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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Oregon football's uniform revolution

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Oregon football's uniform revolution

Forget about Chip Kelly for a second: When you think of the University of Oregon, you probably think of their uniforms.

Each season, the Ducks push jersey and helmet designs to new heights, and their trailblazing influence has trickled down throughout college athletics. It all started in the 1990s, when Oregon decided to get crazy - and it worked.

In the second episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, NBC Sports Northwest takes a deep dive into how Oregon sparked a fashion transformation across college football with a mascot change, and with unique Nike uniforms that helped push the program into the national college football coversation.

The episode features in-depth interviews with former Oregon football head coach Mike Bellotti, former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, June 11. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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NFL Draft 2020: KJ Hamler, Miles Sanders talking 'a lot' about teaming up on Eagles

NFL Draft 2020: KJ Hamler, Miles Sanders talking 'a lot' about teaming up on Eagles

If any 2020 wide receiver prospect talks these days, Eagles fans listen. On Saturday morning, they liked what they heard.

Penn State WR KJ Hamler made an appearance on SportsCenter on Saturday to chat with ESPN's Louis Riddick about the upcoming NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 23. 

Hamler, a slight but talented wideout who caught 56 passes for 906 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019, is expected to be selected in the draft's first two rounds, and his Pennsylvania connection has Eagles fans' interest piqued.

It sounds like the interest is mutual.

When Riddick asked Hamler about potentially playing for the Eagles in 2020, alongside former Penn State teammate Miles Sanders, Hamler had this to say:

I talk to Miles a lot. Miles is one of my best friends. [...] Yeah, we talked about me playing for the Eagles, and seeing if they're interested or not. I've talked to the Eagles a lot, actually, but I can only go to one team, and the one team that's going to get me is going to get 100 percent, 120 percent out of me, 24/7.

[...]

If I get drafted by the Eagles, I know Shareef Miller, Miles is one of my best friends, so that'd be a blessing. But I think anywhere, any team that picks me would be a blessing as well.

His second mention of the Eagles, after his comment about giving 120 percent, was kind of unprompted. Hamler just circled back to the idea of playing for the Eagles on his own terms. Sounds like someone wouldn't mind donning the midnight green.

You can watch Hamler's full appearance below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V913wSlAWI&feature=youtu.be

Hamler turns 21 this summer, and while his size will almost certainly keep him out of the first round, he could be a steal of a second-round pick if he's still around at No. 53.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank explored the Eagles' possible second-round wide receiver options earlier this month, and had this to say about Hamler:

Seems to already be an Eagles fan favorite. He’s only 5-9, 180, but an explosive playmaker who can turn a short pass into a big gain. All that’s going to keep him out of the first round is his size and small frame. Can he hold up against physical NFL corners? Intriguing prospect who could be there at 53.

The Eagles famously took another short burner of a wide receiver in the second round, with the No. 49 pick back in 2008. His name? DeSean Jackson. Yeah, that guy.

I'm not saying Hamler is the next D-Jax. But he's absolutely an intriguing prospect who would make perfect sense on the Eagles' 2020 roster.

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No. 9 Penn State can't come all the way back to beat No. 2 Ohio State

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No. 9 Penn State can't come all the way back to beat No. 2 Ohio State

BOX SCORE 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After cruising through the first 10 games against teams that didn’t put up much a fight, No. 2 Ohio State found itself in a slugfest with No. 9 Penn State.

The Buckeyes responded, winning with defense.

Justin Hillard intercepted Penn State backup Will Levis’ pass and the Buckeyes stopped the Nittany Lions on fourth down on two late drives to seal a 28-17 victory and lock up the Big Ten East title.

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Fields threw for 188 yards and two scores for Ohio State (10-0, 8-0).

Ohio State held on after Penn State (9-2, 7-2) took advantage of two second-half turnovers to climb back in the game after trailing 21-0. This was a far different scenario for Ohio State, which hadn’t yet had to play hard into the second half.

“We talked about going into a big heavyweight match, and you have to take shots,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “One of the things about playing in a game like this is you have to be willing to take punches and you have to not flinch when it happens. That was a great example. That was the first time we really were taking shots there.”

The Buckeyes were clinging to a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Fields threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave to create some breathing room.

Ohio State, with Chase Young back from a two-game suspension, then got the interception from Hillard before shutting down two late Penn State drives on fourth down, aided by deafening crowd noise. The last drive included back-to-back sacks of backup quarterback Will Levis by Young and linebacker Baron Browning.

Fields fights back

Fields fumbled away the ball twice, once as he was crossing the goal line for what would have been a touchdown. But he got critical yards on the ground, rushing for 68 yards on 21 carries and threw beautiful second half touchdown passes to K.J. Hill and Olave.

And he got knocked around plenty, and at one point late in the game was slow to get up after being sacked but stayed in the game.

“He’s a warrior, I’m telling you,” Day said. “He’s got the heart of a lion.”

Chase returns

Young was back in action after sitting out two games as a penalty for breaking the rules by accepting a personal loan. And he was a force, picking up nine tackles, including three sacks. He has 16 1/2 for the season, the most ever by a Buckeye.

Clifford out

Freshman QB Levis finished up Penn State’s first scoring drive in the third quarter -- capped by an 18-yard touchdown run by Journey Brown -- after Sean Clifford left the game with an injury. Coach James Franklin said Clifford was available to come back in but wasn’t 100% so he stayed with Levis, who scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

“I was a little nervous the first couple plays, but then it all went away, and I started having fun and doing my thing,” Levis said.

Coincidentally, Levis signed with Penn State after Fields withdrew his commitment to Franklin and chose Georgia in 2018. Fields transferred to Ohio State in January.

The takeaway

Penn State: Statistically, the Nittany Lions were beaten soundly but managed to hang around until late. Journey Brown ran the ball 11 times for 64 yards.

“No one flinched,” Penn State safety Garrett Taylor said. “We came out and fought hard.”

Ohio State: The Buckeyes outgained the Nittany Lions 417-227 but were stricken by uncharacteristic turnovers. Now it’s on to Ann Arbor for the rivalry game against No. 12 Michigan.

“It’s good to have a full game under your belt, especially going into next week,” linebacker Pete Werner said.

Poll implications

Buckeyes should stay put. Nittany Lions could drop but not much after playing Ohio State tough.

Up next

Penn State: Hosts Rutgers next Saturday in season finale.

Ohio State: Winds up the regular season next Saturday with rivalry game against Michigan.