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National Signing Day 2017: All-Name Team

National Signing Day 2017: All-Name Team

National Signing Day, college football's marquee offseason date took place on Wednesday, with some of the top high school recruits in the country determining which program they will play college football for.

National Signing Day is a circus, of sorts, with coaches shucking and jiving to get recruits to flip at the last moment, and high schoolers going out of their way to garner attention like they've never seen before.

But one of the best aspects of National Signing Day is rather simple: The names.

There are over 110 FBS-level football teams and over 50 players per team, which means a lot of player names. With every passing eyar, we get a new batch of ridiculously named recruits.

Here is what we got for 2017.

Before we get to the FBS-level, we have to point out three names from the FCS ranks.

Kobe Buffalomeat, OL - Illinois State: KOBE BUFFALOMEAT. There are great names, and then there is this. Families don't have much say in a last name, and when you're given "Buffalomeat" as a last name, you roll with it. Naming your son Kobe is the definition of rolling with it.

Ye'Majesty Sanders, OL - Jacksonville State: Add this to the list of all-time greats like Captain Munnerlyn, Admiral Schofield, and SirValiant Brown. This is a football player that is always greeted with respect.

Octavius Pringle, DT - Coastal Carolina: He's got a first name of a Bond movie villain and a last name of a potato chip brand. This is good parenting.



And with that, meet the National Signing Day 2017 All-Name Team.

Briggs Bourgeois, K - Southern Mississippi

Trevor Brohard, LB - New Mexico State: Brohard or brohome. That's what I always say.

Jaeger Bull, TE - Rice: How is he not a fullback? This is the most fullback name of all time. 

LaTrell Bumphus, DE - Tennessee

K'Lavon Chaisson, DE - LSU

DeeJay Dallas, CB - Miami: The last thing Miami needs in another DJ.

Fa'avae Fa'avae, LB - Washington State: A Fa'name so nice, they Fa'named him twice.

WyDale Flott & Bubba Fludd, CBs - Southern Mississippi: The next generation of Conference USA shutdown corners OR rogue squadron Leaders in the next Star Wars movie.

Hezekiah Grimsley, WR - Virginia Tech

Addison Gumbs, DE - Oklahoma

Griffin Hammer, TE - Colorado State

Kendarian Handy-Holly, DB - Minnesota

Mac Hippenhammer, WR - Penn State

My-King Johnson, DE - Arizona: Not to be confused with Your-King Jackson.

Cutter Leftwich, OL - UTEP

Deommodore Lenoir, CB - Oregon - It's not a real first name and it rhymes. +1 for creativity.

Rocky Lombardi, QB - Michigan State: Deceptive speed. Son of coach. Full of intangibles.  Gymrat. 

Dazz Newsome, CB - North Carolina

Kalil Pimpleton, WR - Virginia Tech

Charleston Rambo, WR - Oklahoma

Rutger Reitmaier, DT - Oregon: At least he doesn't go to Rutgers. So there's that.

Savon Scarver, WR - Utah State

Osiris St. Brown, WR - Stanford: Chose the Cardinal over playing under the shadow of brother Equinameous at Notre Dame. No, I didn't just make that up.

Ameer Speed, CB - Georgia: Thank goodness he's a cornerback. You can't be an an offensive lineman if your last name is Speed.

John Stamos, LB - Navy: Future Admiral First Class Uncle Jesse

Lyndarious Strange, DB - Louisville

Cordavien Suggs, OL - Mississippi State

Luiji Vilain, DE - Michigan: If his name isn't pronounced "Luigi Villain," we've all lost. 

D'Najee Whosendove, ATH - TBD: When your last name is WHOSENDOVE, it doesn't matter what your first name. 

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.