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Utah youth football coach maintains innocence

Utah youth football coach maintains innocence

PAYSON, Utah (AP) A Utah youth football coach accused of hitting an opposing ball carrier under the chin with his forearm during a game and giving the boy a concussion maintains his innocence.

Nathan Harris, in his first public statement since his arrest after the Oct. 6 incident in Payson, said the 13-year-old boy ran into him near the sideline at the end of a play and he never moved toward the boy.

``The play came around the edge and looked like it was headed up the field and at the last second one of our linebackers pushed the guy out of bounds and he landed in my chest,'' Harris said.

Harris also told KSL (http://bit.ly/UY9eaP ) that video shows his arms springing out as the player ran toward him, making some parents believe he pushed the player. But he had little time to react to the oncoming player, he said.

``My instinct was to cover my chest,'' he said. ``As I got hit, my body went back two or three yards but my arms continued out ... From the point that he gets pushed out of bounds until he makes impact or contact with me was about three-tenths of a second.''

Asked why he didn't help the player back up from the ground afterward, Harris replied, ``The player pops up ... He was fine, he jumped up, none of us thought there was any problem.''

Referee David Durrant threw a penalty flag and ejected Harris.

``It looked like the coach had a lot of time to move, he didn't move, and he stood there and delivered a blow,'' Durrant said.

Harris, a volunteer assistant whose son also was playing in the game, was arrested Monday for investigation of felony child abuse and posted $5,000 bail on Tuesday. Prosecutors will decide whether to file charges.

Police said the boy was expected to miss a month of playing time. His team won in overtime with a field goal.

Harris said the incident has damaged his life and reputation.

``It's been rough. It's been especially hard on my family,'' he told KSL. ``Just seeing it go all over the Internet, everywhere. My business is going to be impacted, so I'm going to have to pick up the pieces from that and my family, we'll be OK.''

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Information from: KSL-TV,http://www.ksl.com/

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.