Mississippi State Bulldogs football
The Mississippi State Bulldogs football program represents Mississippi State University in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference; the team’s current head coach is Joe Moorhead. Mississippi State has won one SEC championship in 1941 and a division championship in 1998; the Bulldogs have 16 postseason bowl appearances. The program has produced 38 All-Americans, 171 All-SEC selections, 124 NFL players; the Bulldogs’ home stadium, Davis Wade Stadium, is the second oldest in the NCAA Division I FBS. Mississippi State first fielded a football team in 1895; the team was coached by W. M. Matthews. During his one-season tenure, Matthews posted an overall record of two losses, he is credited with the selection of what became the official school colors and white, prior to the Aggies first game played at Union University. Daniel S. Martin left rival Ole Miss and served as the Aggies' head football coach from 1903–1906.
His final record in Starkville was 10–11–3. W. D. Chadwick led the Aggies from 1909–1913, his final record was 29–12–2. During his five-season tenure, Mississippi A&M appeared in and won its first bowl game, the 1911 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba. Fullback Dutch Reule was selected All-Southern; the 1911 team was referred to as'The Bull Dogs'. Earle C. Hayes replaced Chadwick and led Mississippi A&M to 15–8–2 record from 1914–1916. Hunter Kimball received the most votes of any All-Southern halfback in 1914; the Mississippi Legislature renamed Mississippi A&M as "Mississippi State College" in 1925 and the mascot was changed from Aggies to Maroons in 1932. Ralph Sasse enjoyed success as Mississippi State's head football coach. After leading Mississippi State to a 20–10–2 record in three years and an appearance in the 1937 Orange Bowl, a loss, Sasse stunned the students and players by resigning from his head coach's duties, following a doctor's orders after a sudden nervous breakdown. Allyn McKeen left Memphis to become head football coach at Mississippi State, where he compiled a 65–19–3 record in ten seasons.
In 1940, he was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year after leading Mississippi State to its only undefeated season in school history and its second Orange Bowl appearance, a victory. The following year, 1941, his Maroons squad captured the first and only Southeastern Conference championship in program history. McKeen retired from coaching in 1948 after being fired by Athletic Director Dudy Noble because of a 4–4–1 season, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1991. Mississippi State did not field a football team in 1943. Arthur Morton left VMI to become MSU's head football coach after McKeen's retirement. Morton's Maroons posted struggling records of 0–8–1, 4–5 and 4–5 for a grand total of 8–18–1 before Morton's firing. Murray Warmath came to Mississippi State from his post as line coach at Army and posted records of 5–4 and 5–2–3 for a grand total of 10–6–3 leaving the Bulldogs. Warmath went on to have a successful stint as the head football coach at Minnesota after his tenure at MSU.
Darrell Royal came to Mississippi State from the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and put up back-to-back 6–4 records in his two seasons as the Maroons head football coach. Royal resigned after just two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Washington. Royal would go on to achieve great successes and solidify his place among the all-time greatest college football coaches at Texas. Wade Walker was promoted from line coach to head coach following Royal's departure. Walker compiled a 22–32–2 record over his 6-season tenure. In 1958 the Legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State University; the Mississippi State Maroons posted a lackluster 2–7–1 record in 1959. The following year, Walker's Maroons improved to 5–5, but students and alumni demanded his ouster. University president Dean W. Colvard relented and fired Walker as football coach, but kept him on as athletic director, a post he kept until 1966. Mississippi State changed its mascot from Maroons to Bulldogs in 1960. However, "Bulldogs" had been used unofficially since at least 1905, the nickname had long been interchangeable with "Maroons."
Paul Davis was promoted from assistant coach to head coach following Walker's firing. His teams went 20 -- 38 -- 9 -- 22 -- 2 in the Southeastern Conference in Davis' five seasons; the Bulldogs had a 7–2–2 record in 1963, earning its first postseason bowl game since 1939. The team finished the season with a 16–12 victory over North Carolina State in front of 8,309 fans at the 1963 Liberty Bowl played in a bitter cold Philadelphia. Mississippi State was able to convert two botched North Carolina State punts into touchdowns, a 13–0 lead at the first quarter. United Press International named Davis the SEC Coach of the Year for the 1963 season. After a lackluster 2–8 record in 1966, MSU terminated Davis, as well as athletic director Wade Walker. Charles Shira, defensive coordinator for the University of Texas under former Bulldogs head coach Darrell Royal, was named to fill the head coaching position as well as the vacant post of Athletic Director. In his first season, his team won two games, followed by none the following year.
