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Tyrant Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Tyler Condit

June 25, 2016

​Q&A with New Haven LB Tyler Condit


Tyler Condit

 

​Year: ​Senior

Height: ​5'11 3/4

Weight:​ ​240

2015 Awards and Stats

"Northeast-10 DPOY...Northeast-10 All-Conference 1st Team Defense...Joseph P. Zabilski Award Recipient...Finalist for Cliff Harris Award...USA College Football 1st Team All-America...Don Hansen Football Gazette 1st Team All-America Defense...D2Football.com All-America Honorable Mention...Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One 1st Team Defense...NCAA D2 Conference Commissioner's Association All-East Region 1st Team...New England Football Writer's D2/D3 All-New England Team...Northeast-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll...Led the New Haven Chargers with a school record 160 tackles, also added team-best 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 13.5 tackles for 60 total yards lost, 5 sacks and 2 pass break ups...Three 20-plus tackle outings...Set a career-high with 25 tackles against Merrimack (10/3), including 4 tackles for 27 total yards lost...Matched that career-high against Saint Anselm (11/7), setting single season record and the single game record with 21 assisted tackles...Also in that game finished with 2 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception run back for 48 yards...Closed out the season with a 54-yard return on an interception in the Northeast-10 Championship game against Assumption (11/14)." - newhavenchargers.com

​Tyrant Scouting Overview

​    Tyler Condit is a highly productive Linebacker from New Haven University. Though slightly limited athletically, he makes up for it with good instincts and a blue collar work mentality. Tyler brings veteran leadership and a tone setting style of play to New Haven's defense. We're expecting big things this upcoming season.


​Q&A with Tyler Condit (Condit) and our Division II Specialist (Wyman)

Wyman: Tyler, thanks for agreeing to have a chat with me.

Condit: For sure man.. Thank you for reaching out.

Wyman: Great. So, what's been going on this offseason? What specific kinds of strength and conditioning training have you been putting your body through?

Condit: This offseason I've been up at school working with our strength staff... A typical day starts at 6 am with some kind of speed or conditioning run and is followed by an hour or so in the weight room.. This biggest goal for me was to get faster and stronger this offseason.

Wyman: Sounds like a recipe for tough times for your opponents this Fall. 

Now my next question I have to ask all the best of the best D2 players. 

Do you plan on going into the NFL?

Condit: Yes, that would be a dream come true.. To finally realize that dream would be something truly special.

Wyman: Tyler, let's say hypothetically, your first attempt to be signed by an NFL team doesn't happen. Do you stay home and train for another attempt down the road or go play professional football in another country like Canada, Germany, or China?

​Condit​: I wouldn't be opposed to playing overseas... At the end of the day, football is football... I would love to play the game for as long as possible.

Wyman: I think anyone who has seen you play will be glad to hear that.

Who has been the most positive influence in your life growing up?

Condit: Without a doubt my parents.. Their daily sacrifices have put myself and my brother in a great position to succeed. I also credit them to teaching me the value and importance of hard work.

Wyman: I've always believed having good parents as role models is a good remedy for success. 

So...what drives, Tyler Condit?

Condit: The chance to prove the people who doubted me wrong on a daily basis really drives me. Nothing drives me more than someone telling me "you can't" or "you won't do this."

Wyman: Proving doubters wrong has always been one of the best known motivators.

On a lighter note, what can people find you doing most when not working for the gridiron or the classroom?

Condit: As cliche as it sounds, I do truly love working out.. I also enjoy catching up with friends.

Wyman: I don't think that's cliche at all. I'd call it a good common trait that's carried by many greats. 

Ok, last question I like to ask in these interviews, what's something most people don't know about you?

Condit: Although I'm from New Jersey, I'm a big Houston Texans fan.

Wyman: Well, I think most would agree, you keep doing all the right things, we could possibly see you in a Texan uniform in the not so distant future...or playing against them.

Tyler, on behalf of Tyrant Scouting, I want say thanks again and we all wish you the best of luck in your future.

Condit: For sure.. Thank you.

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Tyrant Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Collins Bevins

June 23, 2016

Q&A with DE Collin Bevins 

Collin Bevins


Height: ​6'6

​Weight: ​290

2015 Awards and Stats

"AP Little All-America First Team ... CCA Second Team All-America ... MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... unanimous first team All-MIAA ... set Northwest record with 15.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss ... Cliff Harris and Gene Upshaw Award finalist ... CCA first team all-region first team ... appeared in 13 games ... 55 total tackles with seven qb hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... MIAA Player of the Week following 7.0 tackle, 5.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sack performance vs. Emporia State (Nov. 7), recording first career safety on a sack ... four multi-sack games ... multi-tackles in 12 contests ... had 4.0 sacks in NCAA National Championship game vs. Shepherd (Dec. 19) ... blocked a kick with 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks against Missouri Western (Oct. 31) ... had 2.5 sacks against Emporia State in NCAA Quarterfinals (Dec. 5) ... had 3.5 tackles for loss against Lindenwood (Oct. 10) ... recorded 3.0 tackles for loss at Pittsburg State (Oct. 17)." - bearcatsports.com

​Tyrant Scouting Overview

    Collin Bevins has been a force of nature, using his length and strength to dominate his Division II competition to the tune of 26.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks. While that might seem like career stats for a DT, that was just last year. He is Tyrant Scouting's #1 DL prospect for Division II.

​Q&A with Collin (CB) by our D2 Scouting Specialist (TW)

TW: Collin, I'd like to feature you today. I'd like to do an informal interview for our writer's blog as well.

CB: Alright cool. What all do you need from me?

TW: What have you been working on this offseason? What can we look forward to seeing better about the already great, Collin Bevins?

CB: I've been putting in a lot of time in the weight room and on the field with the team and people can expect to see big things not only from me but from Northwest as well. We're just trying to better ourselves one day at a time and hopefully come Fall we hit the ground running starting week 1.

