Former Ryan standout J.T. Williams no longer at Southern Miss

Recent Ryan graduate J.T. Williams, seen here signing with Southern Miss in February, is no longer with the team. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Former Ryan standout J.T. Williams is no longer at Southern Miss.

Williams and the university confirmed the defensive tackle’s departure from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. A spokesperson for the Southern Miss athletic department said Williams left the team voluntarily and did not violate team rules.

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Ryan-ex Bud Sasser named Missouri captain

Missouri senior wide receiver and Ryan alum Bud Sasser, seen here at last year's Cotton Bowl media day, was named one of Missouri's team captains this season. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

 

The Missouri football team lacked a captain heading into the season. Well, it looks like the Tigers chose a Ryan grad with skins on the wall.

The Southeastern Conference squad selected redshirt senior receiver Bud Sasser to be one of its captains this fall, per Sasser’s Twitter account. But don’t take my word for it.

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Continuity key for Ryan’s new coaching staff

Since Joey Florence moved out of the Ryan football field house in February and Dave Henigan took Florence’s old office, a constant theme has existed during all the personnel changes during the last few months.

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The 2002 Ryan football highlight reel

For years, I’ve heard about that game.

You know, the one where Ryan scores 15 points in 45 seconds to beat Ennis in the 2002 4A state semifinals? The one where Ryan converted fourth-and 24 from inside its 5-yard line?

Well, I finally found video evidence that proves that miracles exist.

A YouTube user named Tammy Battle, the same name of the mother of former Ryan quarterback James Battle, uploaded a highlight video from the 2002 season.

The first play you see is Battle heaving a pass down the left sidelines to William Dowdy, and the comeback was on. Don’t overlook that miraculous onside kick recovery. If your jaw doesn’t drop after you see the Ryan player snatch the ball from the air with one arm inches from the sidelines, call me at 940-566-6869 and we’ll talk (Also, if you know the nickname for that game, please call me and let me know).

Ryan defeated Ennis 18-14 and went on to win the 4A Division II title with a 38-8 win over Brenham.

If the itch for the start of the football season has become unbearable, here’s the highlight reel from the 2002 season.

North Texas standout Patrick Cobbs joins staff at Ryan

Former North Texas standout running back Patrick Cobbs will join the Ryan football coaching staff this fall. (DRC file photo)

One of North Texas’ greatest football players will be returning to Denton this fall.

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Ryan-ex Mario Edwards Jr. named to Bednarik Award watch list

Florida State junior defensive end Mario Edwards was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday afternoon by the Maxwell Football Club. (Stephen Morris/Associated Press)

Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.

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Q&A with Ryan head coach Dave Henigan

I sat down with Ryan head coach Dave Henigan on Friday morning to talk about the end of organized summer workouts, Ryan’s quarterback situation and some other things.

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MLB draft begins tonight

Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick, a former Ryan standout, throws against TCU last month in Fort Worth. (Associated Press)

The MLB First-Year Player Draft begins tonight at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, and with 40 rounds the list of potential draft picks is a long one.

There are a few local players who could be chosen this year — former area players who have gone on to successful college careers, as well as a current high school player who is set to pitch for Argyle tonight in the Class 3A state title game in Austin.

A look at the local potential picks, in order of probability of being drafted:

Adam Choplick, LHP, Oklahoma (Ryan HS) — The folks at prospectdigest.com suggest Choplick will be a third- or fourth-round selection after a season in which he became the Sooners’ ace in a down year for the program, although one analyst ranks him No. 40 among all the prospects in the draft and as a second-round selection. The thing with Choplick is his potential and ceiling. Who wouldn’t want to take a chance on a 6-8, hard-throwing lefty? Choplick is exactly that, as he averaged 9.46 K/9 innings this year after a second Tommy John surgery as a freshman from which he seems to be fully recovered. He was originally drafted in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, but opted to go to college. Guess here is that if he’s not chosen by the eighth or ninth round, he’ll head back to OU for his senior season and give it another run next year. If he falls past the 10th round, don’t expect to see him drafted at all.

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Ryan alum Javy Guerra called up by the White Sox

Ryan alumnus Javy Guerra will have another chance to pitch in the majors. The Chicago White Sox called up the 28-year old relief pitcher on Tuesday for the team’s series against the Kansas City Royals.

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Former Ryan standout Scotty Young to skip final year at Louisiana Tech

Former Ryan football standout Scotty Young has decided to forego his final year of eligibility at Louisiana Tech.

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