In an extensive interview with Matt Hayes at Bleacher Report Clemson quarterback and preseason Heisman Trophy favorite Deshaun Watson claims he wants to be the next franchise quarterback for his hometown Atlanta Falcons.
"Hayes: If you had your choice, where would you play in the NFL?
Watson: If I'm fortunate enough to play in the NFL, anywhere for anybody would be great. But if I had to pick, it would be the hometown [Atlanta] Falcons because I used to work for them. I was one of the kids who sold Cokes in the stadium. It was a lot of fun being around that environment, watching games and visualizing being there when I got older.
But I guess it will be a new stadium next year, so no more dreams of playing in the Georgia Dome for the Falcons. I don't think there would be any pressure playing for my hometown team. It would be fun. I'd just do the same thing I did before and build on it."
You got my attention dear Watson.
As an Atlanta Falcons fan I can only dream of seeing the hometown guy come back to the team he once worked for as a kid and throw winning touchdowns to the great Julio Jones in a Falcons helmet. But like all dreams the reality is the Falcons have a QB right now in Matt Ryan whom they are paying a lot of money. They will also probably need the #1 overall draft pick to get Watson. In other words it's not likely to happen. In order for the Falcons to get Watson they would have to tank the season (it's possible with their difficult schedule) and hope they luck out with other teams not being so shitty to get #1 overall pick. Then they would have to trade Ryan because you can't have two franchise quarterbacks on the same roster. I just don't see a lot of teams vying to get Ryan who has as many career playoff wins as Tim Tebow.
In other words it's a pipe dream. But as a Falcons fan it's great to actually hear someone say they want to strap on the Dirty Birds gear and play in the new stadium. To top it all off it's arguably the best player in college football right now. Man if only dreams could come true it would be great to wake up and see Deshaun Watson throwing seeds in the black and red.
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh was not a happy camper and stormed out of a press conference when media members asked about the suspensions of two of his players. Harbaugh who is known, how do I say politely, "odd" at times went into a bit of a silent rage when questioned about the status of Shelton Johnson and Ahmir Mitchell. Both players have been suspended but Harbaugh did not even want to name their names or reasons why they were suspended. You can't fault the Ann Arbor media for doing their job.
Here is video of the incident. You be the judge.
Man I feel genuinely awful for Georgia State football right now. They are going to receive a royal ass kicking on September 10th when they face Air Force in these killer Sharktooth helmets.
Count me 100% in. I didn't even need Darth Vader at the end but that just put the cherry on top of goosebump city. December can't get here fast enough.
WatchND's Jack Nolan talked with Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterback's coach Mike Sanford about the on going battle for the starting quarterback position in fall camp yesterday.
What we learned from Sanford is between Deshone Kizer and Malik Zaire the offense can virtually remain the same no matter who is behind center. This is a great thing in terms of running the offense crisply even if one of the two goes down with an injury. The coaching staff feels like the experience from both players should be a huge advantage but they need to work with their receivers who are on the opposite side of the experience spectrum.
The receivers are very young but extremely talented and whichever QB can get on the same page with them during fall camp will win the starting job according to Sanford.
College Football week 1 betting lines are already out. Here are some games I'm going heavy on to get the ball rolling for early Christmas shopping aka filling up the SportsCrack Pub with booze and victory cigars.
Georgia Tech (-3) vs Boston College in Dublin - Last year was a disastrous season for Justin Thomas and the Yellow Jackets. Big expectations were thrown on Paul Johnson and his crew because of an 11 win 2014 season. Now everyone thinks they suck because they went 3-9. They are playing an awful Boston College team in Dublin and since I've been to Dublin to watch college football (ND vs Navy 2012) I'm 100% confident the Yellow Jackets run all over the Golden Eagles. GT covers big!
Houston (+10) vs Oklahoma - How in the world is Houston at home a double digit underdog? This game will be close and right now I'm leaning on Tom Herman and his Cougars for the down right win. 10 points is way too much. Oklahoma is a tad overrated going into this season anyways. Houston as the homedog!
Wisconsin (+10) vs LSU at Lambeau Field - While it's not on their homefield you know Wisconsin is going to play their asses off on Lambeau Field. It's basically a home game for them and SEC teams don't travel well north of the Mason Dixie line. Leonard Fournette will have a big game and I think LSU wins a close one but you gotta take Wisconsin as the double digit dog here!
USC (+10.5) vs Bama at JerryWorld - In terms of pure talent USC with maybe the exception of LSU might be the only team that can match up with Bama athletically on their schedule. Everyone has been talking about how Bama is going to blow out the Trojans in Dallas but I don't see it. I think USC gives them a run for their Nick Saban bail money. Take FUSC as the dog!
Notre Dame (-4.5) at Texas - Last year ND throttled Texas 38-3. This year they return a seasoned QB (Deshone Kizer or Malik Zaire it won't matter) going into Austin vs a true freshman QB for the Horns. Charlie Strong is already fighting like mad to keep his job but this result will not help. ND beats Texas and wins big!
Ole Miss (+6) vs FSU in Orlando - For some reason and it's really the only reason I can't shake how bad FSU got beat by Houston in the Peach Bowl. I also can't forget how Ole Miss has beaten Bama the last two seasons. The Rebels match up well here with the Criminoles and will be sending in Swag Kelly to face a likely first time starter in Deondre Francois. I'm betting my money on Kelly to get the job done. Ole Miss wins a close one!
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