Monday, August 31, 2015

Redskins cut roster down to 75 players

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.The Washington Redskins announced today that they have made the following roster moves:
The Redskins placed the following player on the team’s Reserve/Injured list:

The Redskins waived the following players:
            TE Ernst Brun, Jr.
            LB Dyshawn Davis
            TE Chase Dixon
            CB Tajh Hasson
            LB Alonzo Highsmith
            CB DreQuan Hoskey
            WR Tony Jones (designated as injured)
            K Ty Long
            TE Devin Mahina
            G Bryce Quigley
            CB Trey Wolfe 

The Redskins terminated the contracts of the following players:
            CB Bryan McCann
            T Willie Smith 

With the moves, the Redskins’ active roster now stands at 75 players.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Heritage opens strong with win against James Wood

Alex Carlin throws 5 TD's  Photo by James Murphy/CCS
LEESBURG, Va.- The Heritage Pride wasted no time Friday night coming out of  the gates on the first play from scrimmage with a touchdown agaisnt James Wood.

Heritage quarterback Alex Carlin threw five touchdown passes and ran for one in a 55-21 victory on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

"I was real excited how we played offensively," Heritage Coach Reed said, "the kids did a good job playing hard, executing, we knew we were going to be exposive on offense and just really proud of the effort the kids gave tonight."

The Pride managed to get 15 points on the board before the Colonels offense touched the ball.

After the opening kickoff Carlin hit Cole Miller in stride for a 76 yard touchdown pass and after the kick failed, the Pride recovered an onside kick and got their second score of the first quarter on a 44 yard scamper from Mitch Westbrook and the point after gave Heritage a 15 point lead just over one minute into the game.

"We gave up a lot of trick type plays, onside kicks and those things early.The thing we learned is that we can run the ball," James Wood Coach McHale said. "We've got to figure out our defense and adjust that and I think we will be alright."

Tyler Bishop rushed for 288 yards and 2 td's   James Murphy/CCS
Colonel running back Tyler Bishop rushed for 288 yards and two touchdowns for the Colonels before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter. Bishop scored on runs of 8 and 85 yards.

Carlin used a variety of weapons speading his five touchdowns among four receivers. Carlin hit Cole Miller on passes of 76 and 20, Andrew Sylvain for 15, Tyrique Moss for 85, and Mitch Westbrook for 85 yards.

"We like to spread the wealth around here at Heritage," Carlin said. "We like to get everybody in the mix and feeling better, everyone's a part of the team."

Westbook scored two times on the the ground with runs of 44 and 5. Carlin scored the Pride's only touchdown of the second half on a 30 yard run.

James Wood's other score came on a one yard plunge from running back Keegan DeHaven.

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Mitch Westbrook scored three times for the Pride    James Murphy/CCS

Friday, August 28, 2015

Game of the Week kicks off fifth season tonight

Bluemont, Va.- The Clarke County Sports Game of the Week kicks off our fifth season tonight as we travel to Leesburg to see the James Wood Colonels in action against the Heritage Pride. Both teams look to improve on last seasons records and the matchup is a repeat of last years opener for both teams as Heritage won the game 24-12.

The game of the week features video highlights and interviews and will be accompanied by a photo gallery on the website and our facebook page.  Live pregame, halftime and post game updates will be posted to facebook with the video highlights and photo's to follow.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shepherd University - Shepherd Football Announces 2015 Captains

Visit the official website of the Shepherd University Football team for the story at the link below:

Shepherd University - Shepherd Football Announces 2015 Captains

2015 Captains (L-R): Phillip Rhoden, Jon Hammer, Shaneil Jenkins, Jeff Ziemba, and Tre Sullivan.
        Photo Courtesy of the Shepherd University

Washington Redskins to dedicate new turf field at Park View High School

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Loudoun County Public Schools Board of Supervisors will dedicate a new turf field prior to Park View High School’s season opener on Friday, Aug. 28.

The field was announced last April and was made possible through a funding partnership in the amount of $1,000,000 from the Redskins Charitable Foundation, the NFL Foundation and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.  The result is a brand new, synthetic, multi-sport field at Park View High School (Sterling, Va.). Prior to the official unveiling of the field before the Park View vs. Manassas Park varsity football game, the Charitable Foundation will host a Play 60 mini-combine led by Park View High School varsity athletes for youth attending the game. Mr. Bruce Allen, President, Washington Redskins, will be in attendance for the ribbon cutting.

