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Redskins, Kerrigan Reach Contract Extension

Ryan Kerrigan.

Ryan Kerrigan.

Ryan Kerrigan has been the definition of consistency for the Washington Redskins’ defense since he was taken 16th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

On Wednesday, Kerrigan was rewarded for his efforts, as the team announced it had reached a multi-year contract extension with the Purdue product, who is coming off a career year in 2014.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan said. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”

Kerrigan in 2014 turned in one of the best performances by a pass rusher in team history, posting a career-best 13.5 sacks, tying Ken Harvey (1994) and Dexter Manley (1984) for the fourth-most sacks by a member of the Redskins since sacks became official in 1982.

Kerrigan also had five forced fumbles in 2014, tying for the league lead and becoming the first member of the Redskins to finish atop league rankings in that category since LaVar Arrington’s NFL-best six forced fumbles in 2003.

Kerrigan – a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 – enters the 2015 season with 38 sacks, already ranking sixth in team history in that category. With six more sacks, Kerrigan would move into sole possession of third place, passing Orakpo (40), Harvey (41.5) and Monte Coleman (43.5). Manley (91) and Charles Mann (82) top the list.

The Muncie, Ind., native – who was an All-American defensive end at Purdue before being transitioned to an outside linebacker in Washington – said he’s appreciative of the Redskins for allowing him to continue his career where it started.

“I think more than anything it’s awesome, the vote of confidence that the Redskins have put in me,” Kerrigan said. “Being drafted a couple of years back, defensive end who is becoming an outside linebacker, you’re never sure how things are going to turn out for you.”

He said he can’t wait to show the passionate Redskins fanbase exactly what this opportunity means to him starting Week 1, when the team takes on the Miami Dolphins in their 2015 season opener at FedExField.

“We want to win, and I know that’s a simple thing to say, but it is,” Kerrigan said. “I know the fans know how it was back in 2012 when we won the division, and that’s got to be first and foremost our goal for this year and for the years to come is to get back to the top of the division and then make sure that the game we’re playing in December, that they’re counting something towards the standings and that we’re a viable contender in the NFC.”

Kerrigan and the Redskins kick off 2015 training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.

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State’s Doeren likes experience and depth at quarterback

Q. You’ve had quarterbacks of differing styles your first year with Thomas, Mitchell. Now you have Jalen coming in, taking over the backup role. What have you seen from him? What kind of competition has he given Jacoby? COACH DOEREN: First of all, it’s the third year I’ve been at State and first year I’ve had a returner at that position, the first year I had a backup that we recruited to be a scholarship quarterback. I’m excited about the depth and the talent that we have there. I feel like we’re in a great situation because Jalen traveled to […]

Q. You’ve had quarterbacks of differing styles your
first year with Thomas, Mitchell. Now you have
Jalen coming in, taking over the backup role. What
have you seen from him? What kind of competition
has he given Jacoby?
COACH DOEREN: First of all, it’s the third year I’ve
been at State and first year I’ve had a returner at that
position, the first year I had a backup that we recruited
to be a scholarship quarterback. I’m excited about the
depth and the talent that we have there. I feel like
we’re in a great situation because Jalen traveled to
every game last year, was in every game plan meeting
with Coach Canada, took valuable reps in this offseason,
and is with Jacoby day in, day out. Jacoby is a
tremendous preparation guy. He’s getting to watch a
veteran guy go through it, a guy that’s going through it
the right way. He’s really dedicated, Jacoby has dedicated himself to the cause.
So for Jalen, I think he’s in a tremendous position. I tell kids all the time,
they want to play right away, all of them do, if you’re a
three-year starter at that level, that’s a lot. If you start
at quarterback for three years at the ACC or SEC,
you’re a pretty good football player now. He’s going to
be able to do that after Jacoby is gone. If we feel like
there’s a moment in a game, injury in a game, we don’t
have to change what we do. We have another 6’6″ guy
that can run and throw and is tough. It’s a great
scenario to have on your team. It’s the first time I’ve
had it since I’ve been here. I do sleep good at night
from a quarterback standpoint knowing that’s what we
have. Just like every year, you have different things.
Last year no one asked about our kicker and punter.
Now that’s the unknown. Our left tackle is a new guy.
That’s an unknown. At least at quarterback we don’t
have that problem.

