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The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
On Jacoby Jones' 73-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was seen standing close to the field of play on the sideline. As seen in SBNation's GIF below, Tomlin appeared to make Jones change direction on the play shortly before he was tackled by the Steelers' Cortez Allen. The Ravens' Justin Tucker converted a 38-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead. Did Tomlin help Allen make the tackle? You be the judge.
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By Shaun Bennett, For The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The pressure was on the Gilman football team before it even stepped onto the field for the season opener Sunday afternoon. Facing St. Edward (Ohio), one of the top-ranked teams in the country, in front of a nationally televised audience, the Greyhounds knew they'd be in for a test. And the Eagles lived up to the billing - starting strong, finishing stronger and breezing to a 38-7 victory. "I don't think we prepared for anything. We got walloped … absolutely hammered," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN REPORTER | September 24, 2005
Anytime there is a blocked punt and a kickoff nearly returned for a touchdown in the same game, Ravens reserve tight end Daniel Wilcox figures there will be questions about the special teams. Wilcox, now a leader on a group that may be more athletic but less experienced than in previous seasons, gives straight answers. "It's just like being in a singing group, like The Temptations," Wilcox said. "You lose your lead singer, the new guy comes in, it's not going to sound the same. That's just kind of what's going on right now. You've got to get to know these guys, get the feel so you know when to come in and sing your part."
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After an evening spent dodging and sprinting past potential Dallas Cowboys tacklers, Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson wasn't about to run and hide from what was blatantly obvious. Having seemingly lost ground in the wide receiver competition in recent weeks, Thompson needed a performance like this in the worst way.    “I'm in a tough competition right now, so everything counts, and it was big for me personally,” Thompson said following the Ravens' 37-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2003
For the second straight week, River Hill staged a miraculous finish to steal a victory from one of Howard County's top football teams. And for the second straight week, the Hawks' hero was Rogers Barnes. In a battle of undefeated teams, Barnes returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to beat No. 3-ranked Oakland Mills before a large crowd yesterday at the Scorpions' homecoming celebration, 20-19. The game-winning play began with 66 seconds remaining as Barnes scooped up a low bouncing kick, cut down the left sideline, received critical blocks from Ben Nowak and and Kyle Ramseur, and outraced Oakland Mills speedster Tony Cole to the end zone.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 16, 2002
Woodlawn slowed the high-powered Sherwood offense for much of last night's Class 4A state quarterfinal playoff game. But the Warriors just couldn't stop Sherwood's big plays. Dylan Judah returned the second-half kickoff for an 82-yard touchdown and Romeje Richards scored twice after that as Sherwood scored 27 second-half points and pulled away for a 30-6 victory over No. 12 Woodlawn at CCBC-Catonsville. Sherwood moves on to face Gaithersburg in the semifinals. Sherwood (9-1) runs a basic offense, and Woodlawn (8-3)
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January 27, 2001
RAVENS NUMBERS 9.3 Punt return average allowed (13th in NFL) 15.8 Punt return average (1st in NFL) 21.3 Kickoff return average allowed (10th in NFL) 22.3 Kickoff return average (12th in NFL) 89.7 Field goal pct. (4th in NFL) GIANTS NUMBERS 8.3 Punt return average (25th in NFL) 12.6 Punt return average allowed (26th in NFL) 20.8 Kickoff return average (25th in NFL) 22.5 Kickoff return average allowed (21st in NFL) 76 Field goal pct. (21st in NFL)
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | September 20, 2006
COLLEGE PARK -- First, there was a fumble on Maryland's first kickoff return. Then there was West Virginia's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Add to that one more Maryland fumble on another kickoff return, and it was enough to leave Maryland special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski "sick about it for two days." The mistakes cost the Terps 14 points in Thursday night's 45-24 loss to West Virginia, but Rychleski said that performance was an anomaly for an otherwise reliable unit. Florida International@Maryland Saturday, 6 p.m., 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Line: Maryland by 18
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun reporter | November 24, 2006
ASHBURN, Va. -- He came quietly toward the end of the winless preseason for the Washington Redskins, a late-summer addition to shore up a shaky special teams unit that had been burned for a touchdown on a kickoff return by the New York Jets as well as a couple of other long punt returns. Vernon Fox has made a five-year NFL career of staying under the radar, noticed enough by coaches and teammates to earn a steady paycheck without hearing his name called often on a P.A. system or his number called to play his natural position - safety.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY | September 25, 2009
