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Dating back to 2011, the Redskins have now selected at least seven players in nine consecutive drafts for the first time since the league adopted the seven-round format in 1994.
The Redskins completed the 2019 NFL Draft without making a selection in the second round. It is the ninth time since the seventh-round draft format was established the Redskins did not make a selection in the second round.
Including their eight selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Redskins have now selected eight or more players in three consecutive drafts for the first time since the NFL adopted the seven-round format in 1994.
With the 10 selections, the Redskins have now drafted at least 10 players in three of the last five NFL drafts.
The Redskins made two trades during the draft. On Day 1, the Redskins sent the No. 46 pick (2019) and a future second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 26 overall selection. On Day 2, the team traded the No. 96 overall pick to the Buffalo Bills for the Nos. 112 and 131 selections.
Of the Redskins 10 selections, three were made with picks acquired by trade, including draft-day trades with Indianapolis (LB Montez Sweat) and the Buffalo Bills (RB Bryce Love and G Wes Martin).
The Redskins selected three players using compensatory picks (LB Cole Holcomb, WR Kelvin Harmon and LB Jordan Brailford). The selections using compensatory picks were the most by the Redskins and the first selections using a compensatory pick since the organization drafted NT Chris Neild with a compensatory pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Redskins have selected at least three players with picks acquired via trade in each of the last six drafts. It is the team’s longest such stretch since a five-draft span from 1985-89.
The Redskins selected a pair of college teammates in three consecutive drafts to include: DL Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson (Alabama, 2017), DL Daron Payne and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (Alabama, 2018), DL Tim Settle and CB Greg Stroman (Virginia Tech, 2018) and QB Dwayne Haskins and WR Terry McLaurin (Ohio State, 2019). This marks the second occurrence the Redskins have selected teammates in three consecutive drafts. The organization drafted teammates in three straight drafts from 2011-2013 including RB Roy Helu, S DeJon Gomes and WR Niles Paul (Nebraska, 2011), G Adam Gettis and CB Jordan Bernstine (Iowa 2012), and RB Chris Thompson and LB Brandon Jenkins (Florida State, 2013).
The Redskins have now selected at least one pair of college teammates in seven of the last nine drafts (Nebraska’s Roy Helu Jr., DeJon Gomes and Niles Paul in 2011; SMU’s Josh LeRibeus and Richard Crawford and Iowa’s Adam Gettis and Jordan Bernstine in 2012; Florida State’s Chris Thompson and Brandon Jenkins in 2013; Arkansas’ Martrell Spaight and Tevin Mitchel in 2015; Alabama’s Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson in 2017; Alabama’s Daron Payne and Shaun Dion Hamilton; Virginia Tech’s Tim Settle and Greg Stroman in 2018; Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin in 2019).
The 2019 NFL Draft marks the fourth time the Redskins have selected a pair of teammates out of Ohio State (1952, 1961, and 1963).
The Redskins made multiple picks in the seventh round for the fourth consecutive year, marking the team’s first four-year stretch with multiple seventh-round picks since selecting at least two players in that round in each of the 2010-12 NFL Drafts.
The Redskins selected four defensive players and have now picked at least four defensive players in five consecutive drafts for the first time since 1989-93, when the draft consisted of 12 rounds.
Nine of the Redskins’ draft picks played their collegiate careers in the Football Bowl Subdivision, ending a six-year streak of the team’s entire draft class playing at the FBS level. James Madison’s Jimmy Moreland played in the Football Championship Subdivision. The last Redskins draft pick to play in the Football Championship Subdivision was South Dakota’s Tom Compton (2012).
Nine of the 10 members of the Redskins’ draft class played at schools in “Power Five” conferences.
The Redskins selected three players from the Big Ten, two players from the Southeastern Conference, two players from the Atlantic Coast Conference, and one player each from the Pac-12 Conference, Big 12 Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. The SEC leads all conferences with 16 of the Redskins 53 selections since 2014, followed by the ACC with 12 selections.
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Haskins is the 475th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 30th first-round selection in that time frame. He is the 61st first-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
The selection of Haskins marks the third time in the last five years that the Redskins have selected an offensive player in the first round, joining the selections of G Brandon Scherff (2015) and WR Josh Doctson (2016). It marks the team’s first time making three offensive first-round selection in that length of time since the 2000-02 drafts, when the team selected T Chris Samuels (2000), WR Rod Gardner (2001) and QB Patrick Ramsey (2002).
Haskins becomes the first quarterback selected by the Redskins in the first round since the team drafted Baylor’s Robert Griffin III in 2012.
Haskins is the 48th quarterback selected by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936 and the 27th selection at the position made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967).
Haskins’ selection marks the fifth time in the Common Draft era that the Redskins have selected a quarterback in the first round, joining Robert Griffin III (2012), Jason Campbell (2005), Patrick Ramsey (2002), and Heath Shuler (1994).
Haskins is the 17th player from Ohio State University selected by the Redskins all time, joining C Steve Andrako (1940), E Cy Sounders (1945), B Vic Janowicz (1952), T Julius Wittman (1952), G George Rosso (1954), T Fran Machinsky (1956), T George Tolfold (1961), G Mike Ingram (1961), FB Tom Barrington (1966), E Ron Sepic (1967), RB Rich Galbos (1973), T Henry Brown (1988), G Tim Moxley (1990) and WR Evan Spencer (2015).
With Haskins selection, Ohio State tied Michigan State (17) for the seventh-most draft selections in Redskins history.
Haskins becomes the first Ohio State product to be selected by the Redskins in the first round in franchise history and the highest pick from the institution since drafting FB Tom Barrington in the third-round (No. 38 overall) of the 1966 NFL Draft.
Haskins is the first Big Ten Conference product selected by the Redskins in the first round since G Brandon Scherff in 2015. He is the seventh Big Ten product selected by the Redskins in the first round in the Common Draft era, joining DT Bobby Wilson (1991), WR Desmond Howard (1992), T Andre Johnson (1996), LB LaVar Arrington (2000), LB Ryan Kerrigan (2011) and Brandon Scherff (2015).
With the selection, Haskins becomes the fourth player selected all-time with the No.15 overall pick, joining B Eddie Salem (1951), B Joe Hernandez (1962) and WR Rod Gardner (2001).

