Dolphins' Crowder wants Gators to 'beat the s–t out of' Vols

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Given the “verbosity” of Lane Kiffin throughout the offseason, this has been, for the most part, a rather quiet run-up to the Tennessee-Florida showdown in the Swamp.

Kiffin, with the exception of one little jab at Urban Meyer‘s spread offense, has been open mouthed and on bended knee while praising the Gators.  Other than one Gator stating that Kiffin’s offseason barbs “kinda hit a nerve“, UF has been even more tight-lipped than their opponents.

Ex-Gator and current Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder has decided to take the exact same tack as his former school, only in a completely and totally different way.

In other words, the always loquacious Crowder took a verbal baseball bat and Al Capone‘d the Vols’ new coach.

Speaking to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Crowder got the party started by saying that Meyer will “beat the sh-t out of” Kiffin.  Then he really let his dreads down.

Lane Kiffin bit off more than he could chew,” Crowder said of the coach’s offseason accusations and boasts. “If Urban does good he’ll pull the dogs off, he tries to all the time but our second and third-stringers are better than most first-string teams by far. He’s not going to pull the dogs off and I don’t want him to get Tebow hurt, but I want to beat the (expletive) out of them at least by 30 or 40. And let Lane shut the (expletive) up the rest of the time he’s in the SEC.”

Well, not a whole lot of gray area there.  Nor is there in his predictions for the outcome of the SEC opener for both teams.

“He’ll call them off maybe fourth quarter with three minutes left, put in our third string which is probably still better than Tennessee’s first string. It’ll be a cake walk. … I want to be a coach someday and beat the (expletive) out of people.”

(Wait, Crowder wants to emulate Tom Cable?)

Of course, what an ex-player says ahead of a rivalry game has little if any bearing on the game itself, but at least it’s added a little bit of spice to what has otherwise been a lackluster week.  On the field tomorrow, of course, will likely be another story entirely…

Concussion concerns lead Ohio QB Conner Krizancic to retire

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The concern over the long-term effects of concussions has prompted yet another college football player to give up the game.

According to the Twitter feed of the Lake County News-Herald‘s John Kampf, Ohio University quarterback Conner Krizancic has decided to retire from the sport of football because of concussion concerns.  Krizancic sustained a concussion in the Bobcats’ spring game earlier this year, the third concussion, including two in high school, he had sustained during his playing career.

Kampf confirmed the player’s decision through his father.

Krizancic originally signed with Minnesota as a three-star prospect in 2014, but the Gophers quickly moved the Ohio product to wide receiver. The desire to play quarterback led Krizancic to transfer from Minnesota to Ohio in January of 2015.

After sitting out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Krizancic joined the Bobcats’ quarterbacking competition this past spring.  Post-spring, though, there had been talk of Krizancic moving back to receiver.

Two projected defensive starters among three suspended for Toledo’s first two games

BOCA RATON, FL - DECEMBER 22:  Head coach Jason Candle of the Toledo Rockets celebrates with player after the game against the Temple Owls at FAU Stadium on December 22, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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When Toledo takes the field for the first couple of games this coming season, they’ll do so a little lighter on the defensive side of the ball than expected.

First-year head coach Jason Candle has confirmed that linebackers Jaylen Coleman and Anthony Davis and defensive tackle Marquise Moore have been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season.  The players will miss the season opener Sept. 2 against Arkansas State and the home opener against Maine Sept. 10 before being eligible to return for the following weekend’s game against Fresno State.

The only reason given by Candle for the suspensions was “violations of athletic department policies.”

Coleman started the first half of the 2015 season before a broken leg sidelined him for the final six games.  According to the Toledo Blade, he was the Rockets’ leading tackler at the time of the injury.

Moore played in all 12 games last season, while Davis played in four.

Heading into summer camp, Coleman and Moore would’ve been projected starters at their respective positions.

New Mexico State’s leading receiver joins Maryland as grad transfer

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Teldrick Morgan had been a significant part of New Mexico State’s passing game the past two seasons.  In 2016, he’ll try to play the same role at a Big Ten school.

Maryland announced in a press release that Morgan, a native of Hanover, Maryland, has transferred to the university and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Terps.  As Morgan is coming to College Park as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

The upcoming season will be the wide receiver’s final year of eligibility.

“Teldrick brings a great deal to our program and we’re excited that he’s a part of our family,” first-year Terps head coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. “It’s always great to bring a local kid back home, and on top of that he’s very skilled and brings a wealth of experience to our receivers unit.”

Each of the past two seasons, Morgan led the Aggies in receptions.  He caught 75 passes in 2014, although that production dipped to 45 in 2015.  A part of that drop was due to a groin injury that cost the 6-0, 195-pound receiver three games, as well as the continued emergence of Larry Rose III (1,651 yards rushing).

Morgan totaled 120 receptions for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns

Two years after ‘parting ways’ with Baylor, WR Robbie Rhodes dismissed by Bowling Green

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Some kids/young adults will simply never learn, at least not the easy way.  Case in point: Robbie Rhodes.

In June of 2014, reports surfaced that Rhodes had, ahem, “parted ways” with Baylor “for undisclosed reasons.”  That move came a month after Rhodes was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence, even as charges were never filed against him.  Two months after “parting ways” with BU, Bowling Green announced that the wide receiver had transferred into its football program.

Nearly two years later?  He gone.  Again.

According to the Toledo Blade, Rhodes has been dismissed from the Falcons football team.  The only stated reason was an unspecified violation of team rules.

Rhodes, a four-star 2013 recruit rated as the No. 8 receiver in the country that year, appeared in 11 games as a true freshman for the Bears, recording 10 receptions for 157 yards.  After sitting out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Rhodes played in seven games for the Falcons last season, recording three catches for 130 yards.

Rhodes’ departure leaves the Falcons with just two receivers who have caught passes at the collegiate level — Ronnie Moore (third on the team in 2015 with 72 receptions for 954 yards and six touchdowns) and Scott Miller (7-29 last season).