JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: October 6, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Dewey Warren. …

  • Having watched Ensworth's football team the past two weeks, it appears veteran coach Ricky Bowers' Tigers are tracking another Division II-AA state title. If successful, it would mark the fourth straight championship for Ensworth.

    The defending state champs disposed of McCallie two weeks ago. Friday night, Ensworth defeated rival MBA, 35-21, in a battle of unbeatens. Ensworth ran its win streak to 27 games.

    Ensworth running back D'Andre Ferby is one of the top running backs in the state. He runs the ball as hard as any of Ensworth's former backs.

    Against MBA Ferby ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns. It ended a six-game streak in which he scored three touchdowns a game. Ferby now has 127 carries for 953 yards and 17 touchdowns.

    Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin was at the game, arriving and leaving by helicopter. He is as good as it gets in working a crowd.

  • The Tigers and MBA have a number of D-I college football prospects on their rosters.

    Ensworth's two junior cornerbacks, Donald Sheffield and Rico McGraw are being heavily recruited. Xavier Forest is a 310-pound tight end and defensive lineman who is also being recruited.

    For MBA, defensive tackle Michael Sawyers (6-2, 307) is a verbal commit to Vanderbilt, as is offensive lineman Jashon Robertson. Another Big Red offensive lineman, Alex Bars, is a 4-star recruit by He verbally committed to Notre Dame in May.

  • Playing for MBA's seventh grade football team are brothers Jake and Tye Herbstreit.

    Sound familiar? They are the sons of ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit and wife, Allison. While Kirk was off doing his ESPN Gameday thing Friday night, Allison and three of her sons were spotted at the MBA-Ensworth game.

  • Florida State freshman Jalen Ramsey is starting at strong safety for Florida State. He is from Smyrna, played at Brentwood Academy.

    Jalen originally verbally committed to Lane Kiffin and Southern Cal before changing his mind just before signing day. He ranks fifth on the Seminoles defense in tackles with 19. He has an interception, returning it 31 yards. Add to that a forced fumble and a sack and Ramsey is earning his scholarship.

  • Before this weekend, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was the second highest ranked quarterback in pass efficiency and fourth in completion percentage at 73.6.

    His quarterbacks coach at FSU? It's none other than former Tennessee and Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders.

    The No. 8 ranked Seminoles were also ranked No. 8 in scoring, averaging 51 points a game.

  • Tiger Woods had his young son Charlie with him when he won the CCG Bridgestone tournament.

    “This was the first win he's ever been at,'' Woods told the media.

    “That's what makes it special for both of us.''

    Yes, Tiger has started 4-year-old Charlie playing the game. After all, his father put clubs in Tiger's hands when he was only two.

    Charlie is imitating what he sees his father do when they play together. But don't look for Charlie to start following Ricky Fowler's fashion trends.

    “My kid is not going to wear a flat bill (hat),'' Tiger said.

  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price is preparing for his 6th annual Golf Classic at Murfreesboro's Old Fort Golf Club.

    Due to the American League playoffs, the tournament dates are fluid. It will either be Oct. 25 or Friday, Nov., 1. Price obviously would prefer Nov. 1 because that would mean his team made the World Series.

    There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start with breakfast and registration at 7:30. Proceeds go to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.

  • According to the Williamson Herald, Titans play-by-play voice Mike Keith is spending his Friday nights broadcasting Battle Ground Academy games.

    After all, BGA is Keith's alma mater and his wife works at the school. He was broadcasting high school games in Knoxville when he joined the Titans broadcast team when they first moved to the state.

    “I love high school football,'' said Keith, who played football at BGA. “The Titans' organization has been so supportive. At my root, I'm a game caller and they know that.''

  • Updated odds on the Heisman Trophy race. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota leads the way with 8/5 odds.

    Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is 11/2 while Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is next at 15/2. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and Alabama QB AJ McCarron are 10/1 odds.

    Remember, Boyd wanted to sign with Tennessee, but was told by Lane Kiffin that he didn't fit the offense he was going to run.

    In the SEC, Vegas shows Arkansas, Kentucky and Vanderbilt all at 1,000 to 1 to win the SEC Championship. Don't believe I would bet the ranch on that.

  • Does Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer remind you of a used car salesman? He whines more than any coach who is supposed to be coaching a possible national championship team.

    The Buckeyes sure didn't convince me against Northwestern they are the fourth best team in college football.

    Thank goodness, this is the final year of the BCS Championship Game to determine the best college football team.

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