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Scrutiny is ratcheting up on the Eagles’ coaching staff, with the team underperforming at 5-7 heading into Monday night’s encounter with the visiting New York Giants.

In the NFL, the easiest place to make changes is with position coaches. You don’t have to change your overall philosophy, or your offensive or defensive scheme, if you fire a position coach.

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The implication there nearly always is that the methods and philosophy favored by the head coach and the coordinator are not being taught effectively, that young players aren’t progressing, and that older players aren’t flourishing.

This year with the Eagles, the bullseye there would be on first-year wide receivers coach Carson Walch, and maybe on second-year quarterbacks coach Press Taylor, but possibly on defensive backfield coach Cory Undlin as well, given the ups and downs of the Eagles’ (once again) injury-challenged secondary. Undlin came here in 2015 as a Chip Kelly hire, from having coached the Denver secondary.

Doug Pederson was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach from 2011-12. Pederson was asked this week what makes a good position coach.

“In thinking about myself, obviously you have to be prepared, you have to have answers for the questions that the players might have, whether it be a game-plan question or maybe a concept question offensively … you have to be dialed-in,” Pederson said.

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“Obviously, if you don’t have the answers, you have to be up front and say, ‘Hey, let me get the answer for you.’ I think you have to pay attention to detail. Then it has to carry over onto the field through drill work, putting your players in position through that drill work that’s going to transpire in a game. … But the detail is the biggest thing.”

Pederson said when he evaluates his coaches at the end of the season, “you hold them accountable by the way their position plays, No. 1.” He added that there is some allowance for injuries, but that he makes that message clear to his coaches from OTAs on.

Carson Wentz said Taylor’s personality is different from that of John DeFilippo, the QB coach for the 2017 Super Bowl season, but that both know how to “garner respect,” and they tend to emphasize the same things.

“Flip was a little more high energy and upbeat. Press is a little more calm. But both understand the game well, both are smart and can communicate the game well,” Wentz said.

Backup quarterback Josh McCown estimated he has had 14 or 15 QB coaches, on the nine teams he has played for, since he entered the NFL in 2002.

“There’s always a delicate balance with position coaches, between giving too little [coaching] and giving too much — overcoaching,” McCown said.

He said the effective position coach is “the guy that can find that right balance, say that right thing at the right moment … be able to give you that ‘mind tap’ — ‘Hey, remember we talked about this on this play,’ can kind of help you in that regard.”

The best QB coaches McCown has played for share “attention to detail and consistency about what they coach,” he said, “the ability to coach that over and over again, and demand that from you and expect that from you … so that you understand where you stand, and there’s a baseline of expectation every play, and you can then grow from that baseline because of the consistency with which they coach you.”

Right guard Brandon Brooks had four offensive line coaches in his four years with the Houston Texans, but he has had just one with the Eagles — Jeff Stoutland, who came here with Kelly in 2013. Brooks said Stoutland’s players can sense his complete dedication.

“It’s one thing to coach and be into your work. It’s another thing when guys can see that this is your life calling,” Brooks said. “I don’t know if ‘Stout’ can do anything else. This is what he loves, and you can see it every day. There hasn’t been a day since I came in, in almost four years now, where Stout had a down day, where his volume level wasn’t on 12. He comes in every day, he loves what he does, and he literally gives his heart and soul to game and to the players, every day, every year, every week.”

Safety Malcolm Jenkins said he looks for depth of knowledge, a grasp of useful nuance, from a position coach — something he said he gets from Undlin.

“I had a really wise coach tell me one time, if a coach can’t tell you what to look at, then he’s full of [bleep]. A good position coach is somebody that knows how to teach not only the concept, or your job description, but how to teach the small things, like where to put your eyes, how to read your keys, and really knows how to teach technique … in an effective way that a player knows how to grasp it,” Jenkins said. “Being a good teacher is surprisingly rare in this league.”

