Former Navy RB Curry returns with Texas State

Former Navy RB Curry returns with Texas State

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The last time Dennis Franchione brought a team to Maryland, the school was a national powerhouse and featured one of the finest running backs in the country.

It was 2000, and Franchione was head coach at Texas Christian University. Led by eventual Doak Walker Award winner LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU rolled to a 24-0 victory.

Franchione returns Saturday as head coach of Texas State, which is playing its first season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. His top running back this time around is Marcus Curry, a transfer from Navy who voluntarily resigned from the academy in 2010 following a variety of off-field issues - including testing positive for marijuana.

Curry, now a fifth-year senior, leads Texas State in yards rushing with 513 yards and has scored nine touchdowns.

``It is pretty ironic. Never thought I'd be going back to Navy for a game,'' Curry said. ``I'm just trying to embrace the situation and make the most of the opportunity.''

The Bobcats (3-6) are heavy underdogs against the Midshipmen (6-4), who have already secured their ninth bowl berth in the past 10 seasons. Navy can clinch its ninth winning season since 2003 by beating Texas State on Senior Day.

``There are a lot of our seniors that are great leaders and all of our guys look up to, so hopefully we can send them out the right way,'' coach Ken Niumatalolo said. ``It's not just going to happen though. We can't tell Texas State it's our senior day, can you take it easy on us. We have to come ready to play.''

Both teams are coming off tough losses in wild shootouts. Texas State amassed 577 total yards but allowed a whopping 627 in falling, 62-55, to Louisiana Tech. It was a similar story for Navy, which gained 487 yards and gave up 597 in a 41-31 defeat at Troy.

Texas State quarterback Shaun Rutherford is the trigger man of a diverse attack that 26.2 points and 359.1 yards per game.

``Every offense that we have faced for the last six weeks has put up a lot of points and big yardage numbers. Texas State is no different,'' Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green said. ``They have a really, really good plan and plenty of talent. They hung 55 points on the 19th-ranked team in the country. So we're facing another offense that is capable of putting up big numbers.''

Rutherford has completed 129 of 200 passes (64.5 percent) for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. The speedy and athletic 6-foot, 187-pound senior is also Texas State's second-leading rusher with 388 yards and four touchdowns, routinely working the double-option with Curry.

``They have the option factor involved. They run the option out of pistol formation. They'll spread you out and run the option,'' Green said. ``They have a really good inside running game plus a great play-action bootleg game that keeps you off-balance. They can also drop back and throw the ball downfield. So they do it all. They have a ton of formations and are very versatile. It's tough to lock in on any one thing they're going to do. They have a great plan.''

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds is the catalyst of Navy's triple-option offense, which is putting up 25.9 points and 391.3 yards per game. The freshman has passed for 719 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 535 yards and nine scores.

Reynolds and slotback Gee Gee Greene (679 yards) are the key figures in a rushing offense that ranks sixth nationally with an average of 274.3 yards. This figures to be a tough matchup for Texas State, which is giving up 211.7 yards per game on the ground.

``You have to beat Navy because Navy won't beat itself, and that's the mark of a good team,'' Franchione said.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.


RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.