Q. You raved about Jacoby the minute you landed
him as a transfer. Is it possible to overstate the
impact he’s had on the program? Can we overstate
how important he’s been to the transformation?
COACH DOEREN: No, I don’t think you can. I told
everybody last year, it’s his team because he’s the
quarterback. The quarterback’s the CEO of your
football team. We’re going to go, any team is, you can
go from Pop Warner to NFL, if you look at their
quarterback play, if it’s good, if he manages the team
the right way, if he’s tough, if he’s a leader, those teams
probably win some games. Vice versa, if you have a
team that has no identity at that position, they’re
probably not very good. So he’s helped us immensely.
I was excited when I got him because I’ve known him
since he was a freshman. He comes from a great
program. Was coached by a great high school coach
in Jack Daniels. He was a state championship
basketball player at point guard. I knew what I was
getting because I’d known him for so long. I knew what
we needed. I was coming from a program at Northern
Illinois that had tremendous quarterback play in Jordan
Lynch one year and Chandler Harnish they year
before. They were both Player of the Year in our
league. I knew that we were champions at Northern
because I had a championship quarterback. So to
know I was getting one that had that pedigree, once
you have that you can build around it. You can have a
lot of other things, but if you don’t have, that it’s hard to
reach the goals you have as a program.

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Duke fortunes likely to rise or fall with new quarterback

By Clifton Barnes Duke’s football fortunes are likely to rise and fall on the shoulders of new quarterback Thomas Sirk. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt junior whose career was slowed by a ruptured achilles takes over for Anthony Boone, who led the Devils to bowl berths. Sirk has been known mostly as a runner. He came in 12 games last season and ran 47 times for 238 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw only 14 passes but managed three throwing touchdowns. He has stepped up big with a winning running TD against Pitt last season and a winning passing TD against […]

By Clifton Barnes

Duke’s football fortunes are likely to rise and fall on the shoulders of new quarterback Thomas Sirk.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt junior whose career was slowed by a ruptured achilles takes over for Anthony Boone, who led the Devils to bowl berths.

Sirk has been known mostly as a runner. He came in 12 games last season and ran 47 times for 238 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw only 14 passes
but managed three throwing touchdowns.

He has stepped up big with a winning running TD against Pitt last season and a winning passing TD against Virginia.

“There is no question Thomas is our starter,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said at the preseason ACC media event in Pinehurst. “He’s a very capable quarterback,” he added, trying to dispel the notion that Sirk is just a runner.

Cutcliffe has reminded Sirk that the first person you’ve got to compete against is yourself. “He sets his sights high and I like that about him,” he said.

The backup at quarterback is redshirt sophomore Park Boehme (6-2, 220 pounds) and he is expected to get some action. In fact, Cutcliffe says he’ll play some in the first game. Boehme only took 15 snaps last season when games against inferior oppoenents were out of reach so expect his playing time to go down as the season progresses – unless Sirk is injured.

The game plan doesn’t have to change drastically with Boehme in the game as he also is a running and passing threat.

While Sirk is a question mark, Duke’s starting running back is expected to be solid.

Shaquille Powell, senior who rushed for 618 yards last season, is on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award given to the top running back in the NCAA.

The Blue Devils running game has improve drastically over the years for a Duke team known for passing. The Devils averaged 182 total rushing yards per game, the program’s highest total since 1977 when Duke rushed for 199 yards a game.

Cutcliffe said it’s “not an accident” that the running game has improved. He said the Devils have recruited well at running back and on the offensive front.

