Today in the World of Sports…
With a team-record 59-yard field goal, Josh Scobee won the game for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) on Sunday. However, it should be noted that the Jaguars’ 31-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts was a team effort. Game balls could be handed out to David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mike Thomas, Tiquan Underwood and Aaron Kampman – to name a few. A last-second, game-winning field goal is what the Jaguars and its fans needed to forget about the pain associated with consecutive 25-point losses. In the post-game press gathering, Scobee, who has not missed a field goal this season, said it was 30 times the reporters he was used to after a game. That’s an added bonus when you nail the third-longest game-winner in league history.
Following two lackluster – to put it nicely – performances, Garrard seemed calm in the pocket as he completed 17 passes with two touchdowns and a 25-yard rushing score. It helped that Garrard was not sacked. A quick drop-back was the answer along with the silencing of the Colts’ defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. They only contributed three tackles Sunday afternoon.
It became apparent early that the Jaguars were okay with getting beaten by Colts receiver Reggie Wayne. Matched up against cornerback David Jones, Wayne recorded a Colts’ franchise-record 15 receptions and a career-high 196 yards. Wayne, a Pro Bowler the last four seasons, had six catches of 10 yards or longer – 11, 26, 21, 13, 17 and 42. Without injured wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez, Peyton Manning focused more on Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark.
Running back Jones-Drew set the pace with his 4.0 yards per carry against Indianapolis. While he pounded the ball in on his touchdown run, his helmet popped off and landed near the five-yard-line. In the locker room after the win, Jones-Drew was wearing a band-aid on his right hand and what-he-called “a cut” behind his left ear – looked more like a gash to me. In obtaining his first 100-yard game and rushing touchdown of the season, he proved he can take a beating, but also dole one out, too.
If Michigan’s sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson is not on your top-three list of Heisman hopefuls, you should probably adjust your lineup immediately. The only way, so far, a team has slowed the one they call “Shoelace” was by injury. That was on Sept. 25 against Bowling Green when he exited in the first quarter with a left knee tweak. Through five contests, Robinson has accumulated 1,913 yards of offense and accounted for 15 touchdowns. He already holds the three highest single-game offensive totals in Michigan history. All of Robinson’s numbers are impressive, but even more so is the fact that Florida or Florida State weren’t able to entice the four-star recruit out of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
It is time you start repeating the name Leonard Hankerson. Say it with me, Leonard Hankerson. Good. Prior to Miami’s 30-21 victory over Clemson on Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes wide receiver had 12 career touchdowns. Against Clemson, the senior Hankerson caught seven passes – his third game this year with at least six receptions – for 147 yards and three touchdowns. As we inch closer to the 2011 NFL Draft, Hankerson will be mentioned with the likes of SEC stars A.J. Green and Julio Jones.
Jacksonville native Brett Myers, a starter for the Houston Astros, has tied his career-high for wins (14) and set a new high with a 3.14 ERA. In 33 starts this season, the 29-year-old Myers has pitched a personal-best 223.2 innings while recording 180 strikeouts. After a few tumultuous years with the Philadelphia Phillies, Myers needed a new start. Also, it doesn’t hurt that from 2011 until 2013 he can earn a jaw-dropping $28 million.
At this point in the 2010 season, do you think Urban Meyer would prefer to have John Brantley or Auburn’s Cam Newton, a former backup to Tim Tebow at Florida, as his starting quarterback?
Richard Miller is the host of “Miller On Sports” weekdays on talk radio 600 WBOB from 1 until 2 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, he broadcasts live from City Hall Pub. You can listen live at www.600wbob.com.
On Sundays, Richard covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for Sporting News Radio. Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2011.
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