WHO:  The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Washington Redskins President Mr. Bruce Allen and Loudoun County Public Schools Board of Supervisors

WHAT: Park View High School Field Dedication Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 28    

Play 60 Mini-Combine: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Field Dedication: 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Park View High School (400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, Va.)

For more information on the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s programs and events, visit or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR or Instagram at @Redskinsgiveback.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Highlights from Clarke County at Jefferson High School Football Scrimmage

Eagles Defense applying pressure   James Murphy / CCS
Matt Dang looks for daylight    James Murphy / CCS

Shenandoah Junction, WV- The Clarke County Eagles put the finishing touches on their 2015 summer practices with a scrimmage against a tough Jefferson Cougar football team on Friday in Shenandoah Junction.

The Eagles have their bye in Week 1 before opening at home against rival Manassas Park at "the Felt" in Berryville in Sept. 4.

Manassas Park will open their 2015 campaign at Park View in Sterling. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snider will be on hand for a pregame ribbon cutting ceremony as the Redskins Community Foundation donated the money to have the Patriots football field artificial turf installed.

The Cougars will open this Friday at home against the Millbrook Pioneers, who will travel to "the Felt" on Sept. 11 to face Clarke County.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Eagles scrimmage at Jefferson, prepare for upcoming season

Hunter Rogers returns in the Eagles backfield   Photo by James Murphy / CCS
Shenandoah Junction, WV- The Clarke County Eagles traveled to nearby Jefferson County, WV on Friday to scrimmage the Jefferson Cougars. The Eagles will have their bye next week when the VHSL 2015 season starts and will open the following week at home against Bull Run District Rival Manassas Park.

Eagles Head Coach Chris Parker starts his 16th Season as the Head Coach and his 33rd season on the Clarke County Football Staff.

Parker speaks with Moe Murphy about the upcoming season. Check back at Clarke County Sports for video highlights of the scrimmage.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

120 players report as Hornets hold first practice

Photo courtesy of SU Athletic Department
WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University football team officially kicked off the department's 2015-16 athletic season by holding its initial practice of the year Sunday afternoon.

Under the direction of third-year hed coach Scott Yoder, the staff welcomed 120 players to its first day of summer camp.

After reporting on Saturday, the Hornets began the day Sunday with conditioning tests in the morning in both the weight room and on Aikens Practice Field.

Following a lunch break, the squad moved to the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf for additional testing before starting football drills for the final hour of practice.

To view photo's from Sunday's Practice visit the SU Hornets site;

Shenandoah Hornets first practice photo gallery

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Redskins to host Fan Day in Ashburn to welcome home team

Larry Michael  "Voice of the Washington Redskins"
Richmond, Va.- The Washington Redskins announced this morning that they will host Fan Day on Sunday August 23 at the teams practice facility at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA.

"We continue to appreciate the strong support we receive from our fans in Loudoun County," President Bruce Allen said. "We look forward to giving those fans the opportunity to celebrate the Redskins returning from training camp."

The event is being sponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, one of the Redskin's corporate partners. Admission to the event is free.

"Loudoun County is proud to be the corporate home of the Washington Redskins and we look forward to welcoming them back from Richmond," Loudoun Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer said. "This is an exciting time of the year for football fans, and this event is a great opportunity for not only our residents, but for fans across the region to watch practice and interact with the team and coaches."

Gates will open at 11:30AM and practice is scheduled from 1:35PM to 3:30PM. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy an entire day of Redskin festivities.

In addition to the drills and practice, the Washington Redskins Marching Band along with the Redskins Cheerleaders will perform throughout the day.

Larry Michael, "the Voice of the Washington Redskins" will be on hand to welcome the crowd.

Due to expected large crowds a ticket lottery will be conducted for Redskins Fan Day the deadline to enter is August 18, at 5:00PM ET.

For more information on Redskins Fan Day visit :  The Washington Redskins Fan Day in Ashburn

To enter the lottery follow the link at : Redskins Fan Day Lottery Entry form

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SU Football Coach Scott Yoder at ODAC Media Day

SU Coach Scott Yoder
Winchester, Va. -  Shenandoah University Head Football Coach Scott Yoder addressed the media on Friday at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Media Day.  The press conference can be viewed at the link below courtesy of the SU Athletic Department.     Click the link below to view the article.

Scott Yoder at ODAC Media Day - Shenandoah

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden comments Day 9 Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

August 8, 2015
Washington Redskins Training Center - Richmond, Va.

Head Coach Jay Gruden 

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden  James Murphy  CCS
On the skirmishes today:
“Tempers flared. I don't know who started what. We tried as a staff – Coach [Bill] O'Brien and myself tried to make it clear that wasn't acceptable behavior. Unfortunately, it wasn't two people. It was a group of men that was escalated very quickly. For whatever reason it escalated into a nasty brawl, so we separated the teams and just finished practice on our own.”