TW: Do you plan on taking a shot at the NFL next year, and if that attempt for the NFL doesn't pan out at first, do you think you'll pursue the CFL or even Arena football?

CB: CFL maybe but I don't think I could go the arena football route.

TW: I can understand that. 

Is there anyone you've looked up to growing up that may have contributed to your motivation for success?

CB: I really looked up to my Dad. He taught me many things in life but he always reminded me that if I really want something in life I need to put the work in to get that goal accomplished.

TW: I think having a good Dad gives someone a certain amount of good character credibility.

So what drives you, Collin?

CB: What drives me? Hmm I would have to say that knowing there is someone out there better than me drives me the most. Whether it's doing a word search puzzle or rushing the passer. I've always wanted to be the best at whatever it is that I do. So I know I have to put in the time and the work to become the best at what I do.

TW: I think many of the most competitive and successful people have that character trait. Seems like a good sign. 

What about when you're not participating in football or studies? What do you enjoy doing with your free time?

CB: I like to be outdoors and hanging out with my friends. I like to hunt in the winter and be around the water in the summertime. You can't beat a day out on a lake with your buddies.

TW: Absolutely. Sounds like nice and mellow times that bring balance from the intensity spent on the gridiron.

I hear you have a successful background in Wrestling. I have to know, any experience or interest in MMA. Your stature and accolades could leave some people wondering, "what if?"

CB: Growing up I was raised around wrestling and wrestling was my go to sport. Football came as a secondary sport to me but once high school hit that quickly changed. I credit a lot of my success on the football field to my wrestling background. I don't have any MMA experience no but I am open to the idea of it.

TW: Well, it's been fun and a pleasure getting to know the man behind the gridiron beast. I appreciate you giving your time, Collin. We at Tyrant Scouting will be following you closely and wish you the best.

CB: I'm glad I could keep it interesting for ya haha. But no problem. Thank you!

TW: You're absolutely welcome. Bye now.

CB: See ya later.

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Green Bay Packers 2016 Schedule Preview

June 11, 2016

With the preseason less than two months away, it is time to look at the schedule for the Green Bay Packers as they look to climb back to the top of the NFC North. Green Bay welcomes back Jordy Nelson and Sam Barrington, who both were injured very early in the season (with Nelson's injury happening in the preseason). Green Bay has the easiest schedule in the NFL, going by last year's records.

Sept. 11: @ Jacksonville 1 EST FOX

Jacksonville looks to march toward the playoffs, as it has not made the playoffs since the 2007 season. Jacksonville drafted who many considered to be the best player in 2016 NFL Draft in defensive back Jalen Ramsey. The Jaguars also return 2015 first round pick Dante Fowler, Jr., who missed the entire 2015 season after tearing his ACL on the first day of mini-camp. They try to help bolster a defense that finished 31st in the league in points allowed. They signed free agents Teshaun Gipson, Malik Jackson and Prince Amukamara as well to try to help improve that side of the ball. On offense, there are a lot of playmakers. Wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns both had more than 1,000 yards receiving and a combined 24 touchdowns. Blake Bortles is hurt by a struggling offensive line, which may have led to him having thrown 35 interceptions in his first two seasons. The Jaguars' offense finished 14th in the league, scoring 23.5 points per game, but over the last 12 games of the season, Jacksonville scored 26.2 points per game, which was third in the AFC.

Sept. 18: @ Minnesota 8:30 EST NBC

The long-awaited official debut of U.S. Bank Stadium takes place in week two. Just like the Gophers opened the Big Ten season at TCF Bank Stadium in 2009, the Vikings open with a Wisconsin team in their opener. Minnesota is the defending division champion after knocking off Green Bay at Lambeau Field in week 17. The Vikings come in with largely the same roster as last season. The Vikings drafted Mississippi wide receiver Laquan Treadwell to pair with second-year standout Stafon Diggs to try to give the team a dynamic duo at wide receiver to take some of the pressure off running back Adrian Peterson. The two teams are very evenly matched, so it will come down to containing Peterson, like it does every game against the Vikings. If Teddy Bridgewater were to elevate his game to the next level, the Vikings could be a very dangerous team in the NFC.

Sept. 25: DETROIT 1 EST FOX

Finally the Packers have their home opener, which starts a string of four consecutive home games in five weeks. I think most people remember what happened the last time these two teams met. Detroit is out looking for redemption after Richard Rodgers caught a Hail Mary to win the game last December. The Motor City Kitties did, however, snap a 24-game losing streak in Wisconsin by winning at Lambeau last year when Mason Crosby's last second field goal missed. This season, Detroit will have to try to deal with the early retirement of Calvin Johnson. Without him, it will be a struggle. The Lions finished last in the league in rushing last season, so that will need to improve in order to try to compete in the tough NFC North.

Oct. 9: NEW YORK GIANTS 8:30 EST NBC

After a week off, Green Bay hosts its nemesis, the New York Giants. This will be the first time the Packers get a look at Odell Beckham, Jr. The star wide receiver has more than 1,300 yards in each of his first two seasons and 25 touchdowns. However, he is basically all that New York has going for it. The running game is average at best and had just five rushing touchdowns a season ago. Only the Chargers had fewer. Their defense was atrocious a season ago. They allowed the third most points (27.6), with only the Saints and Jaguars being worse. They signed defensive lineman Olivier Vernon and cornerback Janoris Jenkins to monster contracts to try to help the defense. The G-Men also drafted cornerback Eli Apple in order to help the secondary. New York also drafted wide receiver Sterling Shepard to try to take some of the defense's attention away from Beckham.

Oct. 16: DALLAS 4:25 EST FOX

Dallas was hit by injuries last season. Both quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant missed significant time, which led to a dismal 4-12 season and 12 losses in its last 14 games. With both players back and ready to go, Dallas should be in contention for the NFC East crown, especially with shiny new toy Ezekiel Elliott, the team's first round pick, ready to tote the rock. Dallas' defense was middle of the pack last year, but decided not to bring back troubled defensive end Greg Hardy and 2015 second round pick Randy Gregory will be out the first four games. Dallas should be able to score some points, but stopping teams will be another issue. 

