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What’s going on, Sooner fans? Let’s get right back at it again with the latest update on our Countdown to Kickoff! As of today, there are 23 days left to go before the 2018 Oklahoma Sooners begin to show us what they’re made of. Speaking of 23, how about I take a look back on a player who may not be at the top of the annals of Oklahoma football lore, but certainly one who left it all on the field with each and every chance. The guy I’m talking about is running back Allen Patrick.

The Conway, South Carolina native began his Sooner career in 2005 after playing one year as a safety at Independence Community College (shout-out to “Last Chance U”!). After transferring to Oklahoma, he ended up making the switch to offense during the 2005 season. To put it simply, the dude could flat-out run.

You know what else Allen Patrick could do? He could recover an onside kick. I won’t derail this entire post to talk about the worst call ever, but c’mon now. Amid all the chaos, Patrick was indeed the one to finally recover the ball in Eugene, Oregon, but for some reason the officials decided not to pay attention. Oh well.

For three seasons, Patrick shared the backfield with some all-time talent. From ‘05 to ‘06, AP played behind the legendary Adrian Peterson, and even started half the season in 2006 when Peterson was sidelined for a while after suffering a broken collarbone. During that time span, he pulled off one of the most impressive runs in OU history, which was unfortunately called back.

Then in ‘07, Patrick was a veteran example for a young, yet dynamic DeMarco Murray.

What Patrick did on the field was inspiring. For as much fanfare as some of his teammates received, all he did was go to work and pick up the slack. And he wasn’t just feasting on leftovers. No, the guy made highlight plays every Saturday. His straight-line speed was something to behold. Once he found a seam, he hit it, and he hit it hard, leaving defenders in the dust.

After three strong seasons at Oklahoma, Allen Patrick had rushed for 1,936 yards and 14 touchdowns on 367 carries. Sure, he didn’t always find himself in the spotlight, but game recognizes game, and Patrick was not just a complimentary back, he was absolutely gifted in his own right.

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Longtime Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder would like to see football coach Mike Gundy aim higher in recruiting.

Appearing on the Pistols Firing podcast earlier this week, Holder praised Gundy’s success but said he wants the coach “to do a little more in recruiting.”

Gundy, a former Oklahoma State quarterback, is the school’s career coaching wins leader with a 114-53 record in 13 seasons.

“He’s really matured into a difference-maker as a coach,” Holder said on the podcast. “I would approach recruiting a little differently than he does. I’d want to finish higher in those recruiting rankings than we consistently do. I think that ultimately puts a ceiling on what you’re able to achieve.”

Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class finished 32nd in ESPN’s national rankings. Previous classes have ranked 35th, 46th, 34th, 28th and 27th. Gundy has coached the Cowboys to three consecutive 10-win seasons, six 10-win seasons in the past eight and six AP top-20 finishes since 2010.

“At the end of the day, Boone Pickens, Mike Holder and Mike Gundy all want the same thing,” Holder said, referring to Oklahoma State alum and mega-booster Pickens, whose name is on the school’s home stadium. “We may not always agree on the best course to get there, but at the end of the day, Boone Pickens and I have always deferred to Mike Gundy because he’s the guy in charge. He’s the one that will have the wins and losses next to his name in the record book, and that deserves autonomy over how you run your football program.

“I would just say, ‘Mike, you’ve got to change your thinking on recruiting a little bit.’ That would be all. I think sometimes we settle when we don’t have to. But I’m not out there recruiting, and I have no idea how to recruit football players.”

Holder played golf at Oklahoma State and served as the school’s men’s golf coach from 1973 to 2005, when he became athletic director.

Gundy was a top candidate for Tennessee’s coaching vacancy in November before withdrawing his name as well as for the Tennessee vacancy in 2013. He won Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and Eddie Robinson national coach of the year honors in 2011, when Oklahoma State went 12-1 and finished No. 3 nationally.

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Every KU football fans knows Reesing, Sayers, Cromwell, Sands, Meier, Talib, and Harris. Here are some of my favorite players over the past 20 years who maybe didn’t have the stats those guys did, but were still fun to watch.

If you were to take a scientific poll and ask Kansas fans, “Who is your favorite KU football player ever?” I’m guessing at least 3/4 of them would say “Todd Reesing” – as they should. After all, Reesing is by far the most prolific passer KU has ever seen, and its not even close.

As a Kansas football fan since the early 1990s, here are some of my favorite players that I’ve seen play in Memorial Stadium – guys that might but probably won’t ever show up on any all-time lists.

L.T. Levine

OK, so Levine is arguably one of the top 10 rushers in KU history. So sue me. June Henley probably could’ve had this spot if not for his legal troubles after college; after all, Henley, alongside QB Asheiki Preston, nearly led the Jayhawks to victory over Nebraska in my first-ever visit to Memorial Stadium for a game in 1993.