On deciding to separate practice:
“Initially we had a couple on our field on the offensive field, and I was just going to cut that period out and have everybody go to the side, let everybody cool down and finish practice, but then the other one broke out on the other field and it wasn't worth it. Injuries take place. Obviously, it wasn't a good situation, but we missed an opportunity to get better today against a good team. A lot will be written about that, what happened today. But really we had two excellent days against them and I appreciate them coming. It's an unfortunate happening.”

On if he felt today was wasted:
“Yeah, I do. On the other side, we had quite a few guys down, some guys taking a rest day today. We're a little bit banged up and we need this day off tomorrow for our players to recover. I do wish we had that practice. We had some red zone, some two-minute, some great situational work we were going to do today. Unfortunately, we didn't get it done. Weather had probably a little bit to do with the energy levels of the players, I don't know. It is what it is and we still got some work done though.”

On the status of the players following the skirmishes:
“Yeah, I think everybody is fine. I don't think there's any new injuries to report. Matt Jones re-tweaked his knee a little bit. I think that’s the only new injury we have but he’s going to be fine.”
On if he had a sense that this might happen
“No, not at all. I thought the first two days were outstanding. It was good work, really. Going in full pads this day, the last day, the rain, the weather, the crowd… you could see everybody was a little anxious to get the practice in and put in a little bit extra in finishing runs and all that stuff. You could sense a little bit but what happened there you can’t really control. You try to control, but unfortunately it happened.”

On positive takeaways from the joint practices:
“I think there’s a lot, really. We got great work for a lot of young guys, situational work, like I said. We got [Brandon] Scherff and Morgan Moses and J.J. Watt. We got scheme, we got quarterbacks seeing a different scheme, we got a lot of great work for young defensive backs, young defensive linemen. So it’s another chance for them to get on tape and see what they have against other teams’ players. Sometimes when you’re going against each other all throughout training camp, you don't really have a sense of how well they’re doing because they’re going against the same guy all the time. But when we go against different people, it's a great measuring stick for both sides and for us to look at the young guys."

On if linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s day off today was planned:

“Yes. This is really the toughest stretch throughout the season. We go four, five days in a row now without a break sometimes, so some of the veterans we’ll give a day off who’s coming off an injury – like Kerrigan, like Trent [Williams], like D-Hall would have had one today had he been OK.”

On tackles Willie Smith and Tom Compton:
“Willie’s been out with a little bit of that Achilles deal. He was getting some work here yesterday and today, so I was anxious to see how he’s progressed but I don’t have a lot to go on with shoulder pads on. He’s going to get a lot of great work, obviously in the Cleveland game and the preseason games and moving forward. Tom  is a valuable player for this football team because he can play left tackle, right tackle, left guard, right guard. He probably could play center. He’s still in here competing his butt off and not giving up by any means the starting job. But he’s going to come out… knowing that you have a guy that could play four positions effectively is very, very important for this team.”

On if he’ll rethink joint practices in the future:
"No, I think the only think I’ll rethink is going three straight days in pads. I think against New England last year we were probably two days and then we went in shorts the day before a game. I think three days in a row is probably too much. These guys get a little… The third day in shorts there is no way they can really fight cause there is no contact. We thought it was important to get the work in for a lot of our young guys and our preseason game is not until Thursday so we had time to do this. So that would be the only thing I would rethink but I think these are very, very valuable. Like I said, I appreciate Coach O'Brien coming here and the Houston Texans. I know they are sick about what happened today as we are but that happened and we just have got to move on."

Game of the Week set for Fifth Season

BLUEMONT, VA- Clarke County Sports Editor and CEO Michael "Moe" Murphy has announced that Clarke County Sports will once again do their football Game of the Week Show starting the weekend of August 28.

The show, in it's fifth season show game highlights and has selected interviews following the game with live updates on Clarke County Sports Facebook and Twitter feeds.

"As in the past we will be at "the Felt" for all the [Clarke County] Eagle's home games, and will be covering as many home Shenandoah University games as possible. We also plan to do some other area VHSL games and possibly some Shepherd University Ram football."

Check back at Clarke County Sports for more Game of the Week updates....

