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The start of the college football season is less than a month away and the offseason didn’t contain any new realignment or any coach motorcycle/coed scandals (fingers crossed).

That doesn’t mean it was a quiet offseason, certainly not for the sports most visible player down in College Station.

The offseason is long and new falls through the cracks. Here’s everything you need to know to get caught up.

1. Johnny Manziel: The important stuff
Johnny Manziel’s offseason activities are well-established, and we’re still not sure if any of it really matters to the product on the field. If anything is going to jeopardize Manziel's season, it may be the news that broke Sunday evening. The NCAA is investigating if Manziel was paid for signing autographs and memorabilia during a trip to South Florida in January. If the NCAA finds a violation, Manziel could be ineligible for all or part of the 2013 season. Before that, the Texas A&M quarterback faced the media barrage at SEC Media Days where he was neither apologetic nor defiant about being a 20-year-old Heisman winner with (parental) money in his pocket. Also, ESPN’s Wright Thompson gave us the definitive profile of what it’s like within the Manziel family right now as the family and the player attempt to cope with the pressures of being a college football superstar. And for the one bit of Manziel news that actually entered the legal system, Manziel pleaded guilty for failing to identify himself to police following a dispute prior to the 2012 season when he was still anonymous enough to do such things.

2. Running backs on the move
As if Louisville didn’t need another edge over its American Athletic Conference opponents, the Cardinals added a former five-star running back and BCS Championship Game MVP. Bringing in Michael Dyer (right) isn’t without risk, though. He hasn’t played football since 2011 when he left Auburn amid a drug suspension. He was also dismissed by Arkansas State before landing at Arkansas Baptist College where he was mentored by former San Jose State coach Fitz Hill. ... In a less controversial move, West Virginia added former Houston running back Charles Sims, who will be eligible immediately. Sims gives Dana Holgorsen an intriguing new toy: Sims has accounted for 1,672 rushing yards, 948 receiving yards and 27 total touchdowns in 22 games. West Virginia also added Rushel Shell, one of Pittsburgh’s top signees before last season. Shell visited UCLA and asked about returning to Pittsburgh, but landed in Morgantown.

3. Quarterback transfers
There will be more quarterback transfers after training camp starts to determine starters and backups, but two already felt the squeeze. Connor Brewer left Texas for Arizona, and Wes Lunt left Oklahoma State for Illinois. The latter drew attention after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy forbade his 2012 opening day starter from transferring to the SEC, Pac-12, Central Michigan or Southern Miss in addition to the Big 12. Both will be eligible in 2014.

4. The Eddie Vanderdoes saga ends
Notre Dame has had most of the summer to prepare for a 2013 season without starting quarterback Everett Golson, but he’s not the only key personnel departure. Freshman defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, expected to play a major role for the Irish this season, had a change of heart after signing to play in South Bend, but coach Brian Kelly attempted to block the lineman from leaving and playing immediately for UCLA. The NCAA appeals process favored Vanderdoes, and he’ll suit up for the Bruins.

5. Suspension season
Two of the top games in the first week of the season will be impacted by suspensions. TCU defensive end Devonte Fields (10 sacks, 18.5 tackles for a loss) is suspended for the first two games, knocking him out of the LSU game (and Southeastern Louisiana). ... Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will be suspended in the opener against pass-happy Clemson. ... Florida suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison, a potential breakout player, for the first two games (Toledo, at Miami) even though charges for resisting arrest were dismissed for reasons evident on the police dashcam video. ... Ohio State suspended running back Carlos Hyde for at least the first three games (Buffalo, San Diego State, at Cal) for his role in an altercation in a Columbus night club, though he won’t face charges. Star cornerback Bradley Roby is also facing a suspension following misdemeanor battery charges.

6. Also around the police blotter
Potential starting Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes was “permanently separated” from the university after he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery. ... Four Vanderbilt players, none starters, were dismissed and banned from campus amid a sex crimes investigation. ... Texas A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett and safety Floyd Raven were charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief after an apartment altercation, but coach Kevin Sumlin has not announced any disciplinary action. ... LSU's top running back, Jeremy Hill, was reinstated thanks to a convenient team vote to bring him back despite his second arrest as a Tiger. ... Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a Mackey Award contender, pleaded guilty to a DUI in July, but he may not be suspended for the opener against Boise State.

7. Tragedy at Texas A&M, Utah
Three football communities were devastated when Texas A&M’s Polo Manukainiu, Utah’s Gaius Vaenuku and Euless (Texas) Trinity High’s Lolo Uhatafe were killed in a rollover crash in New Mexico. Manukainiu and Vaenuku were Trinity graduates. Two other passengers — Utah signee Salesi Uhatafe and his father — survived the crash. Manukainiu’s final Tweet before his death indicated he was driving back to Texas on “no sleep.”

8. Oregon gets NCAA closure, Miami does not
The most serious penalty Oregon faced as a result of the Willie Lyles scandal impacted the coach who’s gone to the NFL anyway. Chip Kelly (right) was slapped for a an 18-month show cause, making him unhirable in the college ranks during that time. Also making him unhirable: Coaching the Philadelphia Eagles. Oregon got off light despite paying $25,000 for Lyles’ quesitonable scouting services — no bowl ban and only the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three seasons. ... Miami hasn’t been quite as lucky. The Hurricanes are starting their third season with the cloud of NCAA sanctions over the program, self-imposing bowl bans the last two seasons in the wake of the Nevin Shapiro scandal.

9. And behind the scenes...
Gordon Gee stuck one foot too many in his mouth. The Ohio State president, who once joked he hoped Jim Tressel wouldn’t fire him, retired after comments about Notre Dame and Catholics. “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week ... You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday,” Gee said during a meeting of Ohio State’s athletic council. ... Elsewhere, Colorado hired Rick George as its new athletic director. For a program needing a lift, the Buffaloes looked outside the box by hiring George, the president of business operations for the Texas Rangers. ... Florida State is also in the market for a new athletic director after Randy Spetman stepped down in June.

10. Active players join O'Bannon lawsuit

Six active players agreed to join former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit against the NCAA over the use of athletes' names and likenesses in video games. Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer, Arizona kicker Jake Smith, Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson, Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham, Minnesota tight end Moses Alipate and Minnesota wide receiver Victor Keise all joined O'Bannon's class action lawsuit. The NCAA also ended its contract with EA Sports effective after the NCAA Football 2014 video game, though the move effectively turned licensing to the Collegiate Licensing Company and individual schools and conferences for future video games.

11. The Summer of Stoops
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was one of the most vocal coaches during the offseason. He told The Sporting News he didn’t think players should be paid. He said the perception of SEC dominance is based on “propaganda.” He complained about Northern Illinois going to the BCS instead of Oklahoma. And just so we’re clear that he didn’t spend the entire summer as a cranky football coach, he tried to quietly participate in tornado cleanup in Moore, Okla. It took about 30 minutes before he was recognized.

12. And finally, FIU is the gift that keeps on giving
FIU, the school that hired Isiah Thomas to coach its basketball team, fired Mario Cristobal from coaching its football team and replaced him with one of the worst coaches in Illinois history, gave us the best press release of the offseason:

Early this morning, our football team had a workout and barbecue on Crandon Park Beach to conclude our summer conditioning program under the supervision of our strength and conditioning staff. Following the workout, some of our athletes went to rinse off at a designated public shower area and a few of them made a poor decision and changed their clothes in public. I want to apologize to the community and anyone who was at the beach this morning for this unfortunate incident. We are committed to helping our student athletes grow as gentlemen while preparing them for their careers. We are looking into this incident, and if appropriate, will take disciplinary action.

Ron Turner
Head Football Coach

FIU also dismissed it starting running back for discharging a weapon on school property earlier that week.

Catching you up on all the important storylines from the summer
Post date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 06:00
Path: /nfl/fantasy-football-2013-big-board-top-250

NFL training camps are in full swing with league-wide preseason action ready to commence later this week. Better still, the official start of the regular season is a little more than a month away, which means this is a perfect time to update Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board.

If there's any early headline for training camp action so far, it's been the number of significant injuries that have already occurred, several of them being season-ending. Injures were already a factor before training camps even began with Michael Crabtree tearing his ACL and Rob Gronkowski undergoing back surgery, and this trend has continued.

Jeremy Maclin and Dennis Pitta are already lost for the season, while Percy Harvin will miss a significant chunk of it after undergoing hip surgery. Not only do these injuries impact these players' respective offenses, the ripple effect carries over to the fantasy world too.

There also are other early injuries that bear watching, such as Arian Foster's calf and back issues that held the Texans' workhorse out of training camp so far. Neither issue is expected to be serious or linger into the start of the season, which is why Foster remains No. 2 on our big board. Still, this is certainly a situation worth keeping an eye on, as is things like Robert Griffin III's return from his knee injury, Ben Roethlisberger's recovery form offseason knee surgery, Maurice Jones-Drew's comeback from foot surgery, and others.

Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Big Board (Top 250)
Last updated Aug. 7

1Adrian PetersonMINRB5 
2Arian FosterHOURB8Keep an eye on calf injury.
3Marshawn LynchSEARB12 
4Ray RiceBALRB8 
5Jamaal CharlesKCRB10Could be in for huge season.
6Calvin JohnsonDETWR9Top fantasy WR had just 5 TDs.
7Doug MartinTBRB5Sophomore slump coming?
8C.J. SpillerBUFRB12 
9Trent RichardsonCLERB10 
10LeSean McCoyPHIRB12Is he Kelly's No. 1 weapon?
11Dez BryantDALWR11 
12Aaron RodgersGBQB4 
13Drew BreesNOQB7 
14A.J. GreenCINWR12 
15Alfred MorrisWASRB5 
16Steven JacksonATLRB6 
17Peyton ManningDENQB9More weapons for No. 18.
18Matt ForteCHIRB8 
19Brandon MarshallCHIWR8 
20Demaryius ThomasDENWR9 
21Julio JonesATLWR6 
22Tom BradyNEQB10Really needs a healthy Gronk.
23Jimmy GrahamNOTE7 
24Vincent JacksonTBWR5 
25Andre JohnsonHOUWR8 
26Randall CobbGBWR4 
27Stevan RidleyNERB10 
28Roddy WhiteATLWR6 
29Larry FitzgeraldARIWR9New QB should help.
30Victor CruzNYGWR9 
31Wes WelkerDENWR9New team, same results.
32Marques ColstonNOWR7 
33Chris JohnsonTENRB8Can he be elite again?
34Cam NewtonCARQB4 
35Maurice Jones-DrewJACRB9Will he return to old form?
36Frank GoreSFRB9 
37Reggie WayneINDWR8 
38Jordy NelsonGBWR4 
39Matt RyanATLQB6 
40David WilsonNYGRB9 
41Darren McFaddenOAKRB7New scheme, same RB?
42Montee BallDENRB9Golden opportunity for rookie.
43Mike WallaceMIAWR6Will he miss Big Ben?
44Danny AmendolaNEWR10Is he Welker-esque?
45Hakeem NicksNYGWR9Groin injury keeping him off field.
46Colin KaepernickSFQB9The stage is all his.
47Matthew StaffordDETQB9Hoping to bounce back.
48Andrew LuckINDQB8New OC, same Luck?
49Dwayne BoweKCWR10Could he break out in '13?
50Jason WittenDALTE11 
51Darren SprolesNORB7 
52Steve SmithCARWR4 
53Tony RomoDALQB11No excuses now.
54Eric DeckerDENWR9 
55Antonio BrownPITWR5Big Ben's new No. 1.
56Eli ManningNYGQB9 
57Pierre GarconWASWR5 
58DeSean JacksonPHIWR12Clear-cut No. 1 after Maclin's injury.
59Tony GonzalezATLTE6Can he do it again?
60Torrey SmithBALWR8It's his time to shine.
61DeMarco MurrayDALRB11 
62Reggie BushDETRB9Back on turf in DET.
63Vernon DavisSFTE9Could see snaps at WR.
64Anquan BoldinSFWR9No. 1 option w/o Crabtree.
65Stevie JohnsonBUFWR12Dealing with hamstring issue.
66James JonesGBWR4 
67Ryan MathewsSDRB8 
68Russell WilsonSEAQB12Harvin's injury is huge blow.
69Robert Griffin IIIWASQB5Will he be ready by Week 1?
70Rob GronkowskiNETE10Probably start season on PUP list.
71Eddie LacyGBRB4 
72Chris IvoryNYJRB10 
73Lamar MillerMIARB6 
74Cecil ShortsJACWR9 
75Greg JenningsMINWR5Needs to let his play do the talking.
76Tavon AustinSTLWR11 
77Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB5Knee shouldn't be an issue.
78Andy DaltonCINQB12 
79Joe FlaccoBALQB8 
80Sidney RiceSEAWR12Will his knee hold up?
81Owen DanielsHOUTE8 
82Kyle RudolphMINTE5 
83Le'Veon BellPITRB5Is he the answer for Steelers?
84T.Y. HiltonINDWR8 
85Mike WilliamsTBWR5 
86Vick BallardINDRB8Bradshaw changes outlook.
87Ahmad BradshawINDRB8Who's No. 1 - him or Ballard?
88Greg OlsenCARTE4 
89Antonio GatesSDTE8 
90BenJarvus Green-EllisCINRB12Could see less touches.
91Shane VereenNERB10Versatility could increase role.
92Rashard MendenhallARIRB9Knee tendinitis already an issue.
93Miles AustinDALWR11 
94Lance MooreNOWR7 
95Kenny BrittTENWR8 
96Michael VickPHIQB12How long will he keep job?
97Emmanuel SandersPITWR5 
98Brandon MyersNYGTE9 
99Jared CookSTLTE11Is this his year?
100Jermichael FinleyGBTE4 
101Jay CutlerCHIQB8 
102Philip RiversSDQB8 
103Sam BradfordSTLQB11 
104Chris GivensSTLWR11 
105Josh GordonCLEWR10Will miss first two games.
106Martellus BennettCHITE8 
107Brandon PettigrewDETTE9 
108Andre BrownNYGRB9If Wilson slips, he's ready.
109DeAngelo WilliamsCARRB4Current No. 1 b/c of Stewart injury.
110Giovani BernardCINRB12Could pounce if BJGE falters.
111Mark IngramNORB7 
112Johnathan FranklinGBRB4 
113Daryl RichardsonSTLRB11No. 1 on Rams depth chart.
114Mikel LeshoureDETRB9 
115Bryce BrownPHIRB12 
116Seattle SeahawksSEADST12 
117Denarius MooreOAKWR7 
118Michael FloydARIWR9Ready to break out?
119San Francisco 49ersSFDST9 
120Houston TexansHOUDST8 
121Denver BroncosDENDST9Von Miller's appeal one to watch.
122Kendall WrightTENWR8Could end up No. 1 in TEN.
123DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR8 
124Matt SchaubHOUQB8 
125Josh FreemanTBQB5 
126Carson PalmerARIQB9So far, so good with new team.
127Alex SmithKCQB10No QB controversy in KC.
128Alshon JefferyCHIWR8 
129Golden TateSEAWR12Opportunity arises with Harvin's injury.
130Malcom FloydSDWR8 
131Cincinnati BengalsCINDST12 
132Ryan TannehillMIAQB6Struggled in Hall of Fame game.
133Jake LockerTENQB8Could be make or break year.
134Christian PonderMINQB5Ditto for Ponder.
135Brian HartlineMIAWR6 
136Andre RobertsARIWR9 
137Ryan WilliamsARIRB9Setback with knee has delayed his training camp debut.
138Bernard PierceBALRB8 
139Jonathan StewartCARRB4Not off to good start health-wise.
140Rueben RandleNYGWR9 
141Justin BlackmonJACWR9Out first four games.
142Ed DicksonBALTE8Becomes No. 1 w/ Pitta injury.
143Dustin KellerMIATE6 
144Isaiah PeadSTLRB11Suspended for opening game.
145Jacquizz RodgersATLRB6 
146Ronnie HillmanDENRB9Sits atop depth chart, for now.
147St. Louis RamsSTLDST11 
148Greg LittleCLEWR10 
149Ryan BroylesDETWR9Looking strong in camp so far.
150Vincent BrownSDWR8 
151Santana MossWASWR5 
152Fred DavisWASTE5If healthy, he could have big season.
153Coby FleenerINDTE8Asserting himself in second training camp.
154Chicago BearsCHIDST8 
155Pittsburgh SteelersPITDST5 
156Green Bay PackersGBDST4 
157Baltimore RavensBALDST8 
158Brandon WeedenCLEQB10 
159Geno SmithNYJQB10Already making noise in camp.
160Matt FlynnOAKQB7May be his last chance.
161Brandon LloydFAWR Will veteran find a job?
162Santonio HolmesNYJWR10Foot continues to be an issue.
163Miami DolphinsMIADST6 
164Brandon LaFellCARWR4 
165Andrew HawkinsCINWR12 
166Kevin KolbBUFQB12EJ Manuel is lurking.
167Fred JacksonBUFRB12 
168Ben TateHOURB8 
169Chad HenneJACQB9 
170EJ ManuelBUFQB12Can he unseat Kolb?
171Jacoby JonesBALWR8 
172Jeremy KerleyNYJWR10 
173Jordan CameronCLETE10 
174Dwayne AllenINDTE8 
175Shonn GreeneTENRB8 
176Danny WoodheadSDRB8 
177Michael BushCHIRB8 
178New England PatriotsNEDST10 
179Jermaine GreshamCINTE12 
180Jake BallardNETE10Could emerge as No. 1 TE in NE.
181Stephen GostkowskiNEK10 
182Tyler EifertCINTE12 
183Blair WalshMINK5 
184Robert TurbinSEARB12 
185Joseph RandleDALRB11Strong showing in Hall of Fame game.
186Matt BryantATLK6 
187Rob HouslerARITE9Sleeper candidate at TE.
188Mark SanchezNYJQB10Geno already applying the pressure.
189Pierre ThomasNORB7 
190Mike TolbertCARRB4 
191Darrius Heyward-BeyINDWR8 
192Cordarrelle PattersonMINWR5 
193Justin HunterTENWR8 
194Keenan AllenSDWR8 
195Rod StreaterOAKWR7 
196Kirk CousinsWASQB5Value tied to RGIII's knee.
197Blaine GabbertJACQB9 
198Isaac RedmanPITRB5 
199Marcel ReeceOAKRB7 
200Michael TurnerFARB Will he find a team?
201Phil DawsonSFK9 
202Justin TuckerBALK8 
203New York GiantsNYGDST9 
204Dallas CowboysDALDST11 
205Braylon EdwardsNYJWR10 
206Jarius WrightMINWR5MIN needs a No. 2 WR.
207Stephen HillNYJWR10 
208Zach MillerSEATE12 
209Jacob TammeDENTE9 
210Matt PraterDENK9 
211Randy BullockHOUK8 
212Davone BessCLEWR10 
213Mohamed SanuCINWR12 
214Arizona CardinalsARIDST9 
215Austin PettisSTLWR11Could be a factor for Rams.
216Nate WashingtonTENWR8Don't forget about old vet.
217Justin ForsettJACRB9 
218Brent CelekPHITE12No lack of TEs in PHI.
219Marcedes LewisJACTE9 
220Atlanta FalconsATLDST6 
221Nick FolesPHIQB12His job if Vick struggles.
222Jason AvantPHIWR12Maclin injury opens door.
223Nate BurlesonDETWR9Coming back from broken leg.
224Zach ErtzPHITE12 
225Delanie WalkerTENTE8 
226Cleveland BrownsCLEDST10 
227Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBDST5 
228San Diego ChargersSDDST8 
229Doug BaldwinSEAWR12 
230Donnie AveryKCWR10 
231Terrance WilliamsDALWR11 
232Eddie RoyalSDWR8Moves up b/c of Alexander's injury.
233Josh MorganWASWR5No. 2 WR spot in WAS there for taking.
234Jon BaldwinKCWR10 
235Daniel ThomasMIARB6 
236LaMichael JamesSFRB9Could win KR/PR job.
237Dan BaileyDALK11 
238Josh BrownNYGK9 
239Garrett HartleyNOK7 
240Sebastian JanikowskiOAKK7 
241Greg ZuerleinSTLK11 
242David AkersDETK9 
243Steven HauschkaSEAK12 
244A.J. JenkinsSFWR9Crabtree injury opens door wide.
245Leonard HankersonWASWR5 
246Jonathan DwyerPITRB5 
247Rashad JenningsOAKRB7 
248Dexter McClusterKCWR10 
249T.J. GrahamBUFWR12Open battle for Bills' No. 2 WR.
250Heath MillerPITTE5Most likely will start season on PUP list.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

