Tag: Sterling Shepard
Top 10 WRs
With the NFL Draft now less than a month away, I present to you my first edition of my top 10 positional rankings.
You will notice I have 12 players listed here, but that’s just in honor of the depth this draft class possesses at the receiver position. While there are no Calvin Johnson’s or Julio Jones’ in this group, there are more than a handful of legitimate prospects with the potential to become impact players at the next level.
Laquon Treadwell is the consensus number one, and though many will point to his stop watch time (4.65) with doubt, it’s his fluidity and game tape that put him in pole position.
Baylor’s Corey Coleman has been under heavy scrutiny for his apparent lack of overall skills. He ran a limited route-tree in college, so word of bad route-running and only possessing straight-line speed has surfaced. He also has drop issues, especially in the middle of the field. He ran a 4.37 at his Pro Day and scored 20 TDs through the first eight games of the 2015 season, so going deep is no issue. The issue is that he didn’t score any in the next four games and never came close to 100 yards again. If college teams can figure out how to shut him down, NFL defenses will without breaking a sweat. But if he lands with the right team, those same defenses will be sweating just watching the film on him.
Will Fuller also has the speed (4.32) but as one scout and former NFL receiver said “I hear the DeSean Jackson comparison and I can’t get there. DeSean was faster, tougher and more reliable than Fuller. I’m not saying Fuller can’t play, but I don’t think he’s DeSean.”
Josh Doctson is of a different mold. More of a possession type receiver with the ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air. The Minnesota Vikings seem really interested in what TCU product has to offer, as would he be a great compliment to their young receiving core. An immediate starting job on the outside seems to be in Doctson’s future.
Sterling Shepard rounds out my top five (for this edition anyway). The Sooner may leave something to be desired in terms of measurements, but definitely leaves nothing on the field in terms of effort. The 5’10 slot man not only comes with a ferocious hunger to make plays, but the talent to execute them. I see shades of Steve Smith all over this one.
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Top-ranked Clemson is the lone remaining unbeaten squad and fourth-ranked Oklahoma has reeled off seven straight victories as they enter their College Football Playoff semifinal clash in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31 at Miami Gardens, Fla. The Tigers are bidding for their first national championship since going 12-0 in 1981, while the Sooners are chasing their first national title since going 13-0 in 2000. Oklahoma’s lone loss came to Texas on Oct. 10, while Clemson has won 16 consecutive games since losing to Georgia Tech in mid-November of the 2014 campaign.
There is no disputing the notion that the top two quarterbacks in the country are playing in this contest as Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting and Oklahoma junior Baker Mayfield placed fourth with the top two finishers both being running back. Watson is an all-around nightmare for defensive coordinators as he has passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 887 yards and 11 scores while Mayfield has passed for 3,389 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 420 yards and seven scores. “I think he’s exceptional,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops told reporters of Watson. “What a great athlete – thrower, runner, everything. I really have a great respect and appreciation for what a quality player he is.”
One aspect both teams are downplaying is that Clemson put a 40-6 thumping on the Sooners in last season’s Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Watson missed the game with a knee injury and Oklahoma committed five turnovers and was never in the contest but Tigers coach Dabo Swinney has been insisting that nobody should be bringing up that game. “That just absolutely has nothing to do with this year,” Swinney told reporters. “They’re playing as good as anybody in the country right now, maybe the best of anybody in the country, so we know they’ll be fired up to play us.”
OKLAHOMA Season Overview (11-1, 8-1 Big 12): The Sooners have averaged 52 points during their seven-game winning streak as senior receiver Sterling Shepard and sophomore running back Samaje Perine complement Mayfield’s prowess. Shepard has 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdown catches and ranks second in school history in receptions (226) and receiving yardage (3,395) while Perine has rushed for 1,291 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 3,004 career rushing yards to join Adrian Peterson (2004-05) as the only players to top 3,000 in their first two seasons as Sooners. Oklahoma allows 20.8 points per game and boasts solid players in senior outside linebacker Eric Striker (team-high 16 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks), junior cornerback Zack Sanchez (team-leading six interceptions), sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas (five interceptions), junior inside linebacker Dominique Alexander (team-best 91 tackles) and senior defensive end Charles Tapper (seven sacks).
CLEMSON Season Overview (13-0, 8-0 ACC): The Tigers are hoping standout sophomore receiver Artavis Scott (84 receptions, 805 yards) will be in top shape by the bowl game after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair meniscus cartilage in his right knee earlier this month. Sophomore running back Wayne Gallman has been superb with 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns and is 14 yards shy of surpassing the school mark set by Raymond Priester in 1996. Clemson allows 20.2 points per game with standout junior defensive end Shaq Lawson delivering a dominating season – he has a team-best 9.5 sacks and leads the nation with 22.5 tackles for losses – while senior middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (team-high 91 tackles), junior cornerback Condrea Tankersley (team-leading five interceptions) and junior defensive end Kevin Dodd (eight sacks) also are having strong campaigns.
Oklahoma Sooners versus Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Picks 11-14-2015
A monster matchup for fantasy college football draft managers to pick a roster from is the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears. DFS can tune to ABC TV on Saturday night November 14th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league picks.
The past two meetings between these teams resulted in huge wins by Baylor each time. In 2013 it was Baylor with the 41-12 home victory and last year the Bears crushed the Sooners again but this time it was 48-14 at Oklahoma.