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson comments from Day 5 Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

August 3, 2015  
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

 Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

On his goals for the upcoming season:

"I think every year you come back to training camp and  just being a professional athlete, you expect high standards from yourself and from your teammates. Carrying off from last year, I think it was a disappointing year for us across the whole board and whole organization. I think we need to do a good job of giving ourselves a good position early in the season to kind of set it up for the end of the year. I think the work has been put in – the offseason, new additions, new coaches – the whole nine. I think we’re very comfortable with where we’re at with the talent level, the coaches and everything. Our work is done on that field in between them lines, so I think we’re doing that and everybody is moving towards one common goal."

On if his familiarity with the quarterbacks from last year will help moving forward:

"It’s definitely a great thing to have quarterbacks that you’re used to dealing with. Last year we played with three different quarterbacks. As long as I think them guys can stay healthy, we can get the best out of them. Not put too much pressure – it’s everybody across the board, it’s a team sport – it’s not a one man game. I think everybody has to be held accountable, everybody has to take their game up to another notch to get the results we need."

On his reality series, DeSean Jackson: Home Team, on BET:

“It’s just an opportunity I had. That’s offseason-type stuff. I’m at work doing my first job. That’s what I’m focused on. I know what’s important. I know where my breadwinner is, and that’s actually being a professional athlete and playing at a high level. So what I do in the offseason is obviously what I choose to do and I’m here now, ready to work and focus on the season.”

On if taping for the entire season is complete:

“Yes, sir.”

On the progress he has seen from quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy:
“I honestly think I definitely have seen progression in RGIII and all the other quarterbacks this year too, as well – Kirk and Colt. I think it’s a year-to-year base — them guys are young. They have some experience early in their career. They just kind of have to build on that. But I’ve definitely been seeing them guys out here making some great throws, tremendous reads and getting the ball to where it needs to go to at the right time.”

On if the quarterbacks are now anticipating his speed:

“Really, that comes with practice. The more we go and take reps, the more we go out on the field and play catch and things like that, but I definitely think they’re anticipating out there. They’re letting me run under the ball. They’re giving me the opportunities to make plays down the field. As a receiver and as someone that has the speed that’s able to break the coverage off the defenses, that’s all you kind of ask for. They’re doing a good job with that right now.”

On if he sees himself in rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder:

“Yeah, man. He’s actually very impressive. I saw that early on in the OTAs for the time I was here. So far in camp, he’s been lighting it up. I can remember when I first came in the league I was young and I like that. They’re putting him in there, they’re throwing him in there to see everything he can do and he’s actually coming out with some great results. As long as he can keep making them plays and doing what he needs to do, being a little guy in this league and shiftier and things like that, he’s going to be able to make some big plays and be a big name in this league if he continues to do that.”

On facing the veterans in the secondary:

“It’s a competitive game. We play this game at a high level. As far the receivers here that’s on this team, we all have been very successful playing in this league. You know, Pierre [Garçon], Dre [Andre Roberts], other guys –
Ryan [Grant] is a good talent, he’s going on his second year, I think we’re very confident in ourselves so anytime we go out there, we always want to win. That’s the competitive nature of being a wide receiver. On the other end, as far as the DBs, they’re competing, they’re doing the things they need to do to get better. It’s all about work, putting in that work. So as long as we’re able to get good work and they’re able to get good work, we’re all teammates. We want everybody to do good at the end of the day. We still have to work and still have to compete, so I’m just interested in how that goes once the season comes along and we start playing other teams.”

On having a mother and sister that aren’t afraid to challenge him:

“I think it definitely is a challenge to have people in my life that care for my well-being. It’s just doing the right things, going out there and making the last name Jackson actually look good and the Redskins as well too because I’m working for them. They stay on top of me for every little thing I do, as I said a hundred times, I’m still a grown man and I’m the one who’s making decisions. I think the balance is good. I appreciate them for what they do and they keep me balanced. I think everybody kind of needs that in their life, someone to balance them, someone to tell you when you’re doing things wrong or when you’re doing things right just still to be able to listen and take criticism from other people.”

On his relationship with cornerback Chris Culliver

“Well, actually, this is my first year really getting to know him and really being friends with him. Before in the past we’ve kind of had times where we played against each other when I was in Philly and last year when we played in San Francisco. As far as his skills, I think he’s a great skill player. He’s a good cover corner in this league and he’s had some good success. To have him be an addition to this team, I think it definitely is a great thing to have. Anytime you’re able to get a guy that started and started well and had success to come into your team and fit right in right away and make some plays, that’s what you look forward to. I think our relationship has been going good. We’re talking to each other, talking about things on the field, just hanging out and being friends."

On his finger:

“It’s cool, it’s just a little dislocated. I popped it back in place. I’m good. I’ll be all right – it’s just a finger."

