Coward is a local kid & Faulk, talented as he is, was part of the Baylor Scandal. If either are signed by the Giants, I will follow up with their scouting reports at that time;
Old Dominion University Monarchs
Brooklyn, New York
Sheepshead Bay High School
2016: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle for the second-straight season ... Fourth on the team with 50 tackles, along with 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... Scored touchdown on seven-yard fumble recovery in win over Southern Miss ... One of four team captains ... Totaled season-high five tackles seven times ... Notched 1.5 tackles for loss at NC State and in the win over UTSA ... Had two TFL's in the win at Charlotte ... Secured four tackles in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl win over Eastern Michigan.
2015: Started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... Finished seventh on the team and first amongst defensive linemen with 47 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... Added a blocked extra point ... Notched five tackles in the opening win at Eastern Michigan ... Recorded six tackles at Marshall ... Notched a career-high eight tackles in the win over Charlotte ... Totaled six tackles against WKU.
2014: Appeared in all 12 games, making his first career start at WKU ... Recorded 26 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... Had a career-best six tackles at Vanderbilt ... Had five tackles in the win over FIU.
2013: Played in 10 games at defensive tackle ... Recorded 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, half a sack and two quarterback hurries ... Blocked two field goals ... Recorded five tackles and blocked a field goal in the win over Albany ... Had two tackles and half a sack in the win at Idaho ... Blocked his second field goal of the season against Campbell.
High School: Rated 2-stars by Rivals.com … Earned First-Team All-Brooklyn honors … Selected MSG Varsity All-Metro Second-Team … Finished the year with 31 tackles and three sacks … Helped lead his team to the second round of the PSAL City Playoffs … Big 44 All-Star and All-Borough All-Star … 2011 Vince Carbonaro Award Winner … Sheepshead Bay Lineman of the Year … Two-time All-City Team honors … Coached by Fred Snyder.
Personal: Son of Hyland Coward and Jackie Duke ... One brother, Keshone, and one sister, Chamarra ... Majoring in criminal justice.
RASHAAD COWARD CAREER STATS
Year Games UT AT TOTAL TFL Sacks INT FF FR PBU
2013 10 2 11 13 2.0-8 0.5-4 0 0 0 0
2014 12 13 13 26 2.5-10 1.0-8 0 0 1 0
2015 12 20 27 47 2.5-11 1.5-10 0 0 0 0
2016 13 23 27 50 7.5-21 1.5-11 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 47 58 78 136 14.5-50 3.5-33 0 0 2 1
Hand: 09 1/2 Arm: 33 5/8
Wingspan: 79 3/4
40 Yard Dash (HH): 5.17
20 Yard (HH): 2.93
10 Yard (HH): 1.81
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 26
Broad Jump: 08'09"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.76
3-Cone Drill: 7.76
40 Time Range: 5.15-5.18
Ex-Baylor University Bears
Garden City Community College
Florida Atlantic University
Palatka High School
A Baylor spokeswoman told Outside the Lines the university is reviewing the backgrounds of all incoming athletes who have transferred to the school from other athletic programs. At least one player is no longer part of the football team and university in part because of the review.
Defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk, who played at Garden City (Kansas) Community College and at Florida Atlantic University, told Outside the Lines that he was questioned by Baylor coaches on June 1st, 2016 about an incident he was involved in at Florida Atlantic. He said he was also questioned about an alleged sexual assault that may have occurred in April on the Baylor campus, when he was on the Baylor team. No charges were filed in either case; Faulk, who denies sexually assaulting anyone, said he's never been asked by police to discuss the alleged April incident.
Faulk's departure has angered Jeff Sims, a former assistant at Florida Atlantic and the former head coach at Garden City. Sims, who coached Faulk at both schools, says Baylor is trying to rid itself of anyone who has had an allegation made against him, true or not. And he's disturbed by something he said new Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe told him when he called to ask why Faulk's status on the team was in jeopardy over the alleged April incident.
"Grobe says to me, 'Listen, if he just leaves, he can go on, and we won't stop him from playing anywhere, and this investigation will stop.'" Flabbergasted at the notion a sexual assault investigation might disappear if an accused player were to leave the team, Sims said he pressed Grobe, but Grobe struggled to be more specific before implying that Baylor administrators had made him remove the player from the team.
