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August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

TOWSON AT KENT STATE ON THURSDAY, RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA ON SATURDAY HIGHLIGHT OPENING-WEEK COVERAGE
2012 SCHEDULE FEATURES WEEKLY ACC AND CAA MATCH-UPS
Bethesda, Md. (Aug. 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced its 44-game schedule of 2012 NCAA football games, which features weekly match-ups from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), as well as games from other top conferences. The networks live coverage kicks off with Towson at Kent State on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. (CSN Plus) and continues on Saturday, Sept. 1, with Richmond at Virginia at 3 p.m.As the regions official network of the ACC and CAA, Comcast SportsNet will televise weekly match-ups from both conferences this season. The networks 28-game ACC and CAA combined schedule will feature many of the regions top football programs, as well as teams from throughout their conferences. In addition, the network will present 14 games from Conference USA and two Southeastern Conference contests.Comcast SportsNets schedule of live ACC football features 14 games this season. In addition to this weekends Richmond at Virginia season opener, the schedule includes North Carolina at Wake Forest on Sept. 8 (3 p.m.) and Furman at Clemson on Sept. 15 (3 p.m.) The remainder of the ACC schedule, which includes a doubleheader on Sept. 29, will be announced during the season. The networks ACC programming also includes the weekly programs ACC All Access, Inside Maryland Football, Cavalier Sports Weekly and Virginia Tech Sports Today, as well as weekly playbacks of Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech games.This season, Comcast SportsNet is providing expanded coverage of the CAA with 14 live games. The networks schedule includes multiple appearances by regional CAA programs James Madison (3 games), Old Dominion (2 games), Richmond (3 games), Towson (3 games) and William & Mary (4 games). Highlighting the schedule are three games between regional programs: William & Mary at James Madison on Oct. 13 (3:30 p.m.), James Madison at Richmond on Oct. 20 (3:30 p.m.) and William & Mary at Old Dominion on Nov. 10 (12 p.m.) New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Villanova, Rhode Island and Georgia State are also scheduled for appearances on the network.Please see the attached schedule for a complete listing of Comcast SportsNets 2012 NCAA football coverage. CSN 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

The Redskins could be without two key offensive players against the Raiders tonight, according to a report.

According to ESPN, Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley (rib) is unlikely to play and that Jordan Reed (chest) is a game-time decision but it also is probable that he will sit out. Bot players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.

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Kelley was having a career day against the Rams last Sunday before he left the game in the second quarter with a rib cartilage injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Reed, a key target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, missed some snaps after sustaining the injury to his sternum during the game against the Rams. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Rookie Samaje Perine saw his first NFL action last week and he likely will get his first NFL start in Kelley’s spot tonight. If Reed can’t play, Vernon Davis will start and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle, who was inactive the first two games, will be in uniform.

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Did Barry Trotz show us what his fourth line will be to start the season?

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Did Barry Trotz show us what his fourth line will be to start the season?

Barry Trotz likes to play his cards close to the vest. With roster battles and lineup holes surrounding the team, there are plenty of questions for the Caps that need answering this preseason. If you look at how Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes ended, however, he may have given us at least one answer.

At the start of the game, Jay Beagle centered a line with Devante Smith-Pelly and Wayne Simpson on his wings. By the end of the game, Nathan Walker was playing on the left with Beagle at center and Smith-Pelly on the right.

"Walker was giving us some energy, he was giving us some speed and I just made that flip," Trotz told reporters after the game. "I just thought Walks was starting to make things happen. His speed was noticeable, his will on the puck if you will was really good. I thought that'd be a good fit. I just moved him over there and I thought he had an effect on the game."

Could that have been a preview of the team's fourth line?

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Walker turned in another tremendous performance showing great energy, speed and grit. Despite being 5-foot-8, he still remains a feisty player who could be found at the center of every scrum. He exchanged hits and jabs with the 6-foot-3 Klas Dahlbeck multiple times throughout the game and even drew a penalty on the Carolina defenseman as he drove the net after managing to slip away from a hit along the boards.

"He's one of those hard guys to play against because ... they're on you all the time," Trotz said. "When you can affect the opposition and take them out of their game because the way you play, then you're pretty effective."

That brings us back to the lines. The Caps have not one, but two openings on the fourth line to play alongside Beagle. The fact that Trotz put Walker and Smith-Pelly on that line, two players fighting for a spot in the lineup, could be a preview of what the fourth line may ultimately look like to start the season.

That would be just fine with Beagle.

"It's fun to play with a guy who brings that much energy," Beagle said of Walker. "He's always had that energy and he's always been a little guy who grinds it out and isn't afraid to get in there and get in the corners and wins a lot of battles. He's awesome to play with. He's a lot of fun."

At this point, given how he has played in his two preseason games, it is hard to see how Walker does not make the roster. His energy and style are a perfect fit for what the Caps need on their fourth line. He would be an excellent compliment to Beagle and that has not escaped Trotz's notice.

"I think they might enjoy playing together, but they're effective together," Trotz said. "They get on the puck, they work you over and they tire you out. I'll tell you that."

With other players such as Alex Chiasson, Riley Barber and Anthony Peluso still vying to make the team, it is still too early to tell if this is definitively what the fourth line will look like, but the trio certainly made their case.

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