<p> Reigning NFL MVP and rushing champion Adrian Peterson tops our fantasy football Big Board</p>
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 17:00
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-2013-quarterback-rankings

NFL training camps are in full swing and while no significant injuries have yet to befall any quarterbacks, they have still had an impact on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings. For example, Seattle's Russell Wilson has already been dealt a big blow with new wide receiver Percy Harvin expected to be out until at least sometime in November after undergoing hip surgery.

Wilson, who tied Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 touchdown passes a year ago, is still a viable starting option, but the loss of his presumed No. 1 option does impact his value and has caused him to fall a few spots in our rankings below. Philadelphia's Michael Vick also has already lost a key target with Jeremy Maclin's season-ending ACL injury. Vick's case, however, is a little different in that the veteran's fantasy value was already in question due to his contract status (one year) and a new coaching staff leading the Eagles.

Tom Brady has plenty of question marks of his own as it relates to weapons give the turnover the Patriots have seen at wide receiver and the current state of their tight end depth chart. However, Brady's track record speaks for itself, which is why we have him ranked as a top-five fantasy QB.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Quarterback Rankings
Updated Aug. 5


1Aaron RodgersGB4
2Drew BreesNO7
3Peyton ManningDEN9
4Tom BradyNE10
5Cam NewtonCAR4
6Matt RyanATL6
7Colin KaepernickSF9
8Matthew StaffordDET9
9Andrew LuckIND8
10Tony RomoDAL11
11Eli ManningNYG9
12Russell WilsonSEA12
13Robert Griffin IIIWAS5
14Ben RoethlisbergerPIT5
15Andy DaltonCIN12
16Joe FlaccoBAL8
17Michael VickPHI12
18Jay CutlerCHI8
19Philip RiversSD8
20Sam BradfordSTL11
21Matt SchaubHOU8
22Josh FreemanTB5
23Carson PalmerARI9
24Alex SmithKC10
25Ryan TannehillMIA6
26Jake LockerTEN8
27Christian PonderMIN5
28Brandon WeedenCLE10
29Geno SmithNYJ10
30Matt FlynnOAK7
31Kevin KolbBUF12
32Chad HenneJAC9
33EJ ManuelBUF12
34Mark SanchezNYJ10
35Kirk CousinsWAS5
36Blaine GabbertJAC9
37Nick FolesPHI12
38Ryan FitzpatrickTEN8
39Jason CampbellCLE10
40Matt CasselMIN5
41Bruce GradkowskiPIT5
42Shaun HillDET9
43Drew StantonARI9
44Ryan MallettNE10
45Matt MooreMIA6
46Matt HasselbeckIND8
47T.J. YatesHOU8
48Terrelle PryorOAK7
49Kyle OrtonDAL11
50Brock OsweilerDEN9
51Matt BarkleyPHI12
52Mike GlennonTB5
53Tyrod TaylorBAL8
54Derek AndersonCAR4
55Tarvaris JacksonSEA12
56Chase DanielKC10
57Colt McCoySF9
58Josh JohnsonCIN12
59Kellen ClemensSTL11
60Ryan LindleyARI9

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams


Fantasy Football 2013: Quarterback Rankings
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 17:00
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-2013-wide-receiver-rankings

NFL training camps are in full swing and even though preseason action has yet to really begin, Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings have seen their fair share of changes. It actually started back in May when San Francisco's Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles. Although it's possible he could return before the end of the season, the injury all but ruined Crabtree's status a potential breakout candidate for this season.

The hits have kept coming, unfortunately, with Jeremy Maclin also already lost for the season because of a torn ACL and Percy Harvin out until at least November because of hip surgery. These injuries present opportunities for bigger numbers from the likes of an Anquan Boldin, DeSean Jackson and Sidney Rice, as well as open the door for someone else on the respective team's roster to emerge.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of legitimate No. 1 options who are healthy, a list that begins with Calvin Johnson. The man named as Megatron broke Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards and was fantasy's No. 1 wide receiver last season despite catching just five touchdown passes.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Wide Receiver Rankings
Updated Aug. 7


1Calvin JohnsonDET9
2Dez BryantDAL11
3A.J. GreenCIN12
4Brandon MarshallCHI8
5Demaryius ThomasDEN9
6Julio JonesATL6
7Vincent JacksonTB5
8Andre JohnsonHOU8
9Randall CobbGB4
10Roddy WhiteATL6
11Larry FitzgeraldARI9
12Victor CruzNYG9
13Wes WelkerDEN9
14Marques ColstonNO7
15Reggie WayneIND8
16Jordy NelsonGB4
17Mike WallaceMIA6
18Danny AmendolaNE10
19Hakeem NicksNYG9
20Dwayne BoweKC10
21Steve SmithCAR4
22Eric DeckerDEN9
23Antonio BrownPIT5
24Pierre GarconWAS5
25DeSean JacksonPHI12
26Torrey SmithBAL8
27Anquan BoldinSF9
28Stevie JohnsonBUF12
29James JonesGB4
30Cecil ShortsJAC9
31Greg JenningsMIN5
32Tavon AustinSTL11
33Sidney RiceSEA12
34T.Y. HiltonIND8
35Mike WilliamsTB5
36Miles AustinDAL11
37Lance MooreNO7
38Kenny BrittTEN8
39Emmanuel SandersPIT5
40Chris GivensSTL11
41Josh GordonCLE10
42Denarius MooreOAK7
43Michael FloydARI9
44Kendall WrightTEN8
45DeAndre HopkinsHOU8
46Alshon JefferyCHI8
47Golden TateSEA12
48Malcom FloydSD8
49Brian HartlineMIA6
50Andre RobertsARI9
51Rueben RandleNYG9
52Justin BlackmonJAC9
53Greg LittleCLE10
54Ryan BroylesDET9
55Vincent BrownSD8
56Santana MossWAS5
57Brandon LloydFA 
58Santonio HolmesNYJ10
59Brandon LaFellCAR4
60Andrew HawkinsCIN12
61Jacoby JonesBAL8
62Jeremy KerleyNYJ10
63Darrius Heyward-BeyIND8
64Cordarrelle PattersonMIN5
65Justin HunterTEN8
66Keenan AllenSD8
67Rod StreaterOAK7
68Braylon EdwardsNYJ10
69Jarius WrightMIN5
70Stephen HillNYJ10
71Davone BessCLE10
72Mohamed SanuCIN12
73Austin PettisSTL11
74Nate WashingtonTEN8
75Jason AvantPHI12
76Nate BurlesonDET9
77Doug BaldwinSEA12
78Donnie AveryKC10
79Terrance WilliamsDAL11
80Eddie RoyalSD8
81Josh MorganWAS5
82Jon BaldwinKC10
83A.J. JenkinsSF9
84Leonard HankersonWAS5
85Dexter McClusterKC10
86T.J. GrahamBUF12
87Robert WoodsBUF12
88Domenik HixonCAR4
89Percy HarvinSEA12
90Michael CrabtreeSF9

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Fantasy Football 2013: Wide Receiver Rankings
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 17:00
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-2013-tight-end-rankings

Preseason action has yet to really begin and there are already several familiar names missing on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings. While Aaron Hernandez' omission goes without saying, Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury was unexpected and means the loss of one of the league's most productive tight ends (not to mention one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets) from last season. Will Ed Dickson be able to step up and fill Pitta's big shoes? Only time will.

