Kenny Perry Wins ...

>> Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our Kentucky boy, Kenny Perry, won for the 14th time on Sunday to take home the Travelers Championship trophy. Perry fired in a final round 63 to capture the win. With his final round of 63, Perry set the tournament record shooting 22 under par - 258 over the four day tournament. He finished 3 strokes better than David Toms and Paul Goydos.

With the victory, Perry has won five times in a little over a year, which is more than any other player on tour. After his opening round of 61 on Thursday, which tied a course record, Perry headed into the final round trailing by a stroke to Paul Goydos. Perry responded by shooting a front nine 32 and headed into the 15th hole with a 5 stoke lead.

The win moves Perry to the front of the Fedex Cup standings. Congrats to Kenny!


Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, High...

Virginia Tech has firmly established itself among the nation's elite. The Hokies have compiled five straight 10-win seasons and that does not appear destined for change. Frank Beamer and his veteran staff continue to put a quality product on the field and they appear to have an ACC favorite and BCS bowl contender this season. The Orange Bowl champions return the majority of their offense and should make matters simple on offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.

Stinespring no longer has to deal with a quarterback controversy. Gone are the days of a Sean Glennon-Tyrod Taylor battle. Taylor, now a junior, returns to be a leader and a dynamic playmaker on this squad. Taylor is a 6'1, 216 pound quarterback that reminds the Hokie Faithful of Michael Vick. He has speed for days and the ability to turn a broken play into a great one. Taylor will be joined in the backfield by a trio of talented running backs, lead by Darren Evans.

Evans burst onto the scene last season with a 1,265 yard rushing effort and many expect him to improve on that number this season. When Evans needs a blow, Stinespring can hit opposing defenses with Josh Oglesby and Ryan Williams. Both running backs will bring an added dimension to the running game and they will have plenty of holes to run through with a veteran offensive line. Three-year starter Beau Warren anchors a powerful and veteran unit who will keep the chains moving. The Hokies only flaw on offense appears to be at the wide receiver position.

While, Greg Boone provides a large target at tight-end, there is a lack of proven playmakers at the wide receiver position. Jarrety Boykin and Danny Coale hope to burst onto the scene and provide the offense with even more playmaking ability. This offense is loaded with talent, but the defense may be even more powerful.

Bud Foster has been residing in Blacksburg, VA for a long time (15 years) and his defenses are routinely among the best in the country. Foster has tons of talent to play with this season, including defensive end Jason Worilds. Worilds will be joined up front by Demetrius Taylor, Cordarrow Thompson and John Graves, giving Foster a very capable and stout defensive line. The defensive back field touts one of the best cover corners in the country, Stephan Virgil, and will have no problems shutting down opposing receivers. Virgil will be flanked by Rashad Carmichael and a stud safety, Kam Chancellor. The linebacking unit appears to be the only question mark on the defensive side of the ball. There is youth at middle and weakside linebacker in Jake Johnson and Barquell Rivers. Foster needs Cam Martin to be a stabilizer and a leader with the young group.

The Hokies have dominated the talent-rich state of Virginia in the recruiting game over the last several years, and it was no different this year. The Hokies landed the 23rd ranked class in the country ( and the majority of that talent came from their home state. Logan Thomas, a 6'6, 233 pound tight end leads the class to Blacksburg. Thomas was one of the top ranked tight ends in the country and could provide immediate help in the receiving game. There was a great haul on the defensive side of the ball, including three defensive ends and two cornerbacks who will help immensely in the future.

September 5th-Alabama-Loss
September 12th-Marshall-Win
September 19th-Nebraska-Win
September 26th-Miami-Win
October 3rd-@Duke-Win
October 10th-Boston College-Win
October 17th-@Georgia Tech-Win
October 29th-North Carolina-Win
November 5th-@East Carolina-Win
November 14th-@Maryland-Win
November 21st-N.C. State-Win
November 28th-@Virginia-Win

Season Projection: 11-1 (ACC 8-0)


Elliot Williams to Memphis...

As expected, former Duke guard Elliot Williams will transfer to Memphis. Williams left Duke due to family reasons and released a list of schools he was interested in last week. Everyone assumed Memphis would be the logical destination due to the health of his mother and the hope of waiver by the NCAA.

