I’m sort of at a loss for words why Dez Bryant hasn’t been picked up but these production numbers do bring some light.
With Tony Romo at quarterback, Bryant’s 16-game totals in 2014 were 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. On 22 of his receptions, there was a gain of at least 20 yards.
The combination of the foot-ankle surgery and the Romo retirement appeared to jolt Bryant, who failed to flourish with Prescott at QB.
During the 2017 season, Bryant’s 16-game totals were 69 catches, 838 yards and only six TDs. There was a dramatic drop also in big plays. Only eight of Bryant’s receptions resulted in a gain of at least 20 yards.
Bryant was among the league’s highest-paid receivers, but wasn’t producing on the level of Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (101 catches), Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins (96) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (88). And those big plays? Those field-position-impacting plays of at least 20 yards? Brown had 27 such plays. Hopkins had 24 and Jones 23. [TulsaWorld]
ESPN looked at the top 15 rushing attacks in college football – the Pokes made the list.
15. Oklahoma State Cowboys
The graduation of quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington could mean a bigger role for running back Justice Hill. He is ready. Hill ran for 1,467 yards (5.5 average) and 15 scores in 2017, displaying notable durability for a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder. Reserve running back J.D. King (469 yards, four touchdowns) is also back for the Cowboys. [ESPN Insider]
I’m not sure there’s a better third back (outside of blue-blood depth charts) than Hubbard out there.
OSU and NCAA Notes
See what SB Nation said OSU’s NCAA 2019 rankings would be (bulletin board material for Knowles)….Enjoyed the arguments made in “Defense of Big 12 Defense“….OSU’s sweet new performing arts center is nearing completion….Sign me up for Marcus Smart as the Grindfather 2.0….How England took American football concepts for their semi-final run
The underlying concept here is fascinating – athletic eligibility being linked to an arbitrary number of four-ish years for academic reasons. Doesn’t the NCAA know Millennials take five-plus years to graduate? (Cue Chris Farley from “Tommy Boy”)
Imagine a world where there was no limit to college eligibility. Would the people who think that one should only leave college if they are a 1st round pick recommend a person play college basketball the rest of their lives?
— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) July 11, 2018
…because apparently he doesn’t fit the boy scout mold of Bobby Petrino or fifteen plus years of Rick Pitino.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 11, 2018
One of these two things surprised me.
Pretty interesting. Texas Tech has 3 players on the preseason All-Defense team (Dakota Allen, Jah’Shawn Johnson, Justus Parker). Oklahoma has none.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) July 11, 2018
If the good Lord tarries. But I wouldn’t hold my breath, Jeff.
New Kansas AD Jeff Long made the boldest statement of the day when he said that Kansas was going to win a Big 12 title — IN FOOTBALL — “someday down the road.”https://t.co/7L1J7TdmBs pic.twitter.com/wCETV9Q42r
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) July 11, 2018
OSU’s gotta Boynton a microphone more than they do.
@OSUMBB practice… 52.5 seconds left on the clock 81-79… @TDziagwa asks coaches if it’s 1st or 2nd half? @thacoachmike “If it’s ever 81-79 in the 1st half, they are gonna fire me. This is Eddie Sutton Court!” pic.twitter.com/OqwJFJCYpF
— Larry Reece (@cowboyvoice) July 10, 2018
Yesterday on PFB
- Barry Sanders received birthday wishes from the Heisman House
- I’ve enjoyed these updates from Cowboy Basketball practice – leadership thoughts here
- Good news Cowboy fans: football starts in (49) days
- Cowboys landed three football players on the all-Big 12 team
- What does N’Guessan’s departure mean for the basketball team?
Other Stuff I’m Chewing On
- Love this NBA conference realignment idea – move to North/South
- Finished this fiction read by David Baldacci – fourth in a series on a police detective who can remember everything after a traumatic football injury. A fun, easy summer read.
- Reading this on why a megachurch pastor quit to go to seminary was interesting. Quitting a successful job at 40 to go back to learn is fascinating in any field but from a faith-angle, I appreciated his humility.
A 35 percent career three-point shooter may be sub-optimal for the old Derek Fisher off-ball guard role.
Oklahoma City looking to get something for Carmelo Anthony and talking to Brooklyn about a deal, with Jeremy Lin potentially going to OKC, per sources. Nets looking to get pick(s). Want to move Lin and would buy out Melo.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 11, 2018