HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

Kay Adams and I run through the AL Central. Which, if Master Lock would give us sponsorship money, we’d totally name the Tigers our “Master Lock Lock of the Year” or something cool like that. But they won’t, so screw those guys.

Date officially announced for Maryland-Georgetown rematch in 2016

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Date officially announced for Maryland-Georgetown rematch in 2016

It was known before Maryland renewed its rivalry with Georgetown in 2015 that there would be a sequel the following season in Washington, D.C. Reports recently said the same. Now, it is officially confirmed and a date has been set. 

The Terrapins will face the Hoyas on Nov. 15 at Verizon Center in D.C. as part of the 2016 Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pits Big Ten teams against Big East teams in matchups across the country.

Maryland won the inaugural Gavitt matchup between the two teams, 75-71, on Nov. 17, 2015 at XFINITY Center in College Park.

3 things to know about Redskins second round pick Su'a Cravens

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3 things to know about Redskins second round pick Su'a Cravens

Over the next week, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir is featuring each of the Redskins’ 2016 draft picks and spotlighting three things you need to know about them. Up today…

Name: Su’a Cravens

Drafted: Second round (53rd overall)

School: USC

Position: Linebacker-safety

1—Since declaring for the draft in December, Cravens has been asked, oh, about a thousand times which position he'll play in the NFL. Well, five months later, his role is still probably best described as TBD, according to Redskins GM Scot McCloughan. “The thing that’s really cool about him is the diversity he brings—safety, linebacker, maybe a nickel linebacker, maybe a nickel corner,” McCloughan said Monday at Redskins Park. “We’re always talking about the first room he walks into. Is it the DB’s? Is it linebackers? But that’s a good problem to have, because again, he’s going to be out here making plays for us.” Although McCloughan isn’t ready to commit to a position for the 6-1, 226-pound Cravens just yet, the team has dropped a few hints as to their intentions. He’s listed on the team’s website as a safety and he’s been assigned jersey No. 36, which is typically reserved for defensive backs.

2—Cravens has football in his blood and seemed destined for athletic greatness from an early age. Not only was he Rivals.com’s No. 1 rated safety coming out of Vista Murrieta High (Calif.) and USA Today’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, his family tree features a number of accomplished football players. Cravens counts Miami tight end Jordan Cameron and San Diego linebacker Manti Te’o as cousins; he said both Cameron and Te’o reached out to him during the draft process to offer advice. Meantime, Cravens’ mother is related to former Bengals safety David Fulcher and his older brother, Siaki, was a defensive lineman at Hawaii and Utah. “Probably about a week before the draft, Troy Polamalu [a fellow USC product] reached out and texted me and said, ‘If you need to talk to me about anything, if you get flustered or frustrated, just call me if you need me,’” Cravens said at his introductory press conference. “So I’ve had a pretty good support system.” Pretty good? That’s an understatement.

3—Put on some USC film and one thing jumps out almost immediately: Cravens is ALWAYS around the football. In fact, the only thing more impressive than his instincts and athleticism are his stats. During his sophomore and junior seasons, Cravens totaled 154 tackles, including 32.5 for loss, to go along with 10.5 sacks, five interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Cravens believed his tape was good enough to make him a first round selection. And when that didn’t happen late last Thursday night, he immediately went to the gym to blow off some steam. “I looked at it as, I wasn’t good enough to go on the first day, so let me get into the gym tonight and let me prove that I’m good enough to go in the second day,” Cravens said. “I’m all about work. If I feel like I’m not working hard enough, I’ll get back to it.” If you're a Redskins fan, you've got to love that anecdote.    

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Former Maryland WR signs undrafted deal with Indianapolis Colts

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Former Maryland WR signs undrafted deal with Indianapolis Colts

Former Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak has signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced on Monday. 

Leak, who had an up-and-down career with the Terrapins, came to Maryland as a three-star recruit. After catching 23 passes for 393 yards as a sophomore in 2012, Leak took a leave of absence and missed the 2013 season before returning in 2014 when he caught 20 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns.

After a promising performance in Maryland's 2015 spring game, he left the program and did not return. 

In advance of the 2016 NFL Draft, he worked out at the Charlotte 49ers pro day in front of scouts.