Perfect Game (scouting service) rated Rodriguez the No. 1 shortstop in Maryland, and he was also chosen as a preseason 1st team All-Atlantic Region (includes MD, NC, WV, PA, SC and VA) All-American.
Kilpatrick isn’t going to be a first round pick. At best, he would be a second round pick. He’s not in the Draft Express latest mock draft. At this point, it seems like the best thing to do is try to get better for individual workouts and any opportunities he would get as a potential free agent if he isn’t drafted.
It might be easy to write off Kiel as another five-star prospect gone bust, but he has three years of eligibility remaining. The American Athletic Conference appears wide open following Louisville’s exit to the ACC and UCF quarterback Blake Bortles’ departure to the NFL. And after two games against MAC opponents Toledo and Miami (Ohio) to open the season, the Bearcats have a real opportunity to make some noise with a matchup at Ohio State on Sept. 27.
The good news continues to roll in from the classroom for the University of Cincinnati athletics department, as 17 teams combined to post the best departmental GPA ever. The spring 2014 semester saw 12 teams post a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, while 247 student-athletes (62 percent) hit the 3.0 benchmark. The effort led to a record-setting departmental GPA of 3.125.
The Mason, Ohio, native led the team with an .800 batting average, collecting eight hits in 10 at bats over four games. He also tallied a 1.200 slugging percentage and an .824 on-base percentage with eight RBI, four walks and two runs scored. With his team trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning against Toledo, McVey hit a go-ahead grand slam, his first-career-home run, to play hero in a 12-7 comeback victory. McVey is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak and has recorded multiple hits in six of those eight games.
The Bearcats are in a position similar to Memphis, and in the trio of Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles head coach Mick Cronin has to account for the loss of guys who were productive with regards to both numbers and leadership. Players such as Troy Caupain and Shaquille Thomas will be key on the perimeter, and the same goes for Gary Clark, Quadri Moore and Octavius Ellis in the front court. Given the work Cronin and his staff have done in recent years Cincinnati will once again contend within the American, but given the key personnel losses they’re in a position similar to that of Memphis.
With a conference that spans from Connecticut down to Florida and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma, there is no real obvious dividing line. A hypothetical division line-up could group the eastern schools (UConn, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Navy, Temple and either USF or UCF) in one division and the newer members in the southwest region (Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa and either UCF or USF) in the other.
The Bengals draft has earned more than a few ‘B’ grades from draftniks and pundits alike. Outside of Darqueze Dennard, even close followers of the Bengals developed knitted eyebrows and bitter-beer faces as the subsequent rounds unfolded. Heading into the Draft, the Bengals needs were obvious: cornerback, center, and rush linebacker seemed the most pressing.
San Diego Padres’ right hander Ian Kennedy was giving a pretty standard interview on MLB Network when Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips decided to have a little fun with a videobomb.
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