WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:02:58 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Pelicans acquire Cousins, Casspi in multi-player deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-acquire-cousins-casspi-in-multi-player-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-acquire-cousins-casspi-in-multi-player-deal/ Sports Mon, 20 Feb 2017 3:25:58 PM Alicia Serrano Pelicans acquire Cousins, Casspi in multi-player deal

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade with the Sacramento Kings to acquire center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi in exchange for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway.

The trade also includes two of the Pelicans' future draft picks.

Cousins, 6'11'' was drafted fifth overall by Sacramento in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. This season he averages 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks. Cousins is a three-time NBA All-Star, has been named to the All-NBA Second Team twice, was a on the All-Rookie First Team in 2011 and won gold medals with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Casspi, 6'9'' was drafted by Sacramento 23rd overall in 2011 and averages 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Casspi has previously played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets.


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AD gets MVP as West beats East http://www.wbrz.com/news/ad-gets-mvp-as-west-beats-east/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ad-gets-mvp-as-west-beats-east/ Sports Mon, 20 Feb 2017 6:31:24 AM Associated Press AD gets MVP as West beats East

NEW ORLEANS - The local guy was the MVP of Sunday's NBA All-Star game at New Orleans.

Pelicans center Anthony Davis scored 20 of his All-Star game-record 52 points in the fourth quarter as the Western Conference won for the sixth time in seven years, 192-182 over the East. He was 26 of 39 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.

Davis shattered the previous record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

Russell Westbrook was in contention for a third straight MVP honor before West coach Steve Kerr took him out for a few minutes in the final period while leaving Davis in the game. The Oklahoma City guard nailed seven 3-pointers and finished with 41 points in just 19 minutes.

Golden State teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry each had 21 points for the West, which hit 21 3-pointers and shot 59 percent. Durant also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-the-toh-KAHM'-poh) led the East squad with 30 points in the highest-scoring game in league history.


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LSU Baseball defeats Air Force 10-3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-defeats-air-force-10-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-defeats-air-force-10-3/ Sports Sun, 19 Feb 2017 7:59:25 PM WBRZ Staff LSU Baseball defeats Air Force 10-3

BATON ROUGE – LSU exploded for six runs in the fourth inning Sunday to defeat Air Force, 10-3, in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU was perfect on the weekend, moving to 3-0 with the win, while the loss dropped Air Force to 2-2.

The Tigers will return to action Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., when they face New Orleans at Maestri Field in New Orleans. 

“I was proud of the way our players kept their attention to detail and focus throughout the weekend,” Mainieri said. “You never want to say you played a perfect game, because there are always things that can be improved upon, but I thought our team performed very well in all three games." 

The Tiger bullpen pitched well to hold the lead, combining for six strikeouts and allowing just two runs on two hits in four innings.

A scary moment occurred in the top of the fifth inning when home plate umpire Ray Miller was struck in the head with a bat. Miller walked off the field under his own power and immediately received medical attention. He watched the remainder of the game after receiving four stitches and is in good condition.


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Comments made on BR radio got a northwest La. coach removed from his job http://www.wbrz.com/news/comments-made-on-br-radio-got-a-northwest-la-coach-removed-from-his-job/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/comments-made-on-br-radio-got-a-northwest-la-coach-removed-from-his-job/ Sports Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:56:27 AM Trey Schmaltz Comments made on BR radio got a northwest La. coach removed from his job

BOSSIER CITY – A northwest Louisiana football powerhouse removed its football coach Friday over comments made during a radio interview heard in Baton Rouge dealing with college football coaches at the University of Alabama.

David Feaster coached at Bossier City's Parkway High until Friday morning.

In an interview on a sports talk radio station in Baton Rouge earlier this week, Feaster said Alabama coaches are unethical when it comes to recruiting and were not welcome at his Shreveport-area campus. The conversation was tied to the recruiting of Brandon Harris who eventually signed with LSU. Harris recently announced he was leaving LSU.

Parkway's principal said the comments were out of line.

"Coach Feaster and I do not share the same philosophy or vision for Parkway High School athletics," Bates said in a statement.

