Jadeveon Clowney beat Johnny Manziel by .21 seconds at NFL combine

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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was set to be the star of the Monday edition of the NFL Scouting Combine, and so far he is running away with the spotlight. Clowney was clocked with an unofficial 4.47 in his first 40-yard dash of the day. Talk about SEC speed.

Just last week South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said Clowney’s work ethic was “OK,” but said he will be worthy of strong consideration for the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. With a lightning fast 40-time this morning, the case for picking him first is becoming stronger.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been vocal about his desire to be the first pick, which is owned by the Houston Texans. Manziel led the quarterback pack in the 40-yard dash time over the weekend with a 4.68 time. Clowney beat him by .21 seconds, with a bigger frame. Impressive.

Times in the 40-yard dash are just one factor in to determining a player’s value of course, but Clowney’s explosive speed and splits in the 40-yard dash are going to be the talk of the day and perhaps the combine leading up to the draft.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.