Top Texas Tech receiver Giles will transfer

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Jonathan Giles #9 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders gets yards after catch during the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 54-35. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Top Texas Tech receiver and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Jonathan Giles announced Friday he is transferring.

“Texas Tech was a dream school for me growing up as a kid, so to wear the Double T was truly an honor and privilege,” he said on Twitter. “However, I have made the decision that it’s best to pursue my dreams and academics elsewhere.”

Giles, a junior, was fourth in the Big 12 in receiving yardage last year, with 1,158 yards on 69 catches. He rolled up 13 touchdowns, third-best in the league.

Coming out of Sugar Land Elkins, Giles was a consensus three-star recruit.

Tech lost quarterback Patrick Mahomes early to the NFL draft.

The Red Raiders will return their other top receivers: Cameron Batson, Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell.

Now you can gamble on tonight’s NFL Draft

FILE – This Nov. 12, 2016, file photo shows LSU’s Leonard Fournette (7) rushing downfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. The NFL Draft will be held April 27-29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

For the first time, fans can wager with Las Vegas sports books on the NFL Draft.

Here is a sampling of tonight’s odds, as posted by RJ Bell of Pregame.com [@RJinVegas on Twitter]

Draft position

Leonard Fournette: 4.5 pick (will the LSU running back go before or after No. 4?)
Jonathan Allen: 4.5 pick
Christian McCaffrey: 8.5 pick
OJ Howard: 8.5 pick
Mike Williams: 9.5 pick
Mitchell Trubisky: 9.5 pick
Deshaun Watson: 12.5 pick
Corey Davis: 17.5 pick
John Ross: 18.5 pick
Patrick Mahomes: 22.5 pick

Over or Under

LSU players drafted in First Round: o/u 2.5
Total RBs drafted in First Round: o/u 3
Total WRs drafted in First Round: o/u 3
Total QBs drafted in First Round: o/u 3.5
Alabama players drafted in First Round: o/u 4.5
Big 10 players drafted in First Round: o/u 6
Pac 12 players drafted in First Round: o/u 7
SEC players drafted in First Round: o/u 11

First overall pick

Myles Garrett -800
Mitch Trubisky +600
Any other player +1400

Odds

-600 that Leonard Fournette will be the first RB drafted
-400 that Trubisky will be the first QB drafted
-300 that at least one team will trade up into the top 5 picks
-200 that Mike Williams will be the first WR drafted
+150 that Solomon Thomas will be the second pick in the draft
5/1 if a placekicker is drafted in the first three rounds
6/1 if Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded on draft night

Final NFL mock draft: Browns will take A&M’s Myles Garrett

FILE – In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Hours before the NFL Draft, reports out of Cleveland indicate the Browns do, indeed, plan to take the overall top prospect, Myles Garrett, with the No. 1 pick.

Reports have been that the coaching staff wanted the Texas A&M star pass rusher all along, but that parts of the front office/ownership were more keen on North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Trubisky is a home-town kid for Cleveland, a graduate of suburban Mentor High School and a former Mr. Ohio as the player of the year in the state.

Now the plan is to take Garrett No. 1 and then look into trading up from No. 12 — Cleveland’s second first-round selection — to grab Trubisky. Jacksonville, at No. 4, and Tennessee, at No. 5, are potential trade partners.

The only thing that could change the Browns’ thinking is if someone overwhelms them with a package for the No. 1 choice, or if the asking price to trade up for Trubisky gets too high.

Still, with owner Jimm Haslem and others seeing Trubisky, who started just 13 games at North Carolina, as a potential Bernie Kosar for Cleveland — you know, local boy comes home to save the franchise — you can pretty much bet on the Browns trading up for him.

Problem is, Trubisky is a player generally rated in the 20s and even 30s on most big boards. His upside may be of an Andy Dalton middle-of-the-pack NFL starter. But the Browns do need a quarterback, and Trubisky may be the best of a less-than-stellar bunch this year.

A savvy NFL team would probably either show patience and see which QB is available at No. 12 — or wait til next year when USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen figure to be available. Both are better prospects than any quarterback in this class.

AMERICAN-STATESMAN NFL MOCK DRAFT

Team…………,.Player……………..Pos….School

  1. Browns……Myles Garrett………….DE…..Texas A&M
  2. 49ers……….Jamal Adams………….S……..LSU
  3. Bears……….Jonathan Allen……….DE…..Alabama
  4. Jaguars……Leonard Fournette…..RB…..LSU
  5. * Browns….Mitch Trubisky………..QB…..North Carolina
  6. Jets………….O.J. Howard……………TE…..Alabama
  7. Chargers…..Solomon Thomas…….DE…..Stanford
  8. Panthers…..Christian McCaffrey…RB…..Stanford
  9. Bengals…….Haasan Reddick……….LB…..Temple
  10. Bills………….Marshon Lattimore….CB…..Ohio State
  11. Saints……….Derek Barnett………….DE…..Tennessee
  12. * Titans…….Mike Williams…………WR…..Clemson
  13. Cardinals….Marlon Humphrey……CB…..Alabama
  14. Eagles……….Charles Harris…………OLB…Missouri
  15. Colts…………Reuben Foster…………ILB…..Alabama
  16. Ravens………Corey Davis…………….WR…..Western Michigan
  17. Redskins……Dalvin Cook…………….RB…..Florida State
  18. Titans………..Malik Hooker……………S…….Ohio State
  19. Buccaneers…Cam Robinson…………OT…..Alabama
  20. Broncos……..Ryan Ramczyk…………OT…..Wisconsin
  21. Lions………….Taco Charlton………….DE…..Michigan
  22. Dolphins…….Tre’Davious White……CB…..LSU
  23. Giants………..Garrett Bolles…………..OT…..Utah
  24. Raiders………Malik McDowell……….DT…..Michigan State
  25. Texans……….Deshaun Foster………..QB…..Clemson
  26. Seahawks……Forrest Lamp…………..OG…..Western Kentucky
  27. Chiefs…………Patrick Mahomes……..QB…..Texas Tech
  28. Cowboys……..Jordan Willis…………..DE…..Kansas State
  29. Packers……….Alvin Kamara…………..RB…..Tennessee
  30. Steelers……….Jabrill Peppers…………..S……Michigan
  31. Falcons………..Carl Lawson……………DE…..Atlanta
  32. Saints…………..John Ross………………WR….Washington