Wide receiver Greg Ward said Jenkins’ point about the position coach needing to tell you where your eyes should be applies to his position as well. He said he thinks Walch has been able to do that.

“Carson’s a great guy, knows the offense in and out. He’s a very good coach,” Ward said.

Jenkins said that Undlin is “somebody that understands the small techniques of the position that we play. I’ve had position coaches that only know how to teach the scheme … they can only tell you very vague things.”

Several players made the point that their position coach is their closest link with the organization.

“That’s the coach you’re going to connect with the most, you’re going to talk to the most, be in meetings with the most,” Jenkins said.

Asked about tight ends coach Justin Peelle, Zach Ertz said for every player, the position coach is “going to be the first guy, always, you go to, when something’s going on, whether you’re not happy, or frustrated, or just want to get something off your chest. In my case, in particular, he’s always been the guy that’s kind of been there for me.”

Ertz said he trusts Peelle in part because Peelle played tight end for 10 years in the NFL, with four teams.

“He kind of understands a lot of the strains,” Ertz said.

Wentz said he talks a lot to Taylor, but also to offensive coordinator Mike Groh and to Pederson.

“I feel extremely close to those guys. I wouldn’t hesitate to talk to any of those guys, for sure,” Wentz said.

Ward said that though the position coach is the main conduit to the staff, he didn’t take his frustrations to Walch as he languished on the practice squad because, “It was nothing he really could say, honestly. It wasn’t his decision. I just came to work every day.”

Running back Jordan Howard said he has had a different position coach each of his four NFL seasons — three with the Bears, then this year with the Eagles and Duce Staley, who once held Howard’s position as the team’s lead back.

“He knows the ups and downs of being a running back in the NFL. He knows how the flow of the game goes,” Howard said. “He knows how practices can be, he knows how runs can be … keeps us positive, keeps us motivated.

“Every coach I’ve had has had a different style. Duce, he’s very hands-on, he’s very into it. He lives through us — that’s what he tells us, because he’s not playing anymore, he lives through us playing.”

McCown made the point that some ex-players aren’t always the best coaches — some only know how to coach you to play the way they played, which might not be optimal for your situation or talents.

Fletcher Cox began his NFL career with the Eagles in 2012, under abrasive defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who was fired during the season. He’s playing this year for Philip Daniels, an NFL defensive lineman from 1996-2010.

“Every coach has got a different personality. I’ve had Jim Washburn, I had coach Jerry Azzinaro, Chris Wilson, Phil. They’ve all had different personalities. I’ve loved playing for every one of those guys. All D-line coaches coach hard,” Cox said.

“Most importantly, those guys, they’re all about their guys. … They treat everybody the same in the room … nobody gets any special privilege in the room, no matter how good you are, no matter how long you’ve been in the league, everybody is coached the same way.”

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Former LSU tight end Foster Moreau has signed his rookie contract to start his NFL career.

Moreau signed a four-year contract for just over $3 million with the Oakland Raiders, according to OverTheCap, which comes out to an annual payment of $752,096. The deal included a $488,484 signing bonus.

The news was also reported by SiriusXM’s Adam Kaplan.

Former LSU tight end Foster Moreau drafted by Oakland Raiders in fourth round of NFL draft
Former LSU tight end Foster Moreau drafted by Oakland Raiders in fourth round of NFL draft
Moreau, a New Orleans native and Jesuit graduate, was selected by the Raiders No. 137 overall in the fourth round of the NFL draft, and he became the first drafted tight end in the Ed Orgeron era and the first LSU tight end selected since the Carolina Panthers took Keith Zinger in the seventh round in 2008.

Moreau, who wore LSU’s honorary No. 18 jersey during his senior year, recorded 52 catches, 629 yards and six touchdowns in his college career — a total that fell short of most single-season numbers recorded by the eight tight ends who were drafted before him.

But Moreau had an impressive Senior Bowl, NFL combine and pro day, and the Raiders made Moreau the highest-selected LSU tight end since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Harold Bishop in the third round, No. 69 overall.

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Moreau had a feeling he might go to Oakland. He said he’d gone to dinner with Oakland tight ends coach Frank Smith at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, in January.

“I fell in love with the way he coached and how he addressed the game, and what he does for his players and how he coaches,” said Moreau, who was among five players that were named “Practice Players of the Week” at the Senior Bowl. “It’s funny. I kept up with him throughout the whole process… I kinda hoped this’d happen.”

The Raiders are in the middle of a rebuild, and the team is scheduled to move to Las Vegas after the 2019 season. Their coach, Jon Gruden, left the broadcast booth last year to lead the franchise that once traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (he and the Bucs beat the Raiders in Super Bowl 37 the following season).

The Raiders went 4-12 in their first year under Gruden, who stockpiled additional draft picks by trading star players Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Veteran tight end Jared Cook, the team’s leading receiver last year with 896 yards and six touchdowns, left a void when he signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Tight end became a need for the Raiders, who took Moreau with their seventh pick in the draft, which it received after trading two spots backward with the Atlanta Falcons to receive an additional seventh-round pick.