Feaster, who also teaches math, is still working at Parkway, the school said.

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Arden Key taking time away from LSU football for 'personal reasons' http://www.wbrz.com/news/arden-key-taking-time-away-from-lsu-football-for-personal-reasons-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arden-key-taking-time-away-from-lsu-football-for-personal-reasons-/ Sports Wed, 15 Feb 2017 2:02:40 PM Kevin Dupuy Arden Key taking time away from LSU football for 'personal reasons'

BATON ROUGE – Head coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday that Sophomore linebacker Arden Key has decided to take time away from football for “personal reasons.”

“We fully support Arden in his decision and look to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time,” Orgeron said.

The university says Orgeron and Key will not have any further comment on the matter. Orgeron is asking fans and media to respect Key’s privacy.

Key was named a Freshman All-America by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com, as well as an SEC All-Freshman Team member in 2015.


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Quarterback Brandon Harris is leaving LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarterback-brandon-harris-is-leaving-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarterback-brandon-harris-is-leaving-lsu/ Sports Mon, 13 Feb 2017 2:10:37 PM Kevin Dupuy Quarterback Brandon Harris is leaving LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Brandon Harris says he is leaving LSU.

In a statement shared on Twitter Monday, Harris said LSU head coach Ed Orgeron gave him a full release and he will transfer away from LSU.

“I look forward to finishing school and graduating and finding the best place to further my education and playing career next season,” Harris said.

He added that he looks forward to cheering on LSU next season.

Harris started the first two games of the 2016 season for the Tigers, before Danny Etling took over the QB job against Mississippi State on September 17th.

According to LSUsports.net, Harris is a senior quarterback from Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. In his sophomore season, Harris started all 12 games with LSU, leading the Tigers to a 9-3 record.


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Bacchus float mocks 'The Young and the Ringless' Atlanta Falcons http://www.wbrz.com/news/bacchus-float-mocks-the-young-and-the-ringless-atlanta-falcons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bacchus-float-mocks-the-young-and-the-ringless-atlanta-falcons/ Sports Mon, 13 Feb 2017 1:50:37 PM Alicia Serrano Bacchus float mocks 'The Young and the Ringless' Atlanta Falcons

NEW ORLEANS – Saints fans will have a little something extra to look forward to during the Bacchus parade this year.

The parade will feature floats honoring the 50th season of the New Orleans Saints with a few that take jabs at the Atlanta Falcons, who could not manage to grab a hold of a Superbowl title despite their 25-point lead over the New England Patriots. 

Floats in the Bacchus parade will feature sayings such as "The Young and the Ringless" and "Dirty Bird Gumbo," mocking the Atlanta Falcons, a known rival of the New Orleans Saints.

Other floats feature Drew Brees, Tom Benson and highlights of the biggest moments in Saints history, including the team's historic Superbowl win in 2010. 

Click here to look at more photos of the floats.


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LSU's Deichmann undergoes surgery after practice injury http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-deichmann-undergoes-surgery-after-practice-injury/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-deichmann-undergoes-surgery-after-practice-injury/ Sports Mon, 13 Feb 2017 7:41:48 AM Kevin Dupuy LSU's Deichmann undergoes surgery after practice injury

BATON ROUGE – LSU outfielder Greg Deichmann underwent surgery Sunday to repair a fractured cheekbone he suffered Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

Deichman was hit by a pitch Friday night during practice. LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said that Greg will be evaluated day-to-day.

The decision on whether he will play in Friday’s season opener against Air Force won’t be made until Thursday.


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Arkansas rallies to beat LSU 78-70 http://www.wbrz.com/news/arkansas-rallies-to-beat-lsu-78-70/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arkansas-rallies-to-beat-lsu-78-70/ Sports Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:44:28 PM Associated Press Arkansas rallies to beat LSU 78-70

BATON ROUGE - Dusty Hannahs and Daryl Macon scored 17 points each and Arkansas rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat LSU 78-70 on Saturday night.

The Razorbacks (18-7, 7-5 SEC) trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and took control of the game with outstanding 3-point shooting. After making just three shots from behind the arc in the first half, Arkansas made seven after halftime.