Speaking of time, it may be running out on Rob Gronkowski as it relates to his status as one of the top fantasy tight ends. The Gronk underwent back surgery in June and it's looking more and more likely that he will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means he would miss the first six games, at minimum. His uncertainty, not to mention ever-growing medical file, is why Gronkowski is barely hanging in at No. 5 in our rankings.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Tight End Rankings
Updated Aug. 5


1Jimmy GrahamNO7
2Jason WittenDAL11
3Tony GonzalezATL6
4Vernon DavisSF9
5Rob GronkowskiNE10
6Owen DanielsHOU8
7Kyle RudolphMIN5
8Greg OlsenCAR4
9Antonio GatesSD8
10Brandon MyersNYG9
11Jared CookSTL11
12Jermichael FinleyGB4
13Martellus BennettCHI8
14Brandon PettigrewDET9
15Ed DicksonBAL8
16Dustin KellerMIA6
17Fred DavisWAS5
18Coby FleenerIND8
19Jordan CameronCLE10
20Dwayne AllenIND8
21Jermaine GreshamCIN12
22Jake BallardNE10
23Tyler EifertCIN12
24Rob HouslerARI9
25Zach MillerSEA12
26Jacob TammeDEN9
27Brent CelekPHI12
28Marcedes LewisJAC9
29Zach ErtzPHI12
30Delanie WalkerTEN8
31Heath MillerPIT5
32Joel DreessenDEN9
33James CaseyPHI12
34Travis KelceKC10
35Luke StockerTB5
36David PaulsonPIT5
37Kellen WinslowNYJ10
38Tony SchefflerDET9
39Scott ChandlerBUF12
40Tony MoeakiKC10
41Garrett GrahamHOU8
42Anthony FasanoKC10
43David AusberryOAK7
44Ben WatsonNO7
45Levine ToiloloATL6
46Gavin EscobarDAL11
47Julius ThomasDEN9
48Tom CrabtreeTB5
49Michael HoomanawanuiNE10
50Taylor ThompsonTEN8
51Jeff CumberlandNYJ10
52Ladarius GreenSD8
53Logan PaulsenWAS5
54Jordan ReedWAS5
55Vance McDonaldSF9
56Chris GraggBUF12
57Zach SudfeldNE10
58Orson CharlesCIN12
59Richard GordonOAK7
60Lance KendricksSTL11

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Fantasy Football 2013: Tight End Rankings
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 17:00
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-2013-defensespecial-teams-rankings

Seattle remains the No. 1 DST on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Defense/Special Teams rankings as we get ready for preseason action, but it's another team that's getting plenty of our attention.

The Denver Broncos are currently a top-five DST option, but their ranking has already been impacted by the news of Pro Bowl linebacker's Von Miller's pending four-game suspension. If Miller wins his appeal and misses no or fewer games than a strong argument could be made to move the Broncos as high as No. 2. If he loses his appeal, however, the Broncos could tumble a few more spots, depending on how the teams immediately below them are looking entering Week 1.

Miller may just be one player on a 11-man unit, but his impact as a pass rusher and big playmaker is akin to what would happen if the Texans were to lose J.J. Watt for any significant amount of time. This is especially true for the Broncos now that Elvis Dumervil is in Baltimore. And who do the Ravens open the season against? That's right, the Broncos.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Defense/Special Teams Rankings


Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Fantasy Football 2013: Defense/Special Teams Rankings
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 17:00
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-2013-kicker-rankings

Even kickers haven't been immune to the injury bug as league-wide preseason action gets ready to heat up. Tampa Bay's Connor Barth tore his Achilles in a charity basketball game just prior to the start of training camp, prompting the team to sign Lawrence Tynes. While Tynes doesn't even appear in the top half of Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Kicker Rankings, it doesn't mean the veteran should be ignored either. After all, how many last year predicted that Minnesota's Blair Walsh would go from  unheralded rookie to an All-Pro and fantasy's No. 1 kicker?

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Kicker Rankings
Updated Aug. 5


1Stephen GostkowskiNE10
2Blair WalshMIN5
3Matt BryantATL6
4Phil DawsonSF9
5Justin TuckerBAL8
6Matt PraterDEN9
7Randy BullockHOU8
8Dan BaileyDAL11
9Josh BrownNYG9
10Garrett HartleyNO7
11Sebastian JanikowskiOAK7
12Greg ZuerleinSTL11
13David AkersDET9
14Steven HauschkaSEA12
15Robbie GouldCHI8
16Mike NugentCIN12
17Mason CrosbyGB4
18Lawrence TynesTB5
19Adam VinatieriIND8
20Alex HeneryPHI12
21Shaun SuishamPIT5
22Rob BironasTEN8
23Ryan SuccopKC10
24Nick NovakSD8
25Jay FeelyARI9
26Shayne GrahamCLE10
27Kai ForbathWAS5
28Graham GanoCAR4
29Josh ScobeeJAC9
30Nick FolkNYJ10
31Rian LindellBUF12
32Dan CarpenterMIA6

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 17:00
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/johnny-manziel-timeline

Johnathan Manziel is an incredible football player and the only redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Where many of us would shrink under the pressure, he is most at home on the football field, between the lines, under center and in front of 100,000 screaming nut-jobs. This is where Johnathan Manziel can be himself.

But Johnny Football is a totally different person.

He parties with Mark Cuban, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Jessica Biel and the entire Duck Dynasty crew. He rubs elbows with hip-hop and NBA stars, vacations in Cabo and tees it up at Pebble Beach. But he also gets into meaningless twitter spats with people who buy the ink by the barrel (looking at you, Paul Finebaum and Matt Hayes). He trolls opposing fan bases, rips on his own college campus and gets kicked-out of prestigious summer camps.

Keeping up with Johnathan Manziel is easy for Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. But keeping track of Johnny Football is a totally different task. And it all started well before Manziel played his first college football game against Florida last September.

June 2012: Manziel and best friend/handler/secretary Steven Brant are arrested in Northgate district of College Station after getting into a fight with 47-year-old Marvin McKinney. Brant reportedly used a racial slur and the fight ensued. Manziel was charged with disorderly conduct, possessing a false identification (two, actually) and failure to identify. This happened while Manziel was battling Jameill Showers for the starting job before he ever played a down of college football.

July 2012: Manziel was privately suspended indefinitely following the incident and, according to Sportsday, was going to transfer to another school had the suspension not been lifted. Manziel eventually won the appeal, was reinstated and became the official starting quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies.

Nov. 9, 2012: According to ESPN, the day before the historic Alabama-Texas A&M game that basically won Manziel the Heisman, the quarterback was in the Aggies team hotel signing more than 50 items for a “prominent autograph broker on eBay.” The broker added that more than 200 more items were signed a few days after the game. Friend and personal assistant Nathan Finch later informed the broker that he would no longer being signing things for free.

Dec. 8, 2012: The first redshirt freshman in NCAA history is awarded the Heisman Trophy when Johnny Manziel tops Manti Te’o and Collin Klein for sports most prestigious award.

Jan. 6, 2013: The reported massive signing of autographs for a huge five-figure paycheck takes place in Miami at the BCS National Championship game. More on this later. A few days earlier, Manziel was openly brazen about his “casino ballin'” when he instagrams a photo of himself and his buddies in an Oklahoma casino with handfuls of cash. This was his twitter response to the internet uproar: “Nothing illegal about being 18+ in a casino and winning money...KEEP HATING!” Let the trolling begin.

January 2013: Manziel teams up with trick shot superstars Dude Perfect Crew:

March 2013: Manziel takes a spring break vacation to Cabo, Mexico. A picture of Manziel shirtless and with a Texas Longhorns tattoo surfaces on the web. Many called the tattoo photoshopped, however, Manziel himself admitted it was a fake “henna” tattoo. More trolling.