The Raiders also selected high-profile SEC players with its early draft picks.

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs was Oakland’s second first-round pick at No. 24 overall; at No. 27, the Raiders spent their third first-round pick on Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram.

“This is a team where we’re on the come-up,” Moreau said. “We’re on the rise.”

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Doug Pederson appeared at his day-after press conference about 15 minutes late, a rare bout of tardiness for the Eagles coach.

He immediately apologized for keeping the media throng waiting, of course. But the mere fact Pederson was late fueled rumors that maybe a big announcement was being delivered. Perhaps much-maligned offensive coordinator Mike Groh was on the chopping block. Groh’s name had been trending on both Twitter and Reddit for 24 hours — and not in a good way.

No one was fired, though. Groh remains the Eagles’ passing-game coordinator despite another dreadful performance from the offense. Pederson once again took the blame for a unit seemingly mired in the sand.

“It’s not about one guy, honestly,” Pederson told reporters. “Obviously, the quarterback and the head coach get either the credit or the blame and as a play-caller, rightfully so, and I’ll obviously take the heat for that.”

It’s fair to wonder how long Groh will be employed in Philadelphia. If he does get cut loose, what are the options to replace him? Let’s take a look at that situation. The names range from curiously intriguing to downright ridiculous.

James Urban
This is the first phone call Doug Pederson should make if the Eagles decide to make a move. Hands down. Urban is Lamar Jackson’s quarterbacks coach in Baltimore — you know, the guy leading the NFL MVP conversation for the league’s second-best offense.

The dynamic Jackson has thrown for 2,258 yards and ran for 781 yards. It’s a script Urban has helped write before in his role as quarterbacks coach under Andy Reid in Philadelphia. He was largely responsible for Michael Vick’s resurgence in 2010 and took copious notes while learning from Reid.

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Eagles fail to find talent and fail to retain/hire talent on and off the field like James Urban who’s turned Lamar Jackson into an MVP favorite and Mike Vick into Comeback Player of the Year …

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The 45-year-old Urban will no doubt get some head-coaching looks, especially if the Ravens go on a lengthy playoff run. Or Baltimore could promote him to offensive coordinator should Greg Roman leave. Either way, the Eagles should make a play for Urban. If he’s available, there is no one better to break the bad habits Carson Wentz has picked up in the wake of Frank Reich’s departure.

Mike Kafka
Kafka is another guy growing fruit from the Andy Reid tree. He’s in his first season as Chiefs quarterbacks coach after serving as offensive quality control coach under Reid in 2017. Does that sound familiar? It should. Doug Pederson had the same role under Reid in Philadelphia.

Kafka, of course, helped unleash Patrick Mahomes on the NFL in 2018 and gets credited with turning Alex Smith into a 4,000-yard passer. A former quarterback at Northwestern University, Kafka was actually selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

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Again, this is a guy who should be getting an inbox full of offensive-coordinator offers. The Chiefs boast the third-best offense and Kafka could be in line to succeed current offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in Kansas City. At 32, he is bound to be a hot commodity around the league for a long time. The Eagles should start knocking on his door right now. Scratch that, yesterday.

Jason Garrett
Sure, sure, no Cowboys allowed in the Eagles nest. Whatever. Once upon a time, Garrett was one of the most creative offensive minds in football and Jerry Jones’ golden boy. He guided the Cowboys to the second-best offense in 2007 and spurned head-coaching offers after Jones paid him $3 million to stay on as offensive coordinator.

While he’s recently fallen out of favor with Jones, his track record speaks for itself. Garrett has led the Cowboys to three NFC East titles while compiling a not-so-shabby 83-64 record. Yes, he has failed to capture the ultimate prize but winning Super Bowls is tough work. Ask Doug Pederson.

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If Dallas were to fire Garrett — and it’s certainly trending in that direction — the Eagles could do far worse than an accomplished offensive mind (think: Norv Turner 2.0) to mentor Carson Wentz. He’s already been rumored to be on the Giants’ shortlist of candidates. Besides, Garrett and Pederson together — two former backup quarterbacks turned innovative coaches — could be a lethal one-two combo.

Hue Jackson
Try not to laugh for a minute. Jackson somehow has a sterling reputation in the coaching fraternity as a great motivator and excellent football coach. Remember, he was in some pretty bad situations in Washington, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Oakland — four franchises that aren’t exactly bastions for growth and success.

Jackson’s biggest claim to fame was developing receivers … interesting, right? It was under his tutelage that Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh became house-hold names. That would bode well for the Eagles.

On the flip side, Jackson’s abysmal failures in Cleveland were vividly spotlighted on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and the PR nightmare might be hard to justify to Philadelphia fans. That, and Jackson’s offenses have never finished higher than No. 15 in the league despite claims that he is an offensive mastermind. It wouldn’t be the splashiest move, but hiring Jackson might still be an upgrade over Mike Groh.