Oct. 20: CHICAGO 8:25 EST CBS/NFLN

For the second consecutive year, Chicago will play at Green Bay on a Thursday night. Last Thanksgiving, Green Bay retired Brett Favre's jersey No. 4, but Chicago came into Green Bay and stunned the Packers 17-13. This year, Chicago will be led on offense by Dowell Loggains after Adam Gase left to become the new head coach in Miami. One question that is on people's minds is how Jay Cutler will do without Gase in the Windy City. Chicago will also not have running back Matt Forte, who left as a free agent and signed with the Jets. However, new starter Jeremy Langford played well filling in last season. The Bears will also have wide receiver Kevin White back. White, the 2015 first round pick, missed the entire season a year ago due to leg injury. Now he is back and ready to go. Chicago also signed linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan to try to help a defense that was in the back half in 2015.

Oct. 30: @ Atlanta 1 EST FOX

After starting out on fire last season at 6-1, the Falcons took a nosedive, losing six straight and finishing with a record of 8-8. Devonta Freeman was a revelation for the Falcons as he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 13 starts. The Dirty Birds wanted to shore up defense, as they drafted three players on that side of the ball in the first four rounds. The Falcons focused on offense in free agency in signing Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Atlanta took steps to improve and challenge for a playoff spot this year.

Nov. 6: INDIANAPOLIS 4:25 EST CBS

Indianapolis was one of the biggest disappointments last year, with expectations of a Super Bowl berth only to fall flat on its face and miss the playoffs while playing in a weak division. The Colts will get Andrew Luck back at full strength and the offensive line will be improved with the drafting of Alabama center Ryan Kelly in the first round. Indianapolis did not make a splash in free agency, but did sign cornerback Patrick Robinson. But I don't think what the Colts did really moved the needle in the landscape of the NFL. Their defense finished 25th in the league last year and I don't think they improved much, at least on paper, and the offense is not good enough to make up for the weaknesses they have on defense. I think the Colts will be an average team once again....somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7.

Nov. 13: @ Tennessee 1 EST FOX

Tennessee needed to improve two areas.....its defense and its offensive line. After ending up with the league's worst record, the Titans traded down to No. 15 before trading back up and landing Michigan State offensive tackle Jake Conklin. After Derrick Morgan got injured midway through the season, Tennessee could not get to the quarterback, only having eight sacks in their final six games. Kevin Dodd was drafted in the second round to try to help out the pass rush and Austin Johnson was drafted to help out the defensive line. Tennessee also was able to trade with Philadelphia for DeMarco Murray, who was the leading rusher in the NFL two years ago. Tennessee did not do much in free agency, but they had a number of draft picks in order to try to rebuild.

Nov. 20: @ Washington 8:30 EST NBC

Washington drafted a wide receiver in Josh Doctson to try to help the receiving core, especially with its top two receivers entering the final year of their contracts. The Redskins also signed top cornerback Josh Norman in an effort to help out the secondary, especially with having to play Bryant and Beckham, Jr., twice each year. Washington will be looking for revenge after losing to Green Bay in the playoffs last season. The Redskins have only won once against Green Bay since 1989. It will be interesting to see how Kirk Cousins does having to play with a one-year contract. He played well in his contract year last year, but will not sneak up on anybody this time around. You like that!

Nov. 28: @ Philadelphia 8:30 ESPN

To cap off a three game road trip, the Packers play against the Eagles, led by new coach and former Packers quarterback Doug Pederson. Philadelphia will be completely different this year. Gone are DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso in addition to former boss Chip Kelly. The Eagles managed to trade up to No. 2 in the draft and secure North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. This will no doubt be a rebuilding season for the Eagles and Green Bay should not overlook them, but the Packers should win convincingly.

Dec. 4: HOUSTON 1 EST CBS

The new look Houston Texans will look at earning a second consecutive AFC North crown. Houston will have a new quarterback and running back, but will still have the monster on defense, Wisconsin native J.J. Watt, who will make his first trip to Lambeau Field as a member of the Texans.  Brock Osweiler is the new signal caller in Houston and will look to improve upon his numbers he had with Denver. He will have one of the best wide receivers in the NFL at his disposal in DeAndre Hopkins. He will also have free agent signing running back Lamar Miller, who had at least 700 yards rushing in his last three seasons in Miami, including more than 1,000 yards in 2014. Also, Houston drafted wide receiver Will Fuller to try to take some of the attention off Hopkins. The Texans have the potential to be a dangerous team, gaining playmakers all around Osweiler in addition to having an already terrific defense.

Dec. 11: SEATTLE 4:25 EST FOX

This is a major heavyweight battle that has the potential to have homefield advantage or first round bye implications. Seattle made the Divisional Round last year after Blair Walsh missed an easy field goal at the end of the game against Minnesota. Russell Wilson brings in his troops to Lambeau Field, but life may not be as easy as it was when he had Marshawn Lynch. Last year the teams met in Green Bay with the Packers pulling out a 27-17 victory, but the Seahawks did not have All Pro safety Kam Chancellor for that one. Seattle did end up with the No. 1 scoring defense last season and if the offense plays up to its capabilities, the Seahawks will be a challenger to hoist the Lombardi again.

Dec. 18: @ Chicago 1 EST FOX

Interestingly, the Packers have actually had more success at Soldier Field than at Lambeau Field. The last time Chicago won at home in this series was 2010 and only the Bears have only four home wins in the series since 1994. Chicago should be trying to play spoiler at this point and it would make their season to be able to keep the Packers away from a division championship. Chicago has lost its last six games to Green Bay in December or January.

Dec. 24: MINNESOTA 1 EST FOX

In a game that could decide the division (and possibly homefield), the Vikings come to Lambeau Field. This same thing happened in 2004. The two teams met on Christmas Eve to decide the division in the Metrodome. That day, Green Bay won 34-31 on a last second field goal by Ryan Longwell. Fast forward to 2015, the two teams met in week 17 at Lambeau Field to decide the division and the Vikings won that one. Packers and Vikings games are very intense and it will likely go down to the wire.

