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21 Dec 2012, 04:01am by Matt Waldman

No-Huddle Series: SMU WR Darius Johnson

Run and Shoot coaching disciple June Jones has coached his share of star receivers both at the college and professional level. I've found that his frame of reference about the position is pretty good. If he praises a player’s potential, that receiver is worth watching. So when Jones shared in a weekly press conference this season that SMU receiver Darius Johnson might be the best receiver he’s ever coached, and possibly the best athlete, that raises the old antennae.

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2 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2012, 4:16pm by Matt Waldman

08 Dec 2012, 10:00pm by Tom Gower

Johnny Manziel Wins Heisman

As just announced on ESPN, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is your 2012 Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. Congratulations to him.

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11 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2012, 10:43am by Illuminatus!

21 Nov 2012, 04:13am by Matt Waldman

Flashes: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner

Study football players long enough and it becomes clear that we all make assumptions about what they can and cannot do. Here's a play of Kenjon Barner's that may challenge assumptions about him if enough of them exist on tape.

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4 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2012, 12:48pm by Mark Porter

18 Nov 2012, 07:04pm by Bill Connelly

Maryland and Rutgers Might Be Moving to the Big Ten

Here's to hoping you enjoyed your few months of realignment-free news from the world of college football because it might be coming to an end. Over the past three or four days, "Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten" rumors have begun to take on ferocious volume, and ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Dana O'Neil and Andy Katz are reporting that Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who is to Maryland what Nike's Phil Knight is to Oregon (i.e. a serious sugar daddy and influential figure), is very much in favor of the move.

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47 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2012, 5:03pm by jklps

07 Nov 2012, 12:16am by Matt Waldman

Justin Hunter (Part II): Focus is a Skill

The second part of this RSP blog series on wide receiver Justin Hunter illustrates why the phenomenal athletic talent needs to refine his focus.

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01 Nov 2012, 01:32pm by Mike Kurtz

Officiating: Bad Options

The coin toss is just a simple formality, right? Don't be so sure. (Click to read more.)

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47 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2012, 10:50pm by MJK

03 Oct 2012, 10:48am by Matt Waldman

Matt Waldman on USC WR Marqise Lee

USC receiver Marqise Lee is a fantastic athletic talent, but like some of the most exciting players to grace the football fields of the college and NFL game he has to learn to temper his decision-making as a ball carrier before his athleticism gets the best of him.

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1 comment, Last at 04 Oct 2012, 4:58pm by Kyle D.

12 Sep 2012, 09:57am by Brian Fremeau

ND to Join ACC, Remain Independent in Football

Notre Dame announces it will join the ACC in all sports except football.

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18 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2012, 12:41pm by Jericho

08 Sep 2012, 04:23pm by Matt Waldman

Pai Mei, Longtones, and Route Running

Football and music (and in this case, Kung Fu) continue to have a number of parallels for me. I played saxophone from the age of 8 until I stopped at 23. This is roughly the same career life span of most college football players. Those who continue playing beyond college and perform on the highest stage possess a mastery of fundamentals that require a willingness to enslave oneself to the development process: practice. Utah senior DeVonte Christopher is just embarking on that journey. More at Matt Waldman's Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog.

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03 Sep 2012, 04:51pm by Matt Waldman

RB-OL Collisions: Reading the Road with Marcus Lattimore

A criticism I read about a few college running backs this week was the tendency for some of them to run up the back of offensive linemen. Sometimes this is a fair criticism of a player. However, there are numerous examples of plays where a running back is not at fault for colliding with the backsides of his blockers. I thought it might be helpful to provide examples of when this type of behavior is not the fault of the runner. I’m using South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and his teammates as an example.

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3 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2012, 11:28am by Qwijybo