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Bengals terminate contract of Chris Crocker; door open to re-sign later

 

Chris Crocker (2011 photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of safety Chris Crocker, making him a free agent.

Crocker, who just turned 32 in March, said that Bengals team president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis told him why they made the move, but also left the door open for a possible return later.

A graduate of Marshall University, Crocker signed a $10 million, 4-year contract on February 27, 2009. He had one-year left on the deal.

Crocker, who was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round in 2003, 84th overall pick, was one of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s captains that helped Cincinnati to two playoff appearances in the past three years.

In 2010, he injured his medial collateral ligament and missed the final half of games in 2010.

He came back at full strength to play every game in 2011.

Crocker has also played for Atlanta and Miami in his NFL career.

His career stats includes, 471 tackles, 13.0 sacks and 10 interceptions.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

OHIO UNIVERSITY BOBCATS Football News

Ohio's Donovan Fletcher (29)on one of two interceptions vs. Ohio State (WAXX-TV photo)

Ohio's Terrence MCCrae (11) ready to grab 11-yard TD pass for only score by Bobcats vs. Ohio State (WAXX-TV photo)

The Ohio Bobcats are ready to forget Saturday’s 43-7 debacle against Ohio State Saturday in venerable Ohio Stadium.

The Bobcats had suffered five turnovers, three sacks and only gained 158 yards of total offense.

But now, they’ll turn their attention to former MAC member, Marshall University. The game will be played in Huntington, West Virginia.

5 Phil Bates Ohio QB talks to media (megasportsnews.com)

NEWS AND NOTES

* With a win over Marshall, Ohio would capture the 500th win in program history. Currently, the record sits at 499-517-48.

* Head coach Frank Solich with a win, would give him 33 and sole possession of fourth place on Ohio’s all-time win list.

* Coach Solich is tied with Jim Grobe in coaching wins. Next in 3rd place is Carroll Widdoes with 42 wins from 1949-57. Don Peden tops the list with 121 wins from 1924-1946 and Ohio’s stadium is named after him.

* Ohio linebacker Noah Keller was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

Noah Keller MLB Ohio Bobcats (megasportsnews.com)

This honor marks the third time in four years that a Bobcat has been named to a preseason watch list for a major award, 2007 Kalvin Mcrae for the Maxwell Trophy and 2009 Taylor Price for the Biletnikoff Award.

Last season, the Kearney, Nebraska native posted a Mid-American Conference-high 155 tackles, which averaged out to 11.07 per game, the sixth-highest total nationally. He also finished with nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles.

Ohio captain Donovan Fletcher, Strong safety had 2 interceptions against Ohio State (megasportsnews.com)

* The Ohio Bobcat captains for 2010 include all seniors. Defensive linemen Dak Notestine and Stafford Gatling along with middle linebacker Noah Keller and strong safety Donovan Fletcher.

* The Bobcats are picked to finish second in the MAC East Division by the media at the Mid-American Conference Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit during the summer.

Ohio won the division for the second time in four years in 2009.

The Bobcats, who earned 116 points and gained three first-place votes, were second only to the much-improved Temple Owls program with 137 points and 16 first place votes.

Frank Solich looking for win number 33 at Ohio (megasportnews.com)

Ohio University’s LaVon Brazill has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the inaugural award, an honor that will be given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

Brazill was also named named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Brazill caught 53 passes for 702 yards and six touchdowns last season, all totals that ranked second on the team. The 5’11 receiver had two of his biggest games last season, first against Tennessee with eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown and then against Northern Illinois with five catches for 55 yards and two scores. He currently ranks fourth in school history in career receptions per game (3.22), tied for seventh in career catches (103) and ninth in career receiving yards (1,287). His 53 receptions in 2009 were also the most by any junior in school history.

Info compiled from Ohio University news

Chekwa Named Big Ten Player of the Week for play against Miami

Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa has been named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a pair of passes in the Number 2 Buckeyes’ 36-24 win over the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Buckeyes CB Chimdi Chekwa (megasportsnews.com)

A native of Clermont, Florida and East Ridge High School, Chekwa also broke up a pair of passes while adding six tackles to his totals, including one tackle for a loss. Both interceptions came in the final seven minutes of the first half and helped the Buckeyes to a 26-17 halftime lead.

The honor was the second-consecutive Defensive Player of the Week for Ohio State after Tyler Moeller earned it last week for his play against Marshall University.

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

SPRING FOOTBALL Q & A FEATURE: Ohio State Offensive Lineman Justin Boren

Spring Football is upon us here in the Columbus, Ohio area and Buckeye fans want to know what’s going on with their offensive line.