Jan. 1: @ Detroit 1 EST FOX

The last three years, the NFC North has been decided on week 17. I don't think that will happen this year, but it is something to keep in mind. Richard Rodgers has fond memories of playing in the Motor City and Green Bay would like to have momentum going into the playoffs. Detroit would like to play spoiler to Green Bay, but the Lions just don't have the horses (or Lions) to be able to stick with them. I think Green Bay wins by a few scores.

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Key questions Wisconsin Badgers need to answer

June 07, 2016

Over the last seven seasons, the Wisconsin Badgers have had double digit wins in five of them and it would have been six if the officials would have called the end of the Arizona State game correctly in 2013. Last year was one of the toughest seasons considering all of the injuries they had to deal with. This year will be significantly more challenging, even if the Badgers do stay healthy. The schedule is much more difficult and Wisconsin will have to deal with the loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who went to LSU.

1. Who will be the QB?

I know this sounds simple, but the key to another successful Wisconsin season will all depend on the quarterback position, whether it is senior Bart Houston or redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. Gone is Joel Stave, who started the better part of all four seasons he was at Wisconsin and has the most wins as a starting quarterback ever for the university. Whoever the quarterback is will (hopefully) have star running back Corey Clement at 100 percent. I could see Houston starting out the season as the starter and then if he struggles, bring in Hornibrook. Houston has more experience and he had a solid game last year in relief of an injured Stave at Illinois in leading the Badgers to a 24-13 win in Champaign. I expect Houston to win the job and be the starter opening week against the vaunted LSU defense, led by former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

2. Can Wisconsin stay healthy?

Last season, a number of key contributors missed time, including center Dan Voltz, running back Corey Clement and wide receiver Rob Wheelwright. That does not even include players like Stave and wide receiver Alex Erickson, who missed time with injuries during games, but did not miss an entire game. As the only proven receiver, Wheelwright, who has an injury history, will need to stay on the field. The running game struggled considerably without Clement last season. Considering the schedule, Wisconsin needs to be fully healthy when it plays LSU, the Michigan schools, Ohio State and Iowa in the first half of the season. Voltz and the rest of the offensive line had injuries last season that hurt their progression since they could not have the continuity needed since there were so many different combinations that started last year. With a relatively injury-free season, the Badgers should be fine.

3. How will the defense fare without Aranda?

Gone is Aranda, the leader of the defense the past three seasons, who went to LSU in the offseason. In his three seasons, the Badgers finished in the top six in scoring defense twice, including leading the country a season ago. Enter Justin Wilcox, the former USC defensive coordinator. The cupboard will not be bare for the new defensive boss, but there are some shoes that need to be filled, specifically in the secondary. The loss of Michael Caputo cannot be understated. He was the leader of the defense and the team rallied around him. Look what happened after he left early in the game against Alabama. He has to replace Caputo, along with two other members of the secondary, Tanner McEvoy and Darius Hillary. However, what Wilcox does inherit is one of the best linebacking cores in the country. Even without All-American Joe Schobert, Wisconsin still has a lot of talent at the position. The tandem of sophomores T.J. Edwards and Chris Orr at inside linebacker is a force. Edwards was named a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American and Orr had a very good season as well in 2015. Outside linebacker Vince Biegel has All-American potential and T.J. Watt, who is replacing Schobert, will step in and the Badgers should not miss a beat. The Wisconsin linebackers are so good that Jack Cichy, the star of Wisconsin's win against USC with his three sacks in three consecutive plays, won't even start. I think this unit will fine, but it will take some time to get adjusted to life without Aranda.

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Wisconsin Badgers Schedule Preview

June 05, 2016

After two seasons of playing the basement of the Big Ten as its schedule, Wisconsin's 2016 schedule is brutal, leading some to question if their bowl streak is in jeopardy. Ever since 2002, Wisconsin has appeared in a bowl game, going 6-8 in those 14 bowl games. Wisconsin may be a better team this year, but finish with a worse record than last year's 10-3 season. After not playing Ohio State, Michigan or Ohio State in the regular season since 2012, all three re-enter the 2016 slate. This is the first time the Big Ten will go to a nine game conference schedule. This year, Wisconsin will play four home games compared to five games away from Camp Randall Stadium.

Sept. 3: vs. LSU (in Green Bay) 3:30 ABC

For the second consecutive season, College Gameday will be on site for Wisconsin's opener. Last year, Wisconsin dropped a 35-17 decision to the eventual National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium. This year, the Badgers will take on the LSU Tigers at Lambeau Field. This is the third consecutive opener against an SEC team for Wisconsin and the second in three years against the Bayou Bengals. LSU will be a top 10 team when it invades the not yet Frozen Tundra, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette. Wisconsin will have to replace three members of its secondary as well as its No. 1 wide receiver as well as the all-time winningest quarterback in school history. However, the Badgers do return a fully healthy Corey Clement, who only played in four games a season ago. One of the biggest storylines heading into the game is LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who spent the last three years in Madison and transformed the Wisconsin defense into one of the nation's saltiest units. Under Aranda, Wisconsin finished sixth, 20th and first in points allowed in the country. When you factor in Aranda coaching against his old team, College Gameday, Lambeau Field and a battle of Heisman Trophy candidate running backs, this is a juicy matchup that the whole country will tune in for.

Sept. 10: AKRON TBA

Akron ended last year at 8-5 with a win 23-21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl over Utah State. Akron's quarterback Thomas Woodson is a dual threat quarterback, having more than 2,200 yards passing and nearly 600 yards rushing, having 19 total touchdowns. Akron was one of the top defenses in the MAC a season ago, but only return four starters off a defense that led the conference in sacks and was third in interceptions. They also have to break in a whole new offensive line, as the unit with 117 career starts lost every member. Akron was a veteran team last year and will have to re-tool its team in 2016. Wisconsin should not overlook the Zips, but the Badgers should win this one comfortably.