Mississippi State improved to 3–7 in 1969. That year, Shira served as the coach for the Gray squad in the Blue-Gray Classic. Mississippi State posted a surprising six-win season in 1970, including a victory over rival #10 Ole Miss. For the accomplishment, the SEC named Shira its Coach of the Year. In 1969, Shira became the first MSU football coach to coach Frank Dowsing. In 1972, h
Safety (gridiron football position)
Safety known as a safetyman, is a position in American and Canadian football played by a member of the defense. The safeties are defensive backs who line up from ten to fifteen yards in front of the line of scrimmage. There are two variations of the position in a typical American formation: the free safety and the strong safety, their duties depend on the defensive scheme. The defensive responsibilities of the safety and cornerback involve pass coverage towards the middle and sidelines of the field, respectively. While American formations use two safeties, Canadian formations have one safety and two defensive halfbacks, a position not used in the American game; as professional and college football have become more focused on the passing game, safeties have become more involved in covering the eligible pass receivers. Safeties are the last line of defense. Safety positions can be converted cornerbacks, either by design or as a cornerback ages. In the era of the one-platoon system, the safety was known as the defensive fullback or goaltender.
The free safety tends to watch the play unfold and follow the ball as well as be the “defensive quarterback” of the backfield. The free safety is assigned to the quarterback in man coverage, but as the quarterback remains in the pocket, the free safety is "free" to double cover another player. On pass plays, the free safety is expected to assist the cornerback on his side and to close the distance to the receiver by the time the ball reaches him. Offenses tend to use the play-action pass to make the free safety expect a run play, which would draw him closer to the line of scrimmage, reduce his effectiveness as a pass defender. Furthermore, quarterbacks use a technique to "look off" a free safety, by looking away from the intended target receiver's side of the field during a pass play, with the intention to lure the free safety away from that side of the field; this phenomenon tests how effective a free safety's wit and athleticism are at defending long pass plays. If the offense puts a receiver in the slot the free safety may be called upon to cover that receiver.
Free safeties blitz as well. When this happens, the pressure on the quarterback is very severe since a blitz by a defensive back is not anticipated; because of their speed and deep coverage, free safeties are likely to make interceptions. Current examples of free safeties active in the NFL include Earl Thomas III, Eric Weddle, Kurt Coleman, Harrison Smith, Devin McCourty, Tyrann Mathieu, Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson; the strong safety tends to be stronger than the free safety. However, the word strong is used because he is assigned to cover the "strong side" of the offense, the side on which the tight end, a big, powerful receiver-type player lines up on offensive plays; the strong safety tends to play closer to the line than the free safety does, assists in stopping the run. He may cover a player, such as a running back or fullback or H-back, who comes out of the backfield to receive a pass. A strong safety's duties are a hybrid of those belonging to a linebacker in a 46 or 3–4 defense and those of the other defensive backs, in that he both covers the pass and stops the run.
Strong safeties are not seen in the Canadian game, where the role is filled by the two defensive halfbacks. Current examples of strong safeties active in the NFL include Jordan Poyer, Jamal Adams, Patrick Chung, Landon Collins, Malcolm Jenkins, Harrison Smith, Keanu Neal, Karl Joseph, Eric Berry, Tony Jefferson. PhillyBurbs.com Football 101: The Free Safety
2005 Houston Texans season
The 2005 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 4th season in the National Football League and the 4th and final season under head coach Dom Capers. The Texans completed the season with the worst record in franchise history; this led to the Texans obtaining the first selection in the NFL Draft for the second time since the franchise formed in 2002. The team fired head coach Dom Capers after the season.
2019 Houston Texans season
The 2019 Houston Texans season will be the franchise's 18th season in the National Football League and the sixth season under head coach Bill O'Brien. It will mark the first full season without the ownership of Bob McNair, who died during the 2018 season, it will, however, be the first season of full ownership of both Janice D. Cal McNair; the Texans will attempt to improve over their 11–5 record from last year. For the first time in franchise history, the team will play in London, playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Notes The Texans acquired an additional second-round selection as part of a trade that sent offensive tackle Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks. Exact numbers of the selections from rounds 4–7 will be determined when compensatory selections are awarded at the NFL's annual spring owners' meetings; the Texans' preseason schedule was announced on April 9. Exact dates and times will be finalized at a date. On January 21, the NFL announced that the Texans will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, England — either Wembley Stadium or Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It will be the Texans' first appearance in the International Series since they played against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico in 2016. The game will be televised in the United States, with the exact date, kickoff time and network to be announced in conjunction with the release of the 2019 regular season schedule; the remainder of the Texans' 2019 schedule, with exact dates and times, will be finalized and announced in the spring. Listed below are the Texans' opponents for 2019. * Note: Away game against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be played in London. Official website
Texas Tech Red Raiders football
The Texas Tech Red Raiders football program is a college football team that represents Texas Tech University. The team competes, as a member of the Big 12 Conference, a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the program began in 1925 and has an overall winning record, including a total of 11 conference titles and one division title. On November 30, 2018, Matt Wells was hired as the team's 16th head football coach after former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was terminated upon conclusion of the 2018 season. Home games are played at Jones AT&T Stadium in Texas. Texas Tech fielded its first intercollegiate football team during the 1925 season; the team was known as the "Matadors" from 1925 to 1936, a name suggested by the wife of E. Y. Freeland, the first football coach, to reflect the influence of the Spanish Renaissance architecture on campus. In 1932, Texas Tech joined the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Conference known as the Border Conference.