Josh McCown
Say what? Look, McCown is already coaching high school football down in North Carolina so just fast-track him to the pros. The way current and former teammates gush about the 40-year-old journeyman quarterback’s football intelligence, it just makes sense. He literally learned the Eagles’ playbook in a weekend cram session after the Eagles signed him in late August. He knew it better than most of his receivers did. Probably still does.

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In fact, McCown told that he would definitely consider a coaching gig in the NFL in the not-so-distant future. He referenced soaking up all he had learned from great mentors like Lovie Smith, Rod Marinelli and Doug Pederson. Why not McCown? Why not now? He would be an unexpected and promising pick to replace Mike Groh.

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The early history of the Seattle Seahawks, including the unlikely acquisition of the best player in team history, is closely linked to the University of Tulsa.

“I’m not sure exactly how all of that happened but it was great to see familiar faces,” said Steve Largent, the Hall of Fame receiver for TU and Seattle. “I’m sure Jerry (Rhome, another TU alum) had something to do with that. He knew some of us and knew of us because of our ties to Tulsa.

“But that was always great to see someone you knew, a guy you had played with or someone that had played at your alma mater. So, sure, it was a great thing for all of us.”

There were plenty of familiar faces with ties to the Golden Hurricane during the early years of the Seahawks franchise.

“People were so excited to have a football team that it didn’t matter if we lost,” said Steve August, a first-round pick of Seattle in 1977 from TU. “We were in on the ground floor just as the franchise was getting started. It wasn’t just Seattle. It was all of the Pacific Northwest that was excited.

“The Seahawks were the home team for folks in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Canada. It was a very exciting time to be there.”

Seattle was awarded an expansion franchise, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for the 1976 season.

Rhome, the 1964 Heisman Trophy runner-up at TU, was an offensive coach with the expansion Seahawks.

That led to a handful of former Tulsa stars landing in the NFL with the Seahawks.

Defensive tackle Steve Niehaus from Notre Dame was the first drafted player for Seattle in 1976 (second overall).

However, Tulsa punter Rick Engles was Seattle’s third-round pick (89th overall) in that first draft class.

In that same draft, Largent was taken by Houston, a team that would later put him on waivers, which led to a trade that ultimately landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A year later, yet another TU player came to Seattle when the Seahawks’ first-round pick was August, taken 14th overall. TU defensive lineman I.V. Wilson was picked in the 12th round (329th overall) by Seattle. TU’s Cornell Webster was signed as a free agent and made the team. Tulsa wide receiver Jessie Green, who was drafted and played with Green Bay in 1976, joined the Seahawks in 1979.

In 1981, Tulsa receiver Paul Johns was signed as a free agent and eventually became a starter for the Seahawks. In 1982, Eugene Williams was drafted in the seventh round by Seattle.

“That was a pretty neat thing having so many guys from Tulsa in Seattle,” Engles said. “It was just a neat thing to be in Seattle right at the start of the franchise. There was just so much excitement around the team.

“Plus, because the team was so new, we had a lot of really young guys and that made it fun. And the veterans we had on the team were guys that were so thankful to have a second chance with an expansion franchise. So, it all made for a very good atmosphere, especially for us Tulsa guys.”

Much is made of Seattle’s fanatic and loud support of the Seahawks, the famed “12th man.”

Before each game, a “12th man” flag is raised in the end zone by someone being honored by the team. It is a Seahawk tradition and August was that guy at the first preseason game in 2012. That just happened to be Russell Wilson’s first game as a Seahawk.

“Everyone knows about how great the fans are in Seattle,” August said. “That just didn’t happen in the last couple of years. When I started playing there, Seattle already had the reputation as the loudest and best fans in the NFL. The Kingdome would get so loud that it would shake the place.

“Raising that 12th Man flag a year ago was quite an honor for me. They do it right after the national anthem and right before kickoff. It was quite a huge deal for me to be remembered.”

August was also back for a “12th man” flag raising last year as part of a 30-year team reunion. Largent was a team captain and did the flag raising for that game.

In addition, the front office administrator who handles team reunions is Johns, yet another of Seattle’s Golden Hurricane.

“It was great to have those Tulsa connections, but it was just as great because it was such a thrilling time to be with that organization,” Largent said. “It was an expansion franchise. We were new to Seattle and the stadium was new. It was a very exciting time to be a player with the Seahawks.

“The fans in the Pacific Northwest were unbelievable — and they still are. They absolutely loved the team. That’s what made playing for the Seahawks so great. There was a true love affair between our team and our fans. And it wasn’t just Seattle. It was that whole region.”

August played eight years in Seattle before being traded to Pittsburgh to finish his career. He has been back to Seattle for two Seahawks games in the past two years and said he tries to stay in touch with some of his former teammates.

“It was all so new for everyone and that made it special,” August said. “It was also special to me because there were these teammates in Seattle that were friends of mine at Tulsa.

“Steve (Largent) was a good friend at TU, so I was pretty excited to get drafted by Seattle. I think all of us would say the same thing. It was a lot of fun.”