On Culliver’s skills and his approach to covering Jackson:

“He’s a cover corner. He’s one of them guys who is going to sit off and read. He’s going to read the quarterback, he’s going to play his technique and do things to that type of nature. As far as what challenges me, I don’t really get caught up in any of that type of stuff because I’m comfortable and confident in myself that I don’t think no one could guard me [smiling]. I mean he’s a good player, don’t get nothing wrong away from him. It’s just how I feel about myself. I don’t feel no one could stop me – you could go get Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, whoever you want to get, but at the end of the day, we’re competing. We’re out here, we’re working and that’s all that matters. As long as we’re able to get the best out of each other every rep and do what we need to do to work to get better, that’s what’s going on right now."

On being labeled a “playmaker” and if he would like to do more:

“I would always love to do more. If my number could get called a little more, I definitely would love that. I feel great where we are at right now. I’m just an addition to other players on this team. I do what I do good but there are several players on this team too that could do some great things as well too. Whatever opportunity I get, every change I get the opportunity to make a play, I’m going to make the most out of my skills to score touchdowns, have energy to light my team up, to get everybody riled up to continue to go out on the field and just play at a high level. I just try to set the tempo by playing at a high level and then everybody else can kind of follow.”

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden comments on Day 5 of Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

August 3, 2015 
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Head Coach Jay Gruden 

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden    James Murphy/CCS
On how quarterback Robert Griffin III has looked in camp thus far:

"He’s been doing fine. It’s just going back to the basics really. We’re continuing to build off what we did last year and then obviously in OTAs. It’s just all about repetition now and gaining more knowledge of the system, anticipation and a feel for the throws and the protections and the run game. Obviously the quarterback has a lot on his plate. Any time we get a chance to go out here and practice against our defense and he’s got to make sound, quick decisions, it’s a good thing. We evaluate the heck out of him. Matt [Cavanaugh] coaches the heck out of him, Sean [McVay] does.  Overall I think he’s handled everything extremely well. He’s benefiting from Coach Cavanaugh’s presence and he’s benefiting from the repetitions. I feel like he’s on a steady climb and we’ve just got to keep him that way."

On if he feels the focus being away from Griffin is positive:

"It is, but the focus is always on the quarterback, I think. We’re trying to make this more about the team than Robert, obviously. We don’t want to put too much pressure on our quarterback. I mentioned before we can do a lot to take away that pressure with strong running game and good sound defense and special teams. But overall, Robert is Robert. He’s going to get a lot of attention and deservedly so – he’s a great player. We’ve just got to keep building him and building his confidence and get him ready for Miami."

On injury updates:

"Matt Jones has a sore knee and he will be held out today. He will be day-to-day. I got Matt Jones with a knee [injury]. Willie Smith will still be out with an Achilles [injury]. Tevin Mitchel is going to have planned surgery for his labrum. [Bashaud] Breeland will be out obviously for the four weeks, but he has a mild knee sprain. We’re hoping for Wednesday."

On which labrum cornerback Tevin Mitchel injured:

"I think it’s his left." 

If Mitchel’s injured shoulder was the same one from college:
"Different one. It’s the other one."

On wide receiver DeSean Jackson saying he’s always willing to do more if asked:
"DeSean will never be satisfied [laughter], that’s just the way he is. We want to have great balance, there’s no question about it. He understands the importance of that. He's just a wide receiver with big play capabilities, obviously, and you’d love to give him the ball a lot. You’d love to give Pierre [Garçon] the ball a lot, Jordan Reed obviously. When it comes down to it, man, it’s all about the quarterback throwing to who we think is open. There’s a lot of time where he’ll get doubled, and he won’t get the ball. But when he is singled up, we have got to take advantage of it, and he’s got to take advantage of it when his opportunity comes. It might be four or five times a game, it might be 12 times a game. We don’t know yet. But DeSean has been great since we got him here and you’ve just got to be patient and when the balls come to him, make the play like he always does."

On how Morgan Moses and Josh LeRibeus looked working with the ones yesterday:
“Moses is really doing well. He’s coming off that injury and he’s gained a few pounds of muscle. I really like where Morgan is and where he’s going. I think he’s got a lot of upside obviously, and we felt that – that’s why we drafted him last year. He’s coming along at a good clip and as long as he just keeps studying and keeps working, he’s going to be in good shape. And LeRibeus, this is really the first time he’s played full-time center. He’s going with the twos, yesterday he got a chance to go with the ones. He’s progressing well. It’s a tough position, man. There’s a lot of calls and a lot of things a center has to take care of pre-snap. It’s brand new to him, let alone the snaps and the shotgun snaps have been efficient. We’re happy with his progress also.”

