Deion Sanders has taken the college football world by storm in just nine months as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.
After taking over a team that went 1-11 in 2022, Sanders had his team in the AP top 25 before coming back down to Earth against the Oregon Ducks in Week 4.
Following the 42-6 drubbing in Eugene, Sanders had a message for the college football world.
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“One thing I can say honestly and candidly: You better get me right now,” Sanders said in his postgame press conference. “This is the worst we going to be. You better get me right now.”
Sanders is looking to build in Boulder with the help of his two sons, Shedeur and Shilo.
While attending a Denver Broncos game after defeating Colorado State in Week 3, the elder Sanders made it clear he expects to have his two sons on the roster following the 2023 college football season.
“We kind of got into it once we came here,” Sanders said. “Shilo said, ‘Oh, wow, Shedeur, look. You’re going to be in the NFL next year.’ I said, ‘No, he ain’t.’”
“That y’all ain’t going nowhere,” Sanders responded when asked by his son Shedeur to clarify what he was trying to say.
Sanders expanded on those comments in a recent interview with USA Today, insinuating that a decision on the NFL Draft has not yet been made.
“I’m always gonna do what’s best for my kids,” Sanders said. “Let’s believe that. So whatever that entails, we’re gonna make the decision that suits them.”
The cameras are always rolling around Sanders and the Colorado program, allowing fans to gain an inside look at the conversations between Sanders and his two sons.
“A lot of times you don’t know if it’s serious or we joking,” Sanders told USA Today. “We just love to have fun. We just allow you in on our private conversations. So that’s the way we really act … We just was joking about it, but it was serious.”
Shedeur is a junior who could leave after the season, while Shilo is a graduate student with two years of eligibility remaining, according to Denver Sports.
Whether the two young players decide to be one-and-done at Colorado or return for another year, both face a tall task on Saturday when the Buffaloes welcome the No. 8 USC Trojans to Boulder.
USC is coming off a tight win over Arizona State in Week 3, dropping the Trojans three spots in The Associated Press Top 25.
Dolphins ‘Hard Knocks’ shows emotional moment Jaelan Phillips tore Achilles: ‘No f—ing way, bro!’
Miami Dolphins budding star pass rusher Jaelan Phillips was enjoying a breakout season when he entered MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets on Black Friday. But he left the field prematurely with a season-ending Achilles injury, one that was captured by HBO’s and NFL Films’ cameras for “Hard Knocks.”
As you’d expect in that moment, raw emotion was all over Phillips’ face as he came to terms with what happened on the turf in real time.
Phillips was having a great game prior to going down, securing a sack and four tackles, two of which were for losses. But he was looking to finish strong and padding those stats in what became a blowout victory for Miami.
But when he went to burst off the line of scrimmage, something Phillips said he’s done 1,000 times before, he immediately felt a pop in his right ankle. Phillips hit the deck and that’s when everything started to set in.
“I think my s— popped,” Phillips told a teammate, as he was mic’d up for the game. “My Achilles. I think my Achilles popped bro.”
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“No, no, no, you’re all right,” the teammate responded.
As Phillips laid on the turf, the Dolphins’ medical staff rushed out to see what was wrong. Watching a non-contact injury, everyone on the sideline likely feared it was something serious.
“I felt like someone f—ing shot me in my f—ing Achilles,” Phillips told a trainer. “I thought someone stepped on me. No f—ing way, bro! There’s no f—ing way.”
Phillips sat up while trainers continued to work on him, and that’s when all the emotion came pouring out of Phillips. All the hours training in the offseason, battling with teammates at camp, fighting side by side in the regular season with the hopes of winning a Super Bowl were snatched away on one play.
“Hey, you’re OK. Hey, buddy, you’re OK,” head coach Mike McDaniel said as Phillips was crying.
Phillips was placed on a medical cart with the entire Dolphins team surrounding him and showing their support. The stadium applauded Phillips as he held a towel over his eyes, still emotional about how his 2023 season came to an abrupt end.
