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College football preview Week 4

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College football preview Week 4

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I am. Even though we're only three games in, Florida State is showing big things. Their 52-0 shutout of Wake Forest was nothing short of dominant. Dare I say, this could be the Seminole's year.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Where to begin. All three of our local ACC teams lost but I think I was most disappointed in Virginia Tech's 35-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The Hokies admitted they did not "come to play" and underestimated the Panthers. Quarterback Logan Thomas had arguably his worst performance in a Virginia Tech uniform.

Marylands defense has been pretty solid so far this season. Last weekend linebacker Darin Drakeford shined with a forced fumble, one sack and a season-high 8 tackles.

The Terps travel to Morgantown this weekend for a date with 8th-ranked West Virginia. The Mountaineers have plenty of weapons on offense including quarterback Geno Smith and Tavon Austin. Weve all heard stories about the West Virginia crowd (BYOB Bring Your Own Batteries) so head coach Randy Edsall has been trying to prepare his young squad for the noise and atmosphere. Unfortunately, I dont think it will be enough.
PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA
The Virginia Athletics Foundation received a large gift from former Wahoo Chris Long this week. Long, now with the St. Louis Rams, made a 300,000 contribution towards the building of the new George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility. It is the largest gift to VA football from an active professional athlete.

The Cavs visit Fort Worth on Saturday for a matchup with 17th-ranked TCU. Virginia struggled mightily last weekend in the running game and quarterback Michael Rocco has been under scrutiny by Wahoo fans but head coach Mike London insists Roccos teammates are behind him 100. Rocco will need his teammates support this weekend plus a lot of help from the offensive line because TCUs 4-2-5 defense is a handful.
PREDICTION: TCU

The Hokies will celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Saturday. The football team will raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project through the sale of camouflage VT hats and wristbands. The team will be wearing special camo helmets for the first time in school history.

Stop me if youve heard this before. The Hokies are coming off an embarrassing loss to previously winless ________... yeah, thats what I thought. Well, insert Pittsburghs name into the blank space for this year. Virginia Tech will have to bounce back this weekend against Bowling Green. Logan Thomas needs to forget last weekends performance and run out of the tunnel with a clean slate. The Hokies have faced adversity before and head coach Frank Beamer and his coaching staff always have them ready to go.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

Oh its going to be a good one.

10 Clemson at 4 Florida State.

Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Va (Phoebus)) vs. EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)). Clemson has won six of the last nine meetings but the Seminoles look awfully good this year. In addition to the quarterbacks, keep your eye on Tigers WR Sammy Watkins and Seminoles RB Chris Thompson.
PREDICTION: FLORIDA STATE

Unique skillset benefits George Mason's Marquise Moore in NBA aspirations

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Unique skillset benefits George Mason's Marquise Moore in NBA aspirations

Marquise Moore is not your prototypical college basketball star. But as the 2016-17 season prooved, he is one of the most intriguing and interesting players. 

Standing at just 6-2, the George Mason guard averaged a double-double, and the second category wasn't assists.

The lightly recruited Queens, N.Y. native averaged 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds, while being the eighth best rebounder in the country. Of the top 50 rebounders last season, Moore was the only one under 6-5 and was the best rebounder among guards. 

Entering college as a two-star recruit with just three offers, Moore's collegiate career ended as a all-conference performer at a traditional mid-major power.

This past season the Patriots finished 20-14, the best mark in Moore's four years with the team. It was also Moore's coming out party, Moore flourished on court and garnered attention from several national outlets due to his unique and unlikely skillset.

Outlets like the Washington Post and Bleacher Report were baffled on how a 6-2 guard could be so good at rebounding. His opponents were baffled too.

"Marquise could not be guarded and kept out of the paint one-on-one in the Atlantic 10," George Mason coach Dave Paulsen told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "I gotta believe he'd have the ability to get into the lane, to attack at the highest of levels."

Now, the Atlantic 10 is nothing compared to the level of play in the NBA, but his skills can transfer across all levels. In the association, teams cannot collapse on a small guard driving down the lane, otherwise sharp shooters will be left open. If his college game can translate, he could be the perfect bench point guard to at least get starters rest and generate scoring opportunities. Already his workouts with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers prepared him for the higher level of play. 

"You want it more when you are playing against those type of guys," Moore told CSN in Early July. "I've never been highly ranked, highly recruited or anything. Definitely felt overlooked so I'm glad I proved I'm just as good or better than them." 

Getting some pre-draft workouts with both the Rockets and 76ers, there was optimism that Moore could get pulled for a summer league roster.

Unfortunately for the George Mason grad, an ankle tweak in early May served as a major setback for a player that has a lot to prove with opportunities few and far between.

"I think he'd have four or five more workouts if he hadn't had the ankle sprain," Paulsen said. "Had he had a few more workouts, that would have gotten him more exposure to get in for a summer league thing. He's a few weeks behind because of the ankle sprain and its going to take him a little longer to get where he wants to go."

With the summer league now gone without Moore on any roster, he is now in a limbo like many other talented stars who did not benefit from the high-major spotlight. Of course for all basketball prospects, the ultimate dream is to play in the NBA, but the best path to get there is not always clear.

The two primary options for Moore is to play overseas or continue to get workouts with the NBA and G-League teams domestically. 

Currently, Moore is still battling for his NBA path. He is set up to participate in the G-League Player Invitational Aug. 13 in Chicago, an event he can earn eligibility for the G-League draft in October. 

"I feel like I have interest from NBA teams," Moore said. "Going to the G-league will be a more foreseeable option, but I'm not sure if I want to enter the G-league blindly without hearing from any NBA teams becuase its really hard to move up that way."

As a guard with incredible physicality, the unknown is actually what could bring Moore to an NBA team.

Will there be a team willing to bite?

The G-League Player Invitational will be the next measuring stick on how NBA coaches and scouts feel about Moore a month removed from summer league. Admitting his weaknesses in the workouts, Moore thrives during live-ball action, which is a huge part of the invitational. 

Look out for teams that need rebounding and thrive off of physical play. Teams that come to mind instantly are the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers; two teams that had pre-draft interest, the Chicago Bulls and Rockets; and the team who followed him thoughout his senior season, the Brooklyn Nets.

Its too bad that Washington's G-League team will not be formed until next season, otherwise there would be a perfect backup guard that could work right into Washington's system. 

"Mason fans know what I can do but I feel like most people still don't know. Just trying to show people what I can do one person at a time, you know, get a shot."

University of Virginia cornerback wins $100k in Virginia lottery

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University of Virginia cornerback wins $100k in Virginia lottery

Virginia cornerback Chuck Davis hit all five numbers recently on Cash Five game from the Virginia Lottery to take home $100,000.

He went on a coffee run one morning for his mom and decided to play the numbers his gradmother gave him and now he's $100k richer and looks like the happiest person on the planet.

God first last and always 🙌🏽

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Davis is a redshirt freshman after sitting out a year after a transfer from Nebraska. As for his plans for the money?

Here's hoping he gets to enjoy all the money and doesn't get a call from the NCAA.