On linebacker Junior Galette:
"Galette's still working with the trainers mostly and the weight/strength coach. We'll hopefully get him out sooner than later but we're going to hold him out a few more days."

On linebacker Perry Riley, Jr.:
"Perry Riley has really done a great job mentally with this new system. We're asking him to do a few different things, but he's playing with his eyes very well. He's getting himself into position. He can cover anybody out of the backfield, any tight end because he can run. And obviously his presence is felt out there. Perry and Keenan [Robinson] both, the inside backers are doing great."

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hornets Post 2015 Football Schedule

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University Head Football Coach Scott Yoder announced his program's 2015 schedule .

Yoder, who led SU to a second straight 4-6 record this past season, will see his Hornets host five games on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf next fall.

Gallaudet, Shenandoah's season opening opponent the past two years, travels to Winchester open the 2015 slate for a 7 p.m. contest on September 5.

The 7 p.m. start is one of two for the Hornets in 2015. The homecoming contest, on October 3 versus Bridgewater, also kicks off at 7.

Two former USA South foes, Ferrum and N.C. Wesleyan, round out the non-conference slate with away games on September 12 and 19, respectively.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Redskins Cornerback Chris Culliver comments from Day 4 Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

August 2, 2015
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Cornerback Chris Culliver

On the chemistry and potential of the secondary:

"I think overall the defense is coming along good. We’re just bringing everything together. Like you said, D-Hall, he’s coming back, looking good out there. I think we’re excited for each other to be playing with each other against opponents. So I think it’s an exciting moment right now."

On how he and cornerback DeAngelo Hall complement each other:
"I always admired D-Hall’s game, and he told me the same thing. Like I said, it’s pretty much just being happy, being out there together and being able to compete with each other. Some things he sees and I don’t see. He’s a little older, so I try to pick his brain for some things that he see and I don’t see, so the communication and the brotherhood is there.  We’re just putting it together and just continuing to grow."

On wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and the receiving corps:

"We’ve got a good group of receivers. As you mentioned, we’ve got them two [Jackson and Garçon], we’ve got some young guys coming up, and they’re doing phenomenally well. We’re just out there competing, having fun."

On if he has had a chance to talk with linebacker Junior Galette about “off-the-field” issues:
"Yeah, I'm not sure about any of his off-the-field issues. I stick to football and keep it kind of in that sense. But I'm glad to have him as an addition to the team. I'm sure he's going to do a phenomenal job and as you can see his tape proves it all."

On General Manager Scot McCloughan’s conversation with him before he signed with the team:

"Just pretty much the belief in me and just the way I carry myself and try to carry myself in a professional manner. Everything pretty much worked out for the best."

On McCloughan’s response:

"He trusted me. I knew Scot from San Fran and that type of deal, so, you know, a little bit of trust there and he trusted me to get the job done. And I trust in him to believe in me in that aspect."

On if that trust helped:

"Yeah, I feel like that did help me. You know, like I said, just having a little chemistry and him having faith in me and, like I said, me taking care of my part definitely is a positive thing."

On trying to turn his passes defensed into interceptions this season:
"Man, that's my job every day. I try to. RGIII sometimes likes to look my way and then look off, but, like I said, it's just friendly competition out there. And, yeah, I wish all 29 [passes defensed] were 29 picks, but like you said, it's part of the game. I try my best to keep the ball out of the hands of the receivers."

On the talent level in the secondary:

“Oh, I definitely feel like the talent here is special. It’s a good group of guys coming together. Like I said, man, it’s just brotherly love out there. We’re bringing it together and trying to stay positive and keep prevailing and going and going forward. Some things sometime occur out there that we weren’t expecting, but we always push our brothers to keep going and things like that. But, man, things have been wonderful out there – the communication and just the standpoint of just coming together. Everybody out here in camp and just communicating and going through the reps together, you know? So that’s the best way we’re going to be great.”

Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan comments from Day 4 Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.
August 2, 2015
General Manager Scot McCloughan

GM Scot McCloughan     Courtesy of Washington Redskins
On signing linebacker Junior Galette:
“The thing about it is, we have a process with the Redskins that on every team we have reports on every player and we rank them from 1-53 and the practice squad guys. It’s our job, especially my job, that the 90 [-man roster] is strong as it can possibly be, and the 53 is as strong as it can possibly be. We did thorough, thorough research. We brought him in, met with him for hours interview-wise, and you know, I’ve been lucky enough to be in this league a long time and to be able to talk to the right people on other teams, our own players and other players and coaches. And the decision was made because we really believe he’s a Redskin, and that’s why we signed him.”

