Thursday, April 29, 2010.
One Ryan was highly visible at Boise State, the other did yeoman’s work in the trenches. The tables turned after each finished college football, with Ryan Dinwiddie becoming less prominent and Ryan Clady bursting upon the NFL scene. Clady made headlines coast-to-coast yesterday with the revelation that he has torn the patellar tendon in his left knee, reportedly playing basketball, and has already had surgery. The Denver Post says the former first round draft pick will be out “three or four months.” Some are going as far as saying Clady will miss the season.
This is tough tonic for a Pro Bowler who played every offensive snap for Denver last season and has started all 32 games of his NFL career. Clady was never injured during his three-year career at Boise State. Now there’s some nervousness over what this injury will do, even if he fully recovers. Clady’s quick feet are his greatest attribute—he is stunningly quick for a 6-6, 325-pounder. Hopefully his knees and his feet will continue to be in sync.
Dinwiddie, meanwhile, made yesterday’s “Bronco Beat” blog in the Statesman, where Chadd Cripe reported the former Boise State great is headed back to the CFL after one season away. Dinwiddie, who harbored NFL hopes out of college but never got a shot beyond one season in NFL Europe, is playing for the love of football—and because the Saskatchewan Rough Riders want him. Ironically, it was Saskatchewan who Dinwiddie faced in his biggest pro moment to date, when he started for Winnipeg in the 2007 Grey Cup. He and the Bombers lost that game, 33-15. Dinwiddie was out of football last fall after being released by Winnipeg in training camp.
One more 2010 draft wrapup—four Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl alums were chosen in the first round last week, although Ryan Mathews might be a stretch. We’ll count him, though. He was injured for Fresno State’s 40-28 win over Georgia Tech, but he was wearing his jersey. Two other guys from that game, Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, also made prime time a week ago. Thomas had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets at Bronco Stadium. Also, of course, you have Idaho’s Mike Iupati from last year’s Humanitarian Bowl. There have now been 18 H-Bowl participants all-time selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Oregon’s Nike machine is back in action, this time playing the public relations card in the wake of a tumultuous offseason (after a tumultuous blue turf opener last year). At the Spring Game Saturday, all Ducks players will wear specially designed jerseys to honor the armed forces. The jerseys will be given to troops immediately following the game, while Nike also will donate 5,000 t-shirts, with all proceeds from the sales forwarded to families of deployed troops and returning veterans. That’s quite a financial commitment for a spring football event.
There’s a little chemistry issue at Nevada right now, at least in the secondary. Two Wolf Pack safeties, Duke Williams and Marlon Johnson, got in two separate fights with each other a week and a half ago, and Johnson ended up in the emergency room. The second scuffle was to avenge the first one, with Williams confronting Johnson at his home. Williams is (or was) expected to be a starter this season, while Johnson is a backup. The Nevada athletic department is still investigating the incident. Johnson’s high school coach is accusing the Wolf Pack staff of trying to cover it up.
Idaho Steelheads goalie Rejean Beauchemin has indeed been activated for the ECHL National Conference Finals that begin tomorrow night against Stockton in Qwest Arena. Beauchemin sat out the conference semifinals versus Utah, healing a minor injury. Coach Derek Laxdal was able to preserve Beauchemin, but how much will he use him now? Richard Bachman has been outstanding, leading ECHL netminders in the postseason with a 1.75 goals-against average. Bachman would seem to have the motor to keep going if Laxdal chooses to go that route. In 2007, Steve Silverthorn played all but 12 minutes of Idaho’s 22 playoff games en route to the Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP award.
The Steelheads were a little top-heavy in scoring during the regular season, with Mark Derlago, Evan Barlow and Tyler Spurgeon all eclipsing the 60-point mark. Derlago, of course, had a monster campaign with 92 points. In the postseason so far, the Steelies have been more balanced on the offensive end. Nine players collected five or more points in the four-game sweep of Utah, led by Barlow and Mark McCutcheon with seven points apiece. Eight different players scored goals during the series, topped by John Swanson with four. Idaho will try to keep Stockton guessing tomorrow night.
This Day In Sports…April 29, 2006:
Daryn Colledge becomes Boise State’s highest NFL Draft choice in 20 years when he’s taken in the second round, and 47th overall, by the Green Bay Packers. The All-WAC offensive tackle from North Pole, Alaska, who started all 52 games in his BSU career, was expected to move to guard and get a chance to start for the Pack (which he did). Colledge would thus be protecting Green Bay great Brett Favre in his final two seasons with the Packers.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)