March 2013: In spring practice, Manziel throws three interceptions, the last of which causes a defensive graduate assistant to jump up and down in celebration. Manziel was furious and shoves the GA and the two have to be broken up by teammates and coaches. It’s not all that unusual to see pushing and shoving on a football practice field, so take it for what it's worth.

April 2013: Manziel throws out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers home game.

May 2013: Manziel shoots a 79 at Pebble Beach and gets to throw out another first pitch, this time at a San Diego Padres game. Additionally, he heads out west to work with notable quarterback guru George Whitfield. Many big-time college quarterbacks have done this of late and, reportedly, Manziel completed 25-of-27 passes... blindfolded.

June 2013: It really isn’t worth sitting through, but Manziel and teammate Ryan Swope starred in Granger Smith’s music video “Silverado Bench Seat”. This isn’t part of the story at all, but it is funny that Manziel is featured in the video, of course, signing autographs.

June 10, 2013: Manziel tweets about being at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in South Beach. He is a Dallas Mavericks fan and grew up outside of San Antonio. Troll much?

June 2013: Manziel is given a parking ticket for parking the wrong way in front of his house and for his car windows being tinted too dark. He was out of town on a fishing trip and had the bizarre luxury of having a phone conversation with the police officer who wrote the ticket. Afterward, Manziel learns his new black Mercedes-Benz has been keyed. Manziel sent out the tweet heard ‘round the state: “Bull--- like tonight is the reason I can’t wait to leave College Station…whenever it may be.” It was immediately deleted and he followed that up with “Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.” Yes, our bleeding hearts go out to you, kid.

July 2013: Johnny Manziel is sent home from the Manning Passing Academy. He was serving as a college coach and advisor where hundreds of kids from around the nation get the chance to work out with some of their heroes — undoubtedly Manziel was the biggest name. However, “after missing and being late for practice assignments,” he was sent home, by what most believe, was Archie Manning. Some say he was ill and others say he was out partying the night before. Either way, he got kicked out of the Manning Passing Academy. A few days later, Manziel is in attendance at the ESPY’s in Los Angeles.

July 2013: Manziel is the star of the show at the annual SEC Media Days circus in Hoover, Ala.

July 26-27, 2013: Manziel is kicked out of a frat party at the University of Texas. Video shows some (idiot) frat bros throwing beer cans at their arch-rival quarterback as he walks out. That doesn’t phase the young star, however, as he returns to another frat party the next day wearing a Tim Tebow jersey. Trolling at its finest.

July 30, 2013: Wright Thompson’s story about Johnny, his father Paul and the entire off-season is published online and in ESPN The Magazine. The story paints a bizarre and blindingly accurate portrait of Manziel’s upbringing, internal struggle and change in personality after gaining fame from his Heisman Trophy exploits. It is a brilliant piece of work from Thompson, but the timing is strange and no good could have come from it being published just weeks before camp opened for Texas A&M.

Aug. 4, 2013: “Outside the Lines” reports that Manziel is under NCAA investigation for accepting a five-figure flat fee for signing hundreds of autographs with a well-known memorabilia broker Drew Tieman back in January. Tieman met with the star quarterback at his residence in South Florida where the potential transaction took place. Multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN that this meeting happened, however, no one was in the closed-door meeting where money could have changed hands.

Aug. 5, 2013: Texas A&M opens camp and Kevin Sumlin speaks with the media. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies decide it’s best he doesn’t speak publicly at this time.

And that is where we stand in this Manziel media world we live in today. Most of the incidents listed above, if you want to call them that, are much to do about nothing. It actually IS just a kid being a kid, albeit a cocky, immature one. But when the NCAA gets involved and there is talk of major violations, things get serious in a hurry.

College football starts in 24 days and Texas A&M begins playing football in 26 days when Rice comes to town August 31. The Aggies expect to compete for an SEC and National Championship in 2013. Hundreds of millions are pouring into the ever-growing Kyle Field and its surrounding facilities in anticipation of the very bright future of TAMU athletics. 

But who will be playing quarterback? Will it be the guy who led the nation in total offense, scored 47 total touchdowns and miraculously defeated Alabama? Or will it be the guy who cusses his aunt and demands his daddy buy him a Mercedes?

Or will it be Matt Joeckel?


A look at Johnny Manziel's off-the-field antics.
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 16:00
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-2013-running-back-rankings

NFL training camps are in full swing, although injuries have prevented several running backs from taking part in practice. While the top spots on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings remain largely unchanged, there is certainly one injury situation worth watching.

Houston's Arian Foster has yet to make his training camp debut, as he was first sidelined by a calf injury he sustained during OTAs in March and then a back issue. The team doens't think either issue is that serious or will be factor come Week 1, but considering Foster is behind only Adrian Peterson on our rankings, it goes without saying the sooner he shows up on the practice field the better.

LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are just a few of the others who are coming back from significant injuries. Each are capable of putting up huge numbers, but only if they are fully healthy. Getting through training camp unscathed would be a huge step and will only help each player's draft position.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Running Back Rankings
Updated Aug. 5


1Adrian PetersonMIN5
2Arian FosterHOU8
3Marshawn LynchSEA12
4Ray RiceBAL8
5Jamaal CharlesKC10
6Doug MartinTB5
7C.J. SpillerBUF12
8Trent RichardsonCLE10
9LeSean McCoyPHI12
10Alfred MorrisWAS5
11Steven JacksonATL6
12Matt ForteCHI8
13Stevan RidleyNE10
14Chris JohnsonTEN8
15Maurice Jones-DrewJAC9
16Frank GoreSF9
17David WilsonNYG9
18Darren McFaddenOAK7
19Montee BallDEN9
20Darren SprolesNO7
21DeMarco MurrayDAL11
22Reggie BushDET9
23Ryan MathewsSD8
24Eddie LacyGB4
25Chris IvoryNYJ10
26Lamar MillerMIA6
27Le'Veon BellPIT5
28Vick BallardIND8
29Ahmad BradshawIND8
30BenJarvus Green-EllisCIN12
31Shane VereenNE10
32Rashard MendenhallARI9
33Andre BrownNYG9
34DeAngelo WilliamsCAR4
35Giovani BernardCIN12
36Mark IngramNO7
37Johnathan FranklinGB4
38Daryl RichardsonSTL11
39Mikel LeshoureDET9
40Bryce BrownPHI12
41Ryan WilliamsARI9
42Bernard PierceBAL8
43Jonathan StewartCAR4
44Isaiah PeadSTL11
45Jacquizz RodgersATL6
46Ronnie HillmanDEN9
47Fred JacksonBUF12
48Ben TateHOU8
49Shonn GreeneTEN8
50Danny WoodheadSD8
51Michael BushCHI8
52Robert TurbinSEA12
53Joseph RandleDAL11
54Pierre ThomasNO7
55Mike TolbertCAR4
56Isaac RedmanPIT5
57Marcel ReeceOAK7
58Michael TurnerFA 
59Justin ForsettJAC9
60Daniel ThomasMIA6
61LaMichael JamesSF9
62Jonathan DwyerPIT5
63Rashad JenningsOAK7
64Joique BellDET9
65Toby GerhartMIN5
66Bilal PowellNYJ10
67Mike GillisleeMIA6
68Willis McGaheeFA 
69Cedric BensonFA 
70Montario HardestyCLE10
71Knowshon MorenoDEN9
72Shaun DraughnKC10
73DuJuan HarrisGB4
74Felix JonesPHI12
75Ronnie BrownSD8
76Kendall HunterSF9
77LaRod Stephens-HowlingPIT5
78Stepfan TaylorARI9
79Roy HeluWAS5
80Donald BrownIND8
81Andre EllingtonARI9
82Mike JamesTB5
83Kerwynn WilliamsIND8
84Zac StacySTL11
85Dion LewisCLE10
86Christine MichaelSEA12
87Latavius MurrayOAK7
88Knile DavisKC10
89LeGarrette BlountNE10
90Mike GoodsonNYJ10

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Fantasy Football 2013: Running Back Rankings
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 15:00
Path: /nascar/hendrick-motorsports-continues-nascar-domination-pocono

Jimmie Johnson isn’t the only driver this season that’s made a specialty of serving up wins for someone else. For Kasey Kahne, this year has been a long line of should-have-beens, as top 5s were the result in a car capable of outright domination out front. One of the best cars on intermediates this season, he’s instead on the Chase bubble through no fault of his own. Three restrictor plate wrecks — none of them completely of his making — combined with a wreck at Darlington while leading had him searching for a summer of redemption.

Sunday offered that opportunity once Johnson’s flat tire — another bad luck moment for the No. 48 — left Pocono’s race wide open for someone else. But for Kahne, these days are still bittersweet. He seized an opportunity for a second victory, putting the rubber stamp on his season and rising back to the top after encountering adversity. One of his closest friends, the late Jason Leffler, killed in a Sprint car wreck earlier this summer died before ever getting the chance, his NASCAR opportunities few and far between after a few years of struggle.

