Not long after putting spring practice 2016 to bed, Maryland’s linebacking corps has taken a significant and unexpected hit.
On Instagram over the weekend, Abner Logan announced that he has decided to transfer out of the Terrapins football program. As Logan will be leaving the Terps as a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 if his next destination is at the FBS level.
Never thought this would be my last time running out of the “tunnel”…..I want to thank everyone that has stood by me and supported me throughout my career at Maryland. I especially want to acknowledge the unbelievable bond I’ve created with my brothers that will last a life time. For my last year of eligibility I will be playing football elsewhere. Again thanks to the administration, coaches, and friends that helped and supported me throughout the way but it’s come to the consensus that it is time to move on. King Ab ✌🏾️
After tearing his ACL in August of last year, Logan missed the entire 2015 season. He was projected as a starter at linebacker under first-year head coach D.J. Durkin.
Logan was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season by the university for unspecified reasons. He came back to play the final seven games of the year.
In 2013 as a redshirt freshman, he started four of the 12 games in which he played.
Every year a player falls unexpectedly in the draft, and this year’s poster boy, aside from Laremy Tunsil‘s gas mask bong and Confederate flag imbroglio, on that front was Connor Cook.
The former Michigan State quarterback was thought by some to have a chance at landing toward the end of the first round, with most seeing him scooped up before the end of the second round. Instead, Cook watched as 99 other players, including six fellow quarterbacks, were selected before hearing his name called by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round.
It was a mighty tumble for a prospect whose biggest flaw, according to draftniks, was leadership — he famously wasn’t elected as a captain of the Spartans in the preseason, which some considered quite revealing, and damning, for a three-year starter at quarterback.
As hard as it was on Cook, it was just as hard on his former head coach. After watching Cook lead his Spartans to a 34-5 record as a starter the last three years, Mark Dantonio found it difficult to digest his former player’s free fall.
“I was probably living through the entire thing, as well, watched the entire draft,” Dantonio said by way of mlive.com. “I was disappointed. I think that Connor is an excellent football player. He’s done a tremendous job for us here and for his football team, and a lot of that success that we’ve had can be credited to his play and his leadership on our football team. …
“I think it did wear on him as time went on, but he tried to continue to stay above it. I remember when Kirk Cousins was drafted and he was really disappointed in the fact that he had gone in the fourth round and they had drafted a guy in the second round and the first round, and what did that do for his future.”
Speaking of Cousins, the Washington Redskins quarterback who supplanted former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III as the starter, he offered up some encouragement to his fellow Spartan.
.@Connor_Cook03, the cream always rises to the top. Excited for your future! Go Green! -Fellow 4th Rounder
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) April 30, 2016
Congrats to all of the SpartanDawgs heading on to the NFL! Excited for this new journey for all of us… & now.. Time to grind #SpartanDawgs
— Connor Cook (@Connor_Cook03) April 30, 2016
With another weekend in the books, it’s time to, once again, reset ye olde arrest ticker.
The latest football program to send the tracker back to double zeroes is Auburn, with the Opelika-Auburn News reporting that four Tigers football players, defensive end Byron Cowart, defensive back Carlton Davis, wide receiver Ryan Davis and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson, were arrested by the Auburn police department late Saturday night. According to the News, all four were arrested on a single charge each of second-degree possession of marijuana.
The papers write that “[s]econd degree marijuana possession is listed under Alabama Code – Section 13A-12-214 as a person who commits the crime if said person possesses marijuana for personal use only.”
Head coach Gus Malzahn told the News that he is “aware of the situation and we will handle this matter appropriately.”
The defensive back Davis is the most noteworthy of the pot-smoking foursome. As a true freshman in 2015, he started at corner for the Tigers and led all SEC freshmen with three interceptions. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team at the end of the season.
Cowart, a five-star 2015 signee, played in all 13 games as a true freshman, while Dinson played in nine games in his first season with the Tigers. The receiver Davis, also a true freshman, didn’t have a reception in 2015 but ran the ball twice for 20 yards. Davis’ first college carry went for 28 yards.
Mark your calendars, because these are only five months away! (/sobs)
ESPN on Monday announced seven Big Ten games that’ll kick off in primetime, either on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, this upcoming season. Not surprisingly, six of the seven feature either Ohio State or Michigan. The list:
Oct. 8: Michigan at Rutgers (7 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET)
Oct. 15: Ohio State at Wisconsin (8 p.m. ET)
Oct. 22: Ohio State at Penn State (8 p.m. ET)
Oct. 29: Northwestern at Ohio State (5:30 p.m. ET)
Oct. 29: Nebraska at Wisconsin (7 p.m. ET)
Nov. 5: Nebraska at Ohio State (8 p.m. ET)
Nov. 12: Michigan at Iowa (7 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET)
Noticeably absent from this list is Michigan State, though the Big Ten has a deal with Fox, too, meaning the Spartans will almost certainly play in primetime at some point this season. Plus, Ohio State and Michigan equal ratings, no matter how good either team is (and both are expected to be pretty good this season, of course).