Sept. 17: GEORGIA STATE TBA

Georgia State will have to move on from quarterback Nick Arbuckle, who threw for more than 4,000 yards and passed for 28 touchdowns last season. He also ran for six touchdowns. They do, however, return No. 1 wide receiver Penny Hart, who caught 71 passes for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman. The Panthers also return two more players who had more than 500 yards receiving last season. They also return four starters on the offensive line. On defense, Georgia State loses linebacker Joseph Peterson, who was the leading tackler for the Panthers in each of his four seasons, but returns nearly everybody else on a defense that finished 55th nationally in points allowed. Wisconsin should win convincingly, but if the Panthers' new quarterback turns out to be a good one, Georgia State could pose problems, especially for an inexperienced secondary like Wisconsin has.

Sept. 24: @ Michigan State TBA

One of the best rivalries of the 2000s is renewed in East Lansing in late September. Gone is quarterback Connor Cook, who led the Spartans to the College Football Playoff. They do return running back L.J. Scott, though, and wide receiver R.J. Shelton. On defense, they return one of the best linebackers in the country in Riley Bullough and big-time nose tackle Malik McDowell. They also return all four starters on secondary, so the Spartans will need to win ugly once again this season until the inexperienced offense finds its footing. Expect a low-scoring slug fest when these two defensive-minded teams meet in the ring.

Oct. 1: @ Michigan TBA

It has been too long since these two Big Ten powers have collided. Scott Tolzien was the Badgers quarterback and Rich Rodriguez was the Michigan head coach the last time they met. Wisconsin won that meeting 48-28 in Ann Arbor, the same place they will play this time around. The Wolverines will return 15 starters, including a whopping nine on offense, and will look to push Ohio State and Michigan State out of the way in an attempt to make it to the playoffs. One burning question for Michigan would be the quarterback position. Of the two starters who don't return on offense, one of them is quarterback Jake Ruddock. However, they do return a plethora of skill position players to make the transition easier. On defense, Michigan must replace the entire linebacking core. They do have the best duo of cornerbacks in the Big Ten in Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers, which will help them be the favorite in the tough Big Ten East.

Oct. 15: OHIO STATE 8:00

After the bye week, it does not get any easier as the Badgers welcome the powerhouse Ohio State Buckeyes to Camp Randall for a night game. For another team, losing 16 starters might mean a complete rebuild......but this is Ohio State. Yes, gone are game-changers like running back Ezekiel Elliott, wide receivers Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller and defenders Joey Bosa and Eli Apple. One player Ohio State does return is quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State also has another great recruiting class coming in and Urban Meyer is still the coach, so he will have them competing for not only the Big Ten title, but also a spot in the playoffs once again.

Oct. 22: @ Iowa TBA

Iowa is the heavy favorite in the West to repeat, as the Hawkeyes return 15 starters on a team that went to the Rose Bowl, including senior signal caller C.J. Beathard. On defense, Iowa returns eight starters, led by Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King. The question for them is how they will respond to being the hunted instead of the hunter. That has not worked out so well for Kirk Ferentz in the past.

Oct. 29: NEBRASKA 7:00

Another game under the Camp Randall lights for Wisconsin. This time, the Badgers welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Madison. The good news for the Cornhuskers is that they return their quarterback. The bad news is that the quarterback is Tommy Armstrong. However, Nebraska does return a very good group of wide receivers, led by this year's "He is still on the team?" player, Jordan Westerkamp, and Alonzo Moore. The Huskers return eight starters on defense, but those players have to try to keep Clement under 400 yards. though. Nebraska has to enter its house of horrors. Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska has played in Madison twice......and has lost by a total score of 107-41. That does not even include the 70-31 thumping Wisconsin gave Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Championship game.

Nov. 5: @ Northwestern TBA

I mentioned about how Camp Randall Stadium is the 'House of Horrors' for Nebraska. Well, the same could be said for Ryan Field and Wisconsin. The Badgers have not won in Evanston since 1999, having lost four consecutive games to the Wildcats there . No game has been decided by more than nine and the average margin of defeat for the Badgers has been just five points, but the Bucky train has not been able to break through. Wisconsin is coming off a 14-13 win......errrr......13-7 loss to Northwestern at Camp Randall last season. The Cats return four offensive linemen along with star running back Justin Jackson. Northwestern has to replace most of its defense, but Pat Fitzgerald will have the unit playing well once again. I don't think Northwestern will win the division, but I do think the Wildcats will have a say.

Nov. 12: ILLINOIS 3:30 (Homecoming)

It will be interesting to see how Lovie Smith does as the new coach for the Fighting Illini. However, it will take some time for this team to get back on track. The cupboard is pretty bare. The offensive line returns three starters, but loses its best one. The linebackers are a thin group, especially after the team's No. 2 tackler, T.J. Neal, transferred to Auburn. Illinois will struggle this year and Wisconsin should roll at Camp Randall.

Nov. 19: @ Purdue TBA

This is a do or die season for Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. He is 6-30 in his time at Purdue so far, including just 2-22 in Big Ten play. Purdue needs a quarterback in the worst way. Purdue also could not run the ball at all last year, so the offensive line needs to play better. Purdue also could not stop the run. If you can't run the ball or stop the run, you're gonna have a bad time. I don't see Wisconsin having much of a problem at Ross-Ade Stadium, a place it has not lost at since 1997.

Nov. 26: MINNESOTA TBA

The Badgers have won 12 straight over the Gophers and have not lost at Camp Randall against their rivals directly to the West since 1994. Minnesota returns the running back duo of Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, as well as veteran quarterback Mitch Leidner. Brooks rushed for 709 yards, but most of those came in wins over hapless Illinois and Purdue. Smith nearly had 700 yards rushing as well. A re-tooled offensive line will be the difference between being a factor in the division race and being near the bottom. They will also need to improve the pass rush.