Baylor has been at the center of nationwide attention over its handling of sexual assault allegations and investigations, including several that have involved athletes. Sims said the university's handling of Faulk's departure from the team -- and Grobe's statement to him -- is problematic for the alleged victim and for Faulk, and also shows Baylor still doesn't understand what it's done wrong in recent years.
"To me, that's the whole reason they got in trouble -- either Jeremy's innocent, and they should go through the process, and he should get his scholarship back and play. Or he's guilty, and this girl should get some justice," Sims said.
The circumstances of Faulk's departure from the team and school are unclear: Faulk told Outside the Lines that he was initially told he was expelled from the university. Baylor officials would only confirm to Outside the Lines that he is no longer enrolled in school. Faulk provided to Outside the Lines an email from a Baylor academic support official sent Tuesday morning stating that his withdrawal had been finalized, but Faulk said he never asked to withdraw from school.
Despite being a private school, Baylor is required by the federal Title IX statute to investigate allegations of sexual assault and violence thoroughly and to provide security, counseling services and academic help to those who report assaults. Part of the law's goal is to help keep victims in school.
Outside the Lines reviewed Faulk's emails, which showed that the same morning he had received the email telling him his withdrawal from the university was final, he received another from the athletic department compliance office saying there "is not a Title IX report at Baylor" involving him. Faulk responded a few hours later by sending an email requesting a hearing and a chance to defend himself anyway. Only then did the Title IX office send him -- two hours later -- an email stating he'd been named as a respondent in a case and had been accused of violating the school's sexual discrimination, violence and harassment policy. The email provided no further details of an incident.
"No one's given me a reason why I've been released," Faulk said. "If I just leave, it will look like I'm guilty, and I didn't do anything."
While Baylor officials would not address Faulk's situation or say why he's no longer a student, the spokeswoman wrote in an email that any result of a Title IX investigation would be communicated to any school to which a student transfers. "It is inappropriate to allow an accused student to quietly transfer to another institution in order to avoid accountability ... [and] to dismiss and expel an accused student without appropriate process under university policy."
At the low point, Jeremy Faulk was sneaking food from the Baylor training table. Last June, the Bears’ budding redshirt junior defensive lineman had lost his scholarship suddenly and with finality. Faulk was not only kicked off the team and out of school, he was essentially wiped from Baylor records in a day without being told what the specific allegations were against him.
One thing was for sure: His head was spinning. The meal card that players can swipe at training table check out suddenly didn’t work. The former national junior college defensive player of the year had no money, nowhere to go and barely a place to lay his head.
“I stayed with another D-lineman on his couch,” Faulk told CBS Sports, recounting the days immediately after being kicked out of Baylor last summer. “It was a little rough. I spent all my Pell [Grant], staying on his couch, sneaking food out of Baylor.” Somehow there is justice to Faulk literally getting nourishment out of the back door of the athletes’ food court. Because the allegations against Faulk are -- to this day -- so muddled, he has a puncher’s chance in next month’s NFL Draft.
“Jeremy almost created a situation they don’t have rules for,” said Jeff Sims, his junior college coach. Could it be that a school derided for ignoring sexual assault victims overreacted in Faulk’s case? A daring suggestion but no matter what you think of him, Faulk has endured a legal, academic, athletic and administrative wringer.
Soon after Art Briles was fired in late May, Faulk was questioned by school officials about two incidents. One of them allegedly occurred during his time at Florida Atlantic in 2013. He and a friend had reportedly teased a teammate who was naked in bed with a girlfriend. Faulk and his friend threatened to pull off the sheets. Campus police were called, no charges were filed. “We were just joking around and they used it against me,” he said.
Last April, a female student at Baylor spoke to police about a sexual encounter with Faulk and another man. Again, no charges were filed, although the school did start a Title IX investigation.
Eight days after Briles was fired, Faulk became the first Baylor player to be kicked off the team in the wake of the scandal. Faulk reiterated to CBS Sports the sex was consensual.
“My mom taught me not to do sympathy,” Faulk said. “I should have carried myself better. I should have stayed in my room. Being a college football player, I tried to go out one weekend.” The combination of multiple negative factors -- Baylor’s tarnished brand, the accusations, Faulk’s prior academic struggles -- made him a college football pariah.