Texas State softball upsets No. 13 Baylor

Texas State pitcher Randi Rupp winds up for a pitch during the Bobcats 1-0 victory over No. 13 Baylor on Wednesday. Rupp has thrown 24 consecutive innings without allowing a run and was named the espnW player of the week on Wednesday. CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Texas State athletics.

 

Texas State remained undefeated against Big 12 opponents Wednesday night.

The Bobcats (30-8) defeated 13th-ranked Baylor 1-0 in front of 631 fans at Bobcat Softball Stadium, snapping the Bears’ eight-game winning streak.

It was Texas State’s fourth win over a Big 12 opponent this year, but its first win over Baylor since 2012 and its first against a ranked opponent since defeating Texas 9-5 on March 2, 2016.

The Bobcats got the victory when Kennedy Cline scored on a ground ball by Christina McDowell in the bottom of the seventh inning for the game’s only run.

Junior pitcher Randi Rupp put on another dominant performance, giving up three hits and striking out four to improve to 20-5 in the circle. It was her eighth complete-game shutout this season and third straight.

Rupp was named the espnW player of the week on Wednesday, adding a fifth weekly honor to her growing collection. She was also the NFCA national pitcher of the week and Sun Belt pitcher and player of the week.

Rupp has tossed 24 innings of scoreless softball and has won four straight outings, which includes a 2-1 victory over Texas on April 5 in San Marcos.

Her 204 strikeouts are the seventh most in the nation among Division I pitchers and her 0.95 earned run average ranks her 13th.

Texas State hosts No. 17 Louisiana Lafayette this weekend for a three-game series. The series opens with a doubleheader Friday with the first game scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The series wraps up with a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday.

Attorney: A&M receiver suffered bad case of “jock itch,” didn’t mean to offend tutors

The attorney for Texas A&M receiver Kirk Merritt said his client was suffering a bad case of “jock itch” and didn’t mean to offend two academic tutors last October.

In a statement to the Houston Chronicle, attorney Rick Davis said: “Kirk Merritt has been charged with Indecent Exposure under Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code because of two incidents during tutoring sessions that happened on two consecutive days.

“While Kirk is very embarrassed about this situation, and has apologized to the two tutors that he offended, he did not intend to gratify anyone by exposing himself.

“The fact is that Kirk had a bad case of jock itch. The statute Kirk has been accused of violating requires that the Defendant have an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person and that the Defendant is reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his conduct.

“We think that Kirk’s conduct falls squarely under the Disorderly Conduct statute … That statute requires only that a Defendant is reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his act.”

A&M officials said Merritt won’t play in Saturday’s annual maroon-white game that concludes spring practice. But they said Merritt already had served a suspension dating back to the exposure accusations. The suspension was lifted in February.

According to A&M,the athletic department was notified Oct. 25 about the allegations that Merritt had exposed himself on consecutive days. A&M said the Title IX office was notified, as was the Dean of Student Life.

Coach Kevin Sumlin, after receiving the police report, Oct 28, suspended Merritt from all team activities. Merritt was in the midst of a redshirt season after transferring from Oregon. He wasn’t eligible to play last fall.

The school said Merritt was arrested, Nov. 8.  The school said the conduct process was finished Jan. 20. His suspension was lifted, Feb. 1.

According to the Chronicle, a charge said that one woman told police that Merritt exposed and touched himself “while sitting in arm’s reach” of her “on or about” Oct. 24. A court document said that a day later, another person alleged that Merritt pulled down his shorts and held himself also “while sitting in arm’s reach” of her. The document said both people were  “offended or alarmed by the act of exposure.”

Merritt had been competing for a starting job for the fall.

Baylor’s Rhule lauds former Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer

Former Lake Travis High School star Charlie Brewer accepts the state championship game offensive MVP honors from the UIL’s Susan Elza. (Photo by Jay Plotkin)

Charlie Brewer, the best player in the state of Texas last high school football season and a national record holder, is turning heads at Baylor, his new school.

Brewer graduated early and is enrolled at Baylor for the spring. He’s currently going through spring drills, vying for playing time behind Zach Smith, who ended the season as the Bears starter, and Anu Solomon, a transfer from Arizona.

Under new coach Matt Rhule, Baylor is installing a new offense that will have some up-tempo elements as well as a physical, pro-style attack.

Rhule talked to the media Wednesday and brought up Brewer’s name when he was asked about freshman receiver R.J. Sneed. Like Sneed, Brewer already was committed to another school when Rhule was hired in December. Sneed had been a pledge to Mississippi, Brewer to SMU.

Rhule said: “He and Charlie Brewer, they should be at the prom right now, they should be sitting in like homeroom right now. They are really mentally and physically light years ahead of where you would think a kid would be at that time. … They’re high character kids, they’ve spent a lot of time at football.”

Rhule said that Brewer and Smith are always spotted together at the football complex.

Brewer, who led his team to the state championship, was selected as high school player of the year by the Associated Press Sports Editors. His single-season completion percentage of 77.4 broke a national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Brewer threw for more than 3,900 yards and rushed for more than 700.