Pastner is putting together one hell of a patchwork roster in his short tenure as the Memphis head coach and Williams may not be the last edition to the roster. Rumors are swirling that former Kentucky Wildcat ( I guess you could call him that, he never even suited up) Matthew Pilgrim is on the verge of announcing his intentions to attend Memphis, as well.

Memphis will certainly have enough talent to continue to dominate the C-USA this coming season.



Charlottesville, Virginia wasn't a happy place last fall. First, they lost their starting quarterback, Jameel Sewell, to academic issues, and then there was the anemic beginning to the season. Al Groh's team was demolished by USC, UCONN and Duke, yes Duke, within its first four games. The Cavaliers attempted to turn their season around, but fell short of bowl eligibility with five wins. The offense was so putrid that Groh was forced to show his own son, Mike Groh, the door. The elder Groh hopes Gregg Brandon can improve the offensive inefficiency.

Brandon will have the luxury of having an experienced quarterback this season. Sewell returns, after getting his academics in order, and will attempt to resurrect some form of an offense. However, Sewell has zero experience to throw the ball to and his leading returning receiver, Jared Green, only amassed twelve receptions last season. Brandon's saving grace may be a talented RB, Mikell Simpson, and a veteran offensive line. Virginia, who has become Lineman U, returns four starters from an offensive line that opened holes all last season. The defensive side of the ball doesn't provide much reason for optimism, either.

Al Groh's defensive unit lost several playmakers, including Clint Stintim and Antonio Appleby. The defense will rely heavily on a veteran defensive line, headlined by Matt Contrath and nose tackle Nate Collins. The defensive backfield appears strong, as well. Ras-I Dowling and Vic Hall are good cover corners and Corey Mosley will be provide some punch at strong safety. The combination of a stout defensive line and strong backfield may help hide the deficiencies at linebacker. Denzel Burrell appears to be the only capable player in that unit, and Groh needs Darren Childs and Aaron Clark to establish themselves within his 3-4 scheme to be successful.

Al Groh has not been successful in his recruiting battles against in-state rival Virginia Tech, but he still brings in his fair share of talent. Groh landed the 33rd ranked class in the country ( and has a nice array of players joining his roster. Morgan Moses is a 6'7", 347 pound behemoth of a man at the offensive tackle position. If, and thats a big if, Moses can stay in shape, he has the potential to be an All-American type lineman. Wide Receiver Tim Smith will be forced to make an early impact in Charlottesville. The 6'0", 182 pound wide receiver has sticky hands and is a cunning receiver.

September 5th-William & Mary-Win
September 12th-TCU-Loss
September 19th-@Southern Miss-Loss
October 3rd-@North Carolina-Loss
October 10th-Indiana-Win
October 17th-@Maryland-Loss
October 24th-Georgia Tech-Loss
October 31st-Duke-Win
November 7th-@Miami-Loss
November 14th-Boston College-Loss
November 21st-@Clemson-Loss
November 28th-Virginia Tech-Loss

Season Projection: 3-9 (1-7 ACC)


Damn, Billy Mays..

We've all watched his late night infomercials and thought about buying one of his ridiculous products. We even let him talk us into using ESPN 360 as a way to watch sports while at work! Well, that will never happen again.

The best pitchman in the business, Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa area home today.

A sad day for infomercial fans all over the country. Everybody say a prayer while using your bottle of mighty puddy glue today.


The Tar Heels of Chapel Hill...

When you think of Carolina Blue and the town of Chapel Hill, basketball is the first thing that comes to mind. Butch Davis is beginning to change that perception. The former Miami coach has taken on the responsibility of turning UNC into something other than just a basketball school, and that perception began to change last season. The Tar Heels made their first bowl appearance in several years (31-30 lost to WVU in Car Care) and hope to continue to improve this season. They possessed a dominant offense last season, but John Shoop has a lot of talent to replace.

Last season the Tar Heels possessed one of the best corps of wide receivers in the country, but graduation has been rough on that unit. The Loss of Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster will be a blow to the Tar Heels offense, but they hope that junior quarterback T.J. Yates can overcome the lack of targets on the outside. Yates had an excellent freshman campaign, setting several school records, but suffered through an injury plagued sophomore year. Yates needs new wide recievers Dwight Jones and Greg Little to step up and provide him with some help on the outside, and if that happens, he'll have another big year. Davis needs running back Shaun Draughn and his mediocre offensive line to improve and alleviate the pressure on Yates. Yates doesn't need to establish astounding numbers, because a veteran defense will keep UNC in games.

