Clemson football signee to pass on college and play pro soccer instead
A Clemson football signee’s college career is over before ever stepping foot on campus.Two-sport athlete Tanner Tessmann, who signed with the Tigers in December, will instead begin a pro soccer career.Tessmann has signed a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas, according to a report. A Clemson official confirmed to The State Thursday afternoon that Tessmann is passing on college and plans to pursue a pro soccer career.Tessmann impressed during a recruit football camp at Clemson to earn a scholarship offer.He had been slated to play football and soccer for the Tigers, despite not playing high schoo...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
The Raiders informed Ross Blacklock just how many parking tickets he had at TCU
TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock received 37 parking tickets during his time at TCU.Seriously.Blacklock revealed the news during the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis, saying the Las Vegas Raiders informed him of the parking violations.“The Raiders told me about my 37 parking tickets that I didn’t know about,” Blacklock told reporters today at the combine.How didn’t Blacklock know the exact number? Well, TCU pays for the tickets out of the cost of attendance stipend student athletes receive.“They take them out of our checks,” he said. “They pay for it at TCU. I guess it’s a good thing b...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Greg Cote: No Brady. No darkhorse. No surprise. The Dolphins' next QB will be one of these two guys.
The overanalysis of the quarterback position found its new benchmark this week with the news likely overall No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow has a 9-inch hand, which evidently was cause for great alarm if not not outright ridicule.Burrow gave the span from the outstretched tips of his pinkie and thumb the gravity it deserved on Twitter, writing, “Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.”(In the spirit of transparency my own hand span turns out to be 8 7/8 inches, which I find sufficient for primary tasks such as...
49ers offseason headaches include restructuring deals, deciding who will leave team
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t want to lose any players from his roster that just went to the Super Bowl earlier this month.But he also understands the reality of the ever-changing NFL will make that nearly impossible.“This is the first time that I want every single person on our team back because I think we have a team that could win a Super Bowl,” Shanahan told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.“So whenever you have that, it is really tough, because when have you ever been able to bring the exact same team back wherever you’ve been? So that is a lot harder, e...
The Sacramento Bee
Jadeveon Clowney would like to return to Seahawks but will test market — and two teams are reportedly interested
SEATTLE — The bidding is about to get serious for the top NFL free agents.And the Seahawks’ marquee player who can become an unrestricted free agent next month — 27-year-old defensive end Jadeveon Clowney — let it be known Thursday that he’d like to return to Seattle but is open for business, as well.In his first comment since the end of Seattle’s season last month following a divisional playoff loss to Green Bay, Clowney told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Thursday: “After spending the last year in Seattle and seeing how they do things, I would definitely like to return. However, I’m also open to ...
The Seattle Times
Ohio State star Chase Young says he's best player in NFL draft, would be 'a blessing' to play for Washington
INDIANAPOLIS — Chase Young’s words at the NFL scouting combine were as boisterous and frisky as his play on the field.“I definitely think I’m the best player in the draft,” Young said. “I think I showed it on my tape. You can go to every game. I think I showed it.”The former Ohio State defensive end has good reason to believe that, too. Dominant isn’t a strong enough word to describe Young’s performance last season. In just 12 games, Young totaled 21 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, and forced seven fumbles en route to being the first defensive Heisman finalist since Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o in 20...
New York Daily News
Tom Brady reportedly unlikely to return to Patriots
INDIANAPOLIS — The “Tom Brady 2020 watch” took a different turn on Thursday. All of a sudden, it appears the quarterback could be done with the Patriots.According to the Boston Herald, as of Thursday, the Patriots still haven’t reached out to Brady. The Herald cited a source who said, “it’s not looking good.” That report is similar to the one by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington who said, “I’m now at the point where I would be stunned if Tom Brady went back to New England” on ESPN’s Get Up.Brady’s agent Don Yee was at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday morning. He met with a group of local reporte...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Chiefs are doing due diligence on receivers. Here's what we know about their interest.
INDIANAPOLIS — The tape started rolling a day after the parade marched through downtown Kansas City, with Chiefs front office personnel turning their full attention toward 2020 and, more specifically, its NFL Draft class.As the group moved to examination of available wide receivers, watching film of one player after another, general manager Brett Veach turned to the rest of the room.“When are we going to see a guy we don’t like?” Veach asked, recalling the story this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.Ahead of a draft that sparks annual debate, arguments and counterarguments, the...
The Kansas City Star
2020 NFL mock draft: Three-round projections
Time to shuffle the deck.The NFL scouting combine is in full swing with the prospects gearing up for on-field drills to close out the week.We’re three weeks away from free agency altering (or solidifying) team needs.It’s as good a time as any to deviate from the path I’ve been laying out for the past four months and exercise my imagination to formulate an alternative theory.———THE PREAMBLEThe NFL draft has become a nice appetizer before our main course in September. A mock version of said draft is meant to educate, and even entertain. At very least, it helps you pass the time.The closer we get...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fallen TCU football star Trevone Boykin gets prison time after guilty plea for assault
FORT WORTH, Texas — In a plea arrangement with Tarrant County prosecutors, Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and tampering with a witness.Boykin, 26, is a former quarterback who played for TCU and the Seattle Seahawks. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor theft charges — theft of services $100-$750, and theft of property $100-$750 — and was sentenced to 180 days in Tarrant County Jail.“Mr. Boykin has failed to take responsibility for any of his assaultive and criminal behav...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram