Nine Razorbacks to be honored at 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor

Nine Razorbacks to be honored at 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor

Posted on 15 June 2015 by Allen

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A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2015 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of consensus football All-Americans, one of the top rebounders in school history, two NCAA championship divers, a women’s track and field star and one of the most decorated men’s track and field stars in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field.
The 2015 class includes former Razorback football greats Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men’s basketball star Derek Hood, baseball standout Mike Loggins, divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women’s track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men’s track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton. The 2015 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.

“We are proud to announce the inductees for the 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “This year’s class includes nine outstanding Razorback student-athletes who competed in seven different programs at the University of Arkansas in careers spanning four decades. Being selected by your peers for induction into the UA Sports Hall of Honor is the highest honor any Razorback student-athlete can receive from the A Club. We look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend this September.”

The 2015 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 3-5. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

2015 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees
Steve Korte
Lettered in football in 1981 and 1982. Earned Consensus All-America honors as an offensive guard as a senior in 1982 helping Arkansas rush for more than 2,300 yards and 22 touchdowns. Korte was the fourth offensive guard in UA history to earn All-America honors. He was selected to All-America teams by the Associated Press, UPI and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) among others. As a senior, he helped lead the Razorbacks to a 9-2-1- record and a win over Florida in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Arkansas finished ranked No. 8 in the UPI poll that season. Was a consensus All-SWC selection in both 1981 and 1982 helping the Razorbacks to a 17-6-1 record in those two seasons. Known for his exceptional strength, he bench-pressed 585 pounds during his time in Fayetteville. He was selected to the Senior Bowl following his Razorback career. Korte was selected as the No. 38 overall pick in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played eight seasons as a center and offensive guard with the Saints (1983-90). He played 83 career games with 63 career starts. Korte was a member of the UA All-Century Team and the UA all-Decade Team for the 1980′s.

Kendall Trainor
One of the best placekickers in Razorback history, he was a consensus first-team All-America selection in 1988. A former walk-on, Trainor led the nation with an average of 2.18 field goals made per game in helping lead the Razorbacks to a Southwest Conference championship. Trainor holds multiple school records including the record for most field goals made in a season, splitting the uprights 24 of 27 times, and made field goals in a game (5-5) against TCU and Texas A & M. He made 24 consecutive field goals, one short of the national record, in his senior season. For his career, Trainor hit 51 of 69 field goals attempts for a .739 percentage. He scored 264 career points as a kicker and also punted for the Razorbacks during his career. As a freshman, he converted a 37-yard field goal with less than a minute to play to give Arkansas an 18-17 win over Arizona State in the 1985 Holiday Bowl. Trainor also was a three-year baseball letterman including helping the Hogs to the 1987 College World Series. He was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1989 NFL Draft. He also spent time with Sacramento and the New York/New Jersey franchises in the World League of American Football.

Derek Hood
A four-year letterwinner from 1996-99, Derek Hood was one of the most prolific rebounders in Arkansas history. A second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer by both the Associated Press and SEC Coaches in 1999 and third-team player in 1997, Hood is one of only two players in school history to score 1,000 points and collect 1,000 rebounds, finishing just 13 boards shy of Sidney Moncrief’s record. He led the SEC in rebounding average two times, 1999 and 1997, and the league in field goal percentage as a senior. He is the only player in program history since 1975 to average double figure rebounds in a season with 10.3 caroms per game in 1998-99, a year in which he also set the Arkansas single-season record for overall rebounds (349) and rebounds in SEC action (152). Hood’s 10.3 rebounds per game in 1998-99 were bolstered by a program record six-game double-double streak that included all three games of Arkansas’ run to the SEC title game. The 1999 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District player in 1999 concluded his career averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for teams that went to three NCAA Tournaments and the NIT Final Four.

Mike Loggins
An All-American outfielder for the Razorbacks, Loggins played for Arkansas head coach Norm DeBriyn from 1983-85. Loggins was named an All-American in 1995 and earned All-Southwest Conference honors in both 1984 and 1985. He also earned All-SWC Tournament honors in 1985. The Crossett, Ark., native was key offensive contributor for the Razorbacks while patrolling the outfield at George Cole Field. He finished his career with a .335 batting average, 159 hits, 261 total bases, 132 runs, 108 RBIs and 19 home runs. By the time his Razorback career concluded, he ranked tied for second in career stolen bases (41) and had a spot in the career top 10 school record book in almost every offensive category. He led the team with 15 stolen bases in 1985. He also posted a .358 average and 11 home runs and 61 RBI that season. In 1984, he tallied a .325 batting average, including .379 in conference play, with seven home runs, 31 RBI and 14 stolen bases. As a true freshman in 1983, he hit .301 with one home run, 16 RBI and 12 stolen bases. While he was a Razorback, Loggins competed for the United States at the World Baseball Championships in Cuba. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1985 draft and played seven seasons in professional baseball.

Ron Meyer
The only four-time All-American in Razorback men’s swimming and diving history, Ron Meyer stands alone as the most accomplished diver in the history of the University of Arkansas. Meyer earned All-America honors in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985. Meyer won NCAA titles in both the one and three-meter diving events at the 1985 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Meyer was the NCAA champion on the three-meter with 606.7 points, winning the title by a hundredth of a point. He also won the one-meter competition with a score of 548.10 points.

Niall Bruton
Bruton lettered from 1991-94 at the University of Arkansas and was a three-time NCAA Champion during his career with the Razorbacks. The Dublin, Ireland native was an 11-time All-American, earning All-America honors in each of his four years competing for Arkansas. He won back-to-back NCAA championships in the indoor mile in 1993 (4:00.05) and 1994 (3:59.34). Bruton ran on the indoor distance medley relay team that won with a time of 9:30.07 at the 1994 NCAA Championships. Bruton was a four-time SEC Champion with victories in the mile (1992 Indoor), 1,500 Meters, 5,000-Meters (1993 Outdoor) and as member of the Distance Medley Relay Team (1994 Indoor). Bruton also captured an NCAA Regional Cross Country Individual title in 1993 on the way to leading the Razorbacks to a NCAA Cross Country Championship. During his tenure, Bruton helped lead the Razorbacks to a combined 11 NCAA Championships and 12 SEC team titles. In addition, Bruton won three Irish 1,500-Meters titles and won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He posted a personal best of three minutes and 53 seconds in the mile. Bruton represented his home country, Ireland, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.

Deedee Brown-Campbell
A member of the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team from 1999-2002, Brown-Campbell was a two-time All- American and is the former school record holder in the pentathlon. During her time on campus, Brown-Campbell was a three-time SEC individual champion (2000 SEC indoor – distance-medley relay, 2000 SEC outdoor – heptathlon, 2002 SEC indoor – pentathlon) and helped lead the Razorbacks to four SEC team titles. Brown-Campbell later went on to work for Razorback Athletics was the first female African-American to be promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in the former Women’s Athletics Department. When the athletic departments combined, Brown-Campbell continued to serve as an Associate Director of Academic Support and became the first Coordinator of Athletic Diversity Initiatives for the Razorbacks. She now works with intercollegiate athletics at Baylor University as Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services.

Robin Ford
An NCAA champion, Ford was a member of the Razorback diving team from 1983-85 under the direction of diving coach Donnie Craine. While at Arkansas, Ford became the first female diver to claim an NCAA title when she captured the three-meter title with a mark of 482.45 at the 1985 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Metairie, La., native also finished earned another top-10 finish in the same championship meet by placing ninth in the one-meter competition (415.65). Ford received All-America accolades for her efforts at the NCAA meet and helped the Hogs to their best team finish in history. She also captured the NCAA Zone diving title that year, leading up to her national title. Ford first made an NCAA appearance at the 1983 championship meet finishing 16th in the three-meter competition

Lynn Garner
Lynn Garner lettered for the Razorbacks from 1967-69 and was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection as a junior. He collected 330 tackles, a number that was third in school history at the time and is still tied for 10th on Arkansas’ career list. During his career the Razorbacks were 23-8-1 and claimed the 1968 SWC championship with a 10-1 record. The 1968 team was ranked No. 6 in the final AP poll after defeating No. 4 Georgia 16-2 in the 1969 Sugar Bowl, a victory helped by Garner forcing a goal-line fumble to preserve a 10-2 lead in the third quarter. The 1969 team finished the year 9-2, earned a return trip to the Sugar Bowl and was ranked No. 7 in the final poll. As a sophomore, he led the team with 110 tackles and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries. His 125 tackles as a junior included 19 in a 35-29 win vs. SMU, which was tied for the sixth-highest single-game tackles total by a Razorback. In his senior season, he collected 95 tackles while performing on a defense that led the NCAA by allowing just 7.6 points per game.

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Three Gamecocks Recognized by Athlon Magazine

Posted on 15 June 2015 by Allen

Three University of South Carolina football players have been recognized by Athlon magazine as preseason All-SEC honorees.

Junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper earned a spot on both Athon’s preseason first-team All-SEC and All-America teams as an all-purpose performer. Cooper, a 5-11, 208-pounder from Havelock, N.C., garnered first-team All-SEC honors a year ago after finishing third in the conference in receptions with 69, and second in receiving yards with 1,136. A member of the 2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, Cooper looks to extend the Gamecocks’ streak of a first-team All-American to seven-consecutive years, following Eric Norwood (2009), Alshon Jeffery (2010), Melvin Ingram (2011), Jadevon Clowney (2012 and ’13), Kelcy Quarles (2013) and A.J. Cann (2014).

Junior linebacker Skai Moore was named to Athlon’s preseason third-team All-SEC unit. Moore, a 6-2, 218-pounder from Cooper City, Fla., has led Carolina in tackles in each of the last two years, becoming the first player to lead the team in back-to-back seasons since Emanuel Cook in 2007 and ’08. In 25 games including 13 starts, Moore has registered 149 tackles and seven interceptions.

Junior placekicker Elliott Fry also earned a spot on Athlon’s preseason third-team squad as a specialist. Fry, a 6-0, 158-pounder from Frisco, Texas, earned second-team All-SEC accolades from the SEC coaches a season ago after connecting on 18-of-25 field goal attempts and all 51 extra points to lead the team in scoring with 105 points. A candidate for the Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker, Fry ranks fourth in school history in points scored with 204 and has converted a school record 99 consecutive PATs. He was a member of the 2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

The Gamecocks will open the 2015 season against North Carolina in Charlotte on Thursday, September 3. Tickets to that contest are on sale now.

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Janet Harris Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall Of Fame

Janet Harris Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall Of Fame

Posted on 14 June 2015 by Allen

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Janet Harris, who helped bring Georgia Lady Bulldog Basketball to national prominence in the early-1980s, was officially enshrined into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Tennessee Theatre on Saturday night.

In an emotional acceptance speech Harris told the story of how she used sports to overcome asthma and develop into one of the best players in the world. Part of that journey included taking a chance on a relatively obscure college program at Georgia.

“Everyone thought I was crazy,” Harris joked. “Everyone thought I had lost my mind. ‘You could go anywhere. Why did you choose Georgia? We haven’t heard of that place,’ they said. ‘Oh, you will!’ I told them. I was on a mission to prove everyone wrong and after a year or two, they all knew about us.”

Harris concluded her remarks by thanking both Andy Landers and Dorothy Gaters, her coach at John Marshall High School in Chicago who also is a member of the Hall of Game.

“I want to say this to both Coach Landers and Coach Gaters,” Harris said. “When you plant in someone it has to be nurtured to grow. I know it was hard with me in the beginning but I sprouted. I want both of you to know I have blossomed because of you.”

In addition to Landers, several of her former Lady Bulldog teammates were in attendance Saturday. Teresa Edwards, Susie Gardner, Wanda Holloway, Rhonda Malone and Lisa O’Connor traveled to Knoxville, as did former assistant coach John Sewell and sports information director Norm Reilly.

Harris was one of the first truly great players in the “modern era” of women’s basketball. She was the nation’s top-rated prep prospect in 1981 when she chose to attend Georgia. Harris arrived in Athens in the fall of 1981, the same season that intercollegiate women’s athletics moved from being governed by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Harris went on to become the first women’s basketball player in NCAA history to record 2,500 points and 1,250 rebounds. She finished her career with 2,641 points and 1,398 rebounds. Those tallies remain as the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time records by a wide margin three decades later despite a long list of UGA All-Americans who have tried to match them.

Many of those All-Americans might not have considered Georgia if the program possessed the stature it did when Harris chose to become a Lady Bulldog.

“When Janet got to Georgia, Janet was better than our basketball team,” Landers said. “Janet Harris was the first great power player under the NCAA and one of the greatest power players of all time. Her numbers are such that, 30 years later, not one of our players has been able to seriously challenge them and only a handful of players in the entire country have matched them. Janet Harris was our first great player and she made it cool for other great players to come to Georgia.”

As a freshman, Harris averaged 22.4 points and 12.4 rebounds as a freshman in 1981-82. In a true testament to her team mentality, those numbers actually dipped slightly through the rest of her career as the aforementioned “great players” such as Edwards and Katrina McClain joined her in Athens.

Still, Harris is the only player in Georgia history to average a career double-double (20.2 points and 10.7 rebounds). She is one of only three SEC players to average 20.0 points and 10.0 boards for her career. A four-time All-American, Harris set an NCAA record with 78 career double-doubles in 131 games played and still ranks No. 6 among NCAA career leaders.

Georgia’s team accomplishments mirrored those of Harris’ individual accolades. The Lady Bulldogs earned a bid to the first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1982, captured their first SEC Championship and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1983, won a second SEC title in 1984 and finished as NCAA runner-up in 1985. Georgia compiled a 107-24 (.817) record during Harris’ career.

Harris became Georgia’s fourth representative in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. McClain was inducted in 2006, followed by Landers in 2007 and Edwards in 2010. Enshrined with Harris on Saturday were players Janeth Arcain and Lisa Leslie and coaches Kurt Budke (posthumously), Gail Goestenkors and Brad Smith.

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Park leaves Georgia

Park leaves Georgia

Posted on 12 June 2015 by Allen

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University of Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Park has decided to transfer to another institution according to UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“We’ve had conversations during which we discussed all the viewpoints,” said Richt. “In the end, he feels like the opportunity for significant playing time would be better at another school. I can understand his decision, and we¹ll support him in finding a good fit at another institution.”

“I want to thank Coach Richt and Georgia for the experience I’ve had in Athens,” said Park. “I’m grateful for the opportunity but now look forward to what’s next in my college career.”

A native of Goose Creek, S.C., and graduate of Stratford High School, he worked mostly with the scout team in 2014 as a true freshman. Park was a four star QB out of Goose Creek, South Carolina who had offers from Alabama, Florida State, and Tennessee among other schools.

Once it was clear that Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta were #1 and #2 on the depth chart and former Virginia starting QB Greyson Lambert announced he was coming to Athens to play Park became the odd man out. With Jacob Eason and Bailey Hockman committed for 2016 Park really had no other option. It’s not clear just where he will go but Park will have four years of eligibility left. It goes without saying that Coach Richt won’t allow him to go to anther SEC school.

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Cox drafted by Oakland in 37th round of MLB Draft

Cox drafted by Oakland in 37th round of MLB Draft

Posted on 12 June 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee left-handed pitcher Andy Cox was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round (1,118th overall) of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 2015, the left-handed junior appeared in 21 games (seven starts) for the Vols, going 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA, three saves and 63 strikeouts over 67.0 innings of work. After beginning the year as a member of the Vols’ bullpen, Cox started a career-high seven games for UT in the second half of the season.

As a sophomore in 2014, Cox finished the season with a 5-1 record and a 2.44 ERA, including a team-leading 70 strikeouts. In his freshman campaign, he tied for a team-high 21 appearances with a 2-2 record and 5.29 ERA.

Over 69 career appearances, including 19 starts, Cox owns a 10-6 record with a 3.47 ERA, six saves and 164 strikeouts in 192.0 innings pitched.

Cox’s career honors include being named a finalist to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award and 2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award lists.

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7 Bulldogs Selected During 2015 MLB Draft

7 Bulldogs Selected During 2015 MLB Draft

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Allen

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A total of seven Georgia Bulldogs were selected during the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft that featured 40 rounds and concluded Wednesday.

Georgia had five pitchers and two position players selected in the 40-round draft. It marked the most draft picks by the Bulldogs since 2011 when seven heard their name called.

The Bulldogs among the 1,215 players selected in this year’s draft were pitchers Ryan Lawlor (Atlanta Braves, 8th round), Sean McLaughlin (Atlanta Braves, 19th round) and Jared Cheek (Chicago Cubs, 21st round), catcher Zack Bowers (San Francisco Giants, 24th round), pitchers Taylor Hicks (Detroit Tigers, 26th round) and David Sosebee (N.Y. Yankees, 28th round) and first baseman Jared Walsh (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 39th round). Cheek, Hicks and Walsh were seniors this year while Lawlor, McLaughlin, Bowers and Sosebee were juniors.

McLaughlin and Sosebee were the only two Bulldogs among the seven who had been drafted earlier in their career, both after their senior year of high school. In 2011, the Red Sox selected Sosebee in the 48th round, while in 2012, the Braves drafted McLaughlin in the 38th round.

Additionally, two Bulldog baseball signees and one Georgia football signee were drafted this year. Pitcher Dakota Chalmers (North Forsyth HS, Gainesville, Ga.) was a third round pick of Oakland while outfielder Chad Smith (South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.) was a fifth round selection of Texas. Bulldog football signee Terry Godwin, a 5-11, 170-pound wide receiver out of Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., was drafted as an outfielder by the Braves in the 33rd round.