But back to Levine. One of the more dependable rushers in Glen Mason’s offense in the mid-90s, he averaged 5.3 YPC over his Kansas career, finishing in the top 10 in school history in career rushing yards and rushing TDs. His best season was probably 1994, his junior campaign, when he led KU in rushing and averaged 6.3 YPC while helping the Jayhawks to a 6-5 record. He also led the Jayhawks in rushing in the 1995 Aloha Bowl season.

If you have 3.5 hours to kill, here’s the 1995 Aloha Bowl in its entirety (complete with commercials). Unfortunately, Levine only had 22 yards on 11 carries in that game, but still, a 51-30 butt whooping of UCLA is always fun.

Charles Gordon

Gordon originally came to KU as a wide receiver, but finished his redshirt freshman season as a starting corner. He also returned punts and kickoffs, making him one of the most versatile players in recent memory. In his KU career, Gordon picked off 7 passes and caught nine touchdown passes. Dude was lots of fun to watch.

Gordon also nearly led KU to victory in the infamous “Dollar Signs” game, and I was there AND HE DID NOT &@$#ing PUSH OFF (2:12 mark).

And yes, I’m still mad about it.

Gabriel Toomey

Toomey committed to Oklahoma out of high school before ending up at Iowa Central CC and making his way to Kansas and Mark Mangino, whom he would later be critical of. Regardless of the relationship with his head coach, Toomey was one of my favorite defenders on those early Mangino days. He brought fire to the defense, and both the team and the crowd fed off of it.

The highlight I most remember about Toomey was in 2003 vs UNLV, he had a pick-six that gave KU a 39-17 lead late in the third quarter that put the game away for the Jayhawks. That was the second game in Mark Mangino’s second year, and you could just tell that better things were in store for the football at that point. (It’s truly amazing what the right coaching hire can do for a program. I digress.)

I mean, just look at this guy. He was born to play linebacker, and it’s unfortunate that injuries derailed any chance of him having a pro career.

Banks Floodman

Yet another Mark Mangino player (notice a pattern here?), Floodman was another fiery linebacker who had a tendency for big hits and big plays. He was a big key in knocking off Brad Smith and Missouri in 2005 and on top of that, if there were to ever be an “All-Name Team” for KU football, he would have to be on it.

Along with Toomey, Floodman was at KU alongside several other big hitting linebackers that could have gone on this list, including Kevin Kane and Nick Reid.

Carl Nesmith

What I remember about Carl Nesmith is that he was basically Mike Lee but 20 years ago. All you really need to know about Nesmith is that his nickname was “The Butcher.” Nesmith was a Juco transfer into Glen Mason’s program back in 1999, playing his junior and senior years at Kansas. He came to KU after playing QB and WR at Butler CC in El Dorado, but coaches moved him to defense in fall practice, where he quickly developed his reputation. By mid-October, Nesmith was in the starting lineup, where he made an immediate impact.

In addition to playing a fierce free safety, Nesmith also returned kickoffs. I can’t find any highlight videos, but if you have two hours to kill, you can catch Carl terrorizing Nebraska to the tune of 14 tackles in 1999 (Nesmith wore #5).

(I watched the first few minutes of that Nebraska game and damn – remember when Memorial Stadium was loud? I am sad now.)

Bill Whittemore

Personally, Whittemore is my favorite KU football player of all-time. In fact, the only jersey I own is a dark blue #4. Similar to Carl Nesmith, Whittemore was a juco transfer (from Fort Scott CC) who foreshadowed a future player for Kansas football – Whittemore was Todd Reesing four years before Reesing got on campus. I mean, just check out Example A and Example B. He brought a spark to Mangino’s offense in 2002 and led the Jayhawks to the Tangerine Bowl in 2003.

It seemed like Whittemore was always banged up, but when healthy he was an exciting player to watch. Despite playing in just 19 games in his Kansas career, Whittemore ranks in the top 7 in both passing yards and passing TDs.

Whittemore led Kansas in one of my favorite games of all time, the 2003 Missouri at Kansas game. The Jayhawks were a 10-point underdog, but came alive in the fourth quarter to smash the Tigers by a 35-14 final. (Note some highlights from the previously mentioned Gabriel Toomey in that clip as well.)

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Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin has broken the record for most wins in NCAA history.

Martin got his 1,976th victory on Saturday night when outfielder Steven Wells blasted a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning and the Seminoles held on to beat the Clemson Tigers 3-2.

That gave Martin one more win than the legendary Augie Garrido.

Baseball coach Mike Martin, celebrating a win last season, has led the Seminoles for 39 years.

Martin, who is in his 39th season as the Seminoles’ manager, has a 1,976-708-4 record. His .736 win percentage is tops among active coaches.