On how Galette tried to convince him about his character:

“The thing about it, it wasn’t ‘convincing,’ it was just him being himself. I told him, ‘I want you to be you. The reason I’m here is to sit down with you face to face, one on one – hour, two hours, three hours, it doesn’t matter, I want to get to know you as a person, that’s what matters to me. I know your football ability, but I want to know you as a person.’  And he is so sincere and so excited about the opportunity to prove that he’s a good guy, prove that he’s a good football player, prove that he’s got a great career ahead of him. It was plain and simple.”

On who is involved in the decision making process for signing players like Galette:

“On this process it was myself, it was Bruce Allen and it was Jay Gruden. We all three met with him, I met with him a lot longer than the both of them. It’s us three, but when it’s all said and done, final say, it’s my call. Right or wrong, it doesn’t matter because when it’s all said and done, it’s on my shoulders. I felt really, really strong about it.”

On signing players like Galette:

“It’s not that [he’s] a bad guy. All players have issues. We all have some kind of issue. We’ve all made mistakes or something. I don’t want repeat offenders. I don’t want the guy that’s not going to be the good guy and bring him in our locker room. I think we have a very good defensive staff. We have a very good defensive meeting room, where you can bring a guy in and say, ‘Understand this, OK, boom, you do it again, you’re going to be gone. If you don’t do it again, we’re rocking and rolling.’”

On the reason for signing players that might create “a cloud” that hovers over the organization: 

“Because what you always read in the media and hear from the media is not always accurate, as you’re well aware. We did our investigation. We were thorough, thorough, thorough with the League office and two other coaches in the League. This guy, we feel very comfortable bringing him on board – very comfortable.”

On running back Alfred Morris:

“I think we are very lucky to have a guy like Alfred Morris, not just a player on the field, but the person he is in the building. He’s one of those guys that every day has got a smile on his face, goes out there and works his tail off and no matter what produces. We’re talking, you know. We’d love to have him be a Redskin for the rest of his life, his career. But, you know, things go on, and it takes some time. The whole organization respects Alfred very much.”

On his meeting with Galette and having 24-48 hours to do research on his background: 

“No, we started before 48 hours. We started awhile back. We heard the word on the street. We started a week before doing our research. We evaluate everybody on every team every year, but as a player, we knew him as a player but word got out he might be released, so boom, we’re on. Now we can’t contact the League office until he’s officially waived or anything like that, so we had to sit back, so I did my research with people. Bruce did his, Jay did his. It’s a long process. I promise you guys this, being new here and knowing where we’re going and what we want to build, I’m not going to bring a bad guy in here. I know he’s a really good football player, which I really respect. I’m not going to bring a bad guy in here. I will not give on that, at all.  I sat with him for two hours. It was very intense, very intense to the point we were almost face to face, telling him what I expected. And if he can’t bring it, then we don’t want you. Someone else will sign him, that’s a given. I mean, he’s way too talented at 27 years old not to be signed. It was very intense.”

On how much the contract played into Galette’s signing:

“The thing about it, it’s a good contract for us, but it’s also giving him opportunity to play in the NFL again, you know, and get out here and want to go. That’s what our job is, to bring football players in, make our team stronger and give him opportunity to be a football player.”

On the alleged video:

“I did not like the video at all. As a matter of fact, when I saw the video, it was scary. That’s why I wanted to meet with him [Galette] face to face. That’s why I had to sit down with him and ask him what happened. I got the real story and I’m fine with that.”

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden comments on Day 4 of Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

August 2, 2015
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden   James Murphy/CCS
On the injury report:

“On the injuries real quick, Tevin Mitchel has a shoulder [injury], he is going to undergo further evaluation. We’ll know more this afternoon. Willie Smith is going to take another day or two with his Achilles strain. And Jeron Johnson tweaked his hamstring but it looks like he is going to try to go today. We have a couple guys that we’re holding out of practice today just because it’s a rest day – guys that are coming off injuries, we don’t want to overwork them this early.”

On if players like tight end Jordan Reed and running back Chris Thompson can “learn” to stay healthy:

“Well, a lot of it is luck but a lot of it is also what you’re doing in the weight room to get yourself ready and how you’re taking care of your body off the field. A lot of it is just dumb luck. Jordan has had a couple unfortunate injuries, and same with Chris. They’re both tough guys, I like to think. And knock on wood, they look excellent out there right now. But some of those guys we have got to make sure they get treatment before and after practice even if they don’t have any injuries. They have got to take care of their bodies, they’ve got to ice their bodies down and do what the trainers tell them. And so far, those guys are on the right path.”