“Jason, I thought about it on my way up here on Friday,” said Kahne. “I was like, man, the last time I was here he flew with me here (driving the No. 19 car, finishing last) and flew back with me. Just me and him. We spent a bunch of time together and then that happened that Wednesday. So it was tough.”

Racers are a rough breed; they have to be, considering the risks and rollercoaster results they encounter. But when it comes to tragedy, the same type of passion that drives them on the racetrack causes them to purposefully never forget. It’s notable that at a time of great joy, Kahne’s first thoughts were sitting with someone else, the mark of an athlete who cares about more than just the checkered flag.

Meanwhile, the rest of the competition will spend Monday caring about catching one organization in particular. Let’s go “Through the Gears” and find out who …

FIRST GEAR: Hendrick Motorsports is hot. Red hot.  Ryan Newman
Kahne’s win, a brilliant drive highlighted by a power move past Jeff Gordon on the penultimate laps, was another case of Hendrick vs. Hendrick. The teammates were there to capitalize on Johnson’s misfortune, joining Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Stewart-Haas’ Ryan Newman in putting four HMS chassis and engines inside the top 5. Only Kurt Busch broke up the monopoly, with Brad Keselowski in sixth seemingly the only car that could compete up front with the Chevys.

But the Hendrick push has been no one-week wonder. On the contrary, since Memorial Day Weekend it’s far more than the No. 48 car that’s been in control of the field. Five of the last nine races have been captured by HMS-powered cars, with Johnson giving away two of the other four at Michigan and Kentucky, respectively. All four HMS team cars are inside the top 10 in points, putting them in position to pull a “Chase sweep” for a second straight year. Tony Stewart and Newman, from the heavily aligned Stewart-Haas Racing shop, are competing to make it as “wild cards;” in a best-case scenario, that will mean half of the 12-car field has Hendrick horsepower under the hood. 

Meanwhile, the rest of the field looks haphazard at best. The Gibbs cars, still thought to be Hendrick’s main rivals, have won just once since May; even then, Kenseth took advantage of late-race strategy and a Johnson mistake at Kentucky rather than running up front all day. Kevin Harvick, solidly in the Chase field, has spent two straight races outside the top 10. Roush Fenway Racing, with Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, simply struggle to stay consistent week-to-week. Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., possible entrants from Michael Waltrip Racing, top 10 you to death. That’s not gonna do it in the postseason.

Five races remain for the rest of the field to figure something out. But right now, each week isn’t just Johnson’s race, and in theory, championship to lose. It’s Hendrick’s.

SECOND GEAR: Second place really is the first loser.
Sunday was setting up to be a storybook afternoon for Jeff Gordon. On his 42nd birthday, he took advantage of a late debris caution to blow past Kahne on a lap 153 restart. A top-5 car all day, it seemed this race, just like the year before, would be the one where the No. 24 car put itself in strong position to make the Chase.

Instead, a late spin by Kenseth led to a final restart with two laps remaining where Gordon fell short. Out-accelerated and simply outraced by Kahne through the treacherous Tunnel Turn, he fell to second and now must wonder if that’s his last chance to get a win down the regular-season stretch.

“We had them,” Gordon said. “But, man, he got a killer run and blasted on the outside of me. Caught me by surprise.”

Based on past history, the fourth member of the HMS stable should still be just fine. Ninth in points, he’s won at every remaining track on the schedule and has three consecutive top-10 results. But the bad luck bug seems to have followed Gordon for three years. Five DNFs (four for wrecks) are what have him sitting on the postseason bubble; all it takes is one more and a winless Gordon gets punted out of the playoffs.

THIRD GEAR: Missed opportunities.
Plenty of drivers were also shaking their heads on Sunday. Brad Keselowski spent the first half of the race with a car that could compete with Johnson. But as the race went on, the No. 2 team’s pit strategy, combined with letting the track get away from them, found the defending champ in sixth. Still winless and outside the top 10 in points, Keselowski’s Chase berth is far from guaranteed.

Kurt Busch, who was a strong third, sits in the same spot after another week of close, but no cigar. The No. 78 was the strongest non-Hendrick car, in position to mix it up heading to the final pit stop. But once again, a crew that’s had their share of inconsistency cost him ground, leaving Busch too far behind to be a real factor (unless he wanted to wreck Gordon or Kahne on that final restart). That leaves him 13th in points, 11 outside the top 10 and still on the outside looking in without a victory.

“Kahne probably moved himself into a pretty good spot with two wins now,” Busch said of the evolving “wild card” race. “But there is still a lot of see-saw going on with guys. Like Biffle with one win, Stewart with a win, Truex with one win, and me and Jeff are winless — but here we are finishing second and third, so it's tight.”

For at least one of these superstars, Victory Lane will be the difference when they’re sitting at Chicagoland this September without a shot at the championship. They have to get there in the next five weeks to feel safe.

FOURTH GEAR: Danica’s rough road.  Danica Patrick
After a hot start in Daytona, the Danica Patrick story has quickly faded into the rearview mirror as the Cup season trudges on. And over the last month, it seems that the rookie is struggling more than at any other time this season. A wreck at Loudon, one she started with some ill-timed braking, was followed by an awful 30th at Indianapolis, a Cup track where she arguably has the most productive experience (albeit in open wheel). Never a factor, she was a lapped car on a day when teammate Ryan Newman won the race.

Pocono marked another low point. In a reasonable position to score a top 20, her first at an unrestricted track since Michigan in June, Patrick misjudged the triangle’s tricky Tunnel Turn. Collecting Travis Kvapil, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard, and in the process suffered her second DNF in three weeks (35th).

“I didn’t feel like I went in any more ‘hero-like’ that time,” Patrick said. “We were tight in the race and so we had freed it up a little bit and it was better. But then, when they’re outside of you, you just get loose.”

A rookie mistake, for sure. But the sport’s most scrutinized new driver in several years is sure making a lot of them.

, a track that had such a great first race after an early 2012 repave, has been running into potholes. A mysterious debris caution with 10 laps left is the only thing that kept it from a Kahne runaway; even the restarts, fantastic for two laps led to cars getting spread out quickly. Is it the car, the tires or the track? I still think the first two. … Denny Hamlin, who was dead last after wrecking on his own at Pocono now has seven straight races without a top 15. That’s the longest stretch of his career. … Johnson quietly fought back to 13th after an outside wall hit that would have left most teams in the garage. Even on their worst days, they show they’re still the car to beat come November. … With Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecking Sunday, Timmy Hill was quietly the highest-finishing rookie. Driving for underfunded FAS Lane Racing, he tied a career best with 27th place.

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Reaction from Pocono Raceway, where Kasey Kahne beat Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in NASCAR's 400.
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 13:52
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-footballs-link-roundup-august-5

Fall camps already underway. The 2013 season is almost here.

Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)

College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Monday, August 5th

Here's the latest in the ongoing saga surrounding Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. 

Interested in hearing more about Athlon's picks for 2013? Check out this podcast I did with Sports Week Live this weekend, as we talked about each of the BCS conferences, national championship and some Heisman implications. 

Saturday Down South takes a look at the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013.

LSU running back Jeremy Hill has avoided jail time from a recent off-the-field incident.

Ole Miss receiver Vince Sanders suffered a broken collarbone in practice.

How did South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney get his childhood nickname? It's an interesting story to say the least.

Andy Bitter takes a look at some key position battles to watch as Virginia Tech opens fall practice. And here's a look at the Hokies' updated depth chart.

A potential starter on Georgia's defense will undergo thumb surgery.

Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning will miss some practice time after having knee surgery.

Tomahawk Nation answers some key questions surrounding Florida State's fall practice.

NC State running back Shadrach Thornton is facing a court date for misdemeanor assault charge.

Adam Jude of the Seattle Times takes a look at five key questions facing Washington this fall.

Bucky's 5th Quarter takes a look at three freshmen who could play key roles for Wisconsin in 2013.

All signs point to Tom Savage winning Pittsburgh's starting quarterback job.

Will California's offensive line improve in 2013?

Here are five question marks to watch as Penn State opens fall practice.

Ohio State should have more weapons than just quarterback Braxton Miller in 2013.

College Football's Link Roundup: August 5
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 13:45
Path: /college-football/texas-tech-unveils-new-uniforms-2013

Texas Tech is making some slight tweaks to its football uniforms for 2013. The Red Raiders have added a red stripe to the helmets and made a few changes to the jerseys.

But is that all? Remember this photo circulating back in the spring, it appears the school may have a few more uniforms to unveil for this season. And according to, Texas Tech could have a gray jersey for 2013.