The signing deadline for underclassmen selected in the 2015 draft is July 15. With three seniors among the Bulldogs drafted, Georgia will extend its streak to 43 seasons of having at least one player sign a professional contract. A total of 37 former Bulldogs have reached the Major Leagues.

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Sosebee drafted by Yankees

Sosebee drafted by Yankees

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Allen

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Georgia pitcher David Sosebee has been selected by the New York Yankees in the 28th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

As a redshirt junior in 2015, Sosebee posted a 4-3 record and 2.98 ERA in 11 appearances including eight starts. In 54.1 innings, he had 21 walks and 55 strikeouts. This past season, his signature wins included beating No. 8 Florida, No. 11 Florida State and No. 20 Arkansas.

A 6-2, 221-pound native of Cleveland, Ga., Sosebee is 7-8 with a 3.42 ERA and 1 save in his Bulldog career. A three-year letterman, he has appeared in 37 games with 21 starts, covering a span of 129 innings.

Sosebee is the sixth Bulldog to be selected in the 2015 MLB draft, joining pitchers Ryan Lawlor (Atlanta Braves, 8th round), Sean McLaughlin (Atlanta Braves, 19th round), Jared Cheek (Chicago Cubs, 21st round), catcher Zack Bowers (San Francisco Giants, 24th round) and pitcher Taylor Hicks (Detroit Tigers, 26th round). A pair of Bulldog signees have been selected in this year’s draft too. Pitcher Dakota Chalmers (North Forsyth HS, Gainesville, Ga.) was a third round pick of Oakland while outfielder Chad Smith (South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.) was a fifth round selection of Texas.

For 42 straight seasons, Georgia has had at least one player sign a professional contract. A total of 37 former Bulldogs have reached the Major Leagues.

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Lawlor Drafted In 8th Round By Atlanta Braves

Lawlor Drafted In 8th Round By Atlanta Braves

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Allen

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Georgia pitcher Ryan Lawlor has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

As a junior in 2015, Lawlor posted a 5-7 record and 3.67 ERA in 14 appearances, all starts. He pitched 73.2 innings with 84 strikeouts, both team-highs, and walked only 33. Lawlor, a 6-1, 180-pound native of Savannah, Ga., registered wins over No. 11 Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Eastern Illinois this past season for the Bulldogs. In his two-year Bulldog career, he is 9-13 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 games, all starts.

The MLB draft began with the first two rounds Monday. Tuesday’s schedule features rounds three through 10 and concludes Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40. The signing deadline for underclassmen selected in the 2015 draft is July 15.

Georgia has had a string of 42 straight seasons with at least one player signing a professional contract. A total of 37 former Bulldogs have reached the Major Leagues.

Also earlier Tuesday, a pair of Bulldog signees were selected in the draft. Pitcher Dakota Chalmers (North Forsyth HS, Gainesville, Ga.) was a third round pick of Oakland while outfielder Chad Smith (South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.) was a fifth round selection of Texas.

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Three Commodores Drafted in 1st Round of 2015 MLB Draft

Three Commodores Drafted in 1st Round of 2015 MLB Draft

Posted on 09 June 2015 by Allen

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After defeating Illinois yesterday in the Super Regional Vanderbilt had more to celebrate. Three players were picked in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Dansby Swanson was the first overall pick going to Arizona. The Diamondbacks drafted the shortstop at #1. Swanson hit 15 homers and was thought to be one of the top prospects in college.

Carson Fulmer went #8 to the Chicago White Sox. Fulmer was 13-2 this year with a 1.82 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 114 innings at Vandy.

Walker Buehler was drafted 24th by the Dodgers. The right handed pitcher had 81 strikeouts this year and had an ERA of 2.97.

The trio are due for a big pay day but there is still work to do. Vanderbilt played Cal State Fullerton Sunday in Omaha in the College World Series.

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Benintendi Selected No. 7 Overall by Boston Red Sox

Benintendi Selected No. 7 Overall by Boston Red Sox

Posted on 08 June 2015 by Allen

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Sophomore outfielder Andrew Benintendi became the eighth first-round pick in program history Monday evening when he was selected seventh overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Benintendi becomes the third-highest MLB draft pick in school history, behind Jeff King going No. 1 overall in 1986 and Kevin McReynolds at No. 6 overall in 1981.