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Tyrant Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Marcus Lee Jr.

June 05, 2016


#50 Savannah State's Marcus Lee


Marcus Lee Scouting Profile

     One of our 2017 sleeper picks for a big year in the FCS is Savannah State LB Marcus Lee. He's shown flashes of what could turn this upcoming season into a breakout campaign. I had a chance to talk to Marcus recently, and we are excited about his potential.

TS: Hey Mark, it's nice to sit down with you and thanks for agreeing to interview.

ML: No problem. Thank you for having me

TS: You're welcome. Start by giving us a little information about Mark the Football player (School, height, weight, position, and jersey number)

ML: My full name is Marcus Cornelius Lee, Jr. But I go by Mark Lee on the football field. I attend Savannah State University.I am 6'0 225 pounds. I play outside linebacker/ Nickel back, and I wear jersey number 50.

TS: Thank you, Mark. Is there any significance to the number 50 for you, or was it random?

ML: It was just the number assigned to me when I came in as a freshman. I didn't like the number at first but my old defensive coordinator Mike Wallace told me the best advice about jersey numbers. He said "the number never make the player, the player makes the number." So throughout the duration of my career I grew to love it and it is apart of my legacy at SSU now.

TS: That's a very good philosophy, make your number great. You said you played LB/NB, how do you feel about playing the monster safety position (MoneyBacker)?

ML: I'm comfortable playing there because I can move and play well in space. I'm willing to play wherever my team needs me though. I just enjoy being on the field and making plays.

TS: Well said. Is there any particular player that you try to emulate with your play style?

ML: I have two players actually. The first player is the honey badger. He just plays the game relentlessly and every time you watch him play you see him all over the field making plays every where. Even though some people may label him as undersized he still has that dog in him and that swagger to make up for it and I feel I'm the same way. And the second player is Lavonte David outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a hard nose 3 down outside linebacker who can run sideline to sideline making tackles.

TS: I love that. Both players are beasts, can't go wrong emulating them. Who is the toughest player to tackle, that you've played against?

ML: We have played against a lot of tough competition like the University of Miami, BYU and Colorado State but the toughest player I've went against is Tarik Cohen from North Carolina A&T. I have to give credit where it's due. He's quick. He's fast and very shifty. He also have a great offensive line blocking for him. A player like that is hard to imitate in practice during game preparation. I would not be surprised at all to see him play on Sunday's.

TS: That's great, he's a very good player. What's something most people don't know about you?

ML: One thing about me many people may not know is I am a hardcore video gamer. I enjoy playing games like Madden and 2K. I have spent many Saturday nights in the offseason playing my PS4 for countless hours with my close friends, teammates, and even my girlfriend. And I have been that way since I was about 10 years old.

TS: Okay, then I have to ask. What's your favorite game mode for solo play?

ML: Lately I have been doing MyCareer mode on NBA 2K16. The whole story line is a great experience for gamers.

TS: Well, with the interview coming to a close, do you have any parting words for fans and followers about next season?

ML: To the Savannah state fans, student body, alumni, and the entire Tiger nation I just want to say I love you. For my upcoming senior season not only me but the entire team has something big in store for you guys. We have been working hard day in and day out since the completion of the season last year. I just want to say thank you for all the support over the years. Go Orange Go Blue!

TS: I have no doubt you're going to open some eyes this year.

ML: That is the plan. I'm just trusting in the process right now. Taking it one day at a time.

TS: Well Mark, I hope Tyrant Scouting has been helpful thus far, and we'll continue to keep a close eye on you this season!

ML: I have really enjoyed working with you guys so far. Thank you so much for everything.

TS: Thank you.

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Fantasy Football Tips to Make You a Winner

May 30, 2016


I thought I’d update an article I posted a few years ago on Bleacher Report, as soon it will be that time of year again when die-hard football fans start studying lists of available players and start preparing for their fantasy football drafts.   As someone who has done fairly well during most fantasy footballs seasons that I have competed in, I thought I might share my process in preparation for my fantasy football draft, with the hope that anyone who reads this may enjoy the same success.

Tip 1: Leave Your Allegiance at the Door

I can’t tell you how many times I have been involved in a fantasy football draft that sooner than later you can figure the favorite team of a few of the guys as they just start drafting that roster. Like most leagues, the current league I am in changes one or two guys every few years and nothing is funnier than watching someone who is new to a league start just drafting players from one team over and over again. The best is after selecting Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Darren McFadden, they say I like the Cowboys. No kidding. I would have never guessed. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with drafting one or two guys from your favorite team. You are most familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. But for my blood it is way too risky to load up on one team.

Tip 2: Have a Plan

There is nothing worse to watch than someone go through the draft process with apparently no real plan on what they are doing or how fantasy football works. Most leagues set up the first round order in advance and often simply reverse it for each round thereafter so you can get a good idea of what group of players you can pick from in the first couple rounds. An example, if you get a premiere quarterback such as Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers don’t bother to take another quarterback until all other starting spots have been filled. A classic error is the guy that drafts Aaron Rodgers follows it up with Eli Manning two rounds later and then sees him start Darren Fells at tight end because they passed on Zach Ertz or Jordan Reed to land Manning. If you get a top tier QB you don’t need to worry about a back-up until much later or at least until you fill in your other starting positions.

Tip 3: Pay Attention to Runs

I know I just got done saying to have a plan, but also you need to be aware of a run at a certain position as you need to be flexible to rework your target list on the fly. An example of that is: If you going into a draft and want one of the top six defenses according to the list you are following, you may want to start thinking defense in round seven or eight. Suddenly at the top of round six, someone takes a defense. Then the next person selects a defense, and then two picks later another defense goes. This is called a run, and if you still want that top defense you may need to tweak your selection process and grab one a little earlier than expected or be stuck with a bottom feeder defense for the year.