1 Joshua Cribbs changes the game with his returns. In eight career games against the Ravens, he is averaging 27.4 yards per kickoff return. Cribbs also ran back a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown last season against the Ravens. 2 Another big receiver comes up big. The Browns' Braylon Edwards uses his size advantage vs. the Ravens cornerbacks. The 6-foot-3 Cleveland wide-out has scored four touchdowns in six career games against the Ravens. 3 Joe Flacco gets lost going to M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Matt Vensel | December 5, 2013
Early in the season, before sweater weather arrived, fans could head to the restrooms when it was time for Ravens kicker Justin Tucker to kickoff. Heck, opposing kick returners probably could have joined them. In the first six games of the season, the second-year kicker boomed touchbacks on 25 of his 32 kickoffs, meaning the kick coverage team, which was only needed to make about one tackle a game, could have lined up in lawn chairs. Tucker had four games with at least five touchbacks, including the season opener in Denver, when warm temperatures and thin air allowed him to kick touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
On Jacoby Jones' 73-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was seen standing close to the field of play on the sideline. As seen in SBNation's GIF below, Tomlin appeared to make Jones change direction on the play shortly before he was tackled by the Steelers' Cortez Allen. The Ravens' Justin Tucker converted a 38-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead. Did Tomlin help Allen make the tackle? You be the judge.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Terps freshman cornerback Will Likely has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Co-Rookie of the Week. Likely returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 27-24 overtime win at Virginia Tech. It was Maryland's first punt return for a score since Tony Logan returned one 84 yards for a score against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. Likely finished the game with 179 all-purpose yards (106 on punt returns and 73 on kickoff return yards). Defensively, he made three tackles and also broke up a pass.
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From Sun staff reports | October 26, 2013
No. 15 City fumbled the opening kickoff and things got worse from there as Edmondson capitalized on five turnovers and shut out the host Knights, 40-0, on Friday. The Red Storm (5-3) scored 20 points in the first quarter, starting with a 3-yard touchdown run by Darrell Woods, set up by the fumbled kickoff two minutes into the game. Edmondson quarterback Daniel Williams completed seven of 14 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. City fell to 6-2. No. 4 Meade 42, North County 0: Daryl Pate completed seven of 13 for 185yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting Mustangs (7-1)
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
Three local quarterbacks came close to state records, highlighting Week Four of the high school football season. Westminster's Duke Etchison and Aberdeen's Lavell McCullers each threw six touchdown passes - one shy of the state record held by four players, including last year's Owls quarterback Deryk Kern. Chesapeake-AA's Rashwan Shields threw for 439 yards, not far off the record of 475 set by Arundel's Billy Cosh in 2008. Lots of other numbers stood out in this weekend's action.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2012
The most memorable play in Maryland's victory over Virginia was foreshadowed on an August afternoon when Stefon Diggs settled under a kickoff during training camp. Diggs caught the ball on the 2, hesitated, then burst up the middle and angled left for a 98-yard touchdown. It was just an intrasquad scrimmage, but the play demonstrated not only the freshman's speed, but a knack for finding seams in kickoff coverage. He typically pauses after fielding kicks - a tactic that allows him to survey the field.
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By Mary Beth Kozak | August 20, 2002
Lamont Brightful Position: Return specialist College: Eastern Washington Who he is: He was the first of four players (195th overall) that the Ravens drafted in the sixth round this past spring. Brightful set NCAA Division I-AA records for career average per kickoff return (30.0 yards), career kickoffs returned for touchdowns (five) and average per return (26.4 on punts and kickoffs). Pre-game rituals: "Before the game starts, I'll be by myself and get my little praise to the Lord, and then I get my headphones on and get into the zone."
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By Tom Worgo, Baltimore Messenger | November 18, 2011
Annapolis Area Christian School's speed and big-play ability, especially in the second half, overwhelmed Boys' Latin, 46-13, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Friday night. Senior running back Joshua McPhearson rushed for 148 yards on 17 carries and had a 77-yard kickoff return for a score for the Eagles, who scored 46 unanswered points to claim the title in their first year in the B Conference after claiming successive C Conference crowns.
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By Matt Vensel | September 9, 2011
This has nothing to do with the Ravens or the Steelers, so I apologize for that. But we found out Thursday night that touchdowns on kickoff returns are still indeed possible. It just takes a perfectly-timed barrel roll over a defender. Here is proof in the form of Randall Cobb's "Matrix"-like return in Green Bay's win over New Orleans.
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