Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
The pressure s on for Demarcus Lawrence in Dallas, and the 34th overall pick in the NFL Draft seems to be lapping it up. You must understand Lawrence is the key to this entire draft, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPNDallas.com. This defensive scheme doesn't work without a pass-rusher capable of demanding double-teams.This scheme is based on rushing the passer without blitzing, allowing seven defenders to drop into coverage, Taylor continued. See, getting a player with Lawrence's ability wasn't optional for the Cowboys.They had to have him. The former Boise State star isn t expected to be the second coming of DeMarcus Ware right off, but Lawrence doesn t mind anybody thinking that. I'm my own Demarcus, Lawrence said. I don't try to be anyone else. I try to be me, and I'm going to do it well.
If you listen to Dallas coach Jason Garrett, it s not a coincidence that Lawrence is the third Boise State player drafted by the Cowboys in the last seven years, joining Orlando Scandrick (2008) and Tyrone Crawford (2012). We like Boise guys, said Garrett at his post-draft press conference. It s always a very competitive program.Players who come out of there compete.They play hard. Little-known fact: The first BSU product ever to play in a Super Bowl was a Cowboy Rolly Woolsey out of Grandview was picked in the sixth round by Dallas in 1975 and played in Super Bowl IX against Pittsburgh at the end of his rookie season.
Of Boise State s undrafted free agents, defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe would seem to have the best chance of sticking this summer.Tjong-A-Tjoe was one of 17 undrafted players signed by San Diego, which boasts a streak of 17 straight seasons in which a rookie free agent has made the roster out of training camp.Two of the Broncos undrafted free agents in the new century have been among the school s most successful NFL players ever, Quintin Mikell and Chris Carr.Mikell is gunning for a 12th NFL season, while Carr just retired after a nine-year career.
Boise State has already had six undrafted free agents make NFL regular season rosters this decade: Chase Baker (Minnesota), Richie Brockel (Carolina), Tommy Gallarda (Atlanta), Jeron Johnson (Seattle), Kellen Moore (Detroit) and Winston Venable (Chicago).Out of that group, Baker, Brockel, Johnson and Moore are still active, and Brockel and Johnson are the most secure.Brockel, the 27-year-old fullback, has had an essential role alongside Cam Newton as a blocker for the Panthers, although he has touched the ball a bit.Brockel has four receptions for 25 yards in 47 games plus four carries for 13 yards and a touchdown that came on a fumberooski of sorts.Johnson is prospering on special teams for the Seahawks.
A bit more on Khalil Mack and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.Mack became the 19th first round pick among the bowl s alums when he was chosen by Oakland with the fourth overall selection last Thursday night.He s also the first one since Idaho s Mike Iupati and Georgia Tech s Demaryius Thomas in 2010.The only players to appear in the Famous Idaho Potato/Humanitarian/MPC Computers Bowl to go higher than Mack were Virginia defensive end Chris Long, second overall in 2008, and Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, third in 2008.
With the Idaho Steelheads season having ended last Thursday night, so ended the commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the Steelies first Kelly Cup championship.With that, let s take a time-out for a where are they now on Dan Ellis, the MVP of that postseason run.The 33-year-old goalie was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Florida Panthers late in the regular season this year and suited up for his sixth different NHL team.Ellis has a career NHL record of 83-76-17 with a goals-against average of 2.81.He actually made his NHL debut in the middle of his one season with the Steelheads, getting one start for the Stars on the road against the L.A. Kings and winning 4-3.
Former Boise Hawk Tyler Colvin was called up by San Francisco Saturday, hoping to get a second wind as a big leaguer.He is part of a domino effect resulting from a fractured thumb suffered by first baseman Brandon Belt.Michael Morse will move to first while Belt is out, and Colvin will share time with Gregor Blanco in left field.Colvin got into two games over the weekend in L.A., then broke out last night with a home run, triple, and three RBI in the Giants 4-2 win over Atlanta.In his career, Colvin has hit 48 homers and knocked in 163 runs in parts of five seasons with the Cubs, the Rockies, and now the Giants.He wore No. 88 in spring training a bad omen for a guy trying to make the roster.Now he s wearing a more stable No. 10.Colvin was a Hawk in 2006.
The College of Idaho women s softball team has to do it the hard way if it s going to make the NAIA World Series.The Lady Yotes were knocked into the consolation bracket in the Opening Round yesterday when the lost 10-2 to Oregon Tech at Symms Field.The C of I will take on Dickinson State in an elimination game today at 1 p.m., followed by Oregon Tech and Cal State San Marcos in the championship bracket.
The sloppy weather and sloppy conditions of Saturday at Les Bois Park seem like so long ago now.Eight of the nine races had to be re-scheduled to a special make-up card this evening.They picked a good day, didn t they?Les Bois will run its usual Ladies Night schedule tomorrow night then comes another special Saturday when a showing of the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes is woven into the card.Defending champion jockey Gary Stevens is not entered in the Preakness.He and Candy Boy are said to be possible for the Belmont Stakes June 7.
This Day In Sports...May 13, 1911:
The New York Giants establish a major league record by scoring 10 runs before a single batter is retired as they rout the St. Louis Cardinals 19-5 at the Polo Grounds.At the end of the first inning the score was 13-0, and Giants manager John McGraw lifted his starter, Christy Mathewson, to save him for a closer game.Rube Marquard pitched the final eight innings and rung up 14 strikeouts.
(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 93.1 The Ticket.He also served as color commentator on KTVB s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)