Tip 4: Pay Attention But Don’t be Consumed by Bye Weeks

It’s a fact of life going into any fantasy football draft that you have to take bye weeks into account when selecting players. My advice is if one player is clearly better but happens to have the same bye week as another running back or wide receiver, select them. Make moves to accommodate that bye week later. If you have to choose between Emmanuel Sanders and Randall Cobb and one has a different bye week than Antonio Brown but the other has the same, then pick the guy who has the different bye week. If you have to pick between Randall Cobb and Andrew Hawkins, then pick Randall and don’t worry about the bye weeks.

Tip 5: Learn About Rookies but Don’t Become a Preschool

Ever year there are a few rookies that explode on the NFL scene, but remember the phrase "rookie wall" did not come out of thin air. My advice is no more than 10 to 15 percent of your fantasy football roster should be occupied by rookies. Grabbing a rookie wide receiver as a rotational part of your starting lineup works, but having a rookie running back and a rookie wide receiver entrenched as starters from day one is rather risky.




Tip 6: Draft One Defense and One Kicker

 Another event I often see happen is someone finish the draft with a second kicker and a second defense. Why? If you have a kicker and defense you really like then simply pick up a defense or a kicker for their bye week and drop them the following week. If you have two middle of the road defenses, you know the team you don’t start will always have the better week and it will drive you crazy. The same goes with kickers. My philosophy has always been to draft one defense and one kicker and save those other two roster spots for depth and flexibility. 

Tip 7: Time To Pick Up Back-Ups

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Another move that has worked well in the past is adding a back-up to a star player during the season. Since I saved two roster spots by only selecting one kicker and one defense, I often fill in a spot or two with the back-ups to my top players. That way I have protection should a superstar go down. The perfect example transpired years ago when I settled on Drew Bledsoe as my starting QB when he was with the Cowboys. I knew the Cowboys offensive line at that point was rather weak and my back-up QB on my roster was serviceable but nothing spectacular. There wasn’t any other quarterback I wanted to add, so I selected Bledsoe’s back-up who happened to be Tony Romo. We all know the year Romo had and I didn’t fear fighting with anyone for a waiver claim to add him. It also worked well for me a few years ago after selecting LeSean McCoy in round 2 (when he was on the Eagles), who had been banged up some the previous year, so I grabbed Ronnie Brown with my last selection. As the year moved along, I was able to use the Ronnie Brown slot as my drop/add place and was able to add my fill-in defense for the bye week and for my kicker for a week.

 Tip 8: Avoid Most Trades

If someone approaches you for a trade that has a worse record than you my advice is to be very careful as they are looking to likely dump garage for gold. A favorite move I have seen is the guy that offers you four players for two and says same point totals have been produced by those four that have been produced by your two. The idea of fantasy football is to get the most points from each player. What good is trading two guys for four guys in hopes to get those points? Any trade that is imbalanced more than one player is a bad move. Don’t get me wrong, some trades are fair and help each team, but the guy who starts trading week two should be avoided.

Tip 9: Stay Involved or Stay Home

Another one of my bigger pet peeves is the guy who is in a league and starts off 0-3 and stops paying attention to his roster and gives up. Fantasy football is supposed to be for fun but should be taken seriously enough to remain active for the season. If you can’t commit for a full season then don’t join a league. Most leagues have apps for your phone so there really is no excuse for not staying involved to at least put in an active lineup.

Tip 10: Take it Seriously But Not Too Seriously

Remember that everyone in your league has a life, a job, a family and other interests so there is no reason to harass someone with 42 trades, starting fights over waiver wire moves and causing any animosity over the league. I have seen friendships end over fantasy football and that to me is insane. Like my father used to say to me and my brothers, “You still have to get up on Monday and go to work, win or lose.”

Tip 11: All Else Fails Trust the Draft Boards

Another pet peeve is during the later rounds of the draft the guy who gives up picking players and just grabs names he knows and leaves talented players on the board. Of course it helps if I’m the team picking after him but that never seems to happen. Perfect example is the team who still takes Victor Cruz the past few seasons while leaving a Michael Floyd still on the board just because he or she likes the Giants.

 Well, I hope these fantasy football tips help make your season more successful and enjoyable. If you have any more please post them and follow on twitter at @ftballdialogue or on our Facebook pa


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Tyrant's Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Donald Payne

May 29, 2016


Donald Payne



D.Payne Scouting Report

     Donald Payne is a certified monster, so far in his career at Stetson he compiled an eye popping 424 tackles and 51 TFL. He's currently my #1 FCS safety prospect. His playmaking ability and athleticism jumped off the film. I had a chance to talk to him, this was it.

TS: What's up Donald?  Thanks for sitting down with me for this interview. If you could, just tell us your school, height, weight and position.

DP: Im doing well, thank you. Stetson University, 6'0, 217, and SS.

TS: Great, thank you. Tell everyone a little about Stetson, it seems like you guys have been overlooked a lot. This is a good chance to educate everyone on Stetson.

DP: Well Stetson is a small school in the FCS and we just started our football program up 4 years ago and I was apart of the inaugural class. I wanted to make history by bringing back the Hatters. 


TS: Well it looks like you're on your way. How much freedom do you have in this defense? It seems like you're always in the right spot to make a play.


DP: Not so much as freedom, coach just's puts in the spot to make plays where I can use my instincts to find the ball. I get to blitz, play man coverage, play in the box, play as the deep safety over top, so I'm able to make a variety of plays.


TS: You're very versatile, and make an impact wherever you play.  With the growing trend of S/LB hybrids in the NFL, how do you feel about playing there?


DP: I believe I am coming out at a perfect time, when my style of play is trending and growing! I am able to play in the box, while also having the athletic ability to play on the outside. Just a perfect time for a player like me.


TS: I would agree, you are trending up at the right moment. Is there anyone that you model your game after?


DP: I just wanted to make plays like Tyrann Mathieu did at LSU! He was involved with every play and hustled non-stop. And I just wanted to make that type of impact for my team.


TS: He is a monster, good choice. If you could choose any team for Stetson to play in the upcoming season, who would it be?


