Malcolm Brown & Aaron Green interviews, Steele-Madison recap

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I was fortunate to go down to San Antonio on Saturday and check out a game between Steele High School and Madison High School who, coincidentally enough, feature two of the premier running back recruits in the country in Malcolm Brown and Aaron Green, respectively.

Although the two entered the game highly touted (both are considered five-star recruits by Scout.com), Brown was carrying a little more publicity with his recent commitment to Texas. Green is considering California, Florida State, Nebraska and, guess who, the Longhorns.

The two athletes are also close friends.

Here’s a highlight video of the game provided by CountdownCityPreps. If you want to fast-forward to the good parts, Green’s (#2) touchdowns are at 1:09, 4:10 and a beauty at 6:50 where he weaves in and out of traffic for a 70-yard touchdown. 

Brown (#28) has a nice touchdown catch at the 4:50 mark, showing his hands and versatility. At the 5:30 mark, Malcolm Brown has the run of the night. Check this one out.

  

Green had far and away the better first half, as Madison’s defense loaded up the box and stuffed Brown on several occasions, whose first half stats were 15 carries for 45 yards.

But it’s hard to keep Brown, who’s six-foot-one, 218 lbs., down for long. His 89-yard touchdown was just incredible. He has a tremendous combination of power and balance. When he runs downhill, he looks like a freight train.

Green is a guy who you want to get into space little more. He’s most dangerous when he’s out on the edge and can make defenders miss. At five-foot-eleven, 186 lbs., he’s smaller than Brown, but is very athletic.

Strangely enough, there weren’t a whole lot of plays (if any) that featured Green catching balls out of the backfield. With his ability to make plays in space, that might be a dimension that’s explored with Green as he goes into college.  

It was an exciting game with lots of great moments, but in the end, Madison edged Steele 28-25. Here’s the interviews with Aaron Green and Malcolm Brown.

Clearly, Brown is disappointed with the loss, and it’s hard to get a whole lot out of him to begin with, but he and Green are very well-mannered, well-spoken young men.

Also, look out for the following names: receiver Blake Gardner (#8) and defensive tackle Marquis Anderson (#77) for Steele. Anderson is an Oklahoma commit. For Madison, check out receiver Quincy Daniels (#11) and running back Troy Williams(#22) and keep an eye out for Williams. Currently,he is committed to UT-San Antonio, but after last night’s performance,he might be seeing some more D-I offers.

Veteran secondary starter dismissed by Colorado State

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Kaelin Clay #8 of the Utah Utes runs for yardage after catching a pass as defensive back Preston Hodges #24 of the Colorado State Rams hits him out of bounds during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Utah won 45-10.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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With the start of summer camp just up the block and around the corner, Colorado State has seen its secondary take a rather significant hit.

A CSU official has confirmed to the Loveland Reporter Herald that Preston Hodges has been dismissed from Mike Bobo‘s football program.  The Reporter Herald writes that Hodges “had become academically ineligible and was dismissed from the team.”

The past three seasons, Hodges had started 28 games in the Rams’ secondary.  Eight of those starts came at cornerback last season.

Exiting the spring, the senior Hodges was listed No. 2 on the depth chart at one of the safety spots.

In addition to Hodges, offensive lineman Blake Nowland is no longer on the team’s roster.  There was no reason given for his departure.

After playing in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, Nowland missed the entire 2015 season because of a broken leg.

Heisman Trophy odds see change at the top

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There is a new preseason favorite for the 2016 Heisman Trophy, at least as far as Bovada is concerned.

The betting service Tuesday listed LSU running back Leonard Fournette checks in with the best odds at 9/2. He moved ahead of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose odds went from 9/2 in January to 5/1 now.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey’s odds moved to 11/2 while Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are all at 12/1.

Several players were added to the board since January, including UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (16/1), Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough (20/1) and Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham (28/1).

The group of newcomers also includes both of the competitors to be Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire are both set at 28/1.

Oklahoma DB facing charges after early morning arrest

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 3:  Safety Hatari Byrd #4 and cornerback Jordan Thomas #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners take the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers October 3, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 44-24.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma defensive back Jordan Thomas was arrested early Thursday morning and stands accused of three offenses.

Cleveland (Oklahoma) County sheriff arrest records show the 20-year-old Thomas was booked at 2:45 a.m. on charges of assault and battery, public intoxication and interference.

A school spokesperson told The Tulsa World the department is aware of and monitoring the situation.

Thomas, who reportedly has been released on bond, was second on the Sooners with nine pass defended last season and was credited with 46 tackles. He had five interceptions.

The World notes Thomas has been in trouble both with the law and the team previously.

Thomas was jailed in Grady County before last year’s Orange Bowl after failing to appear in court following a traffic citation.

The junior also has faced issues on the team. He missed the first quarter of the 2015 opener against Akron and the entire Tulsa game for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

The Sooners won the Big 12 last season and made the College Football Playoff.

They are expected to be contenders again this season and have a showdown with Ohio State looming in Norman on Sept. 17.

Joker Phillips among Urban Meyer’s new hires at Ohio State

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators is congratulated by head coach Joker Phillips of the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Kentucky 48-14 for Meyer's 100th career victory.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.

Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.

Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.

Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.

He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.

The Wildcats went just 13-24 in his three seasons, and he spent last year as wide receivers coach of the Cleveland Browns. He also spent a season coaching receivers at Florida, where he was found guilty of a level two recruiting violation.

Knorr was most recently the defensive coordinator at Indiana. He spent two seasons in Bloomington after six at Wake Forest.

A Kansas native, he played quarterback at Air Force and previously worked in the Buckeye State as an assistant to Jim Grobe and then Frank Solich at Ohio University from 1995-2004.

The Hoosiers ranked last in the Big Ten in scoring defense and total defense last season, and he was replaced by Tom Allen in January.