Thursday, January 09, 2014

Allendale-Fairfax's Bashaud Breeland will turn pro

Breeland to leave Clemson for NFL draft




FAIRFAX — On Monday night, we posted about Kendric Salley leaving USC for Presbyterian.

Now, another local standout is leaving a big university.  This time, to enter the big leagues.

Allendale-Fairfax standout Bashaud Breeland announced his plans to leave Clemson to enter the National Football League draft in May.  He made the decision after some computer models projected that he was ranked as high as third on ESPN's Mel Kiper's Big Board.

Mr. Breeland said with some work, he could go near the top.

According to his bio on clemsontigers.com, Mr. Breeland is 6 feet, 185 pounds.  He has also reportedly been clocked as fast as 4.42 in the 40 yard dash.  According to a report on nfl.com, Mr. Breeland is a likely third-day draft prospect who has good upside because of his physical attributes.  The third day would put him in the 4th-7th round.

After redshirting in 2010, Mr. Breeland saw a lot of time on the field.  He started all but one game each in 2011 and 2012.  He started all of the games this season in his first season as a full-time starter.

Mr. Breeland says he talked to a lot of important people in his life before making this decision including his parents and also high school football coaches.  Mr. Breeland calls Allendale-Fairfax head coach Eddie Ford a mentor.  Mr. Breeland also says his time at Allendale-Fairfax High really helped shape him as a player and a person, "I was thrown into the fire early, so I know what it to takes to mature fast."

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

Edgefield County was only county without a traffic fatality in 2013


EDGEFIELD — The fatal crash stats for 2013 are in and one local county stood out among the rest in the state.

Official traffic stats say that Edgefield County was the only county in the state that did not have a single traffic fatality.

In fact, the last time Edgefield County had a traffic fatality: 12/12/12 or December 12, 2012.

That is due in part to the high volume of DUI checkpoints the Edgefield County Sheriff's Department now run.  By running checkpoints on a near daily basis, they are helping to get drunk drivers from Aiken, Greenwood, McCormick and Saluda counties off the streets.

"We looked what was it, what was the need here, what was going on here, why so many crashes," explained Allen Easler, a prevention specialist at Cornerstone, the Greenwood Edgefield McCormick Abbeville Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. "Edgefield ranked as one of the top counties in the state for DUI crashes."

The checkpoints make drivers think twice about bad behavior and make a world of difference for the innocent lives that weren't lost last year.

"One fatality is one too many, who wants to lose a family member," Easler said.

To recap, Edgefield didn't have a single one.  To put that into perspective, Barnwell, Bamberg, and Allendale counties had four fatalities each in 2013.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol points out that a large stretch of US 301 in Allendale County, and all of US 301 in Bamberg County is four-laned, which means that it is heavily travelled and that leads to an increased risk of fatal crashes.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

REGIONAL/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile USA, stomped on AT&T's party.  Sadly, though, he was ejected after he was detected. [WJBF-DT News Channel 6]

AT&T feels so threatened by T-Mobile that they are offering $450.00 credit for you to dump T-Mobile for them.  And now comes word that T-Mobile will pay $650.00 of your fee if you prematurely terminate your AT&T contract.  Shots fired, AT&T pwned! [TechSpot]

SPORTS SHORTS:

The Columbia Koalas fell to Montreat (N.C.) 85-79 in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.  Kaitlyn Smart led the Koalas with 18 points and 7 rebounds, including two-late three-balls to keep the Koalas in contention before foul shots by the Cavs put the dagger in the game.  Alison Sobataka had 15 points and 7 rebounds.  Jennifer Giles had 11 points and 7 assists, and Azia Gibson had 9 points and 12 rebounds. [GoKoalas]

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

The fashion at the hardly-watched and hardly-noticed 2014 People's Choice Awards. [Amelia McDonell-Parry]

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