Is there a better way to start your morning than with a Dawand Jones highlight package?
Word of the Day: Descry.
BIG FOOTSTEPS. When Wyatt Davis heads to The League, he'll be carrying quite the legacy with him as he looks to follow in his grandpa's footsteps.
And truthfully, if Wyatt has even half the career of his grandfather Willie Davis – five All-Pro nods, five NFL Championships, and victories in the first two Super Bowls – then he'll have had a more-than-successful professional career.
.@OhioStateFB OG Wyatt Davis wants to live out his NFL dreams and honor his late grandfather, @packers legend Willie Davis.— NFL (@NFL) April 6, 2021
"I know that he'll be smiling up above." @wyattdavis53 pic.twitter.com/M09NEUGGDo
But as good as grandpa was, let's not forget that his father was a football legend in his own right – just the fictional kind. Duane Davis' football prowess might not have been *real* per se, but playing Alvin Mack in The Program and Featherstone in Necessary Roughness is its own kind of badass.
Let's put this in perspective – Wyatt Davis was a five-star prospect out of high school, was a consensus All-American in 2019 and a unanimous All-American in 2020, and he's about to be selected in at least the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. And yet, he's decidedly the least famous of that father, son, and grandpa trio.
You've got some ground to make up, Wyatt.
FIVE-STAR TEEN LIKES THE BUCKEYES. As the team stands now, Ohio State's already getting some extremely early preseason love as a consensus top-15 team with one basketball knower even going as far as to rank them No. 2 in his way-too-early rankings.
The hype is real already, and there's a chance it's going to get even crazier given that a five-star teen at a position of need has the Buckeyes in his top-three with plenty of reasons to pick Ohio State.
“(Efton Reid)'s ready to get this all over with,” Kassab told The Dispatch. “It’s been difficult not being able to visit all the schools that he wanted to see on official visits but same boat as everybody else. He’s a very cerebral kid so he really doesn’t want to end up in the transfer portal.
“He’s ready. Obviously Ohio State is definitely in that very small group that he has remaining. We’ll see how it all pans out.”
“The things that we stress to him and he is really looking at is relationship with the head coach,” the coach said. “That’s probably the most important one. Style of play. And he wants to go somewhere he’s going to be an immediate impact. That’s why Ohio State is where it’s at right now. He knows that’s one of their Achilles’ Heels and probably kept them from going deep into the tournament this year was the lack of a true 5.
“Those are the things mainly that he’s looking for. He wants to go somewhere that needs a versatile 5 like he is and enables him to play the way he likes to play.”
Reid's the No. 3 center and No. 23 overall player in the 2021 class. If he picks Ohio State, he'll be the Buckeyes' first five-star signee since D'Angelo Russell in 2014 and the first five-star big man since Jared Sullinger in 2010.
Needless to say, it would be a rather large #BOOM. But more than that, his coach basically just described Ohio State when listing what he's looking for.
I'm not going to get my hopes too high because my heart doesn't need that kind of hurt less than a month after a first-round exit to a 15-seed, but I'll put myself down as cautiously optimistic.
JEOPARDY SHOWDOWN? Noted ball thrower Aaron Rodgers has a new challenge these days as he tries his hand at hosting Jeopardy!, serving as the show's guest host for 10 episodes.
He won't be answering the questions himself, but if he were to serve as a contestant instead, he's got one particular former teammate in mind that he'd like to beat head-to-head: Corey Linsley.
"One guy I would love to beat — love, love, love to beat — is one of my former teammates now, Corey Linsley. Corey, who has been our center for a number of years, just signed with the L.A. Chargers. Corey is really brilliant. There is no one I would want to beat more if we were both contestants than Corey Linsley."
That's high praise, but Linsley is rather unconvinced he'd put up much of a fight.
"What he's doing, is he's talking up the competition," Linsley said. "You never want to give anybody bulletin board material! But the other thing is, you want to make your opponent look as good as he can and pay him respect. There's some level of respect there. But he's mostly saying that so when he smokes me on 'Jeopardy!,' everybody can look at him like he's Einstein."
"I'd be good at certain categories like Midwestern geography, grit, manual labor, manners," Linsley said. "Aaron would win in categories like golf, yachting, anything California. Met Gala attire is another category Aaron would excel in. More the 'refined-lifestyle' categories. But all in all, there's no question he'd beat me for sure."
Midwestern geography, grit, manual labor, and manners. Shit, that seems good enough for me. What else could anybody possibly be asked to know?
This did get me thinking, though – who would be the ideal Jeopardy! candidate from a recent Ohio State football team? It's gotta be Jordan Fuller, right? I mean, you don't get nominated for the academic Heisman Trophy by accident, much less twice.
After that, I might take someone like Billy Price, Joshua Perry, or Tyvis Powell.
But if you open things up to the basketball team, my champion is Aaron Craft, no question.
QB1. As Justin Fields continues to fall down draft boards for reasons I cannot figure out, here's a reminder that he's incredibly good at throwing the football, actually.
Highest accurate pass % last season:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 6, 2021
1. Justin Fields, Ohio State - 72.4%
2. Mac Jones, Alabama - 72.0%
FBS AVG - 55% pic.twitter.com/Rr3VoMvXr1
I think we all know what's going to happen this month – he's somehow going to slip to the Patriots and Bill Belichick is going to coach for another decade with Fields at the helm as another generational quarterback that just fell into New England's lap.
SONG OF THE DAY. "Wellerman" by Nathan Evans.
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