Cutcliffe said even if you are primarily known as a passing team, you’d better maintain the ability to run the football, which is something he admitted Duke didn’t do very well when he first started out as Duke coach in 2008.

By 2013, Cutcliffe had led the Blue Devils to their first-ever Division title and a berth in the ACC championship game, not to mention the first 10-win season in the school’s history.

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Fedora expects a more confident Williams, offense this season

By Clifton Barnes With a more experienced offensive line, UNC coach Larry Fedora expects quarterback Marquis Williams to take on less of the load and distribute the ball better. Last season the Tar Heels had just one returning starter on the offensive line and as a result Williams, a big and physical quarterback, called his own number many times to evade the defense. All that running got him bruised and battered and led to fewer of the other skill players getting the ball in their hands. “The reason he did that lack of experience on the offensive line… I think […]

By Clifton Barnes

With a more experienced offensive line, UNC coach Larry Fedora expects quarterback Marquis Williams to take on less of the load and distribute the ball better.

Last season the Tar Heels had just one returning starter on the offensive line and as a result Williams, a big and physical quarterback, called his own number many times to evade the defense.

All that running got him bruised and battered and led to fewer of the other skill players getting the ball in their hands.

“The reason he did that lack of experience on the offensive line… I think you’ll see him distribute the ball more,” Fedora said at the ACC football meeting Tuesday morning in Pinehurst. “Marquis will make some different decisions.”

In the Carolina offense, the quarterback has a lot of freedom and Fedora said a lot of Williams’ runs last year weren’t called runs.

Fedora said Williams likes to run and he isn’t apprehensive and cautious when he runs but that more production from the running back will take the load off Williams.

TJ Logan started nine games at tailback last season and played in all 13, running for 582 yards and three touchdowns. The junior will need to produce more this season, as will his backup Elijah Hood, a sophomore who ran for 259 yards and four touchdowns in nine games.

And as Fedora says, the success of the running game will depend on the offensive line.
“All five offensive linemen are back,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence we’re going to be good in the running game.”

Confidence seems to be a buzz word for this year’s Tar Heels team. With the linemen all back – including All-America candidate senior guard Landon Turner, junior tackle Jon Heck and junior center Lucas Crowley – confidence is high on offense.

But some of that confidence is being exuded by quarterback Marquis Williams too who is not looking over his shoulder this season. Last preseason there was an open battle between he and Mitch Trubisky for the QB position. In fact, especially early in the season, the two split time at the position.

“He’s very confident,” Fedora said. “He goes into the season knowing this is his team… He understands all he needs to do is keep moving the chains and take care of the football.”

And Fedora is confident he’ll do that.

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Hornets sign free agent point guard Jeremy Lin

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The Charlotte Hornets have signed free agent Jeremy Lin, giving them depth and another scoring option at point guard. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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ACC Basketball: Dennis Smith Jr. shines on first day of Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series event

Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a rising senior at Trinity Christian School, is playing for North Carolina’s Team Loaded at the final Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series stop in Atlanta. …read more

Source:: Fayetteville Observer

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Tudor: Reckless QB’s punch could alter FSU’s future

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​Even before De’Andre Johnson literally punched his way out of a football career at Florida State by hitting a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month, the highly rated freshman quarterback probably was not going to play a down this season for the Seminoles. …read more

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Strikers rain on RailHawks parade for 1-1 draw

RailHawks vs. Strikers

A 106-minute lightning delay bisected a 1-1 draw between the RailHawks and Strikers Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park. …read more

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Gravley: Sweet 16 rings for NC State? Nah…

NCSU practice in Syracuse

After NC State’s Sweet 16 appearance, Mark Gottfried asked his team if they wanted rings. …read more

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Sammy Batten: Diligence in tracking recruit pays for ECU

Diligence in keeping up with the comings and goings of Kenyon Taylor paid off for East Carolina. …read more

Source:: Fayetteville Observer