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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Adoree Jackson

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (NCAA) — Defense was actually the least impressive of Jackson’s multi-faceted feats in USC’s 45-27 win over Notre Dame on Saturday.

Jackson had two tackles and two pass breakups against the Irish. He also had a 52-yard touchdown catch while playing offense, a 55-yard punt return touchdown, and a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.

The junior cornerback and track star will either be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, or he’ll be a preseason pick to contend for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. And don’t be surprised if he also competes in the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials as a long jumper. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Patrick Watkins, CB, Edmonton (CFL): The former Florida State standout and five-year NFL veteran made six tackles and snatched one interception in Sunday’s 103rd edition of the Grey Cup, in which the Eskimos defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 26-20 for the championship of Canada. Watkins, one of the tallest DBs in football at 6-foot-5, helped keep the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player, 40-year-old Ottawa QB Henry Burris, from engineering a touchdown drive over the game’s final three quarters. Watkins almost had a second INT in the second quarter, when he fought with an Ottawa receiver at the goal line for a ball that was ultimately ruled incomplete.

Will Hill, SS, Ravens (NFL): As a Cleveland Browns fan, I didn’t want to give Hill this spot. And knowing my team like I do, I could’ve justified my snub by arguing that Hill didn’t actually do anything in Monday night’s 33-27 Baltimore victory, he was just a recipient of good luck … or more like a beneficiary of the Browns’ cursed horrible luck. But that would just be me being bitter. With three seconds left and the score tied, Cleveland was going for a 51-yard field goal. For most teams, this is a win-or-overtime scenario. For the Browns, they had the kick blocked by Baltimore’s Brent Urban, then the ball found its way in the hands of Hill, who ran it back 64 yards for the improbable winning touchdown. We’ve seen at least three such insane game-winning special teams plays in college football this season, but this was easily the wildest NFL finish of the year. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Steven Parker, SS, Oklahoma (NCAA): With under a minute to go in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against TCU, the Sooners were clinging to a seven-point lead before giving up a touchdown. But instead of going for the extra point and the tie, TCU went for two and the win. That’s when the sophomore Parker made the play of the day, leaping in front of Horned Frogs QB Bram Kohlhausen and knocking down a pass intended for a receiver who was open in the end zone. Parker’s perfectly-timed play preserved a 30-29 victory for Oklahoma and kept them in the national championship playoff picture.

Bene Benwikere, CB, Panthers (NFL): Still-undefeated Carolina was dang-near flawless in all facets of Sunday’s 44-16 victory over Washington. QB Cam Newton threw five touchdowns to lead the offense, while the defense forced five turnovers. Benwikere made his mark on the first play from scrimmage of the second half when he sacked Washington QB Kirk Cousins, forced a fumble and recovered the fumble all on the same play. That set the table for Newton’s fifth TD pass, and the Panthers would cruise to a 10-0 record. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Bacarri Rambo, SS, Bills (NFL): It’s fitting that defense turned the tide in Rex Ryan’s revenge date with the Jets, and Rambo was the Bills’ biggest defensive playmaker in Thursday’s 22-17 victory despite being on the field for only about 20 plays. Rambo forced a fumble by Jets KR Devin Smith that teammate Duke Williams returned for Buffalo’s first touchdown; he stripped Jets RB Chris Ivory and recovered that fumble; and he made the interception late in the fourth quarter that clinched the win for Ryan against the team that fired him.

