With seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss as a junior last season, Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive tackle Steven Richardson earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors from both coaches and the media. He enters his senior season as one of the best defensive lineman in the Big Ten, and an analytics site has backed that up.
On Pro Football Focus' list of the top 10 returning Big Ten players for 2017, Richardson comes in fourth. A 84.9 grade against the run in 2016 is cited prominently, along with boosting his production as a pass rusher with at least four total pressures in six of nine conference games.
Richardson is sure to be picked in the 2018 NFL Draft, barring a significant injury, and a very good senior season could put him into the first-round conversation.
It's been a week of turmoil for the Chicago Bulls, from Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler calling out teammates to the media to Rajon Rondo firing back on Instagram. Butler and Wade were taken out of the starting lineup for Friday night's game against the Miami Heat by coach Fred Hoiberg.
After picking up a second foul during the second quarter of the game, Butler showed exactly how he feels about the "punishment" of not starting.
The Bulls lost 100-88 to a Heat squad that was without injured center Hassan Whiteside, and Butler's stat line speaks for itself.
The above tweet should be amended to say sent Fred Hoiberg "a message"...., but the point is clear. And it's also clear that Butler is who I think he is-a locker room cancer that divides teammates, and acts petulant toward a coach he essentially declared as weak last season.