Courtney Upshaw (DE), Alabama
6-2 265 lbs.
52 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT, TD
Mid-to-late first round
Upshaw is a physically imposing player that reads and reacts well in space, and doesn't take many false steps trying to find the ball. Has a good motor and can consistently take on blocks, disengage and make his way toward the football in both the running and passing game. (National Football Post)
He's tight in the hips and isn't going to hold up at the next level in space or man consistently. Upshaw can be a bit inconsistent getting off the snap on time and doesn't do a great job changing directions when trying to shed a blocker. He displays only an average burst when in pursuit of the ball. (National Football Post)
Fit for the Bears:
One major area the Bears are looking to improve on is their pass rush opposite Julius Peppers. At this stage in his career, scouts are unsure if Upshaw will be a defensive end in a 4-3 system or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Selecting Upshaw would be a risk because of that, but the potential reward could pay big dividends.
Porter Morter isn't going anywhere.
After reports circulated that St. John's offered him a long-term contract worth north of $2 million per year, the 50-year-old head coach has decided instead to stay at Loyola. He's led the Ramblers to three 20-win seasons in the past five years, and guided the program in 2018 to their first Final Four appearance since 1963 — a span of 55 years.
Moser released this statement on his Twitter account on Tuesday:
Dear Rambler Nation,
I know there have been a lot of things swirling out there the past few days. Because I have coached and coached with some amazing young men, and because I have had the support of the University, friends, family, and the loyal Loyola fans; opportunities have arisen. I know that is part of the business, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm humbled, grateful, and grounded with what comes my way.
People in business say I'm crazy for passing up opportunities and the money. But what they don't know is the amazing young men I coach and the culture we have built. What they don't know are the amazing young men who are committed to come to Loyola and wear the Maroon and Gold. What they don't know are the people and friends that make up the Loyola community. And what they don't know is what makes me tick.
So what I do say to Rambler nation is ... let's keep building this culture and making a difference. Let's keep chasing championships. Let's do things better than we have ever done before.
With that said ... I'M ALL IN!
David Haugh, Teddy Greenstein and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.
0:00- The Men's Final Four is set and the biggest surprise is that Duke isn't one of the four. What does the loss mean for Zion Williamson's legacy in Durham?
7:30- The panel breaks down the Final Four matchups.
11:00- After a disasterous weekend in Texas, should Cubs fans be worried about their team even though they've played only 3 games?
17:00- The panel recapping the betting weekend including Virginia's bad beat and the Bears win total.
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