Former Oregon coach Mike Belotti has very high opinion of current Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Belotti told a local Charlotte radio station on Tuesday that the Heisman Trophy contender will be a better NFL quarterback than Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers’ current starter.
“I think he’ll be a fine quarterback at the (NFL) level, much like a Kaepernick-type guy … better than Carolina’s quarterback right now,” Belotti told WFNZ-FM’s “The Drive” on Tuesday.
Belotti cited Mariota’s work ethic and how he is a student of the game, while noting that Newton gets by mostly on his athleticism and physical tools.
“Cam has never had to work as hard, and I think he is finally now starting to get it and spend time in the classroom with the coaches. A lot of things come really easy to Cam. I think he still thinks he can just go out there and do it,” Bellotti said.
“I think Marcus is a combination of the athlete and the student.”
Belotti also believes Mariota is superior as a runner to Robert Griffin III.
“I don’t know if he is quite as good a pure passer (as Griffin), but he is a better combination because RGIII is more of a sprinter as opposed to a football runner and so he puts himself in situations where he can’t protect himself,” Bellotti said.
Whatever one’s opinion is on the matter, there’s a good chance that Mariota could soon have one very important thing in common with both Newton and Griffin III — a certain stiff-arm trophy, perhaps?
Failing to make much of a dent during his first two-plus years in Knoxville, Neiko Creamer has decided to ply his football wares elsewhere.
Wednesday evening, UT head coach Butch Jones confirmed that Creamer has decided to leave the Volunteers football program and will transfer out. According to Jones, he and his staff will help the tight end find the right fit at a new home.
No reason was given for Creamer’s decision to look elsewhere, although the opportunity for more playing time would be a good place to start.
A three-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class, Creamer, whose father, Andre, played for the Vols in the eighties, was rated as the No. 18 player at any position in the state of Maryland. After redshirting as a true freshman, and working as both a linebacker and tight end, Creamer played in one game during the 2015 season.
A former Bowling Green football player who claimed he suffered permanent brain damage has settled a lawsuit with the university.
According to the Toledo Blade, Cody Silk will receive a $712,500 settlement in the agreement reached between himself and BGSU. As part of the agreement, the university did not admit fault and the former offensive lineman agreed that he would not pursue any further damage claims.
Silk had filed his suit in 2013, claiming “that BGSU coaches and medical staff failed to withhold him from practices after he suffered repeated concussions.” Silk claimed that he had suffered two concussions in 2010, but was cleared by the football program’s medical staff to return to full-contact status in practice; shortly thereafter, he suffered a third concussion.
The lineman subsequently parted ways with the team, lost his scholarship and dropped out of school.
The settlement came after Silk’s attorneys had asked the Ohio Court of Claims to reconsider their initial rejection. From the Columbus Dispatch:
The court initially rejected Silk’s claims, finding Silk signed a release of liability to play football in which he assumed the risk of possible injury. He refiled the claim last year. A state attorney claimed Silk was exaggerating and overreporting his symptoms, but the settlement will keep the case from going to trial.
In their motion for reconsideration, Silks’ representation contended, the Blade wrote, “the release [of liability] didn’t cover ‘wanton and willful misconduct,’ which he alleged BGSU’s conduct was.”
An injury that wiped out most of Keon Hatcher‘s 2015 season has resurfaced.
On social media over the weekend, Hatcher posted a video which revealed his left foot encased in a post-surgery boot. WholeHogSports.com subsequently confirmed through multiple sources that Hatcher had indeed undergone surgery recently.
The website writes “[i]t’s unclear why Hatcher required the surgery or whether he will miss any practice or playing time because of the surgery.” The university has thus far declined to address the receiver’s status, although head coach Bret Bielema could be expected to touch on the situation during a post-spring press conference Thursday.
During Arkansas’ Week 2 upset loss to Toledo, Hatcher suffered a broken left foot that at first was expected to sideline him for a minimum of six weeks but, following surgery, ultimately cost him the remainder of the season.
At the time of the injury, Hatcher was the Razorbacks’ leader with 198 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In 2014, he led the team with 558 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
Hatcher received a medical hardship waiver for the 2015 season, which will allow him to return as a fifth-year senior this season.
Seeing the writing on Virginia’s depth chart wall, Nick Johns has decided to take his leave of Charlottesville.
As more and more kids are doing these days — especially the cool ones — Johns took to Twitter to announce that he has decided to leave the Cavaliers football program and transfer to an undetermined elsewhere. According to the quarterback, he was given an unrestricted release from his UVa. scholarship.
Johns, who is not related to returning Cavalier starting quarterback Matt Johns, was a three-star member of UVa.’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 19 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the District of Columbia. As he didn’t see the field as a true freshman, Johns’ main claim to fame during his brief time with the Cavaliers was a driving while intoxicated charged he accrued last August.
With Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, a Texas/Arizona transfer, in a dead-heat for the starting job exiting the spring, and former East Carolina starter Kurt Benkert added as a graduate transfer over the weekend, Nick Johns’ decision to leave for a better shot at playing time is understandable.