2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

Thanks to Richard Sherman’s boisterous ways, the cornerback position has become a more attention-getting area of football. Teams are looking for these players that can shut down entire halves of the field at their best, changing game plans of opposing offenses and forcing them to look elsewhere. It’s an important position, with high risks and high rewards, and it takes a special type of player to be successful in this day and age of ultra athletic wide receivers running like gazelles all over the field. Leading the pack in the Class of 2016 is my pick for the best overall prospect, and as close to a “sure thing” as you’re going to find this year.

1. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida – If you’re looking for the prototypical “shutdown” CB, look no further than Hargreaves. He isn’t the tallest CB (5’11”) out there, but he plays much bigger than his height would indicate because of his physicality. He has no problem jamming WRs at the line of scrimmage, and doesn’t allow them to get the best of him as they move down the field. His body control and instincts are top level, and his closing speed helps to eliminate issues when the occasional mistake is made.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

His aforementioned physical style of play is an added bonus against the run or against screen passes. He enjoys contact, and isn’t afraid of shedding blocks to lay a hit on a ball carrier. The stereotype of CBs, especially the stars, is that they shy away from contact. You don’t have that issue here, making him something of a dual threat as a defender. [Read more…]

Burning CFB Questions Heading into the 2014 Season

By David Parks
NCAA Sports Editor

Every year I tell myself the summer leading up to football season can’t get any longer and yet here I am every year, wondering how the hell the summer leading up to football season can be so long. In fact, this summer I gave serious consideration to taking a page out of Cartman’s book and trying to freeze myself so I could just skip the dozens of useless midsummer baseball games and wake up for South Carolina/Texas A&M on August 28.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Final Four Saturday Recap

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Writer

It was the night before the night before the final game of the college basketball season, and mixed in between performances by The Killers, four teams battled for a chance to play in Monday’s national championship game. Join us as we recap the slate of games from Saturday night.

UConn Chomps Top-Seeded Gators

Connecticut’s national championship run in 2011 is described by many as a one-man show put on by senior point guard Kemba Walker. Although Walker’s 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in the NCAA Tournament led the school to its third national championship, The Kemba Show was glued together by strong performances from Jeremy Lamb, Alex Oriakhi and then-freshman Shabazz Napier.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Fast forward three years and it is Napier, UConn’s senior point guard and unquestioned leader, who has captured March Madness magic of his own. Much like his predecessor, Napier has received consistent support from teammates DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright. [Read more…]

The Official 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Writer

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Dissecting the No. 1 seed…

Winners of the SEC regular season title and the postseason tournament, the Florida Gators enter the tournament as the nation’s top seed. The Gators boast a 26-game win streak, their last loss coming on Dec. 2 against a veteran UConn squad. This year’s Florida team is battle-tested and experienced, though. Out of the seven players that average 20 minutes played or more per game, four are seniors while only one is a freshman. Although none of the players will catch your eye on the stat sheet, Florida is a well-balanced machine on both ends of the court. Four players average between 11.1 and 14.2 points per game and as a team, the Gators give up only 57.9 points per contest, the third least in the nation.

Florida should breeze through the first two rounds of the tournament, however potential matchups against UCLA, Kansas, Syracuse, VCU and New Mexico would give the No. 1 stiff competition. The Gators’ 66.1 percent from the free throw line ranks 268th nationally, and could prove detrimental to the nation’s top team should the game be close in the waning seconds. [Read more…]

SEC College Basketball Tournament Preview

By Quin Welch
PSDC Contributor

With the obvious exception of the top ranked Florida Gators, SEC Basketball was pretty terrible this year. I mean, there’s no need to hide it. Everyone knows it. Having said that, there are some interesting storylines heading into Atlanta.

A couple of things to keep an eye on in the SEC Tournament:

Bubble Teams: How will they perform?

Florida and Kentucky are both locks to get in the Big Dance, but a couple other schools are tournament hopefuls that could use a good run in the SEC Tournament. Missouri, a team that should be much better than they are, probably needs to make at least the championship game to have a shot. That doesn’t appear likely, considering the fact that if they beat Texas A&M, they would have to play Florida in the next game. The Tigers also just received a 72-45 beating against Tennessee, so it appears that Missouri is currently on the outside looking in. [Read more…]

Florida, Wichita State Remain Atop AP Poll

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Writer

For the third straight week, the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 poll remain unchanged.

Florida, which closed out its undefeated season in the Southeastern Conference with an 84-65 victory over Kentucky on Saturday, received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national panel. The Gators will play their first game in the SEC tournament on Friday against the winner of the Texas A&M-Missouri contest.

Wichita State, which defeated Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship game, earned the 15 remaining first-place votes. The victory cemented an undefeated regular season for the Shockers as they become the first unbeaten team to enter the NCAA tournament since UNLV in 1991.

Villanova jumped up to No. 3 in the latest polls after victories against Xavier and Georgetown this past week. The Wildcats secured their first outright Big East title for the first time since 1981-82. [Read more…]

Florida Remains No. 1, Virginia Cracks Top 5

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Writer

After a 75-56 drubbing over No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday, Virginia claimed the outright ACC title for the first time since 1981. On Monday, the Cavaliers landed a spot in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2001-02.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

For the third straight week, Florida, Wichita State and Arizona remained the top three teams in the rankings. The Gators received 46 of the 65 first-place votes. Wichita State, despite securing the nation’s first undefeated regular season since Saint Joseph’s in 2004, hauled in just 14 of the votes. Arizona got the other five votes. [Read more…]

Florida Emerges as Nation’s Top Team, Wichita State No. 2

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Writer

For the first time since their national championship season in 2007, the Florida Gators have nabbed the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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Photo Credit: sportsinvasion.net

Despite earning the top spot in this week’s rankings, Florida head coach Billy Donovan remains unsatisfied. [Read more…]

Predicting College Basketball’s No. 1 Seeds

By Michael Diaz DeLeon
PSDC Writer

Syracuse- You kind of expected the Orange to lose, because of the conference that they are in, but who picked them to lose to Boston College? The Orange still have games at Duke and Virginia and a loss to one of those teams would have made more sense. Though, they can still lose those games. This loss can be a blessing in disguise for Syracuse. It lifts that pressure of their shoulders of talking about an undefeated season and now they can go out and just play basketball. Plus, a loss always teaches a young team a good lesson. Syracuse will rebound and they are still a great team that will make a run to the championship. [Read more…]

Syracuse Remains Atop AP Poll, Florida Rises After Arizona Loss

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Writer

For the third straight week, Syracuse continues its streak as the top ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25. However, the Orange no longer finds itself as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation. After defeating Pittsburgh and NC State in final second fashion last week, Syracuse received 64 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel.

Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press was the lone member of the panel to switch No. 1 vote from Syracuse to Florida.

“Simply put, I watched both teams play both games last week and I think Florida is the best team in the country,” Rexrode said. “That’s pretty much it.”

Photo Credit: gatorzone.com

Photo Credit: gatorzone.com

Florida, which picked up a crucial 69-59 road victory at Kentucky on Saturday, moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 after Arizona’s loss at Arizona State. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Draft Review: Miami Dolphins, Rounds 4-7

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Round 4, Pick 104: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Jacksonville Jaguars, Rounds 4-7

By Chris Patton
PSDC Staff

Round 4, Pick 101: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina

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