Jared Allen Set To Play In Lake Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament For Charity

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 18, 2012 – 3:25 pm

Each offseason, Vikings DE Jared Allen hosts his Night Ops Golf Tournament to benefit Homes For Wounded Warriors. The event includes glow-in-the-dark golf balls, drill sergeants on tee boxes, a slip-n-slide on the driving range and a bunch of other skullduggery.

This weekend, Allen will participate in tamer golf tournament that will also raise money for charity. Allen will be playing in the 2012 American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, an event that raises money and awareness for LIVESTRONG.

The $600,000, 54-hole competition at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe will be aired on NBC Sports Network on Friday, July 20 from 4-7 pm (ET) and on NBC on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 from 3-6 pm (ET). This will be Allen’s second time participating in the tournament, which has a first place prize of $125,000.  In 2010, he finished 70th.

Other NFL personalities who will be joining Allen at the tournament include Marcus Allen, Miles Austin, Jerome Bettis, John Elway, Marshall Faulk, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Emmitt Smith and Jason Witten. Other celebrities who will participate include, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Shane Battier and defending champion Jack Wagner.

Further information on the tournament can be found at

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Roster Rundown: Cornerbacks

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 18, 2012 – 6:38 am

Last week we started our “Roster Rundown” series by taking a look at the wide receivers. Today the series continues with a look at the guys who will guard the wide receivers during training camp – the cornerbacks.

The Vikings ranked 26th in total passing defense (yards allowed) and allowed the most passing TDs in 2011, causing the club to make significant additions and changes to the secondary. Before we get to the new players, though, keep in mind that the secondary will see an immediate boost with the return of Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook. They are the two best CBs on the Vikings roster, and together they played in just 11 games last year. Their return bolsters the Vikings pass defense and sets the stage for other CBs on the roster to fill in the voids.

There are two other returning veterans on the Vikings 2012 training camp roster. Marcus Sherels made last year’s roster as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota. Aside from carving out a role on the defense, Sherels increased his value by becoming the club’s part-time kickoff returner and full-time punt returner. Brandon Burton, a 5th-round pick from last year, will also return to the club for training camp. Burton played in 10 games with 1 start in 2011.

The Vikings used both the draft and free agency to add talent to the CB position. In free agency, the club signed Chris Carr and Zack Bowman to add a veteran presence to what is otherwise a young position group. Carr began his career as a special teams ace in Tennessee and then became a regular in the Baltimore Ravens defense. He’s the early leader to be the team’s third CB, but there is plenty of competition for that spot as well. Bowman has some position flexibility to him and trained at both CB and safety during his time with the Chicago Bears.

In the draft, the Vikings used a 3rd-round selection to beef up the CB position by selecting the speedy Josh Robinson. The fastest man at the Combine (clocked a 4.29 in the 40-yard dash), Robinson’s speed will help him recover from natural coverage miscues as a rookie, and his 5-10, 192-pound frame will allow him to battle receivers on the outside. If he performs well in training camp, Robinson could earn himself a significant role on the defense immediately.

Others who will come to Vikings training camp looking to compete for a roster spot include Bobby Felder, Corey Gatewood and Nick Taylor. Felder was a standout over the Vikings final two days of the offseason program, Taylor is a former basketball player from Florida International University who is looking to transfer his hoops skills to the gridiron, and Gatewood was signed by the Vikings late in the offseason program (on June 4).

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