Today in the World of Sports…
Unless the Jacksonville Jaguars add a receiver in free agency or draft that position high, newly-resigned Troy Williamson will be going head-to-head against Mike Thomas for the No. 2 receiver spot. Ignoring the three-year age difference, Williamson reminds me of current Minnesota Vikings pass-catcher Sidney Rice. Before Rice had Brett Favre throwing to him, Rice had started seven games while catching 46 passes – eight of which were touchdowns. In Williamson’s three years with the Vikings, while starting 22 games, he caught 79 passes and four touchdowns. The major difference between the South Carolina natives is that Rice can do more than bolt straight down the sideline to get open.
NFL Fanhouse released its first 2010 NFL mock draft last Monday. The list, compiled by NFL Fanhouse editor Chris Burke, has the Jaguars’ selecting former Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan with the No. 10 pick. I understand the Jaguars’ need for a pass rusher in the early rounds, but I am hesitant of Morgan. And, I will admit, at this moment, it is because of his first name. The other defensive end Derrick (Harvey) has not lived up to the eighth selection from 2008. Maybe Morgan can change his name from Derrick to the pass rusher formerly known as Derrick.
It’s just an idea.
According to National Football Post’s Michael Lombardi, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has been fielding calls from NFL teams about his former quarterback at Notre Dame, Jimmy Clausen. I wonder if the Jaguars have been one of those teams. The way this organization has done its homework lately, I would not put it past them.
A major bright spot about Clausen is his knowledge of an NFL offense. However, teams will be hesitant about the QB due to surgery he had performed on the tendons in his right toe.
Jaguars.com released its first all-time Jaguars “All-Fans” team on Tuesday. In their prime, the offense would be ridiculously good. Quarterback Mark Brunell would be throwing to tight end Kyle Brady, receivers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell.
Brunell would be protected on the ends by tackles Tony Boselli and Leon Searcy. Running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew would be running behind Brad Meester, Chris Naeole and Vince Manuwai.
If I owned Madden NFL, I would create that team.
And, I would like to think that those Jaguars could sell season tickets.
During Saturday’s Inside the Game, I asked University of North Florida’s men’s basketball head coach Matthew Driscoll what player he considers player of the year for the Ospreys. Pausing longer than I had anticipated, he confidently answered: point guard Brad Haugabrook.
Haugabrook has started all of UNF’s 28 games while recording 30.6 minutes per game. Even though he plays the most minutes per game, he averages 7.6 points per game, which is sixth on the team. With the Ospreys’ incredible team mentality, I was surprised Driscoll revealed who he thought should be UNF’s player of the year.
I also laughed uncontrollably when Driscoll shared with us that he is mistaken in crowds for movie star Bruce Willis.
With 13-5 conference records, Campbell and Jacksonville are tied atop the men’s Atlantic Sun standings. This Thursday, February 25, the Camels and Dolphins play at Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:15 p.m. And, to add to the excitement of the most important A-Sun game of the year, admission is free. Now, that is a smart way to shape a fan base.
I am surprised that Florida State’s quarterback Christian Ponder has only 2,218 followers on Twitter. If the technology had been in existence back in the day, there is no way former Seminole signal callers Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke would have had less than 50,000. In case you are curious, on Valentine’s Day, Ponder spent part of his day on the couch watching Judge Joe Brown with three buddies. Who says Twitter isn’t entertaining?
And, as for Tiger Woods… Would the media coverage have been nearly as insane for any other sports celebrity?
Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio. Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show. Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.