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Jon Hilliman has followed Rutgers football for his whole life.

He grew up in Plainfield as a Rutgers fan and went on to star at St. Peter’s Prep.

He was initially committed to Rutgers, but wound up playing at Boston College from 2014-17, before playing for the Scarlet Knights as a graduate transfer in 2018.

So Hilliman — now a Giants practice squad running back — has a better perspective than most on what it’ll take for returning Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to turn this program around.

Bottom line: Schiano’s return will keep top New Jersey recruits home, said Hilliman.

“When coach Schiano was there, there was a form of identity — and top Jersey players respected it and they bought into it,” Hilliman told NJ Advance Media. “When he left, he took a lot of that with him. [Kyle Flood and Chris Ash] tried to make their own thing, and a lot of kids from Jersey didn’t really buy into it. I talked to a lot of those kids. I know a lot of those kids.”

That in-state “disconnect,” following Schiano’s 2012 departure to the Buccaneers, doomed Rutgers, said Hilliman.

“That’s the lifeblood,” Hilliman said of in-state recruiting. “You play with a different level of pride, because there’s a different sense of urgency when you’re playing in front of your family, your friends. Getting those kids back is very, very important, because players recruit players.”

If Schiano can do it — like he did while building Rutgers from 2001-11 — then the Scarlet Knights will compete for a Big Ten championship, said Hilliman. Yes, he thinks Rutgers will reach the conference championship game within five years.

“Wishful thinking,” Hilliman said with a smile. “It really depends on the players. I don’t think it’ll take too long to make it a respectable team in the Big Ten. People will say, ‘We’re going to play Rutgers. We’re in for a game.’ Because right now, that’s not the case.

“Once they get rolling, I think they’ll be a force. I think they’ll be a respected team, definitely a lot more respected than they’ve been in the past in the Big Ten.”

Hilliman expects Schiano to run a “tighter ship” than Flood or Ash did.

“It’s going to be totally different from how it was,” Hilliman said. “It’s definitely going to be a tougher program — something that’s needed. Definitely a tighter ship. But I think it’s going to be something that players can appreciate once they see the fruits of the labor.

“I feel like the kids will buy in because they know that most of the history came from that coach. So it makes it easy for players to buy in when they trust what’s going on.”

Hilliman got a scholarship offer from Schiano during the 2011 season — just before Schiano left. But during December of Hilliman’s high school senior year, in 2013, he reneged on his verbal commitment, and opted for Boston College instead. Hilliman was uncomfortable with the instability at Rutgers back then.

“It was just kind of like a tornado at that time in my senior season,” he said. “I didn’t really feel comfortable with what was going down. I think if [Schiano] was there, it would’ve been more stability.”

And if Schiano had stuck around, Hilliman believes that not only he would’ve stayed committed to Rutgers, but other top Jersey players would’ve, too.

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“I feel like a lot of [negative] things wouldn’t have happened if he stayed,” Hilliman said. “I think a lot of the recruits would’ve stayed as well. It definitely would’ve been a totally different situation.”

Now, Schiano gets the chance to rebuild everything that crumbled after he left. And Hilliman can’t wait to see it.

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To kick off the final stretch of their season, the Bengals will host the Jets today in hopes to dash their three-game winning streak and achieve their first one-game win streak of the season.

Both teams have released their inactives lists. Here’s whom the Bengals will be without today:

QB Jake Dolegala

WR A.J. Green

TE Cethan Carter

TE Drew Sample

OL John Jerry

DL Anthony Zettel

CB Tory McTyer

Green (ankle) was kept out of practice again this week and obviously won’t be playing. Carter (concussion) was declared out on Friday along with Green and with Sample (ankle) out as well, this gives Mason Schreck a chance to play in his first game this season. Schreck was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad yesterday.

The surprise inactive is Jerry. After Andre Smith was waived yesterday, Jerry presumably became the primary backup at both tackle spots. With him in street clothes today, that responsibility falls onto rookie Fred Johnson.

Michael Jordan will also be starting at left guard for Billy Price. Jordan hasn’t started since Week 5.

Not listed here is Nick Vigil, who will be playing today. Vigil was originally designated as questionable with an ankle injury and was the team’s lone game-time decision. A fourth-year player, Vigil hasn’t missed a game all season and has been playing his best football over the past two weeks.

The Jets, like the Bengals, declared three players for this game on Friday. Here is their full inactives list:

RB Josh Adams

OL Chuma Edoga

LB C.J. Mosley

LB Paul Worrilow

CB Nate Hairston

CB Kyron Brown

SAF Blake Countess

Edoga (knee), Mosley (groin), and Worrilow (quad) were already declared as out last week after missing a full week of practice. The seven players the Jets had listed as questionable, including Kelvin Beachum and Demaryius Thomas, are all active for today.

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Former DMR director Bill Walker (center), his wife, Sharon and his attorney, William Kirksey, leave the federal courthouse in Jackson after Bill Walker learned he will spend the next five years in prison.

