Based on the recommendations in the comments on my initial BlogPoll ballot for this week, I've made some changes. Here is the ballot that was submitted this morning.
LOS ANGELES - Senior forward Maya Moore and junior guard Tiffany Hayes have each been selected to the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 list as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Tuesday, October 5. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Moore, the 2009 Wooden Award winner and a 2008 and 2010 Wooden All American, is looking to become only the second four-time Wooden All American pick after averaging 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a year ago for the undefeated Huskies. Hayes earned a spot on the list after averaging 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2009-10. Connecticut is one of six programs to have two student-athletes honored. North Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee and Xavier are the other five.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top five players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.
The ACC and Big East each had five players named to the preseason Top 30. The Big 12, Big 10, Pac-10 and SEC each had three selections, followed by the Atlantic 10 and CAA with two, and the Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt and West Coast with one. Only three sophomores made the list: Baylor's Brittney Griner, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame.
Here's the full list: Danielle Adams, Texas A&M; Kachine Alexander, Iowa; Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee; Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Elena Delle Donne, Delaware; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame; Jasmine Dixon, UCLA; Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky; Dawn Evans, James Madison.
Brittney Griner, Baylor; Amber Harris, Xavier; Tiffany Hayes, UConn; Shenise Johnson, Miami; Jantel Lavender, Ohio State; Italee Lucas, North Carolina; Maya Moore, UConn;
Deirdre Naughton, DePaul.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford; Kayla Pedersen, Stanford; Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green; Chastity Reed, Arkansas-Little Rock.
Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee; Helena Sverrisdottir, TCU; Carolyn Swords, Boston College; Jasmine Thomas, Duke; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga
Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, Hartford Courant
The New England Patriots (3-1/2-1) put on an absolute team performance for the ages last night in Miami as they whipped the Miami Dolphins (2-2/0-2), 41-14 at Sun Life Stadium on Monday Night Football. They became the first team in NFL history to score a rushing TD, passing TD, kick off return TD, interception return TD and a blocked field goal return TD.
So where do I start?
The much maligned defense while still yielding 400 yards in offense to the Fish did start to play better. They at times, especially in the second half looked more Belichickian than they have at any point this season. While they still need to cut down on the big yardage plays (7 plays for 15 yards or more), wide open receivers and getting gashed at times in the run game they did what a Bill Belichick defense does. They created their own opportunities with timely stops and turnovers. It was far from a thing of beauty but Belichick is only interested in the end result and that is wins and championships.
Now onto the really good stuff. Defensively LB Rob Ninkovich and S Patrick Chung along with LB Jerod Mayo who made 16 tackles, 14 of them solo, were really good. Ninkovich had two first half INTs of Miami QB Chad Henne, both led to a Stephen Gustkowski field goal that cut the early Dolphins lead to 7-6 as the half expired. Chung got into the act in the second half when he blocked a punt at the Miami 15 yard line and 2 plays later BenJarvus Green-Ellis was in the end zone on a 12 yard run and a 20-7 lead.
Later in the half Chung would block a 54 yard field attempt by Dan Carpenter that Jarrod Page would swat out into the open field to Kyle Arrington who recovered it at the Miami 35 and went to the end zone untouched. Then Chung, a second year man from Oregon, would cap his night when he picked Henne at the Patriots 49 and bolted unmolested 51 yards for the games final TD and a bulging 41-14 lead.
The good times though were not limited to Mayo, Chung and Ninkovich. No another guy who is trying to build a name for himself is rookie WR/KR Brandon Tate. The speedster from North Carolina took his second kick off return of the year to the house when he opened the second half with a 103 yard run of beauty that was sprung by a punishing block from Sammy Morris at their own 15. Tate turned the corner and turned the Dolphins coverage team into dust. Moments later Chung blocked the punt and the Pats turned that into points so in a matter of 2:17 of playing time dating back to the end of the first half New England put up 17 points and turned a 7-3 deficit into a 20-7 lead before fans even settled back into their seats.
Offensively the team is a well oiled machine as they had scoring drives of 16 plays (FG); 13 plays (FG) and 12 plays (TD). Recently acquired RB Danny Woodhead continues to amaze everyone got back into the end zone for the second consecutive week with an 11 yard TD catch off a Tom Brady pass. He also added 36 yards rushing while Green-Ellis ran for 76 yards on 16 carries with a TD. Wes Welker had 8 catches for 70 yards, rookie TE Aaron Hernandez had 5 grabs for 29 yards and Brady finished 19 of 24 for 153 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs.
It was a great division win and even more importantly a huge road win. The Patriots unlike the Dolphins will go into the bye week feeling good. The Fish felt so bad they canned their special teams coach, John Bonamego today.
Patriots at Dolphins Gamebook. This includes the box score, all the stats, play by play, drive charts and more.
UConn Huskies head football coach Randy Edsall has released his depth chart for the upcoming game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday night and most of the changes reflect the current injury situations.
With running back Robbie Frey out for the next 2-3 weeks, Martin Hyppolite moves up to the No. 2 running back spot which makes you believe that D.J. Shoemate is in Edsall's doghouse. And another change we saw on Saturday due to Frey's injury is that Nick Williams takes over Frey's spot on kickoff returns.
