October 30, 2014

#STRecruiting: Revolving door of coaches at Mack house this week

Tevin Mack

Tevin Mack

6-5 Tevin Mack of Dreher was no closer to making a decision Monday night as he was last week.  That’s according to his mother who said coaches from most, if not all of the five schools on his list, plan to be into see her son this week.

VCU coach Shaka Smart got the ball rolling with an in home visit Monday night.  Connecticut assistant coaches will be in Tuesday with head coach Kevin Ollie planning to visit Wednesday.  And Georgia coach Mark Fox and his entire staff are scheduled to visit Wednesday.

Mack’s mother said she was in touch with Clemson coaches and USC coach Frank Martin Monday but she’s not sure when they or their assistants will be in.

Mack and his mother did make it to USC Sunday to watch the exhibition game against Benedict.

“They all want him real bad,”  Ms. Mack said.  “I don’t know when he’ll make his decision.  All I know is he’ll make one before signing day.”

Panther voice Mick Mixon recaps Seattle loss (AUDIO)

Carolina PanthersEvery Monday night we welcome good friend, and Panther play-by-play guy, Mick Mixon, on the program to recap what took place on the field Sunday for the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers hosted the defending Super Bowl champions at Bank of America Stadium yesterday and the result was eerily similar to the last time the Seahawks visited Charlotte, as Seattle walked away with a 13-9 victory thanks to a late game touchdown by Russell Wilson.

Mick told us what he saw from up high, and also looked ahead to the Panthers short week with us.

The Panthers will have a short turn around as they host the New Orleans Saints Thursday night in Charlotte.

AUDIO: Mick Mixon [5:37]



Touchstone Enegery Bowl North-South Rosters announced (AUDIO)

The Touchstone Energy Bowl North-South Game, set for December 13th in Myrtle Beach, now has players.  The rosters for the two teams were announced today.  The game will be played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium with kickoff at 12:3o PM.  At halftime, the winner of the Mr. Football Award in South Carolina will be announced.

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Swinney to use off week to get team healthy for stretch run (AUDIO)

Clemson is into its second bye week of the season and considering the Tigers have several walking wounded, the break should do them some good.  The Tigers are 6-2 and with four game left, Dabo Swinney is looking for a strong finish beginning with the next game a week from Thursday at Wake Forest.  Monday morning on his weekly conference call Swinney reviewed some of the key points on the win over Syracuse and other aspects of his team.

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Clemson’s Anthony moves along in Butkus competition

Stephone Anthony

Stephone Anthony

Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony is one of 15 semifinalists for the 2014 Dick Butkus Award.  The honor goes to the top linebacker in college football each year.   Anthony and Denzel Perryman of Miami are the only ACC players among the final 15.

Anthony is the leading tackler on a Clemson defense that ranks third in the nation in total defense, seventh in pass defense, 11th in rushing defense and 11th in scoring defense.   The Tigers also lead the nation in third-down conversion defense and tackles for loss per game.

The senior from Polkton, N.C. has 58 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes broken up, two caused fumbles and an interception.  In Clemson’s win over Syracuse last Saturday, Anthony had seven tackles, a sack, a caused fumble and an interception in helping the Tigers to a 16-6 victory.

The list of Butkus Award semifinalists include Stephone Anthony (Clemson), Myles Jack (UCLA), Jordan Jenkins (Georgia), A.J. Johnson (Tennessee), Eric Kendricks (UCLA), Hau’oli Kikaha (Washington), Bendardrick McKinney (Mississippi State), Denzel Perryman (Miami-FL), Hayes Pullard (Southern California), Reggie Ragland (Alabama), Jake Ryan (Michigan), Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame), Eric Striker (Oklahoma), Shaq Thompson (Washington), Ramik Wilson (Georgia).

Finalists for the Butkus Award will be announced on November 24 and the winner will be announced December 9.