Keon Raymond, CB, Calgary (CFL): In the first quarter of Sunday’s CFL Western Division semifinal playoff game, Raymond picked off B.C. Lions QB Jonathon Jennings and ran it back 38 yards for a touchdown, the first TD in the Stampeders’ eventual 35-9 victory. Calgary will play the Edmonton Eskimos next week for a spot in the Grey Cup. Continue reading

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Three Ottawa DBs named CFL Division All-Stars

Ottawa Redblacks' Jovon Johnson celebrates an interception against the B.C Lions with teammate Abdul Kanneh during the second half of their CFL football game in Vancouver

The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced its 2015 East and West Division All-Star selections, which includes three defensive backs from the East-leading Ottawa REDBLACKS and two DBs from the West-leading Edmonton Eskimos. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s weekend that was:

Richard Sherman, CB, Seahawks (NFL) — Just when you were ready to write Seattle off as a serious Super Bowl contender, the reigning champs churned out a pair of near-flawless defensive performances in respective 19-3 victories over NFC West rivals Arizona and San Francisco. In the Thanksgiving night win over the 49ers, Sherman had two interceptions; one that set up the game’s only touchdown, and another that ended one of the few San Francisco drives in which they appeared to have a chance at sniffing the end zone.

Branden Leston, S, Western Kentucky (NCAA) — The redshirt sophomore recorded eight tackles and intercepted Heisman-contending QB Rakeem Cato three times in the Hilltoppers’ 67-66 overtime upset of nationally-ranked Marshall on Saturday. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Delvin Breaux, CB, Hamilton (CFL) — The Tiger-Cats are going to the Grey Cup, due in large part to Breaux’s performance in Sunday’s 40-24 win over Montreal in the Canadian Football League’s Eastern Final. In addition to holding Duron Carter, the CFL’s third-leading receiver during the regular season, to just three receptions for 25 yards, Breaux also had one of Hamilton’s three interceptions against Alouettes QB Jonathan Crompton.

Marcus Gilchrist, SS, Chargers (NFL) — His interception at the goal line with 56 seconds to go saved the day in San Diego’s 27-24 win over St. Louis on Sunday. It was especially important for Gilchrist because about a minute before that play, he’d given up the touchdown that cut the Chargers’ lead to three. Gilchrist finished with seven tackles to go with the pick. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State (NCAA) — The sophomore safety was just as clutch as superstar QB Jameis Winston during the Seminoles’ 30-26 comeback win over Miami, making big plays all over the field in the second half. Ramsey finished with three tackles, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and the victory-sealing interception with under a minute to go.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Buccaneers (NFL) — Banks facilitated a turnover on the game’s first play from scrimmage when his hit separated Washington receiver Niles Paul from the ball, which was intercepted by Tampa Bay linebacker Danny Lansanah. Later in the first quarter of the Bucs’ eventual 27-7 win, Banks snagged a deflected pass for an interception of his own, which he returned for a touchdown after trucking Washington QB Robert Griffin III near the goal line. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s weekend that was:

Morgan Burns, CB, Kansas State (NCAA) — After his defense allowed Oklahoma State to easily march down the field and score on the opening possession of Saturday’s game, Burns took matters into his own hands on special teams. His 86-yard kickoff return began a barrage of 45 unanswered points by the Wildcats in what would be a 48-14 victory. Burns, a junior cornerback, also had six tackles.

Arizona Cardinals (NFL) — So what if they did it against Brandon Weeden and not Tony Romo? The Cards’ secondary was the difference in Sunday’s 28-17 win over the Cowboys. Safety Tyrann Mathieu had a third-quarter interception in the red zone that prevented Dallas from getting a go-ahead score; cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s fourth-quarter INT set up the Arizona TD that essentially sealed the victory; and cornerback Patrick Peterson was the man primarily responsible for holding Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryan to just two catches for 15 yards. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma (NCAA) — The Sooners are competing for a spot in college football’s first-ever national championship playoffs. The Longhorns are just trying to rediscover what it’s like to be competitive as they undergo a rebuilding process. This year’s Red River Rivalry game wasn’t supposed to be close, and after Sanchez’s 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter gave OU a 17-3 lead on Saturday, it was looking like the blowout everybody predicted. Texas came back to make it a game in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma was able to hang on for a 31-26 victory. Sanchez, a redshirt sophomore who added eight tackles and three pass breakups, now has one INT in each of Oklahoma’s five wins this season. In the one game in which he didn’t get a pick, the Sooners lost to TCU. Continue reading

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