And here's a video of the big reveal:

Texas Tech Unveils New Uniforms for 2013
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 13:30
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy Baseball, Roto, MLB, Fantasy, News
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-baseball-bests-busts-and-waiver-wire-aug-5

August is here and that means fantasy playoffs are quickly approaching. Athlon Sports has everything you need to catch up on what took place on the fantasy diamond during the past seven days. Our fantasy junkies bring you last week's top hitters, some starting pitchers who are on a roll, and also identify the waiver wire pick ups and spot starters you need to keep an eye on.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (July 29-Aug 4):

1Justin UptonOFATL9390.3871.246
2Andrew McCutchenOFPIT8172.3791.027
3Freddie Freeman1BATL9280.3751.038
4Matt HollidayOFSTL9062.4060.957
5Jason HeywardOFATL12170.3460.969
6Shane VictorinoOFBOS7260.4001.141
7Cody Ross*OFARI3152.5001.227
8Brian McCannCATL3390.3001.141
9Robbie Grossman*OFHOU6131.5001.269
10Chris Johnson1B/3BATL4180.4331.085
11Kendrys Morales1BSEA3150.5771.287
12Michael Saunders*OFSEA3380.3041.153
13Mike TroutOFLAA8120.5001.552
14Kole Calhoun*OFLAA5231.333.943
15Daniel Descalso*2/3/SSSTL5241.296.943
16A.J. Pierzynski*CTEX2271.308.846
17Nelson CruzOFTEX4350.2921.037
18Mark Trumbo1/3/OFLAA6380.138.642
19David Freese3BSTL6170.3201.052
20Mike Moustakas*3BKC3360.2921.041
21Ryan Raburn*2B/OFCLE3260.4121.326
22Erick Aybar*SSLAA6023.321.724
23Jacoby EllsburyOFBOS5142.290.787
24Anthony Rizzo1BCHC4340.3101.067
25Dustin Pedroia2BBOS5280.233.791

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC (38% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
Tabbed as a preseason sleeper, Moose has disappointed any and all owners who took a chance on him. He is showing signs of life, however, as he is coming off one of his best weeks (No. 20 in Y!) and has been surging post-All-Star Break. He is hitting .278/.900 since the break with four HRs and nine RBIs in 14 games. Those numbers will play at a fantasy thin position.

Cody Ross, OF, ARI (14%)
Ross is a career .264/.779 hitter in the majors and might be worth taking a risk on after a really hot week. Ross hit 22 HRs and drove in 81 last year and while he hasn't posted those type of numbers this year in the desert, it proves he is capable of it. Should he start every night the rest of the way, Ross could provide some support.

Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU (5%)
This would be simply a speed play with some help in the runs scored department as well. He was called up last week by the Astros and was given the shortstop job full-time. He won't help much in other categories but he will help with his legs. He had 31 SBs in 91 minor leagues this year, 39 swipes in 86 games a year ago and already has six steals in 13 games in the majors. He is a deep reach but could offer big help in a couple of categories.

Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (7%)
A former big-time prospect for the Reds, Mesoraco is showing signs of life as the full-time backstop. Over the last 14 days, he has clubbed four home runs and driven in 11 while hitting .304/.913 in 46 at-bats. He has upside but hasn't proven it yet so this could be the time to jump on the youngster. 

Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS (10%)
This isn't a new name for minor league and deep league fans as Bogaerts is one of MLB's top prospects. Why he is mentioned here, however, is that Boston is playing him at third base now on the farm instead of shortstop. This appears to be preparing him for a potential battle with Will Middlebrooks for the big league job. He has hit .282/855 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 47 games in AAA-Pawtucket this year for Boston. Bogaerts would be my pick over Middlebrooks. Plus, in keeper leagues, he could be a gem.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

1Jose FernandezMIA23.03351.570.70
2Max ScherzerDET21.23180.830.51
3Francisco LirianoPIT21.23220.420.83
4David PriceTB25.12171.070.47
5Yu DarvishTEX19.12290.470.83
6Tyson Ross*SD20.02221.350.70
7Mike MinorATL14.02110.640.43
8Jered WeaverLAA21.02201.590.79
9Lance LynnSTL21.02241.710.95
10Julio TeheranATL18.01231.000.89
11Doug FisterDET16.0280.560.69
12Justin MastersonCLE14.12150.630.98
13Scott Kazmir*CLE19.02171.890.84
14Clayton KershawLAD16.01130.560.69
15Mark Buehrle*TOR22.02152.050.82
16Bruce Chen*KC18.01172.000.67
17A.J. BurnettPIT23.01231.171.09
18Wade Miley*ARI14.02120.641.07
19Dan Haren*WAS19.02182.840.84
20Madison BumgarnerSF15.01180.601.07

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Top 5 Spot Starts for the Week (Mon. - Sun.):

1. Gerrit Cole, PIT (Thur.) vs. Miami (56% owned)
The former No. 1 overall pick has 10 career starts in the majors and has never allowed more than three earned runs in any game. He has only won one of his last six starts but should be more than capable of dominating the lowly Marlins offense.

2. Chris Archer, TB (Wed.) at Arizona (68%)
Few players have been as dominant over the last month as Archer has been for the Rays. Since the start of July, he has allowed seven earned runs in six starts (4-1). His latest start was the worst (7.0, 4 ER, 4 K) of the group, but a trip to the desert to take on the Diamondbacks should get him back on track.

3. Randall Delgado, ARI (Fri.) vs. NY Mets (8%)
Over his last three starts, Delgado is 3-0 with 12 K, four earned runs and just 12 hits allowed for the Diamondbacks. He will face the Mets without David Wright in the lineup coming up this weekend. Green light.

4. Jhoulys Chacin, COL (Thur.) vs. NY Mets (37%)
Chacin's last five starts have been extremely useful (2-2). Three times he allowed just one earned run and over his last nine outings he's yielded more than three earned runs just once. He gets the Wright-less Mets on Thursday after 11 Ks and just one walk in his last three.

5. Tony Cingrani, CIN (Sat.) vs. San Diego (56%)
Strikeouts are the name of the game for the young lefty. He has 97 punch outs in 82.2 IP this year, 35 whiffs over his last five starts (2-1) and he will get the Padres this weekend. He will walk some people (12 BB in his last four starts) but if you can survive the hit to the WHIP, he should win games and strike plenty of people out.

Closing Morsels
After more than a few trades involving closers — Jose Veras to Detroit, K-Rod to Baltimore — that means opportunity could arise from where you least expect it... The Pirates Jason Grilli is "making quality progress" and he has vowed to play again in 2013. However, he isn't throwing yet and Mark Melancon is a quality option to close (who likely isn't on your waiver wire)... Boston's Koji Uehara hasn't allowed a run since June 30 and has converted on his last five save chances. However, he has just two saves in his nine appearances... The Angels might be forced to go with a committee approach. Ernesto Frieri has sick strikeout numbers (69 in 46.2 IP) but has been downright atrocious of late. He has allowed a run in four of his last six appearances with a total of 10 ER in 4.1 IP.... Seattle took the closer's job away from Tom Wilhelmsen for the time being. However, there aren't many quality options backing him up: Charlie Furbush, Yoervis Medina, Oliver Perez or Danny Farquhar. My guess is Willy is back in the ninth inning soon enough.... Jim Henderson has been solid since reclaiming the job for the Brewers after K-Rod was traded to the Orioles. He is 5-for-5 in save chances in five appearances without a run allowed and just four base runners in that stretch.

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 13:00
Path: /college-football/byu-breaks-out-royal-blue-jerseys-2013

The BYU-Utah matchup is always one of the top rivalry games in college football each year. The series will be on hiatus for 2014 and 2015, so this season’s game will have a little extra meaning.

BYU is planning a slight uniform tweak for the 2013 matchup against the Utes, as the Cougars will wear their royal blue scheme.

Here’s a look at athletic director Tom Holmoe modeling the jersey, along with a shot from Nike:



BYU Breaks Out Royal Blue Jerseys for 2013
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:30
All taxonomy terms: Golf, News
Path: /golf/7-amazing-stats-wgc-bridgestone

With his eighth Bridgestone win in his 14th appearance at the prestigious World Golf Championship event at storied Firestone Country Club, Tiger Woods added to what might be the greatest record by any single golfer at any single tournament. Woods has won more than half the time against stacked, world-class fields on a tough course that has hosted several major championships. Here's a look at Woods' win by the numbers:


-9 Woods stood at 9-under through 13 holes on Friday, putting him within striking distance of a 59 (or better). Five straight closing pars left him to settle for a 61, which tied a career low score for Woods. For reference, co-runner-ups Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson finished 8-under — for the tournament. 


79 The win was Woods' 79th of his incredible career, placing him three shy of Sam Snead's all-time PGA Tour record.


8 Woods tied a record he already shared with Sam Snead, winning the same tournament for the eighth time. Woods has also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill eight times, and Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.


19 Woods has now won his last start prior to a major championship an astounding 19 times. Of those, he went on to win the major in question "only" four times. In his career, he's won the Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in the same year three times (2000, 2006, 2007).


1.7 During a 10-tournament span at the Bridgestone from 1999 to 2009 (he didn't play in 2008), Woods' average finish was 1.7. He won seven times, and the years he didn't win, he finished 4th, T4 and T2. In those 10 tournaments, he won more than $9 million.'


10 Woods has now won five or more tournaments in a single season 10 times, adding to his personal record. Sam Snead is second with eight seasons of five or more wins. Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus had seven such seasons.


.428 Woods' winning percentage in World Golf Championship events is .428 — he's won 18 times in only 42 starts. Remember that theoretically, these wins have come against the best fields that golf has to offer.