Phillips underwent surgery to repair his Achilles on Tuesday. “Hard Knocks” showed Phillips in the Dolphins’ training room the next day, rolling around on a supportive scooter to keep his right leg off the ground. He was in better spirits, as he looked ahead, knowing he has a fantastic support system around him with rehab in the coming months.
“When I saw a clip after the game of my whole entire team surrounding me on the field, I mean, that just means everything to me,” he said. “My mom was crying on Dan Marino’s shoulder. You know, they were there for me, not just me, but my family as well.
“When this is all said and done, it’s going to make me a stronger person because of it. I’m just trying to keep that positive mindset and start to attack rehab. It’s going to be a long process, but I just know that, yeah, I’m a fighter. I’m going to keep fighting.”
Top high school football games in the Southland for regional bowls
Analyzing the top high school football state playoff games this week:
Birmingham (11-2) at Del Norte (11-2), 7:30 p.m.
The City Section Open Division champion Patriots have a lot to prove in the state playoffs. A 41-0 nonleague loss to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in August still has people wondering whether Birmingham can win games outside the City Section. Quarterback Kingston Tisdell has grown immensely, making 162 pass attempts without an interception. Former NFL linebacker Nick Barnett is in his first season as head coach at Del Norte (11-2), and he has 34 seniors to rely on, including quarterback Jack Schneider, who has 23 touchdown passes. The pick: Birmingham.
Granite Hills (12-0) at Mission Viejo (11-3), 7 p.m.
Granite Hills is the San Diego Section Open Division champion with a 21-game winning streak. Freshman quarterback Zachary Benitez has shown he’s a dual threat. Running back Max Turner has scored 16 touchdowns. The Diablos are no longer considered a young team in Week 15. They are showing how good they might be in 2024. Defensive lineman Jaden Williams has 15 sacks. The pick: Mission Viejo.
St. Bonaventure (11-3) vs. St. Augustine (10-4) at Mesa College, 6 p.m.
The Seraphs won the Southern Section Division 3 championship and have balance on offense with quarterback Anthony Wolter and running back Koen Glover. St. Augustine is a young team with an aggressive defense led by Isaiah Hasten, who has seven interceptions. Jon Class had four sacks in the San Diego Division I final. The pick: St. Bonaventure.
Iowa’s Cade McNamara takes subtle shot at former team ahead of Big Ten title game
Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Cade McNamara is in a unique position to help his team gain a little bit of an edge as the team gets set to take on No. 2 Michigan in the Big Ten Championship over the weekend.
McNamara played at Michigan for three seasons before he transferred to Iowa. He played five games for the Hawkeyes this season before suffering a devastating season-ending knee injury.
As Iowa started talking about the conference title game, McNamara surely ruffled some feathers with his words about the Wolverines.
“I think this week, specifically, I’m not just getting Deacon (Hill) ready, I’m getting the entire team, as much as I can, because I know so much about that other team that from a defensive standpoint, from an offensive standpoint, I’m just doing everything I possibly can from an entire team standpoint to just let these guys know everything that I possibly know,” he said on “Talkin’ Hawks with The VandeBergs.”
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Michigan fans took to X to express their frustration with McNamara’s comments, calling him bitter about losing his starting quarterback job to J.J. McCarthy.
However, there did not appear to be any ill-will because of that. McCarthy himself said the team had been anticipating seeing McNamara and Erick All.
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“It was obviously at the forefront of our minds at the beginning of the season to have that chance to play Cade and Erick again,” McCarthy said, via The Gazette.
Iowa finished first in the Big Ten West with a 7-2 record against conference opponents and 10-2 overall.
The Hawkeyes’ last win against Michigan came in November 2016. The Hawkeyes knocked off then No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium, 14-13. The Wolverines blew the Hawkeyes out 42-3 in the 2021 Big Ten Championship.
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