Mike Ryan moves into the starting left tackle position while redshirt freshman Kevin Friend is the starting right tackle.Redshirt freshman Stephen Brown is listed as the backup to Friend at right tackle.
No changes at the QB1 or QB2 position and the same can be said for placekicking duties. Despite handling the kicking duties on Saturday, Dave Teggart is still in an "OR" situation with Chad Christen.
One small change is that Cole Wagner is now listed in an "OR" situation with Chad Christen for the punting duties.
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Los Angeles (October 4, 2010)-- The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. The Women's Preseason list will be released later this week.
Returning players from past Wooden Award ballots include four seniors: Duke's Kyle Singler (2009, 2010), Robbie Hummel of Purdue (2008, 2010), Kalin Lucas of Michigan State (2009, 2010) and BYU's Jimmer Fredette (2010). Singler was the MVP of the 2010 Final Four, leading the Blue Devils to the NCAA title in averaging 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds his junior season. Hummel was a 2008 and 2010 All-Big 10 selection, and also a two-time Academic All-Big 10 pick who averaged 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in 2010. Lucas is considered among the nation's top point guards after leading the Spartans in scoring (14.8 ppg) and assists (4.0 ast) during their Final Four campaign a year ago. Fredette was his team's top scorer (22.1 ppg) and playmaker (4.7 ast) and was an All-MWC player as a junior.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.
Here's the full list: Ty Abbott, Arizona State; Lavoy Allen, Temple; Kevin Anderson, Richmond; Talor Battle, Penn State; Kenny Boynton, Florida; William Buford, Ohio State; Alec Burks, Colorado; Randy Culpepper, UTEP.
Malcolm Delany, Virginia Tech; LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor; Kim English, Missouri; Corey Fisher, Villanova; Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young; Austin Freeman, Georgetown; Ashton Gibbs, Pitt
Steven Gray, Gonzaga; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Elias Harris, Gonzaga; Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall; John Henson, North Carolina; Cory Higgins, Colorado; Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
Robbie Hummel, Purdue; JaJuan Johnson, Purdue; Kris Joseph, Syracuse; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Jon Leuer, Wisconsin; Kalin Lucas, Michigan State; Shelvin Mack, Butler; Demetri McCamey, Illinois; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Marcus Morris, Kansas; Jacon Pullen, Kansas State
John Shurna, Northwestern; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State; Nolan Smith, Duke; Tracy Smith, North Carolina State; Durrell Summers, Michigan State; Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt; Isaiah Thomas, Washington; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Klay Thompson, Washington State
Joe Trapani, Boston College; Brandon Triche, Syracuse; Nikola Vucevic, USC; Kemba Walker, UConn; Derrick Williams, Arizona; Jordan Williams, Maryland; Chris Wright, Dayton
Photo credits: Hartford Courant
Next up on Baseball America's Top 20 prospect list is the Carolina League where the Boston Red Sox are represented by their Single-A affiliate the Salem Red Sox.
The Red Sox had three of their farmhands named to the Carolina League Top 20 prospect list in second baseman Oscar Tejeda who comes in at No. 8, third baseman Will Middlebrooks who comes in at lucky No. 13 and former Yale Bulldogs catcher Ryan Lavarnway who comes in at No. 17.
Tejeda was signed by the Red Sox as international free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in July of 2006 at the age of 16. He spent the 2010 season in Salem playing in 126 games where hit .307 with 11 home runs, 69 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
Middlebrooks was a 5th round choice of the Red Sox in the 2007 MLB Draft out of high school. He signed at the deadline in 2007 for $925,000. He has advanced a level in each of his first three years spending 2010 in Salem where he played in 114 games. Middlebrooks hit .276 with a 12 home runs, 70 RBIs and five stolen bases this year.
Lavarnway was the 6th round choice of the Red Sox in the 2008 MLB Draft out of Yale and was named the 2010 Red Sox co-offensive minor leaguer of the year along with Anthony Rizzo. Lavarnway spent 82 games with Salem where he hit .289 with 14 home runs, 63 RBIs and one stolen base. He was then promoted to Double-A Portland where he played in 44 games, hitting .285 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs.
Next up for Red Sox prospects will be the Eastern League Top 20 prospects when Baseball America releases them on Friday, October 8th.
During the weekly Big East Conference coaches teleconference on Monday, UConn Huskies head coach Randy Edsall announced that backup running back Robbie Frey underwent knee surgery and will be out for 2-3 weeks.
Edsall also announced that offensive tackle Jimmy Bennett will undergo hand surgery on Thursday and miss 4-5 weeks. Bennett also has a knee issue hence the reason he'll be out a little longer.
Frey didn't see any action on offense in the win over Vanderbilt but did play a little on special teams. In five games this year, Frey has 37 carries for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He also has seven kickoff returns for 149 yards and has also made five tackles on special teams, including a big one on Saturday that saved a touchdown.
You can listen to what Edsall had to say during the teleconference below.
And if you're interested in hearing what the other coaches had to say, head over to the Big East website.
Photo credit: Hartford Courant