is the biggest part of it.” Caufield said afterwards. “It calmed us down a little bit and gave us some energy heading into the second.”It took Caufield only 79 seconds into the middle period to pot his second. Only this time he had help from a familiar face. A quick transition into open ice coupled with the fancy stickhandling of center Alex Turcotte is a scenario most opponents would like to avoid, especially with Caufield smartly distancing himself into a prime shooting area. But that’s exactly what happened after a nasty toe-drag move by Turcotte froze two Notre Dame defenders and opened up room for Caufield, who in one motion slung a perfect shot into the top corner.Oh these two… 🤩@Turcotte__71 with the saucy feed to @colecaufield for his second of the night!Watch live at: https://t.co/SOeSx3H72J#OnWisconsin | #Badgers pic.twitter.com/OymIaQR8yy— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) January 25, 2020It certainly wasn’t the first time the duo combined for a pretty goal. Not only were they linemates on the NTDP for parts of the previous two seasons, but it was Turcotte who fed Caufield for the game-winning goal in an overtime win for the U.S. against the Czech Republic at the recent under-20 world junior championships. Their latest masterpiece on Friday was yet another example of the chemistry they have developed over the years.“I was just reading and reacting,” Caufield said afterwards. “The skill (Turcotte) put on the defenseman to make it a 2-on-1 was unbelievable. He put me in a really good spot to score.”Later in the frame, Caufield occupied his customary position on the power play in the left circle and calmly deadened a hard pass before firing a top-corner laser that beat Morris high on his blocker side. It not only completed the hat trick, but also gave his team a lead they would not relinquish. All three goals were sniped in the upper-half of the net against a goalie in Morris who recently was nominated as a potential finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.“The last time we played Notre Dame at home (in November) he robbed me a couple of times,” Caufield said. “This time I just looked to get it past him and lucky enough they went in tonight.”Being modest and having a team-first attitude are common among college hockey players. But filling the net at a higher clip this season than any of his freshman peers is something only Caufield can claim, thus making his transition from junior hockey to the rough-and-tumble NCAA all the more seamless. Of course, that doesn’t mean Caufield hasn’t had to deal with his share of detractors, who seem convinced that his lack of size and a rather nondescript world junior tournament are enough proof for them to marginalize his past accomplishments. The fact remains that the average NHL player is shrinking, from 73.3 inches tall in 2016-17 to 73.0 inches for the first half of this season.The NHL draft is seeing a similar shift towards smaller players. A recent report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman revealed that the average height of draft-eligible forwards who participated in the recent Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game dropped from nearly 6-2 in 2017 to 5-foot-11. If undersized blue-chip prospects are coveted by the scouting community while current NHLers listed under 5-9 such as Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat and Cam Atkinson already have 40-goal seasons, then it would be wise for Caufield’s critics to hold off on limiting his potential.Another popular criticism since last year was that Caufield’s goal scoring was a byproduct of flanking an elite center like Turcotte or 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes, or that Caufield is a power-play specialist who doesn’t score enough at even strength. A quick scan of his scoring log, however, reveals that only six of Caufield’s 16 goals this season involved Turcotte, and his 10 goals at even strength (nine at 5-on-5), lead all NCAA freshmen. MORE: Limitations and applications of Corsi, hockey’s ‘fancy stat’Like most teenage prospects, Caufield’s game does have room for improvement. Although his size is a limitation he can’t change, he spends the bulk of his shifts on the periphery looking for shots off the pass rather than engaging in physical battles along the boards or behind the net. Of course, this could be a directive from the bench, much like Granato’s decision to keep Caufield off the penalty kill entirely and limit his zone starts to the neutral or offensive zones.Nonetheless, Montreal has to be pleased with Caufield’s development since drafting him last June. His ability to score from anywhere inside the offensive zone is among the best of any player outside the NHL. The fact that he’s doing it against NCAA goalies who are further along in their development means that he isn’t far from doing the same at higher levels.last_img read more

Who is the Patriots’ backup QB? Jarrett Stidham suddenly has shot at QB1 job with Tom Brady leaving

first_imgBill Belichick is no stranger to drafting QBs after all, with 10 QBs drafted since the Patriots took Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in 2000. Stidham is the latest to be picked by the New England head man, and now could be lined up to start in 2020.Here’s what you need to know about the Patriots’ backup QB.MORE: Breaking down the Patriots’ best Tom Brady replacementsWho is the Patriots’ backup QB?As it stands, Jarrett Stidham was the backup to Tom Brady, and is now presumably No. 1 on the New England depth chart. Cody Kessler is currently under contract through the 2020 season and was New England’s third stringer in 2019.Who is Jarrett Stidham?Stidham, a former five-star recruit per Scout.com, was a two-year starter for the Auburn Tigers between 2017 and 2018. Stidham joined the Baylor Bears out of high school, and started three games as a true freshman, throwing 12 touchdowns in 2015. He transferred following the firing of Art Briles, transferring to Auburn. He started 27 games over two seasons with the Tigers.Coming out of high school, Stidham was scouted as a dual-threat quarterback with an arm that was only going to get stronger. That was the case in his 2017 season with the Tigers, where he looked like a world-beater, including notching big wins against Georgia and Alabama late in the season. But Stidham looked like a different quarterback in 2018, not building on his 2017 successes and regressing as the Tigers’ starting QB. As a result, Stidham fell to the fourth round in the 2019 NFL Draft, where the Patriots took him with the 133rd overall pick.In a competition with Brian Hoyer, Stidham beat out the veteran in 2019 camp and was named QB2 on the Patriots depth chart. In his first and only taste of NFL action, Stidham relieved Tom Brady in a Week 3 blowout win over the Jets, but threw a Pick 6 in the process. Should Belichick grow Stidham as a passer and help him regain his confidence, there’s a decent chance Stidham could start in 2020.MORE: How Tom Brady leaving impacts Patriots’ odds to win Super Bowl 55, AFC EastJarrett Stidham’s college careerStidham completed 63.6 percent of his passes for the Tigers in his sophomore and junior seasons, compiling an 18-9 record as a starter (including bowl games). In 2018, the Tigers knocked off Purdue in the Music City Bowl 63-14. In 2017, Stidham and the Tigers fell to UCF in the Peach Bowl 34-27. He threw two interceptions in Peach Bowl loss, including the game-sealing interception in the end zone with 24 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for Stidham, he went from ascending QB in 2017 and regressed in 2018 for Auburn. Prior to the 2018 season, some pegged Stidham as a future first-round talent, but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to build on what he started in 2017.Stidham did close out his college career with a win and a five-touchdown performance vs. Purdue.In his entire college career, Stidham threw for 7,217 yards and 48 touchdowns in 37 games, throwing 13 interceptions in that span. He also rushed for nine touchdowns. Exit Tom Brady. Enter Jarrett Stidham?The second-year man out of Auburn likely woke up to the news today that Tom Brady is indeed exiting Foxborough to pursue an opportunity to start elsewhere. At the moment, this puts Stidham at the top of the QB depth chart in New England.last_img read more