On getting bigger along the offensive and defensive lines:

“We definitely got bigger, that’s for sure. In addition to Brandon [Scherff] and Arie [Kouandjio] and Spencer Long moving into the right side – the right guard – we’re bigger, and you can feel them, especially on some of the runs we’re trying to do – the different runs we’re doing. So far, so good. We are still working on our identity, so to speak, in the running game. We are trying to challenge our guys with different run-type schemes. It’s looking good so far, but we have a long way to go.”

On if he is concerned about not having much youth on the defensive line:

“You always want to have some young guys that develop in-house, but I think they still have a lot of football left in them – all those guys. And you throw in Frank Kearse who played some minutes for us last year, he’s a younger guy, so to speak. So we have a couple of young guys and plenty we’re going to look at and gauge. But to have a veteran group on the defensive line is not a bad thing. You had [Kedric] Golston in there also. He’s a veteran. But they can all still play. Eventually we’ll have to probably get a younger guy in here to develop but right now we feel good about the depth of our defensive line. And that’s the good thing about it is they might be a little bit older but the amount of guys that we have in there that can rotate, we should keep them fairly fresh.”

On defensive end Stephen Paea:

“I’ve seen he’s probably our strongest player. That’s for sure. He is very good in the weight room. He and Mike Clark go back there -- were together in Chicago -- and exceptional in the weight room. And it carries over on the field. He’s got great work ethic and he plays very hard. So to add him in the mix as a rotational guy with [Jason] Hatcher and Terrance [Knighton] and [Chris] Baker and [Kedric] Golston and all those guys – and Ricky Jean [Francois] – should give us a lot of depth and should keep us fresh.”

On if his relationship with the defensive coaching staff has changed with the change at those positions:

“I sat in on all the offseason meetings with Coach [Perry] Fewell and studying what they’re doing in the secondary. I always like to learn more about the defenses and how they attack and how they react to certain things and how they adjust to certain formations. I’ve been more of a listener and asking questions and ‘What if this, what if we give you this when you’re playing this?’ and challenging them a little bit with formations and questions and all that stuff. But its Joe [Barry]’s baby right now. Joe and Perry have been a lot of places and have a lot of experience, and I trust what they’re doing right now.”

On if he would hesitate to start a rookie over a veteran:

“No, that’s not my M.O. If you look at the track record, you know in Cincinnati we had a ton of rookies playing for us and I don’t have any problem with a rookie if he’s playing well. Right now, Brandon is taking the first-string reps Arie is making a strong move there at left guard, he’s doing a great job. [Jamison] Crowder is making plays all over the field. Preston [Smith] is doing a good job on defense. Kyshoen Jarrett is doing an excellent job at safety. We’re going to let them guys keep competing and if they outplay a guy right in front of them, that’s what competition is all about. We’ll play the best guy."

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Redskins Tackle Brandon Scherrff comments from Day 3 of Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Tackle Brandon Scherrff:

On how training camp has been for him these first couple days:
“It’s going well. It’s a dream come true for me to be in the position I’m in right now. We’re just trying to come in each and every day and learn from Coach [Bill] Callahan, and just come out here and take what he taught us in meetings and take it out on the practice field.”

On if he finds the extra work the offensive line gets after practice to be beneficial:
“Yeah, absolutely. Anytime you can get extra work in, especially with Coach and then all the veteran players, it’s going to be a benefit to you. Every minute spent on the field, it’s always work. Whether it’s special teams. he’s always got something for us to do during special teams and he always has a little extra for us after practice.”

On the focus of the work the offensive line does after practice:
“Learning the technique and what you need to work on individually.”

On gaining the respect of his teammates:
“I think it’s going well. I’m just trying to mesh in with the older guys and trying to learn from them. I’ve got a lot of great guys that are helping me move along, so I’m just trying to take each day, improve on something I didn’t do yesterday and just try to learn from the older guys.”

On facing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: 
"Every practice I get to go against one of the best guys in the NFL. That just helps me out. He's a great football player, he's a great person and he;s a hard worker. So he's going to push me to do my best and I'll try to do the same for him."

On how comfortable he would be playing at guard if asked:
"I think I'd be pretty comfortable, that's why we're working on it. I try to do whatever Coach asks me to do. Like I said, the more versatile you can be, the better, so if you can play two spots, that's better than one."