Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cousins in good frame of mind heading into new season

Kirk Cousins acknowledges fans in Richmond           Moe Murphy/CCS
RICHMOND, Va.- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins blew off any suggestions that there are any hard feeling or doubt between him and the team heading into the upcoming season, as contract negotiations stalled.

"I don't know the misconceptions that were out there but I feel good. I'm ready to go," Cousins said. "I've been feeling good the last several weeks, and I believe we've done a good job communicating between myself and the team. We are all on the same page."

Cousins spoke to the media following the teams first walk through on Thursday on day one of the Redskins 2017 training camp. The sixth year quarterback out of Michigan State fielded questions ranging from his contract situation, driving his famous van, training camp burnout and on the thoughts of his upcoming child due during the season.

Cousins also got a vote of confidence from Head Coach Jay Gruden when asked if the one year contract deal would affect the way quarterback reps would be handled during camp.

Cousins ready to lead this season      Moe Murphy/CCS
"Were focused on Kirk. He's our starter and he's going to get all the starter reps, period," Gruden said. " Colt [McCoy] will take advantage of his reps, I'm sure he will. And Nate [Sudfeld] will get a few sprinkled in there. We're trying to develop Nate also for the future. But, this is Kirk's team right now, and it's our job to get him ready for Philadelphia and really surround him and make him feel good about the people around him."

With the departure of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, along with the arrival of Terrell Pryor, Cousins will be preparing with a mix of returning veterans and new personnel.

Cousins first meeting with Pryor came at a Starbucks last summer as both were traveling to their camps and met outside of Cleveland.

"I watched him in week 4 against the Browns, I was really impressed with what he was able to do," Cousins said. "He had a great year last year, we just want to build on that and hopefully give him an opportunity to have even more success this season."

Kirk Cousins Press Conference can be viewed below:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gruden optimistic as Redskins prepare to open camp

RICHMOND, Va.- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden spoke to the media after a closed conditioning session today at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The 2017 Redskins training camp officially opens to the public tomorrow morning at the teams 10:30 walk through.  Full practice is scheduled for 3:00.

Gruden spoke about his appreciation for the fans and what it means to the team to come to Richmond every year for training camp.

“They love coming down here and practicing in front of a crowd, and there’s a lot of good energy at practice,"Gruden said. "Sometimes it helps us through the tough times, you know the monotony of training camp after the sixth or seventh day. You come out here and there’s little kids out there and there’s people cheering for you, that makes you go a little harder sometimes. So we really appreciate the fan support when they do come out and the energy they pass along to the players. These guys play hard, they work hard, they’re grinding out there but the energy of the fans they give us helps out a lot.”

The Redskins released their (PUP) list. The Active/Physically Unable to Perform are:  S DeAngelo Hall, LB Houston Bates, TE Jordan Reed, and WR Kendal Thompson.

Coach Grudens interview can be viewed below:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wallace gives verbal committment to UNC Charlotte

Bryan Wallace                   Moe Murphy/CCS
BERRYVILLE, Va.- Clarke County Eagle senior Bryan Wallace announced yesterday via twitter that he has made a verbal commitment to play football next season at the University of  North Carolina Charlotte.

Wallace who had been sought after by several D1 schools visited UNC Charlotte last month and impressed the coaching staff, who in turn offered Wallace a scholarship immediately following the camp.

Wallace will become the first Eagle to receive a D1 NCAA Football scholarship in the school's history.

The 49ers play in the East division of Conference USA and are coached by Brad Lambert who goes into his sixth season as head coach and has built the program from scratch.

The 49ers entered the FBS Conference USA last year and played the prior two seasons as an FBS Independent. Lambert has been an assistant at Wake Forest, Marshall, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Wallace has been named the Winchester Star's Male Athlete of the Year the past two seasons and has a long list of awards and has been named to several VHSL State, Conference and District teams. In addition Bryan is a 3 time consecutive State Wrestling Champion and has posted some of the most impressive grappling statistics in the state.

"I am very happy and proud of this young man! UNC Charlotte is getting a great football player and even a better person." Clarke County football coach Chris Parker said.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Academic All-State Released

ASHLAND, Va.- Six Shenandoah University student-athletes have been recognized for athletic and academic achievement in Academic All-State selections recently released by the Virginia State Sports Information Directors Association.

Photo courtesy Shenandoah University Athletic Department
SU Honorees
Tristan Baker, So., Williamsport, Md., 3.63, Sports Management, Baseball
Hayden Bauserman, So., Woodstock, Va. 3.38, Environmental Studies, Football
Brett Dubin, Jr., Beachwood, Ohio, 3.72, Business Administration, Men's Golf/Tennis
Jacque Hemler, Jr., Lancaster, Pa., 3.96, Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy, Women's Lacrosse
Michelle Krause, Jr., Virginia Beach, Va. 3.78, Nursing, Women's Soccer
Elizabeth Pardo, Jr., Walkersville, Md. 3.95, Kinesiology, Field Hockey

Read complete story at SU's official site: Academic All-State Released:

Friday, July 7, 2017


RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today a series of new initiatives to enhance the experience for families and fans attending training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va. Among these enhancements are the special themed days at camp, team-hosted offsite events, a partnership with Radio One and events hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. 

Admission to camp is free, but this year a new Redskins fan pass/e-ticket is required for entry.  Fans should visit to receive their e-ticket for access to camp.

The team will host several themed days during camp:

July 29       Military Appreciation Day Presented by GEICO Military
Aug. 3       Youth Football Day
Aug. 4       Gatorade Junior Training Camp
Aug. 5       Fan Appreciation Day
Women of Washington (WOW VIP Day)
Aug. 8       Kids Day
Aug. 13     Social Media Day Presented by CSN

More information regarding registration for these events will be announced in the coming weeks. Some of the offsite events this year include:

July 26       Redskins Training Camp Kickoff
July 30       Redskins Day at Richmond Flying Squirrels
Aug. 4       Redskins Cheerleader Youth Dance Clinic
Aug. 5       WOW takes on RVA Scavenger Hunt
Aug. 10     Redskins Rally
Aug. 13     Social Media Day Social

Between practice sessions, fans will have the opportunity to meet Redskins alumni and cheerleaders at the Legends Showcase, participate in various family-friendly activities and purchase Redskins merchandise at the Redskins Team Store retail tent.