Warren Sapp does not want Ravens' Timmy Jernigan to wear his number

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Warren Sapp does not want Ravens' Timmy Jernigan to wear his number

Ravens' second-year defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan decided to change jersey numbers this offseason, switching from No. 97 to No. 99.

The reason for the change?

First, Chris Canty, the former owner of No. 99 is no longer with the team. But Jernigan wants to wear No. 99 in honor of NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.

The only problem? Sapp wants nothing to do with it.

There may be a simple answer for this.

Jernigan played college football at Florida State. Sapp spent his time in college at Miami.

Perhaps Sapp just doesn't want anyone to try and replace him.

But covnentional wisdom suggests this has everything to do with the in-state rivalry between the two historic football programs.

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Former Maryland OL transfers to FCS school, can play immediately

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Former Maryland OL transfers to FCS school, can play immediately

Former Maryland offensive lineman Mason Zimmerman will transfer to Stony Brook, the FCS program announced on Thursday. 

Under NCAA rules, players who transfer from the FBS (Maryland) to the FCS (Stony Brook) are not obligated to sit out a season.

"The addition of Mason solidifies our offensive line for the 2016 season," Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore said. "He will add a physical presence to our group and allow us to get back to the dominant running game that is needed to compete for championships."

The 6-5, 285 pounds Zimmerman redshirted last season as a freshman at Maryland after coming to the Terrapins as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com in the class of 2015.

Wieters has had many understudies in his Orioles time

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Wieters has had many understudies in his Orioles time

For the first time in his eight seasons with the Orioles, Matt Wieters has had lots of backup catchers. 

Caleb Joseph, who never saw Wieters catch a game with Orioles until last June, has been with the team since May 2014, and he’s arguably the most skilled of Wieters’ understudies. 

How many of these names do you recognize? 

When Wieters came up on May 29, 2009, he supplanted Gregg Zaun as the Orioles’ regular catcher. That was the plan all along, but Zaun was miffed at backing up the highly touted rookie, and he was sent to Tampa Bay in August. 

Chad Moeller was Wieters’ No. 2 for the remainder of 2009. 

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Craig Tatum took over for Moeller in 2010 and he and Jake Fox were Wieters’ substitutes in 2011. 

A year later when the Orioles went on to the postseason for the first time in 14 years, Luis Exposito, Ronny Paulino and Taylor Teagarden were the catchers,

Teagarden returned in 2013, but was let go in late August. Steve Clevenger and Chris Snyder also caught that year. 

Clevenger began 2014 as Wieters’ backup, but when he was injured, Joseph was brought up from Norfolk, and Nick Hundley was acquired from San Diego. Hundley never played with the Orioles when Wieters was active. 

Last year, Ryan Lavarnway began the year as Joseph’s backup, but was cast aside after a few weeks. Clevenger also played in 2015.