DP: LSU definitely. I make it known to my teammates in practice that I believe I can tackle anyone, just the confidence the coaches have instilled in me. So I would love to get a chance to tackle Leonard Fournette, who I believe to be the best RB in college football right now.


TS: Nice, to be the best you have to bring down the best! Love the competitive attitude. What's something that very few people know about you?


DP: Ummm...I would have to say that most people don't know that I am very intrigued and into criminal justice. I watch First 48 & Forensic Files all the time. Have a passion and interest in it.


TS: That's a job career that could really help people down the road. That's exciting! Do you have a favorite NFL team?


DP: Atlanta Falcons...hometown team always!


TS: Awesome. Well as we wrap this up, is there anything else you'd like to say?

DP: Just that as I came out of high school I felt as though I was overlooked or underestimated but people who actually say me play believed in me. I haven't tried to prove anyone wrong since I've been in college, I've just tried to prove the ones who believed in me right.


TS: That's a great way to look at it! Thanks you for your time and I hope that you enjoyed working with us.


DP: Thank you.


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Tyrant Scouting Small School Studs (TS4) Player Spotlight: Javancy Jones

May 26, 2016

Javancy Jones

  Javancy Jones Scouting Report

   Javancy was a one man wrecking crew last year, racking up 25.5 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks. He's my #3 FCS DE, but is the most versatile of the three. His most natural position is 3-4 OLB, but a move to ILB would be well within his capabilities. I got to know Javancy a little better, and lucky for you guys it's all documented.

TS: Hey Javancy, thanks for sitting down with me. I really want people to get to know you guys a little better.

JJ: No, thank you! It's a pleasure and a great honor!


TS: Why thank you sir. Tell us a bit about Javancy the Football player. Position, height and weight.


JJ: Well to be honest, I line up some of everywhere! From de to outside linebacker to middle to three tech at time lol! I am 6'2 and I'm weighing about 247 right now!

TS: That's one of my favorite things about your play style, versatility. Okay, so I saw a play where you move your DT over, then you blitz from the LB spot. Go through what you saw, or what was the thought process?


JJ: We were playing southern. I watched them do that same play over and over again on film when they are in tough situations, and in that particular moment they were backed up on their own 5 yard line! Once I saw the formation, I knew what play was coming! I moved our DT  because I knew he wasn't going to be fast enough to make the play in the back field!


TS: Awesome, Thats film work and play recognition at it's finest. So do you have a Michael Bennett like freedom to move around and make plays?


JJ: It all depends on the scenario! I didn't have freedom to do it on my own, but if I thought changes needed to be made I'll suggest it to my coach, and sometimes he would listen!


TS: Okay, kind of a check with me type. Okay, who is the meanest, nastiest O-line that you've played against?


JJ: Tennessee State! They always have a good o-line.


TS: Any one player in particular?


JJ: Robert Myers! I think he was drafted by the Ravens!


TS: Nice, there is always one who stands out. What NFL player, do you admire the most?


JJ: James Harrison! His passion! I always loved his story! He went through so much to get where he is at!


TS: That's true. He's dealt with a lot of adversity. Our time's starting to get short, what's one thing most people don't know about you?


JJ: Hmmmm! Most people don't know I'm an amazing tennis player!


TS: That's awesome. If you could start a charity to give back, what would it be?


JJ: I would do a 'back to school event!' Where I'm from we have a lot of kids that need school supplies, school clothes, and etc! Some drop out because they don't have what they need, so I think that'll be a great event!


TS: That's a really good idea. I like it. So, is there anything you'd like to tell everyone out there?


JJ: Everything I have, and everything I became is because of the strength of the Lord, and through him I have accomplished everything. Not because of my strength. Only by His love, his mercy, and his strength.


TS: Great message. Well thank you for your time! Looking forward to seeing you racking up some big plays this year!


JJ: Pleasure was all mine!

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Match Maker Let’s Make a Deal (possible NFL trade ideas)

May 26, 2016
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With it being the quiet time of the NFL, I reviewed the depth charts of teams to see who has a surplus at one or two spots and who is still in need or might want to improve their depth.   This match making session is based of course on no injuries unless noted throughout training camp since that is a few weeks away.

Dallas Cowboys trade RB-Darren McFadden to the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2017 draft pick

With the addition of Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris, Darius Jackson and the eventual return of Lance Dunbar the Cowboys are one talented back extra in the backfield.   Darren McFadden is ideal set to the number two back and spot starter and for a team with Frank Gore and not much else; McFadden will provide a great second back and nice insurance plan.  The conditional pick likely only needs to be a day three selection that the Cowboys would have received once McFadden left via free agency and the Colts would now get if they decided to let him leave after the season.

NY Jets trade QB-Bryce Petty to the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional 2017 draft pick

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With the assumption that Ryan Fitzpatrick is resigned the NY Jets have one too many QBs that can play in the NFL on their team and Seattle could use someone behind Russell Wilson.  Petty’s game matches nicely with what Seattle asks their QBs to do and recoup a pick back for the Jets at this point is worth it as Petty likely is odd man out.    Ideally this trade is made early in camp so the Seahawks can get Petty up to speed to be a backup as fast as possible for the team.

Tennessee Titans trade DL Karl Klug and a conditional 2017 pick to the Dallas Cowboys for OG Ron Leary and a conditional 2017 pick

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This trade is a win-win for both teams as the Titans get in Leary a plug and play replacement for Byron Bell.   The offense system Leary is coming from with Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett has roots to the scheme Mike Mularkey runs and should be a smooth adjustment for Leary and the Titans.    The Cowboys are desperate for pass rushing help and adding Klug, a try hard tweener, who gives great effort and provides versatility for the Cowboys as they continue to work at developing a reliable pass rush.  I included conditional picks as protection for both teams in case one of these guys suffered a season ending injury in camp.

Look for more trade ideas as more matches become available since we all know teams would love to move Colin Kaepernick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and others but an ideal destination spot has yet to be revealed.  

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