Connect with us

College Football

Seven LSU Underclassman Declare for the NFL Draft After Winning the National Championship

Published

on

There is nothing better in sports than going out on top, as winning a championship is always the ultimate goal.

That phenomenon is made even better when you win a championship in college and can move on to the money and fame that comes with joining the professional ranks of the NFL.

The LSU Tigers just won the College Football Playoff National Championship, opening the door for many of their underclassman to move on and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

LSU’s leading rusher, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, was the last of seven Tigers underclassman to declare for the draft on Wednesday and their is no telling if more are to come.

Edwarads-Helaire, 20, rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. The junior running back was also part of the Tigers potent passing attack, catching 55 passes for 453 yards.

LSU is also losing their leading pass-catcher, as Justin Jefferson led the team with 111 catches and is now turning pro.

Jefferson, 21, was second on the team behind sophomore Ja’Marr Chase in receiving yards and touchdowns, but still put up gaudy numbers in his own right.

By the end of the season, Jefferson racked up 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Along with their leading rusher and leading pass-catcher, LSU is going to have to replace their leading tackler as well.

Jacob Phillips led all LSU Tigers with his 113 tackles, including eight on Monday in the championship game.

Phillips is also joined by fellow inside linebacker Patrick Queen and Jim Thorpe Award winner Grant Delpit as fellow defensive players going to the NFL.

Delpit, 21, may be the highest-touted player of the bunch, as ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has him ranked as the top safety on the board and a potential top-10 pick.

Offensive lineman Llyod Cushenberry III (center) and Saahdiq Charles (left tackle) round out LSU’s underclassmen draft class as it stands right now.

Overall, this is a ton of talent that is walking out the door for LSU, leaving a lot of work to be done for the Tigers to remain on top next year.

Still, that is a small price to pay for winning a national championship. Especially in the remarkable fashion that this team rose to this season.

College Football

NFL May Play Games on Saturday if College Football is Cancelled

Published

on

Of all the professional sports leagues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has been the one best positioned to keep operations going as planned up to this point.

Due to timing, the NFL has been able to take advantage of their calendar by continuing their offseason as planned, through the use of virtual technology. Free agency took place on time, as did last week’s NFL Draft.

The league has had the luxury of time on their hands to plan for their season and plan to play games on schedule when the time comes. However the actual scheduling of the games could be different than ever before.

The chances of packing NFL stadiums with upwards of 60,000 screaming fans this fall appears to be a pipe-dream at this point. Instead the league is going to be playing games without fans and will instead need to profit solely off their television contracts.

One way to make more money through television would be to schedule games for both Saturday and Sunday, leaving more primetime slots available to be filled on networks with NFL games.

The NFL will usually hold off on scheduling any Saturday games until the end of the season, when College Football is no longer being played.

But since there is a good chance that the NCAA simply postpones this season, that opens the door for the NFL to take advantage of the hole in Saturday programming.

While the difference in playing an NFL and a college game may not seem to be that stark, the NFL is better positioned to play a season than the NCAA. The reason being that their players are adults that are getting paid, rather then kids who could be put at risk.

Also the NCAA relies more heavily on their gate at the games than the NFL does, especially when you consider the operation costs for well over 100 teams that play in college compared to the 32 in the NFL.

At this point, everyone is just trying to figure out how to get sports to resume during these uncertain times. With that being said, the NFL is sure to get a ton of viewers if they can air games all weekend starting this fall, without college to compete with.

Continue Reading

Basketball

The BIG All-Star Experience | Powered By: SLiC Studios

Published

on

2020 All-Star Weekend in Chicago was an instant classic | Powered By: SLiC Studios

Continue Reading

College Football

Superstar RB Travis Etienne Announces Return to Clemson for Senior Season

Published

on

Coming into this season, many thought it was a foregone conclusion that Clemson running back Travis Etienne was going to enter the NFL after he became eligible this year.

Etienne has been one of the best running backs in the nation over his three years at Clemson, making him a surefire top pick in the NFL Draft.

So when Etienne posted a statement to Twitter, many assumed it would be to announce the end of his Clemson career.

Instead Etienne has decided to stay at Clemson for his senior season and try to win another national championship with the Tigers.

Etienne, 20, came to Clemson in 2017 and rushed for 766 yards and 13 touchdowns. Then as a sophomore, Etienne had a breakout season that saw him rush for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns.

This season, Etienne added another dimension to his game, becoming a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield for Trevor Lawrence. Etienne had 37 catches for 432 yards, while still rushing for 1,614 yards on the ground.

Many thought that Etienne would be considered the top running back prospect in the draft, as Pro Football Focus College had him ranked as the top back in the nation this year.

Now Etienne returns to Clemson, where he hopes to win his second championship in three years, but also risks a lot in that pursuit.

As high as his stock was, there really isn’t anything Etienne can do to raise his profile more heading into next year’s draft. He is also risking injury by playing another season in college before the guaranteed money in the NFL.

Hopefully Etienne has a healthy and productive year and can still hold that level of ranking when it is time to enter the 2021 NFL Draft next year.

Continue Reading

SLiC TV