As the 2016 season approached, Faulk endured an ultimate absurdity. With few football options left, he was forced to re-enroll at Garden City Community College, a school from which he had already graduated in Kansas. The nation’s best defensive junior college player in 2015 returned to become defensive MVP of the NJCAA national championship game in December.
Faulk never played a down in FBS. His college career is complete having spanned four stops at three schools over four years. He has entered the 2017 NFL Draft, incredibly still as an under-classman after all that time. Yes, Faulk is in the same junior draft class as Florida State star tailback Dalvin Cook. That’s about where the similarities end. “I wanted to be an All-American,” he said. “It was my dream to play [Division I football]. Everything happens for a reason.”
For a quiet, athletically freakish kid from Palatka, Florida, that reason has yet to reveal itself.
Not quite an angel, but never charged with a crime, Faulk is the player college football forgot.
His talent cannot be denied. His former defensive coordinator at Baylor compared Faulk to former All-Big Twelve Conference defensive tackle Andrew Billings.
One-time acting head coach Jim Grobe said of Faulk, “The defensive coaches thought he was nearly unblockable.” His NFL agent ran all the issues past his wife before taking on this new client. “I won’t take a person who assaulted or raped a female,” said Markeeth Taylor, a former defensive back at West Chester University. “I had to dig, dig, dig to have him be in my household.
“If I didn’t believe in the kid, I wouldn’t have taken him, and my wife wouldn’t have allowed it.”
Earlier this month, Faulk sat on some stairs in Pittsburg State’s indoor facility telling his story. He had just shined at a small-college pro day essentially organized to showcase his talents.
“There’s only one guy [NFL scouts] here to see,” said former Fort Scott Community College coach Curtis Horton, on hand basically as a football fan. At the end of the five-hour process, Faulk was the only player asked to stay after, ushered into a back room to take the Wonderlic Personality Test.
Reasons to take a chance on Faulk were evident during that pro day. At 6-feet, 304 pounds, he vertical jumped 31.5 inches. He threw up 38 reps of 225 pounds on the bench (officially it was 33; an NFL scout monitoring the drill docked him five reps for not “locking out” his elbows). Faulk ran a pair of 40s right at 5 seconds flat.
“Five, really?” he asked, disappointed. Faulk claims to have run a 4.8 at the facility where he trained in Mississippi. All of it conjures an image of a slightly smaller B.J. Raji, a former Pro Bowl defensive tackle and ninth overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2009 draft.
To get to his last collegiate game four months ago, Faulk traveled with his Garden City teammates 18 hours in a bus with no bathrooms from southwestern Kansas to Yuma, Arizona . Faulk then made four tackles, including a sack, to become the defensive MVP in a national championship game win over Arizona Western. “Anytime we had to win the game, anytime we had to turn it up, he was the one who made the play,” Sims said.
Faulk’s Baylor coach and junior college coach could agree on one thing: “When he wanted to be,” Sims added, “Jeremy was virtually unblockable.” The reality is Faulk will be a draft long shot. No matter what you think of him, it will be safer for any NFL team to bring him in as an undrafted free agent. Few players would have traveled his athletic and academic path.
Coming out of Palatka High, Faulk signed with Florida Atlantic, where he redshirted under Carl Pelini in 2013. Pelini resigned during that season. As a redshirt freshman at FAU in 2014, playing for the scout team, Faulk became academically ineligible.
That led to a transfer to Garden City, where Sims coached. Sims had been on Pelini’s staff at FAU when Faulk arrived. In 2015, Faulk became the national junior college defensive player of the year. His future seemed limitless with 18.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 87 tackles and even 46 rushing yards to go along with two touchdowns.
Blowing up in junior college led to an offer from Baylor. In December 2015, Faulk transferred to Baylor. That upward arc continued. That’s when then-defensive coordinator Phil Bennett compared Faulk favorably to Billings, the 2015 Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year. “He had things you don’t coach,” Bennett said of Faulk. “Without question, he’s a Sunday player. I can justify taking him.”
For six months, Faulk said, he holed up in his apartment at Baylor. “I’d just go to practice, classes and be in my room,” said. “I did everything they asked. I was loving it, to be honest.” Then one weekend and that admitted encounter with a woman. “There is a reason why we shouldn’t sleep around before we get married,” Taylor told Faulk. “You chose to do that. There are consequences to it. It’s not bad, and it’s something both of you guys agreed to, but it backfired.”