The offensive line is a position that returns seven of the top nine players from the 2009 season, including four regular starters. Gone is 33-game multiple position starter Jim Cordle and reserve Andrew Moses. But returning are players who combined for 55 cumulative starts last season:

* LT- Mike Adams 6’8, 300, Jr., four starts in 2009.

* LT- Andrew Miller 6’6, 288, Sr., three starts in 2009.

* RG-Bryant Browning 6’4, 313, Sr., 13 starts in 2009; 26 starts in a row.

* C-Mike Brewster 6’5, 293, Jr., 13 starts in 2009; 23 consecutive starts.

* RG-Justin Boren 6’3, 320, Sr., 12 starts in 2009; 26 career starts.

* RT-J.B. Shugarts 6’7, 297, Jr., 10 starts in 2009; 10 career starts.

Justin Boren was a first-team all-Big Ten by the media last season and honorable mention as a sophomore in 2007, Brewster was on the Rimington watch list, and Browning was honorable mention all-Big Ten.

This core of lineman helped Ohio State to eight games of 200-or-more rushing yards last season, a record for a Jim Tressel-coached Ohio State team.

OSU offensive lineman Justin Boren (megasportsnews.com)

Media gathers at OSU Spring Football practice (megasportsnews.com)

SOUNDS FROM SPRING FOOTBALL (to listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

44 788 Justin Boren Ohio State OL What do the lineman get out of the spring

44 789 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Is it boring not being able to really drive block

44 790 Justin Boren Ohio State OL What is different about this group of lineman

44 792 Justin Boren Ohio State OL How are the lineman as far as being in shape

44 794 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Who will win the left tackle spot

44 795 Justin Boren Ohio State OL On this being his last spring practices

44 796 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Does he take spring ball more serious than 3 years ago

44 797 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Does he feel he’s improved over even last year.

A look ahead to the 2010 Ohio State football season,  Marshall University will provide the opposition in the opening game of the season on September 2.

The Thundering Herd are coming off a 7-6 season, their first winning record since 2004. That record still wasn’t enough to save Mark Snyder, the former OSU defensive coordinator who resigned as head coach prior to the team’s Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl win over Ohio University.

Replacing Snyder, Marshall hired John “Doc” Holliday, who knows a little bit more about Ohio State. He was on Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida when the Gators rolled to a 41-14 win over the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game.

Holliday was also recruiting coordinator for Meyer, and he has already attracted what many experts say is Marshall’s best recruiting class in years. That will help plug some holes created by the departure of such All-Conference USA performers as tight end Cody Slate, linebacker Mario Harvey and kicker Craig Ratanamorn.

Columbus Crew will play exhibition games this week against colleges

Courtesy of Columbus Crew

North end of Crew Stadium (megasportsnews.com)

The Crew Soccer Academy 17/18 squad continued its recent success with another impressive performance last Saturday (March 27), as it defeated the U.S. Under-17 National Team, 3-1, at Crew Stadium prior to the first team’s 2-0 victory over Toronto FC in First Kick 2010.

After neither side was able to break through in the match’s first half hour, CSA drew first blood thanks to Matt Walker’s strike in the 32nd minute.  The Crew then doubled its lead shortly thereafter on a Kyle Culbertson penalty-kick goal in the 38th minute.  The U.S.  U-17′s cut the Crew’s lead in half  just before intermission on a tally by Kelly Gully in the 44th minute.  However, the Black and Gold would extend its lead early in the second half, when Will Walker struck in the 6oth minute to give the Crew the eventual 3-1 victory.

Saturday afternoon the Crew’s senior team defeated Toronto FC, 2-0 in the MLS opener for both teams.  Andy Iro scored in the first half and Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored in the second half to power the Crew in the Trillium Cup matchup.

The win gives Columbus a 3 points to zero lead in the 2010 Trillium Cup competition.  The second leg will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on October 16.

Columbus will enjoy a weekend off from MLS play, although it will still be in action as the Crew will host a doubleheader of exhibitions against college teams this Friday, April 2, at Crew Stadium.  The action kicks off at 10 a.m., when the Black and Gold will go up against Marshall University and Bartosz Warzycha, a Thundering Herd forward and the son of Crew head coach Robert Warzycha.  Then the Crew will play a match against the Michigan State Spartans at 12 noon.  Both matches are free and open to the public.

GAME NOTES
* Crew forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored his 25th career regular season goal in the Black and Gold’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC last Saturday in Crew Stadium.  Schelotto put the game away for Columbus in the 87th minute after pouncing on a loose ball at the top of the Toronto penalty box and sent a shot in the back of the net.  Since joining the Crew in 2007 from the storied Argentine Club Boca Juniors, Schelotto has been one of the finest attacking players in the MLS, earning both league and MLS Cup MVP honors, along with two MLS Best XI selections, while accumulating 27 goals and 40 assists in 79 regular-season and playoff games.

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