A native of Cincinnati, Benintendi is the first SEC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year in program history, cementing himself as one of the top players in the long list of legends to play at the University of Arkansas.

Benintendi is on the brink of becoming the third player in SEC history to lead the league in home runs and batting average, currently leading the league by one home run and holding a five-point edge in batting average. He would join Rafael Palmeiro (Miss State in ’84) and Jeff Abbott (UK in ’94) as the only players in conference history to accomplish the feat.

The slugger is not only tied for the national lead in home runs with 19, but is also on pace to post the highest batting average at Arkansas since Zack Cox set the record at .429 during the 2010 season.

Already named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, Benintendi is also up for the two biggest awards in the game, as one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and one of five remaining candidates for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Benintendi will continue his Arkansas legacy this weekend as the Razorbacks are making their eighth trip to the College World Series, where they will take on Virginia in the opening game.

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Mississippi State, UMass Agree To Three-Game Football Series

Mississippi State, UMass Agree To Three-Game Football Series

Posted on 08 June 2015 by Allen

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Mississippi State and UMass announced a three-game football series Monday, featuring two contests at MSU’s Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville and a third at Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

The first game will be played Sept. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass., a date that opened up on the Bulldogs’ schedule when Tulane backed out of a longstanding agreement last month. UMass will make return trips to Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville on Sept. 23, 2017 and Oct. 17, 2020.

“We appreciate UMass working with us on short notice,” said MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “Bulldog fans will get the opportunity to travel to a great part of the country, while watching us play in an NFL stadium for the sixth time in seven years.

“This series allows MSU to fill an immediate gap in our 2016 schedule, while securing home games in 2017 and 2020 so the Bulldogs can play seven home games those seasons.”

The 2016 game will be MSU’s first in the Northeast since defeating Syracuse, 24-17, on Sept. 6, 1986. It will be the first meeting between the two programs in football and the Bulldogs’ 10th game in a current NFL venue dating back to the 1992 Peach Bowl.

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Grady transfers to Florida

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Grady transfers to Florida

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Allen

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Former Vanderbilt QB/wide receiver Josh Grady is headed to Gainesville, FL to finish out his college career. Grady is a graduate transfer and will have one season of eligibility to play for the Gators this year.

The former Commodore won’t likely start for Florida. Grady has most likely been brought in to give the Gators some depth at quarterback should something happen to Treon Harris.

Grady didn’t see much time under center in Nashville. Lost in the shuffle behind Jordan Rodgers, Austyn Carta-Samuels, Patton Robinette, and Johnny McCrary he decided to move to wide receiver for 2014 but didn’t see a lot of the field. Now the Florida native can go back home and have a shot at helping first year coach Jim McElwain rebuild the program in Gainesville.

Vanderbilt will travel to Florida on Nov. 7th in what will be an interesting game for Grady.

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Josh Cardiello To Transfer from UGA

Josh Cardiello To Transfer from UGA

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Allen

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University of Georgia redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Josh Cardiello will transfer to UT Chattanooga looking for more playing opportunity according to an announcement Friday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“Josh and I have discussed his situation,” said Richt. “He likes Georgia but felt it would be in his best interest to transfer in order to have a better opportunity for playing time. I certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best.”

“I want to thank Coach Richt for everything that he’s done for me,” Cardiello said. “I feel that this is the best situation for me to excel in all aspects of athletics and academics. I wish nothing but the best to everyone at UGA and hope they have a great season.”

Cardiello, a graduate of Buford High School, was redshirted in 2013 and played in one game in 2014.

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McKinney Earns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Honors

McKinney Earns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Honors

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Allen

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Starting pitcher Keaton McKinney picked up another postseason honor Thursday morning, earning Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

A day before Arkansas embarks on its sixth Super Regional appearance, McKinney becomes the 18th Freshman All-American in program history and the first since Tyler Spoon garnered the honor following the 2013 season.

The Ankeny, Iowa native put together one of the best second halves to the season of any pitcher in the country, going 5-0 in his last eight starts, while the team has won eight of his last nine starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of his 16 starts this year and one run or less eight times.

McKinney is 6-1 on the year with a 3.21 ERA in 81.1 innings of work with two complete games, including a complete-game shutout at Alabama. He was the only player in the SEC to earn the league’s pitcher of the week and freshman of the honors during the year and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team at the conclusion of the regular season.

McKinney and the Razorbacks return to action Friday evening, welcoming Missouri State to town for the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional at Baum Stadium. Game one of the Super Regional is set for Friday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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