“To say it hasn’t been on my mind is a bunch of bull. Everyone wants to accomplish something like that,” Martin said in a postgame television interview. “It’s exciting for us. Now that this part is over with, we have to position ourselves for postseason play.”

Martin has won 18 conference titles and has made the trip to Omaha for the College World Series 16 times, but he has never won the title.

While Garrido’s 1,975 victories came at five schools — San Francisco State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Illinois and Texas — all of Martin’s have come at his alma mater. Garrido died on March 15 after suffering a stroke.

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Ohio State fan favorite Ryan Shazier visited the spring game Saturday and stood without assistance to cheers from the crowd at his alma mater.

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is recovering from a devastating spinal injury suffered in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals.

Former Ohio State Buckeye and current Steelers' linebacker Ryan Shazier acknowledges the fans during the Ohio State's Spring Game.

Shazier, an honorary captain of one of the squads, drove a golf cart to midfield and climbed out to stand briefly to fire up the crowd. He then embraced the other honorary captain, former Ohio State cornerback and current Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

“Every day I’m getting a lot better and I’m able to move around more,” Shazier told ESPN’s Marty Smith. “I’m doing a thousand times better than I was in December.”

Shazier said he is grateful for the outpouring of support from people “from Pittsburgh to California to Ohio to Italy, all over the country, all over the world,” who have reached out to him and prayed for him.

The love and support “really helps me push even harder every day,” Shazier said.

He also spoke to the team before the game. He told reporters that “I am feeling a lot better than I was.”

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The Michigan Wolverines have canceled a home-and-home series with the Virginia Tech Hokies as part of several scheduling adjustments for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The Wolverines will pay a $375,000 cancellation fee to Virginia Tech for the games. The series was announced in May 2013, and the games would have marked the first regular-season meetings between the schools.

Michigan moved its game with Washington up one week in 2021, as the Wolverines now will host the Huskies on Sept. 11. Washington will host Michigan to open the 2020 season.

In 2016, Michigan canceled a series with Arkansas, set for 2018 and 2019, so it could resume its series with Notre Dame. The cancellation drew criticism from Arkansas officials. The Wolverines open the 2018 season at Notre Dame Sept. 1 and will host the Fighting Irish in 2019.

Michigan is replacing the 2021 Virginia Tech game with Arkansas State, which will visit Ann Arbor on Sept. 19 for the schools’ first meeting.

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Clemson's Mark Fields (2) tries to intercept a pass intended for Wake Forest's Steven Claude (81) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

When ESPN released its post-National Signing Day “Way Too Early” rankings, defending national champion Alabama was not No. 1.

The team defeated by the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal took the top spot — the Clemson Tigers.

In fact, the Tigers are expected to open the 2018 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in rankings by The Associated Press and the coaches.

The reason for the ultra-high expectations can be placed on one side of the ball — the defense, a unit which returns eight starters off last year’s squad that finished No. 2 in scoring defense and No. 4 in total defense. Six of the front seven (defensive line and linebackers) are back for 2018.

While defensive coordinator Brent Venables is obviously excited about the defense he has coming back, the secondary has him concerned.

“Real pleased with our ability to go out and execute,” Venables said. “We’ve got a lot of bodies that have played a lot of football. We’re a little shorthanded at safety and corner, but we’ve got a bunch of guys who know what to do at all three levels, so that’s encouraging. It’s good.”

Gone from the secondary are staring cornerback Ryan Carter and safety Van Smith, along with reserve cornerback Marcus Edmond — meaning the Tigers will be forced to rely on reserve cornerbacks Mark Fields, Trayvon Mullen and K’Von Wallace, along with Brian Dawkins Jr. and former four-star recruit LeAnthony Williams.

“I don’t feel great about our depth there at all,” Venables said. Some new players are going to have to be ready.

Joining the secondary in the fall are a pair of four-star cornerbacks in Kyler McMichael and Mario Goodrich.

The Tigers are hoping one player in particular can make a jump and push for one of the starting jobs, former four-star and rising senior Mark Fields.

Fields entered the Tigers’ program three years ago with all of the hype that a big-time cornerback can bring — especially after spurning the South Carolina Gamecocks to join the Tigers. But his career has not lived up to the potential.

In his first three years, Fields has amassed only 36 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack, a quarterback pressure, an interception and seven pass breakups in 36 games. Last season began with promise for Fields, starting four games, before an injury caused him to miss six straight games.

Venables is hoping a now-healthy Fields can put everything together to have a great senior season.

“Yeah, he’s healed. He missed a lot of football, but Mark’s very talented and probably our best speed and transitional movement of anybody we got,” Venables said. “Got to learn the details and become a technician and play within the framework of the defense and that’s all in front of him. So hopefully he’ll come out and have a great senior year.”

