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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals weak-side linebacker Vontaze Burfict flunked the equivalent of a high-profile job interview during a disastrous NFL scouting combine last year. Burfict ran the slowest 40-yard dash (5.09 seconds) of any linebacker prospect. He finished slower than several offensive linemen. He bench-pressed 225 pounds just 16 times, fewer than many defensive backs. In interviews, he showed a lack of accountability for poor self-discipline on the field, after racking up 16 personal fouls in his final 26 games at Arizona State.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When the Ravens back in April traded up in the second round to draft Arthur Brown, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta remarked that Brown would be a “four-down linebacker” for the Ravens. For now, though, the rookie has been a one-down linebacker, playing on the defense mostly in passing situations. While a pair of rookies -- first-round safety Matt Elam and undrafted wide receiver Marlon Brown -- have stepped into starting roles, Brown is taking baby steps for the Ravens, who have handed the 23-year-old a small but significant role while giving snaps to two other players, Jameel McClain and Josh Bynes, at the weak-side linebacker position.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
The letters keep coming, sometimes 20 a month asking for Dennis Gaubatz's autograph. Sometimes it's a football card that the old Colt receives. More often, it's the cover of one of the three national magazines on which Gaubatz appeared in his five years as the rugged middle linebacker on Baltimore's ballyhooed defense of the 1960s. How many copies of Life and Sports Illustrated does he reckon he's signed? "My gawd, I have no idea. But they just don't stop," said Gaubatz, 73, from his home in West Columbia, Texas.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Ken Niumatalolo, usually one of the more reserved coaches in college football, went off script in the Navy football team's 42-14 thrashing of South Alabama on Saturday night. Almost midway through the third quarter, the Midshipmen set up to punt on fourth-and-6 from their own 40-yard line. But junior punter Pablo Beltran faked the punt and instead threw to sophomore defensive end Will Anthony for a 15-yard gain and a first down. But officials flagged Navy for an ineligible player downfield.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Losing a starting middle linebacker might cripple some football teams, but Johns Hopkins has been largely unaffected by the absence of Keith Corliss. The Blue Jays feature a defense ranked at the top of the Centennial Conference in both points and yards allowed. And they are one win away from finishing a perfect regular season at 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the league despite some instability among their linebackers. Corliss, a sophomore, sat out the team's 34-16 victory at Gettysburg on Oct. 26 and a 45-30 win against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday; he played sparingly in a 24-18 victory over Ursinus on Nov. 2 because of an unspecified injury.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Seventy-six years after Wilmeth Sidat-Singh was barred a game against Maryland because of his race, the family of the late Syracuse player and Army pilot was honored at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Relatives of Sidat-Singh, who died on a training mission in 1943, lined up on the field between the first and second quarters of the Terps' game against Syracuse. The family members, joined by Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, were presented with a framed, black “Wounded Warrior” jersey.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Enough players have returned from injuries that Maryland's offense won't look so depleted Saturday against Syracuse. Quarterback C.J. Brown and running back Brandon Ross, who have both missed time this season with injuries, are playing, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee) is listed as probable in Thursday's injury report. Of course, the offense is still lacking top wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long with season-ending lower-leg fractures. The defense remains thinned. Starting linebacker Cole Farrand (concussion)
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
With Josh Bynes sidelined against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, Jameel McClain started at weak-side linebacker and played 30 snaps in his first NFL game since December. Bynes, who started the first six games of the season, returned to practice this week, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Thursday that the starting job will be McClain's going forward. “It's work. It's hard work going into it,” McClain said about earning the job back. “I don't know if I really put thought into how much it really means to me. It's just a chance for me to go out there and prove myself.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age. By his midteens, while living with his family in a dorm for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at the University of California, Santa Cruz - his step-father was the dorm's headmaster - he thought no differently about LGBT people than he did straight people....
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Starting weak-side linebacker Josh Bynes said he's recovering well from surgery to clean out his infected finger, and expects to return following the bye and be ready for the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 3. Bynes was sidelined for the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field. “I'll be back for the Cleveland game, I'm just letting it heal up as fast as possible,” Bynes said. “I'll be all right. If I'm not practicing next week, I'll definitely play in the game.” Bynes reiterated that he doesn't have a staph infection.
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