Hannahs made four of his five 3-pointers after halftime with all four makes coming in the first seven minutes. During that time, the Razorbacks took a 50-46 lead.

Arkansas had as much as a 12-point advantage in the second half.

Anton Beard scored 11 points and Dustin Thomas nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds for Arkansas.

Antonio Blakeney led LSU (9-15, 1-11) with 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Duop Reath accounted for 14 points and 15 rebounds. Brandon Sampson had 12 points for the Tigers, who lost their 11th game in a row.


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Saints to hold 2017 training camp at practice facility in Metairie http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-to-hold-2017-training-camp-at-practice-facility-in-metairie/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-to-hold-2017-training-camp-at-practice-facility-in-metairie/ Sports Thu, 9 Feb 2017 4:16:18 PM Alicia Serrano Saints to hold 2017 training camp at practice facility in Metairie

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints will hold their annual training camp this summer at the team's practice facility in Metairie, Saints General Manager and Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis announced.

The Saints held the first phase of their past three training camps at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The team is expected to begin this year's training camp in late July.

The Saints have previously held training camp at the practice facility from 2003-2005 and from 2009-2013 with practices open to the public. The team has also held open training camp practices at the facility the past three seasons late in the training camp schedule.

"Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017," Saints owner Tom Benson said. "This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season."

The team will announce their full training camp schedule later this spring.


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Super Bowl win comforts family of fan who died during game http://www.wbrz.com/news/super-bowl-win-comforts-family-of-fan-who-died-during-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/super-bowl-win-comforts-family-of-fan-who-died-during-game/ Sports Wed, 8 Feb 2017 4:36:22 PM Associated Press Super Bowl win comforts family of fan who died during game

BOSTON - The family of a Massachusetts woman who died halfway through the Super Bowl said the Patriots' stunning come-from-behind win helped ease their grief.

The Boston Globe reports that Marilyn Kasputys, of Lincoln, battled Parkinson's disease and endured seven hip surgeries in the past 15 months. It says she had tried to hold on for the Super Bowl, and her last word before kickoff Sunday was "champagne."

About midway through the game, however, her family realized it was time to say goodbye to the 80-year-old former ice dancer.

When they checked the score again, the Patriots were already well on the way to their historic comeback.

Joy Prudek, one of Marilyn's four daughters, said when they saw the end of the game, the family knew that her mother had helped pull the team to victory.


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NFL retirees urged to sign up for settlement http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-retirees-urged-to-sign-up-for-settlement/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-retirees-urged-to-sign-up-for-settlement/ Sports Wed, 8 Feb 2017 11:40:17 AM Associated Press NFL retirees urged to sign up for settlement

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Philadelphia is urging NFL retirees to register for a concussion settlement that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years.

About 22,000 retirees are encouraged to get baseline neurological testing. The league expects more than 6,000 of them to eventually be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

The settlement offers them treatment and possibly damage awards. The awards can reach several million dollars for younger men with the most severe neurological damage. The average award is expected to be about $190,000 for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia. The awards do not cover depression or mood disorders.

Participants must register for the settlement by Aug. 7. The settlement approved by Senor U.S. District Judge Anita Brody resolves thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about concussion risks.


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Coach Orgeron announces two new additions to LSU coaching staff http://www.wbrz.com/news/coach-orgeron-announces-two-new-additions-to-lsu-coaching-staff/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/coach-orgeron-announces-two-new-additions-to-lsu-coaching-staff/ Sports Tue, 7 Feb 2017 6:24:57 PM Jeremy Krail Coach Orgeron announces two new additions to LSU coaching staff

BATON ROUGE- LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron announced the hiring of two new members of his coaching staff Tuesday.

Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph, two coaches with strong reputations as recruiters have joined the Tigers. 

Robinson, who was recently named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year, comes to LSU after spending the 2016 season at Southern Cal as the running backs coach and run game coordinator for Rose Bowl Champion Trojans. Robinson will serve as LSU’s running backs coach as well as holding the title of assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.

Joseph, a native of New Orleans, joins the LSU staff after one year at Louisiana Tech where he coached running backs for the Bulldogs. Joseph will serve as LSU’s wide receivers coach.