Everett Wither's defense is full of speed, including blazing linebacker Zach Brown. Brown ran a sub 4.3 40 time this spring and he headlines a talented defense. Joining Brown at the linebacker position is leading tackler Quan Studivant and Bruce Carter, giving Wither a capable and playmaking unit. The defensive backfield is stout, as well. All-American candidate, Deaunta Williams, leads a ball hawking pack of defenders from the free safety position. Kendric Burney and Jordan Hemby are both capable corners who can be drive stoppers. However, the defensive line is a question mark within the unit. While all four starters return from last seasons squad, the unit only garnered five sacks all last season. E.J. Wilson and Robert Quinn have to get more pressure from the outside to keep the talented defensive backfield off an island.

Davis helped return Miami to a national power with his ridiculous recruiting classes and he has brought that same effort to Chapel Hill. Davis landed the ninth ranked class in the country ( and it is not short on talent. The class is headlined by 5-star defensive end Donte Moss, who will immediately help the lack of pass rush on the defensive line. Davis attempted to alleviate the loss of his talented wide receivers with the recruitment of Jheranie Boyd, a 6'2" 184 pound burner on the outside. The class was rounded out with the #5 ranked quarterback in the class, Bryn Renner. Renner has a strong arm and will eventually develop into an excellent starting quarterback for the Heels.

September 5th-Citadel-Win
September 12th-@UCONN-Win
September 19th-East Carolina-Win
September 26th-@Georgia Tech-Loss
October 3rd-Virginia-Win
October 10th-Georgia Southern-Win
October 22nd-Florida State-Win
October 29th-@Virginia Tech-Loss
November 7th-Duke-Win
November 14th-Miami-Win
November 21st-@Boston College-Win
November 28th-@N.C. State-Loss

Season Projection: 9-3 (ACC 5-3)


The Wolfpack...

Tom O'Brien inherited a team that was in the gutter , but has seen his win total increase each of his first three years. Last season wasn't expected to include a bowl appearance, but the breakthrough performance of freshman Russell Wilson changed those expectations.

Wilson showed maturity well beyond his years during his freshman campaign, which included an insane 17 touchdowns compared to 1 interception. Wilson has an opportunity to improve on other aspects of his game this season, because he has an improved receiving core. Owen Spencer leads a trio of wide receivers who are capable of putting up big numbers, including sophomore T.J. Graham who has big play ability. The running back position is a different story. O'Brien had a difficult time finding a consistent backfield mate for Wilson last season, and that problem hasn't been alleviated. Jamelle Eugene and Tony Baker will both attempt to steal the starting position, but keep an eye on freshman James Washington. Whomever wins the running back battle will have a solid offensive line to run behind, including tackles Jeraill McCuller and Jake Vermiglio. If the offense can score enough points, N.C. State's defense will help them win games.

Mike Archer's defense returns seven starters from a solid squad last season and is lead by linebacker Nate Irving and defensive end Willie young. Archer's defense also returns defensive tackle, Alan-Michael Cash and the majority of his secondary. DeAndre Morgan is an extremely talented cornerback and can basically shut down his side of the field. If the Wolfpack defense makes the same strides this season as last, they could really do some damage within the ACC.

The recruiting haul was not something to be extremely proud of this season. O'Brien brought in the 52nd ranked class ( in the country. His class was filled with players from across the country, including 6'6", 344 pound, Tyson Chandler. Chandler is a huge body that has the ability to play on either side of the ball. He'll be joined by Jarvis Byrd, a defensive back from the state of Florida.

September 3rd-South Carolina-Loss
September 12th-Murray State-Win
September 19th-Gardner-Webb-Win
September 26th-Pittsburgh-Win
October 3rd-@Wake Forest-Loss
October 10th-Duke-Win
October 17th-@Boston College-Win
October 31st-@Florida State-Loss
November 7th-Maryland-Win
November 14th-Clemson-Win
November 21st-@Virginia Tech-Loss
November 28th-North Carolina-Win

Season Projection: 8-4 (5-3 ACC)