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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Bill Walker, the former head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, was sentenced to the maximum of 5 years in prison for his role in a public corruption case Monday afternoon here at the William M. Colmer Federal Building in Hattiesburg for sentencing.

Walker pleaded guilty earlier to defrauding the federal government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Walker was also ordered to pay a $125,000 fine and $572,689 in restitution. He and his family showed no reaction when the sentence was handed down.

“I am pleased that Judge Starrett took into consideration the $1.3 million identified by the State Auditor’s Office in relationship with this case, and that Bill Walker is being held accountable for his actions with DMR and the DMR Foundation,” State Auditor Stacey Pickering said in a released statement.

“Walker stole from the taxpayers of Mississippi, and this sentencing should serve as a warning to all those in positions of leadership that this type of behavior is unacceptable.”

Walker will also serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence is complete.

Walker’s wife, Sharon, told The Mississippi Press shortly after the hearing ended that the family would have no public comment. Walker’s attorney, William Kirksey, did address the media briefly outside the courthouse.

“I’m naturally disappointed with the sentence,” Kirksey said, “but I accept Judge (Keith) Starrett’s decision.

“My client did what a man would do,” Kirksey added. “He stood up and took responsibility for his actions. Now he’ll serve his time with grace and look forward to restarting his life once his sentence has ended.”

Walker has 60 days before he must turn himself in to federal authorities to begin his sentence. Restitution payments will begin immediately, with payments on the $125,00 fine to begin once restitution is complete.

The restitution amount includes $100,000 to the National Park Service and $110,000 to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — restitution for which he will share responsibility with his son.

The remaining $362,689 will be paid to the State of Mississippi.

Earlier Monday, Walker was accompanied to court by his wife, his daughter-in-law Trinity, and his son, Scott, who will learn his own fate July 23 from his guilty to plea to the same charge to which his father plead, as well as a separate fraud charge from another indictment in which he was named along with former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus.

Janus was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday and ordered to repay $180,000 to the City of D’Iberville — jointly with Scott Walker. He has 60 days to report to prison. Janus also was handed three years of post-release supervision.

After stepping out of their vehicle, Scott Walker gave his father a hug before they walked inside the courthouse.

Walker, 69, pleaded guilty March 10 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government.

Kirksey had filed a motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett to show leniency and not follow the sentencing guidelines compiled by the U.S. Attorney’s office. He also argued several points included in the Pre-sentencing report compiled by the federal probation office.

Kirksey objected to mentions of the so-called “rainy day fund,” in the report, private information relative to Scott Walker and his wife, the suicide of former DMR employee Michelle Hill and the characterization that two boats owned by the Marine Resources Foundation — administered by Bill Walker — were only for the “personal” use of Dr. Walker.

Starrett ordered the amendment of the PSR on some of Kirksey’s objections and, after testimony from an FBI forensic accountant and one of the captains of the two foundation boats, ruled that the total “loss” to the State of Mississippi as a result of Bill Walker’s actions was $1.474 million.

Although restitution had already been agreed upon during plea bargaining, the amount of loss to the state was of importance because it could have impacted the sentencing guidelines.

With Starrett’s ruling, however, the guidelines did not change. Kirksey also argued in favor of “home confinement” for his client, noting his service to the state in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and his educational achievements.

“At this point in life, I don’t think that incarceration would be the answer,” Kirksey said.

Prior to imposing sentence, Starrett noted that federal law for the crime to which Walker pleaded guilty allowed for a sentence of 70-87 months, but as part of the plea deal the maximum sentence was capped at 60 months.

Walker was initially scheduled for sentencing June 5, but Starrett granted Kirksey’s motion for a continuance.

Janus pleaded guilty in February.

According to the indictment handed down in November by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Janus and Scott Walker “did knowingly embezzle, steal and obtain by fraud” approximately $180,000 from the City of d’Iberville by submitting fraudulent invoices for consulting services by Walker’s firm, Maxwell-Walker Consulting.

The fraudulent invoices were supposedly for services based on a $3 million grant awarded to the City of D’Iberville from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

The initial indictment outlined the case against the two men and federal prosecutors said Monday they were prepared to prove in court the details of the case:

On Dec. 12, 2011, Janus sent an email to someone identified only as “C.B.” requesting an invoice for $180,000.
Three days later, Janus asked someone identified as “C.G.” to provide him with an invoice for a “finder’s fee” for the $3 million grant from the DEQ.
On Dec. 20, Walker submitted a Maxwell-Walker Consulting invoice for $180,000 to the City of D’Iberville.
That same day, Janus submitted a Docket of Claims report to the D’Iberville Mayor and City Council and also on Dec. 20 Janus had a check issued to Maxwell-Walker Consulting.
It is also alleged that Walker paid Janus unspecified amounts of money to curry favor and influence from Janus, who was the D’Iberville City Manager at the time.

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A climate change debate featuring TD Michael Healy-Rae has been deemed “awful stuff” by a former environment minister.