“Mickey is well-known in our state and he has strong ties to New Orleans," Orgeron said. "Tommie brings an impressive resume to our staff, one that includes six years of coaching in the NFL. He’s going to be a tremendous asset to our program and will be a great resource for all of us.”

Robinson’s coaching career spans 30 years, which includes three years with the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2000) and three with the Arizona Cardinals (2010-12). He has helped teams appear in 11 bowl games and the NFL playoffs twice.

Joseph brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the LSU staff. Prior to his one season at Louisiana Tech, Joseph helped turn around a Grambling State team that went 1-11 prior to his arrival to winning 16 games over the next two years.

Joseph was special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at Alcorn State in 2013, helping the Braves to a 9-3 overall mark, the most wins for the school in 30 years. Joseph spent six years at Langston University from 2008-13, which included two years as the head coach. Joseph led Langston to a 7-3 mark in his first season as head coach in 2011. He went 13-7 overall as the head coach at Langston.

The hiring of Robinson and Joseph is pending approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors as well as a background check, per LSU policy.


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Some Boston Globe editions mistakenly suggest Falcons won Super Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/some-boston-globe-editions-mistakenly-suggest-falcons-won-super-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/some-boston-globe-editions-mistakenly-suggest-falcons-won-super-bowl/ Sports Mon, 6 Feb 2017 2:59:39 PM Associated Press Some Boston Globe editions mistakenly suggest Falcons won Super Bowl

BOSTON - It wasn't exactly 'Dewey Defeats Truman,' but some Florida readers of The Boston Globe learned a different Super Bowl outcome than most.

Early editions of New England's largest newspaper ran a front page Monday suggesting the Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons.

The headline read "A Bitter End" over an image of a fallen Tom Brady. The Patriots ended up mounting a furious rally and won 34-28 in overtime.

Part time Florida resident M. Charles Bakst says he received the edition at his residence in Fort Myers and it reminded him of the infamous headline the Chicago Daily Tribune ran following President Harry Truman's 1948 re-election victory over challenger Thomas Dewey.

It's not immediately clear how many editions were affected. Globe officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Boston-area editions ran the headline "Win For The Ages" and showed a triumphant Brady holding up the championship trophy as confetti fell.


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Kobe Bryant memorabilia stolen from ex-NBA star's alma mater http://www.wbrz.com/news/kobe-bryant-memorabilia-stolen-from-ex-nba-star-s-alma-mater/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kobe-bryant-memorabilia-stolen-from-ex-nba-star-s-alma-mater/ Sports Mon, 6 Feb 2017 10:30:22 AM Associated Press Kobe Bryant memorabilia stolen from ex-NBA star's alma mater

ARDMORE - Authorities say memorabilia from Kobe Bryant's high school career have been stolen from a display case at the former NBA star's school near Philadelphia.

Philly.com reports the theft from "Kobe's Shrine" outside the Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School was discovered by school officials on Sunday evening.

The thief busted a lock on the display case and took Bryant's framed high school jersey, several pairs of signed Nike sneakers and the 1996 state championship trophy and net.

School officials say the items have little monetary value. The jersey is a replica of the one worn by the Los Angeles Lakers legend as a student.

Lower Merion police are reviewing surveillance video to try to solve the crime.


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Patriots stun Falcons with comeback OT victory in Super Bowl LI http://www.wbrz.com/news/patriots-stun-falcons-with-comeback-ot-victory-in-super-bowl-li/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/patriots-stun-falcons-with-comeback-ot-victory-in-super-bowl-li/ Sports Sun, 5 Feb 2017 3:24:37 PM Associated Press Patriots stun Falcons with comeback OT victory in Super Bowl LI

HOUSTON - Tom Brady has a record fifth Super Bowl win for a quarterback after the biggest comeback in the game's history, and one of the greatest catches.

James White ran 2 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, and the Patriots came back from 25 points down for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.

The Patriots drove to the tying score with help from a unbelievable catch by Julian Edelman, who somehow kept the ball off the turf on a diving grab of a tipped pass that bounced off a defender's shoe.