There are layers to this complicated story. The woman who made the police complaint told ESPN last year Faulk and his teammate “forced me to do things that I didn’t want do against my own consent.” A source told CBS Sports text messages exist from that time that exonerate Faulk.
Faulk eventually won back his scholarship after an appeal. However, he was still not admitted back on the football team. There were questions raised last year about the legality of Baylor’s dismissal of Faulk.
Faulk has an attorney, and any legal action against the school would likely come after he signs a contract -- that way it will not interfere with his draft evaluation. Baylor’s decision basically made sure Faulk wouldn’t get a degree, at least while on football scholarship. Any FBS team taking him would have had to petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility in 2018 (after he sat out 2017).
Few, if any, coaches were going to fight for a player kicked out of Baylor that had one year of eligibility remaining. Faulk could have gone Division II but that would have required him to re-take a full load of classes this semester he had already passed at Garden City to be eligible at that level in 2017.
What was the point of that? Perhaps it’s not fair, but you can imagine the NFL mindset: Why take a chance drafting a junior college player with a sketchy background? Well, there’s a reason at least 11 NFL scouts came to Garden City last season, according to Sims. It was Sims who organized a conference call with 17 NFL teams so they could ask anything they wanted about Faulk.
“At first, I was unknown,” he said, reconsidering his chances. “I’m not just a random name now.”
Sims himself is a living, breathing underdog, so Faulk’s story resonates. Sims’ father did five years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. Sims’ players at Garden City have overcome incredible odds. Faulk figures to be the latest.
“Baylor brought Jeremy Faulk to Baylor,” Sims said. “If he would have become an All-American there, they would have gotten all the publicity. “The day it got difficult, they flushed him out.”
After being dismissed at Baylor University, Faulk re-enrolled at Garden City College, but was ineligible to play, as he had already graduated from the school.
An occasional two-way player for the Busters at running back, Faulk was named a First-Team NJCAA All-American earlier this week and was previously named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Defensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore, Faulk collected 87 tackles (50 solos), 18.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, averaging 8.5 tackles per game for the 2015 Season.
Earned scout team player of the week honors after the Tulsa game as a member of the Florida Atlantic football team...named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year at the season ending banquet.
Redshirted at Florida Atlantic...received defensive scout game ball honors in the game at Auburn.
Played for Willie Offord at Palatka High School where he recorded 71 tackles, including 52 solo as a senior...added three sacks and caused two fumbles, one of which he recovered to earn honorable mention All-State...earned the Defensive MVP award for the Florida vs. Georgia All-Star game. Faulk chose FAU over another Conference USA university.
Majoring in exercise science and health promotions...son of Kim Myles and was born in Palatka.
2015 Game Stats
DATE OPPONENT SCORE TACK AST TOT SACK LOST TFL YDS FF FR TD INT YDS TD BRUP BLK SAF
Aug 29 at Highland CC W, 36-28
7 3 10 1 6 4 16 1 1 - - - - - - -
Sep 5 Dodge City CC L, 40-35
7 3 10 1 4 3 18 1 - - - - - 1 - -
Sep 12 Ellsworth CC L, 38-14
4 2 6 1 6 3 14 - - - - - - - - -
Sep 17 Air Force Prep L, 25-22
9 4 13 - - 0 3 - - - - - - - - -
Sep 26 at Independence CC L, 20-7
1 3 4 - - 0 - - - - - - - 1 - -
Oct 3 at Iowa Western CC L, 20-7
4 9 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 0 0 - 0 0 0
Oct 10 Hutchinson CC L, 49-14
1 8 9 - - 0.5 2 - - - - - - - - -
Oct 17 at Fort Scott CC L, 36-20
5 1 6 - - 0.5 1 - - - - - - - - -
Oct 24 at Butler CC W, 25-20
7 1 8 1.5 8 1.5 8 - - - - - - 1 - -
Oct 31 Iowa Central CC W, 54-13
0 2 2 2 15 2 15 - - - - - - - - -
Nov 7 Coffeyville CC L, 42-33
5 1 6 1 4 4 20 - - - - - - - - -
DATE OPPONENT SCORE RUSH YDS Y/A
Oct 24 at Butler W, 25-20
12 32 2.7
Oct 31 Iowa Central W, 54-13
5 11 2.2
Nov 7 Coffeyville L, 42-33
2 3 1.5