The school's short-lived Matadors moniker was replaced in 1937 with "Red Raiders", a nickname bestowed upon them by a sportswriter impressed by their bright scarlet uniforms that remains to this day. That same year, the team was invited to the Sun Bowl; the game was played on January 1, 1938, resulted in a 7–6 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Texas Tech suffered. Before withdrawing from the Border Conference in 1956, the Red Raiders won eight conference championships and one co-championship, the most held by a Border Conference member. In 1956, Texas Tech was admitted to the Southwest Conference, but was ineligible for any title during a four-year probationary period, it gained full SWC membership and began official conference play in 1960. The Red Raiders won conference co-championships in 1976 and 1994; the team remained in the SWC until the conference dissolved in 1996. The university was invited and became a charter member in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech was the only member of the Big 12 to boast a winning record every year from the conference's formation in 1996 through end 2010.
In 2003, Texas Tech was the only team to have 5 or more players with at least 60 receptions in a single season. In 2008, the Red Raiders were one of three football teams involved in the first three way conference division tie. Texas Tech has competed as a member of three different conferences since 1925. Independent Border Conference Independent Southwest Conference Big 12 Conference South Division The Red Raiders have won 11 conference championships, eight outright and three shared. † Co-championship The Red Raiders were members of the Big 12 South between its inception in 1996 and the dissolution of conference divisions within the Big 12 in 2011. They won one division championship during that span, sharing it with Oklahoma in 2008. † Co-championship Texas Tech has played in 38 postseason bowl games with an all-time record of 14 wins, 23 losses, 1 tie. The Red Raiders rank fourth among current Big 12 Conference programs in bowl game appearances, boasted the distinction of being the only program in the conference to be bowl eligible every season from its formation in 1996 through the 2010 season.
The 37 bowl game appearances by the Red Raiders rank the program 17th in all-time in bowl games played and 13th in all-time bowl wins. Texas Tech's first bowl game was at the conclusion of the 1937 season, only 13 years after the program was established; the Red Raiders played in the 1938 Sun Bowl in El Paso, against the West Virginia Mountaineers on New Year's Day. Nine of Texas Tech's 37 bowl game bids have been to the Sun Bowl, the most appearances by any team to the second-oldest college football bowl game. Texas Tech's 2011 bowl game appearance, the 2011 TicketCity Bowl, occurred on January 1, 2011, when the Red Raiders won, 45–38, against the Northwestern Wildcats; the game was the team's 11th consecutive bowl appearance that began with the 2000 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl, in former head coach Mike Leach's first season. In 10 seasons, Mike Leach's 9 bowl game appearances and five wins are the most of any of the program's head coaches. Only 4 head coaches, E. Y. Freeland, Grady Higginbotham, Rex Dockery, Jerry Moore, did not lead Texas Tech to a postseason bowl game.
In the 1952 Sun Bowl, DeWitt Weaver was the first head coach to lead the Red Raiders to a bowl game victory. Although both Pete Cawthon and Dell Morgan had led the program to previous bowl games, neither posted wins in their five combined appearances; the Red Raiders' fans have set attendance records at 10 bowl games, including the team's first bowl game appearance in the 1938 Sun Bowl. Although eight of the 10 attendance records were broken, attendance records from 2 bowl game appearances, the 2004 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and 2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, remain unbroken; the 2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic's attendance record of 88,175 was the second-most attended bowl game of the 2008–09 bowl game season. The 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas occurred on December 28, 2012, when the Red Raiders won, 34–31, against the Minnesota Golden Gophers; the last time the two teams had met was during the 2006 Insight Bowl, in which Texas Tech completed the biggest comeback in bowl history. After falling behind 38-7 with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter, rallied to score 31 unanswered points to send the game to overtime.
In the 2006 game, the Gophers scored a field goal in overtime, but the Red Raiders responded with a touchdown to