The Sooners have just one blemish on their record as the team enters play with a mark of 8-1. After their 24-17 loss to Texas the Oklahoma Sooners have flexed their muscles on the scoreboard with four straight wins and scoring no fewer than 52 points in the process. The team is sixth best from college football in total offense by averaging 549 yards per game. Last week they hosted the Iowa St Cyclones and produced a 52-16 victory. They poured it on in the second half by scoring 31 points. The offense was balanced with 405 yards passing and 279 coming from their ground game for over seven yards a carry.
Baylor has a perfect record of 8-0 on the season. They are the top offense in the league and score the most points from college football. The team averages 665 yards along with 57 points per game. Baylor last played on a Thursday night on November 5th as they earned the 31-24 victory that saw the Bears put up the least amount of points this season. Despite the low point total for the Bears they still managed 522 offensive yards and 419 threw the air. The team has a very difficult schedule to close the regular season. Following this Oklahoma game the Bears travel to Oklahoma St and TCU on a short week before closing out their regular season with a home game to Texas.
Oklahoma Sooners QB:
The Sooners quarterback is hitting on 70% of his throws for 2812 yards with 28 touchdowns and four picks. Mayfield had a huge game against Iowa St last week by completing 74% of his throws for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and one pick over his past four games.
Oklahoma Sooners RB:
The Oklahoma sophomore running back has run for 806 yards on 140 carries and ten touchdowns. He is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt on the season. Three weeks ago Perine had 201 rushing yards and four carries. Last week Perine had 13 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown with a 7.3 yards per rush average.
Oklahoma Sooners WR:
Shepard leads the Sooners with 47 catches for 826 yards with seven touchdowns. The senior wide out has seen significant action in all four years of play. He is averaging 17.6 yards per catch. He caught four balls for 94 yards and a touchdown last week in their win against Iowa St.
Baylor Bears QB:
The freshman quarterback is completing 77% of his passes for 750 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. Stidham threw for 419 yards last week in the win against Kansas St with three touchdowns and nearly a 70% completion percentage. Starting quarterback Seth Russell is out for the year with a broken bone in his neck.
Baylor Bears RB:
Lindwood leads the Bears in rushing with 1046 yards on 134 carries with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the season which is nearly two yards greater than his run average in 2014. Linwood has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his eight games this year.
Baylor Bears WR:
The junior wide out for Baylor is leading the team with 58 catches for 1178 yards with 20 touchdown catches. Coleman is averaging nearly 20.3 yards per reception. In the win against Kansas St, Coleman had 11 grabs for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
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QB: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma Sooners)
RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor Bears)
WR: Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma Sooners)
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Oklahoma Sooners versus Texas Longhorns College Football Fantasy Preview 10-10-2015
It’s the Red River Rivalry game as the Texas Longhorns will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon. Fantasy college football draft managers can tune to ABC TV at 12PM Eastern Time on October 11th from Dallas Texas to track the results of their roster picks.
Oklahoma has won four of the previous five meetings in this series. Last year the Sooners defeated the Longhorns 31-26 despite gaining just 232 yards to the Longhorns 462 offensive yards for the game. The Longhorns lost the turnover battle with a -2 margin. Oklahoma earned a touchdown on a kickoff and interception return.
The Sooners enter this rivalry contest with a record of 4-0. They opened up their Big 12 conference season with a 44-24 victory at home to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Oklahoma forced five Mountaineers turnovers in the win and had 320 yards passing. The Sooners is tenth in passing yards per game (358) and is eleventh best in college football in points scored per game (42).
It has been a bad start to the year for the Texas Longhorns as the club is 1-4. They must go 5-2 the rest of the way to get bowl eligible. It was bad 50-7 road defeat last week at the TCU Horned Frogs. The Longhorns are now 0-2 in the Big 12 after with a 30-27 home loss to Oklahoma St two weeks ago. In their loss to TCU the Longhorns were down 37-0 at the half. For the game Texas surrendered 604 yards to the Horned Frogs offense along with six touchdown passes to their quarterbacks. The stats look ugly for Texas ranking 120th in college football in yardage allowed per game (507) and are 110th in yards gained per game from their offense (338).
Oklahoma Sooners QB:
The Sooners junior quarterback is hitting on 65% of his passes for 1382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three picks. Last week against West Virginia he completed 14 of 25 passes for 320 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Mayfield averaged nearly 25 yards per reception in the victory. The Oklahoma signal caller ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns.
Oklahoma Sooners RB:
Perine leads the Sooners with 72 carries for 328 yards and two touchdowns. He is running for 4.6 yards per carry on the season. The Oklahoma sophomore running back had 65 yards last week on 16 carries.
Oklahoma Sooners WR:
Senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard has seen significant action in all four of his years in the program. In 2015 Shepard has 20 catches for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 16.1 yards per catch.
Texas Longhorns QB:
The Longhorns are looking at a freshman quarterback now under center. Heard has hit on 55% of his throws for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He struggled in the TCU loss going 8 of 20 for just 48 yards. Jerrod Heard leads Texas in rushing with 318 yards and three touchdowns on 67 carries.
Texas Longhorns RB:
The sophomore running back has 44 carries for 211 yards and two touchdowns. In the TCU loss Foreman ran for 112 yards on 18 carries as he averaged a very good 6.2 yards per rush attempt.
Texas Longhorns WR:
The Longhorns freshman wide out has made big plays in the passing game. He has nine catches for 222 yards and a touchdown. Burt is averaging 24.7 yards per catch on the season. John Burt caught just two passes last week at TCU for 36 yards.