Football Columns

Ron Higgins

Lots of smarts and a tough work ethic fuel these successful centers

by Ron Higgins November 08, 2010 in Football

Auburn’s Ryan Pugh and Georgia Tech’s Sean Bedford have never met on a football field, or otherwise, but perhaps they should. The conversation between the two Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalists would start with their love of playing center, the intelligence it takes to recognize defenses and make the blocking calls for the rest of the offensive line. Pugh, who’s from Hoover, Ala., could tell Bedford, who’s from Gainesville, Fla., that as the son of a 25-year high school head… Continue Reading

Dennis Dodd

Ponder represents the past, present and future of Florida State football

by Dennis Dodd October 11, 2010 in Football

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has a different definition of a comeback. In 2009’s ninth game, he threw his fourth interception of the game to Clemson’s DeAndre McDaniel. Frustrated, Ponder chased down McDaniel, met him at the sideline, lowered his shoulder and, well, that was the end of his season. Ponder separated said shoulder. After his own comeback—surgery and months of rehab—Ponder became the 2010 poster boy for Florida State’s comeback.  He’s got his own website… Continue Reading

Brett McMurphy

Dobbs continues to bring a smile to the faces of fans and coaches alike

by Brett McMurphy September 13, 2010 in Football

A day after probably the worst football game of his life, Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs still managed a smile on his face. Come to think of it, Dobbs is always smiling. “It is hard today,” Dobbs said the day after Navy’s 17-14 season opening loss to Maryland. “But I keep it on and try not to let stuff get me down. I’ve been practicing that since high school. Even when I have bad days, then I still try to keep a smile on my face. “Me smiling all the time, especially at a time… Continue Reading

Ron Higgins

Tebow’s biggest thrills have come from making a difference in the lives of those around him

by Ron Higgins November 30, 2009 in Football

We all get caught up in who wins and who loses every week in college football. There’s controversial officiating, questionable coaching decisions and off-the-field problems that sometimes overshadow the sport. Then, someone comes along like University of Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow, who reminds us what athletics in general is supposed to be about. It’s about competing as hard as possible, but at the end of the day, it’s the profound impact that a marquee athlete can have on a… Continue Reading

Brett McMurphy

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey gets the most out of every day

by Brett McMurphy November 02, 2009 in Football

Kansas senior Darrell Stuckey laughs when he remembers what he was thinking when he first arrived on the Lawrence, Kan., campus five years ago. “When I first got here, I wasn’t going to do anything but football and school,” Stuckey said. Stuckey said he had friends who went off to college and flunked out after one semester. He wasn’t going to make that same mistake. “I was not going to get involved in anything until I figured out how to do things academically,” he said. … Continue Reading

Dennis Dodd

Gregory’s work ethic and community service habits were built on the farm

by Dennis Dodd October 05, 2009 in Football

When Kurtis Gregory was notified he had been nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the first thing that came to mind was, well, Lowe’s. “Do you know if a $1,000 gift card comes with that?” Missouri’s right guard asked. “I need to buy some tools.” That’s Gregory, a son of the soil, country boy all the way and future baron of the family’s 1,500 acres near Blackburn, Mo. “I just want to farm,” he said. One day he will. For now, the Missouri senior might be… Continue Reading

Steve Richardson

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has designs on the perfect senior season and a national title

by Steve Richardson September 07, 2009 in Football

Texas senior quarterback Colt McCoy grew up dreaming about playing college football at Abilene Christian where his father, Brad, once was a safety. That seemed like an appropriate goal for a skinny kid who was an all-sports star in the small West Texas town of Tuscola. But after attending University of Texas summer football camps while he was in high school, McCoy re-focused on the Longhorns. He had watched Ricky Williams and Chris Simms develop and finally Vince Young play in Austin. He was… Continue Reading

Blair Kerkhoff

SENIOR SEASON HAS REWARDS FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS

by Blair Kerkhoff December 05, 2008 in Football

Okay, so it gets a lot of airtime – on television and on the video screens inside the arenas during March Madness. But if I’m not buried in note-taking I pay attention. “There are over 400,000 student-athletes and most will be going pro in something other than sports.” The NCAA got even more clever with those PSAs in its latest campaign to underscore the relationship between academics and athletics, cracking funny with kids bargaining their trading cards of former athletes now in the work… Continue Reading

Dennis Dodd

Football Finalists All Agree…There’s Nothing Like a Senior Year

by Dennis Dodd October 31, 2008 in Football

It’s not really complicated. Jim Laurinaitis loves college football. The Ohio State linebacker is a fine student too, but it’s the questions about football that kept coming his way in the offseason.  NFL types were almost incredulous that the Ohio State linebacker didn’t go pro after his junior season in 2007. Laurinaitis had won at least a share of three Big Ten titles, as well as the Nagurski (defensive player of the year) and Butkus (best linebacker) awards. There was little else… Continue Reading

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