Heritage – “Bentlee Critcher said his college options included a scholarship offer from Rutgers. But when it came down to it, the former three-position Warner Christian football standout said he walked away from the scholarship in favor of a preferred walk-on opportunity with App State. His brother, Kenlee Critcher, was a defensive back with the Mountaineers in 2009-10, and Bentlee said his mother and father attended the university.”
Planning – “Add that to the news AD Tom Kleinlein broke Thursday — GSU is on the brink of signing non-conference games with North Carolina State, Navy and Georgia Tech for the 2014 season — and suddenly Eagle football hardly seems like the program that once brought a milk jug filled with Eagle Creek water to playoff games.”
Stressful – “Even though the draft was ending, McCray was at his agent’s office in Cincinnati who had been on the phone with Jacksonville personnel. Even though the Jaguars kept asking his agent if McCray’s phone was ringing, it wasn’t. That wait seemed to take forever like waiting for your turn to be rescued. “I was expecting it but once it rang it was like a relief,” McCray said.”
NOT A PARTY. He got the good news while in the QC.
Not many punters get drafted, so Sam did not have an elaborate draft party. His family got together at a sister’s house in Charlotte, which was at a convenient point from where he and his parents’ home in Fayetteville, Ga.
They watched the draft together, but Sam made it clear that he wasn’t the star of the show. He was the 32nd player drafted in the fifth round, and 165th overall.
“I made it clear to everybody that it was pretty much to watch the draft,” he said. “Not see my name.”
Nopes – ” Illinois State has been contacted by Sun Belt about a possible move from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, ISU AD Gary Friedman said. Friedman indicated the Redbirds are not interested in such a change at this time. Indiana State AD recently confirmed Sun Belt also has spoken to him, but the Sycamores are not interested.”
App State remains in the middle of the SoCon standings. Ten of its next 14 games – 15 if you count continuation of the ETSU game – are in Smith Stadium. And nine of them are SoCon games. Six are against the top two teams in the league, the ‘Whee and Elon. The trek begins today with a three-games series with Lil Sammy. Fun fact – the Mountaineers have the best home record in the league, 11-5. Give ‘em hell!
Today comes rounds 2 and 3. And with them, some big time hopes.
Demetrius McCray, a cornerback who was invited and evaluated at the NFL scouting combine in February, is rated by various draft analysts as the ASU player with the best chance to be drafted. Punter Sam Martin, running back Steven Miller and inside linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough are also considered prospects.
All expect to at least sign with teams as free agents, if they aren’t drafted, and get a chance in an NFL team camp.
Seven ASU players have been drafted over the last five years.
Quick! Name those seven! We’ll wait.
They were Corey Lynch, Dexter Jackson, Daniel Kilgore, Brian Quick, Armanti Edwards, DJ Smith and Mark LeGree.
Of those seven, only … /deep sigh … four remain on a roster – Kilgore, Smith, Quick and AE. And AE is expected, uh-gin, to have a tough time making the Panther’s squad.
Lynch remains in limbo. He’s got high hopes though.
Lynch is playing the waiting game on two fronts. He and wife Cissie are expecting their first child in late September. He is also expecting a phone call from his agent David Joseph, informing him of what both hope to be a new and lucrative NFL contract.
“He has had talks with the Giants, Redskins, Jets, Chargers,” Lynch said of Joseph.
“It has not been quiet at all. We’re just waiting for the right team.”
As for other professional, undrafted Apps, Jason Hunter is with the Raiders now. Travaris Cadet remains with the Saints. DP still listed with the Dolphins.
Lost in translation? – “If NDSU is going to win three straight FCS titles, he said, the program needs to take care of matters outside the lines. “Distractions,” Moore said. Moore said he wouldn’t have taken (Bison head coach Craig) Bohl up on his offer if Appalachian hadn’t recently announced its move to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Mountaineers will play an FCS schedule this year, but will be ineligible for postseason. In essence, they’re already in a different division than NDSU. “I wouldn’t have felt comfortable being around Appalachian people,” he said.
Packing – “The Packers have released inside LB D.J. Smith after two seasons with the team. In 2012 Smith tore his ACL in the sixth game of the season. Many considered Smith the replacement for inside LB A.J. Hawk, who has struggled the last few seasons for the Packers. However, in 2012 Hawk played very well for the majority of the year, especially after Smith went down. Smith’s agent said that the Packers told them they needed to “create some space for things that are coming.”