James White ran 1 yard for a touchdown, and Brady's 2-point conversion pass to Danny Amendola tied the score at 28-all with 57 seconds left.

The Falcons, who lost again in their second Super Bowl, led 28-3 in the third quarter after Matt Ryan's second touchdown pass. Robert Alford had an 82-yard interception return in the first half.


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Patriots fans take to streets of Boston to celebrate victory http://www.wbrz.com/news/patriots-fans-take-to-streets-of-boston-to-celebrate-victory/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/patriots-fans-take-to-streets-of-boston-to-celebrate-victory/ Sports Mon, 6 Feb 2017 6:05:19 AM Associated Press Patriots fans take to streets of Boston to celebrate victory

BOSTON - New England Patriots fans have taken to the streets of Boston to celebrate their team's 34-28 dramatic overtime Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Hundreds of fans gathered late Sunday night and early Monday morning in Boston Common, a downtown public park.

They were dancing, cheering and chanting "Brady." Police also were there to make sure the celebrations didn't get out of hand. There were no immediate reports of any problems and fans were mostly described as being well-behaved.

Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took to Twitter late Sunday to congratulate the Patriots and announce the victory parade, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Boston police tweeted their thanks "to all the fans who acted like champions tonight" and wrote that they would see them again on Tuesday.


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Brady suspects game jersey was stolen after Super Bowl win http://www.wbrz.com/news/brady-suspects-game-jersey-was-stolen-after-super-bowl-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brady-suspects-game-jersey-was-stolen-after-super-bowl-win/ Sports Mon, 6 Feb 2017 5:44:38 AM Associated Press Brady suspects game jersey was stolen after Super Bowl win

HOUSTON - Tom Brady thinks his Super Bowl jersey has been picked off.

The Patriots quarterback, selected the MVP of New England's 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, couldn't find his game-worn No. 12 jersey in the locker room after the big win. He told a Patriots equipment manager that he remembered placing it in his locker, adding that "someone stole it."

After looking through his bags to no avail, Brady told owner Robert Kraft that "someone stole my game jersey." Kraft told Brady: "You better look online."

While Brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. Brady said he hadn't and added: "Yeah, it's going to be on eBay at some point."


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President Trump says Patriots by 8 over Falcons http://www.wbrz.com/news/president-trump-says-patriots-by-8-over-falcons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/president-trump-says-patriots-by-8-over-falcons/ Sports Sun, 5 Feb 2017 4:13:02 PM Associated Press President Trump says Patriots by 8 over Falcons

HOUSTON - President Donald Trump is predicting an 8-point victory by the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Trump made the prediction during a Fox News interview taped Saturday and aired a few hours before the game.

While Trump counts Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as a friend and says he likes coach Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft, he also praises the Atlanta Falcons as a "fantastic team."

But, Trump says, "You have to stick up for your friends, right?"

Trump tells Fox News host Bill O'Reilly that the Patriots are more comfortable because they've been to the big game before. He says, "Once you've done it, there's a lot less pressure."

The Patriots have won the Super Bowl four times while the Falcons have played for the championship once and lost.


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Dylan Moses named Parade Player of the Year http://www.wbrz.com/news/dylan-moses-named-parade-player-of-the-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dylan-moses-named-parade-player-of-the-year/ Sports Sun, 5 Feb 2017 12:49:30 PM Trey Couvillion Dylan Moses named Parade Player of the Year

BATON ROUGE - Former University Laboratory School football player Dylan Moses was named Parade Magazine's Player of the Year for 2017.

The now Alabama Crimson Tide student received his first college scholarship offer from former LSU head coach Les Miles all the way back in 2012, when he was entering into the eighth grade. Shortly after, Alabama's head coach Nick Saban also extended an offer, according to Parade.

He spent his senior year sharpening his skills at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and graduated early with straight A's, according to Parade.

Parade said in their latest edition that "This year's Parade All-America Player of the Year is a linebacker with fire in his belly and all the right moves."

Moses enrolled into school at the University of Alabama in January so he could get acclimated earlier, Parade said.

Read the full story HERE.


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