With the Tigers leaning on a hodgepodge of cornerbacks heading into the fifth practice of the spring, Venables is not letting up on coaching the defense as hard as he ever has.

“They all need to be coached and coaching is nonstop,” Venables said. “They understand the toughness it takes, the mindset it takes, the accountability and I think it’s, as much as anything, they know when they screw up and are willing to own up to and do a great job with leading all the other guys and showing them how to work. We never stop coaching these guys.”

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Bree Fornis (15). Auburn softball vs St. Francis on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.  Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics

No. 12 Auburn softball will travel to the west coast for a midweek game vs. Cal State Northridge on Wednesday before taking part in the Mary Nutter Classic Thursday-Saturday in Cathedral City, Calif.

The Tigers are slated to play Notre Dame and Wisconsin on Thursday at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively, and will play San Jose State at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Auburn will then finish up with another doubleheader on Saturday against Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. and Long Beach State at 9:30 p.m. All times Central.

The Mary Nutter Classic features 34 teams, including fellow SEC teams LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Missouri. Other teams slated to play at Big League Dreams are No. 1 Washington, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 13 Arizona.

The Tigers are coming off another sweep at the Tiger Invitational, defeating Delaware, Saint Francis (2x), Maryland (2x) and Georgia State to improve to 13-0 for the fourth time in program history. Auburn is one of just 11 teams that remain undefeated in 2018.

AN AUBURN WIN WOULD…
A win by Auburn would give the Tigers their 14th-straight win to open the season, longest stretch since winning 15-straight in 2011 and 2012.

VEACH CONTINUES TO STRETCH IT OUT
Four of Kendall Veach’s six hits this season have gone for extra bases (1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR). For her career, 30 of the sophomore’s 48 hits (62.5 percent) have been extra-base hits (11 2B, 5 3B, 14 HR). Veach led the team with four triples and 12 home runs last season as a freshman.

FAST START…
Auburn, who has outscored opponents 92-5, has started a season 13-0 for the fourth time in program history and for the first time since opening 2015 13-0. The best starts in program history came in 2011 and 2012 when the Tigers started 15-0.

DAZZLIN’ DRAPER…
Victoria Draper leads the nation with 13 stolen bases this season (13-of-15). Her 1.00 stolen bases per game ranks ninth in the nation. The senior was 18-of-20 in her career prior to this season with a previous career-high nine steals on 10 attempts last season. Her 31 steals currently rank 5th in program history.

1. 73 – Shannon Anderson (2002-04)
2. 42 – Ashley Griffin (2003-06)
3. 34 – Lauren Walton (2004-07)
4. 32 – Lauren Guzman (2009-12)
5. 31 – Victoria Draper (2014-18)

Draper has hit safely in nine of 13 games this season and has reached base safely in 14 straight games dating back to the final game last season. She leads the team with 12 walks, 14 runs scored, and a .667 OBP.

STOLEN BASES…
As a team, Auburn is 28-of-34 on stolen bases this season, matching the Tigers’ mark of stolen bases from all of last season (61 games). The Tigers currently lead the SEC and rank 23rd nationally in stolen bases per game.

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3 Players The Alabama Crimson Tide Can Still Sign In The 2018 Recruiting Class

The Alabama Crimson Tide had a successful Early Signing Period, signing 14 of their 18 commitments to secure their place as a top-five recruiting class in the country. However, recruiting the 2018 class isn’t done with traditional signing day on Feb. 7 still looming. Four players (OLB Quay Walker, DT Bobby Brown, ATH Vernon Jackson, TE Michael Parker) are all currently committed and have yet to sign, but here are three other currently uncommitted prospects they can still sign:

3) CB Tyson Campbell – 5 percent chance to sign

The first of two cornerbacks on this list – both from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL – Campbell is the No. 2 cornerback in the country and No. 25 overall player. He has great size (6-foot-3, 180-pounds) and can play both on the outside and nickel because of his speed and quickness. Georgia and Miami are thought to be ahead of Alabama in his recruitment with the Bulldogs being the favorite, but the Tide are still in the mix.

2) OT Nicholas Petit-Frere – 35 percent chance to sign

Petit-Frere is the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country and would help sure up Alabama’s offensive line long-term. He’s a great athlete with excellent strength and good feet, along with being effective both pass blocking and run blocking. Florida is the current favorite for the Tampa native, and he is also considering Notre Dame along with the Tide.

1) CB Patrick Surtain Jr. – 10 percent chance to sign

Alabama has made Surtain, the top cornerback and No. 6 overall prospect in the class, their top priority prior to Feb. 7, and it is believed that they have made up some ground on frontrunner LSU during his official visit. That being said, the Tigers are still the heavy favorite for him. Surtain has great technique, tremendous speed, and can shut down an entire side of the field with his tackling ability.