Former Green Party TD John Gormley hit out at RTÉ after the ‘Prime Time’ debate and claimed the Kerry TD is a “climate change sceptic”.

“Quite simply, giving a platform to those sort of views is no longer a tenable position for our national broadcaster, given that climate breakdown is our biggest challenge,” he told the Irish Independent.

Mr Healy-Rae has previously said he feels farmers are unfairly blamed for climate change and we should look at “10,000 aeroplanes in the sky”.

His brother, TD Danny Healy-Rae, has also stated that he does not “subscribe to the idea that man can influence climate”. He said: “God above is in charge of the weather, and we here can’t do anything about it.”

Mr Gormley said RTÉ should adopt a climate change reporting policy like the BBC’s. The BBC’s guidelines on “false balance” state: “To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday.”

Michael Healy-Rae defended his appearance on ‘Prime Time’, saying: “I think everyone’s entitled to an opinion. What is the point in two people sitting on a programme with the exact same ideology? It’s not a debate.”

He said he agreed with cutting down on single-use plastics and that deforestation was an issue.

RTÉ said Broadcasting Authority of Ireland guidelines state “the principle of fairness does not necessarily require that all possible opinions on a subject are addressed or that they should receive equal airtime”.

It added: “The BAI advise that covering issues of public debate should be guided by ensuring ‘equitable, proportionate coverage’.”

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QB Matt Leinhart (Heisman, Walter Camp), DT Shaun Cody, LB Matt Grootegoed, ATH Reggie Bush

Obviously, the SN voter panel does not believe in vacations. Well, do you believe in holidays, but in the cancellation of victories? Meh The Pete Carroll team in 2004 won a narrow victory over rival UCLA, and that Orange Bowl BCS game victory over Oklahoma was eliminated by the NCAA infractions committee, but our voters know what they saw. They saw Leinhart complete 65 percent of his passes for 33 touchdowns and only six interceptions. They saw the LenDale White and Reggie Bush muscular team rush for a combined total of 2,011 yards and 21 touchdowns. They saw Dwayne Jarrett catch 13 touchdowns. They saw a defense led by Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu control the opposition. They saw a team that was full of talent overwhelm their opponents.

2. 1995 Nebraska (12-0)
Scoring Offense: 53.2 ppg (No. 1)
Scoring Defense: 14.5 ppg (No. 4)
Classified victims: No. 2 Florida (62-24), No. 5 Colorado (44-21), No. 7 Kansas State (49-25), No. 9 Kansas (41-3)
Closest game: Washington State (35-21)
Biggest blowout: State of Iowa (73-14)
Consensus of all Americans: QB Tommie Frazier

Many people have argued that the 1971 Nebraska team is the best in the history of the Huskers, but should we believe that everyone in college football just got sick in 1995? Because nobody, nobody, approached the second of the three national teams of Tom Osborne. With Ahman Green and Lawrence Phillips as runners and Frazier in full command as quarterback, Nebraska averaged more than 50 points per game even though Frazier didn’t even complete 100 passes in the season. With a few inches more won in any of their dozens of games, they would have averaged 400 yards per game! 400! They finished in 399.8! They won 7 yards per attempt! That is so ridiculous that it is impossible to stop using exclamation marks! The closest a team managed to reach the Huskers throughout the season was the state of Washington, which was still two touchdowns worse than Nebraska’s overwhelming attack. They beat the teams by an average of 38.7 points per game. Frazier’s career over Florida at the Fiesta Bowl was the final confirmation of what everyone knew throughout the season: Nebraska was the best team in all college football, maybe never. Until at least six seasons later.

1. Miami of 2001 (12-0)
Scoring Offense: 42.7 ppg (No. 3)
Scoring Defense: 9.8 ppg (No. 1)
Classified victims: No. 8 Nebraska (37-14), No. 14 Syracuse (59-0), No. 15 State of Florida (49-27), No. 18 Virginia Tech (26-24), No. 19 Washington (65- 7), No. 21 Boston College (18-7)
Closest game: Virginia Tech (26-24)
Biggest blowout: Rutgers (61-0)
Consensus of all Americans: T Bryant McKinnie (Outland), S Ed Reed

The debate about the most talented teams in the history of college football begins, and probably ends, with these hurricanes. Field Marshal Ken Dorsey, despite not receiving All-American status, won the Maxwell Award. The backfield included Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Frank Gore, and Najeh Davenport was waiting for his chance. The receiving team was led by Andre Johnson. Jeremy Shockey was the initial tight end, and Kellen Winslow II was his endorsement. The defense was led by an army of future NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Ed Reed, but also Jonathan Vilma, Phillip Buchanon and youth at Sean Taylor and Antrel Rolle. Half of the teams that won finished ranked in the top 25. Interestingly, this is the only team on the list that was not Trained by a legend. This was the first season for Larry Coker, who took over after Butch Davis went to train in the NFL. Coker had been an assistant for more than two decades, and was probably not fit for the role of head coach. But he did the job that season, as anyone has. With a team as talented as yours, it would have been impossible to fail.