With his eighth Bridgestone win in his 14th appearance at the prestigious World Golf Championship event at storied Firestone Country Club, Tiger Woods added to what might be the greatest record by any single golfer at any single tournament.
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:18
All taxonomy terms: New York Giants, NFC, NFC East, NFL, News
Path: /nfl/new-york-giants-game-game-predictions-2013

When the New York Giants won the Super Bowl two seasons ago they finished 9-7 during the regular season. Tom Coughlin's team matched that mark last season, but didn't even get the opportunity to defend their title as they missed the playoffs.

A one-point, Week 13 loss at Washington ended up being the deciding factor, as the Giants lost three of their final five games, allowing the Redskins to edge them out for the NFC East title by one win.

There has been some turnover on the roster, with several veterans departing through free agency or getting released outright. The offense is virtually intact with All-Pro wide receiver Victor Cruz signing a long-term contract and 2012 first-round pick David Wilson ready to assume a more prominent role. The defense lost quite a bit of experience, especially along the line, and needs both Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to bounce back and be as disruptive as they were two seasons ago. The Giants finished tied for third in the NFL in sacks with 48 in 2011. That number dropped to just 33 (22nd) last season.

With Manning and the weapons he has in place, the Giants should score plenty of points. The key to their season will be how much better will the defense be? This unit had too many breakdowns in coverage last season that led to big plays, a reason why it finished second-to-last in the league in yards allowed (383.4 per game).

What will the Giants' record be at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

New York Giants' 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

1at Dallas
3at Carolina
4at Kansas City
6at Chicago (Thurs.)
7Minnesota (Mon.)
8at Philadelphia
11Green Bay
13at Washington
14at San Diego
16at Detroit
 Final Projection10-610-610-610-611-5
 NFC East3-33-33-34-24-2

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
The Giants have historically started quickly under Tom Coughlin and, despite potentially losing the first two, should have a winning record heading into the bye week (Week 9). This team is good enough to beat anyone on any week and inconsistent enough to lose to offensively-geared teams like the Panthers, Chiefs, Bears and Eagles on the road. This offense will be explosive but New York will struggle to beat teams with great offenses — like there might be in the NFC East — due to a slow deterioration in the front seven. The Giants are the least inconsistent team in a wildly inconsistent division so the 10 wins should give them an NFC East title, but likely removes all first-round bye conversations.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
The NFC East is one of the toughest divisions to peg this preseason. The Giants are my pick to win the East, but it wouldn’t surprise me if all of these teams finish right around the 9-7 or 8-8 mark. The defense ranked 31st in the NFL in yards allowed last year and there weren’t many big-time additions. The Giants need defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to return to form, which would help not only the pass rush, but a secondary that ranked 28th in the league in 2012. With question marks about the defense, quarterback Eli Manning may need to win a handful of high-scoring games in 2013. Assuming the Giants win the division, they will be a tough out in the playoffs and are capable of putting together another Super Bowl run. However, the defense has to make significant progress for coach Tom Coughlin to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Mark Ross
By and large, this is the same Giants team that went 9-7 last season and just missed the playoffs. As long as Eli Manning is upright, this team should be able to stay in the thick of the NFC East race, and in fact, with explosive running back David Wilson ready to take on a larger role, this offense has the potential to be even more dangerous this season. The defense must play better than it did last season, especially when it comes to generating a consistent pass rush and limiting the breakdowns in coverage that led to big plays.

The opening two games won't be easy, but if the Giants start out strong like they have done under Tom Coughlin they should be in a good position by the time the bye week comes around in Week 9. The going gets a little tougher after that, especially in Weeks 11-13, but a strong finish should keep the Giants in playoff contention and give this core at least one more chance at a third Super Bowl title during the Manning/Coughlin era.

Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN), New York Daily News
The Giants will do what they always do under Tom Coughlin – get off to a hot start. In Coughlin’s nine seasons they’ve started 6-2 six times and they’ve never started worse than 5-3. It’s the second half where things usually get dicey, and this season should be no different. They almost always stumble early in the second half, lose a game at home they shouldn’t, then rally in December. In three of the last four seasons that rally fell short, but this year should be different. If they’re healthy — especially WR Hakeem Nicks and DE Jason Pierre-Paul — they should be in the playoff and division races right until the final week of the season. And with a win in their home finale against the Redskins, they’ll finish 10-6 and get in.

Ed Valentine (@bigblueview), Big Blue View
The Giants still have the core from the 2011 Super Bowl team, and a year after the disappointment of not making the playoffs are determined not to let that happen again. New York has an explosive offense led by Eli Manning and a deep receiving corps. Most of the questions on this team are about defense, where the Giants ranked 31st in the league a season ago. Jason Pierre-Paul's back surgery doesn't help, but the Giants should be better on defense this season. Maybe not dominant, but at least adequate.

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:00
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-august-5-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Aug. 5.


• Ah, Instagram, where celebs go to lose their inhibitions. Here's a gallery of sexy celebrity Instagram photos, including Stacy Kiebler.


The heavy price of incarceration for Aaron Hernandez: No Internet.


The top 25 players in the SEC, starting with a certain athletic marvel in black and garnet.


• This is interesting: To be an SEC ref, you have to be able to run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes, 16 seconds. There goes my dream.


• This could be a movie: Football coach Ted Lasso tries his hand at football, English Premier League-style.


• I'm old enough to remember when Art Donovan used to go on David Letterman all the time. The Colts legend died this weekend. RIP.


• Football season's fast approaching, which means that the guys at Every Day Should Be Saturday are climbing back onto my radar.


• Tiger Woods has won 79 times. This was the first time that his son Charlie was there to see it.


A helmet sticker warns users against playing the sport of football. It's Roger Goodell's world now.


Is A-Rod aware that he's lost the New York Post?


In a battle of jacked-up juicer vs. lowly water bottle, I'm rooting for the bottle.


• Cris Carter videobombed Warren Sapp at the Hall of Fame ceremony the other night. Enjoy.




-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:45
Path: /college-football/notre-dame-unveils-jerseys-shamrock-series

Notre Dame has unveiled a new uniform for 2013. No, it’s not an entire revamp of the Fighting Irish’s uniforms, but rather a one-time change for the Shamrock Series game against Arizona State on Oct. 5.

Notre Dame’s uniforms are one of the most classic looks in college football each year. However, these Shamrock Series uniforms are pretty sharp.

Notre Dame Unveils Jerseys for Shamrock Series
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:28
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Texas A&M Aggies, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/texas-am-qb-johnny-manziel-under-ncaa-investigation

The ongoing saga that is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason continued on Sunday, as ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is under NCAA investigation.

The report alleges Manziel agreed to sign memorabilia for an autograph broker in Miami in January. Manziel was reportedly paid five figures for the signatures, but witnesses never saw an exchange of money.

An interesting tidbit in the report was the authentication companies and the Manziel items on the internet. According to’s report, PSA/DNA and JSA have authenticated the autographs, and the items are numbered sequentially. And Outside the Lines also mentions large quantities and numbered autographs are generally done for sale.

What Does This Mean for Texas A&M?

Right now, nothing. As the past few months have showed, the NCAA’s investigative arm doesn’t have the best reputation (see the Miami case).

Being under investigation doesn’t mean a suspension is coming, but this is something that will play out over the next few weeks. And considering all of the factors in play, it may take some time for the NCAA to sort this out.

Needless to say, Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel have to hope for a quick investigation, especially with the season just a few weeks away. 

What if Johnny Manziel is Suspended?

Again, it’s too early to know if Manziel will be suspended. But if the sophomore quarterback is ruled ineligible, the consequences on Texas A&M’s 2013 season are huge. The Aggies are picked in the top 10 of most preseason polls and were projected to be one of the teams in the mix for a BCS bowl.

There have been similar cases in recent years, as Georgia’s A.J. Green was suspended for four games in 2010 for selling a jersey, and six Ohio State players were suspended under Jim Tressel for trading memorabilia for tattoos.

What if Manziel is suspended four games? He would be forced to sit out contests against Rice, Sam Houston State, Alabama and SMU.

Obviously, the Sept. 14 matchup against Alabama is expected to shape the national title picture and is one of the most-anticipated SEC contests for 2013. But games against Rice, Sam Houston State and SMU are winnable without Manziel. A six-game suspension would be a bigger problem for Texas A&M, as road games at Arkansas and Ole Miss won’t be easy.

If Manziel misses a bigger portion of the schedule, Texas A&M’s SEC West title hopes are finished.

What’s Next?

The waiting game. It’s important to note that Manziel is simply under investigation, and none of the allegations have been proven as fact. And it's entirely possible this investigation could turn up nothing, and Manziel won't have to miss any games. 

Obviously, Texas A&M has to prepare for the worst. With fall practice starting, Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis will be under extra scrutiny by the coaching staff.

Although Manziel has spent plenty of time in the headlines this offseason, none of the previous stories, photos or tweets had any impact on Texas A&M’s season. But with a NCAA investigation hanging over Manziel, a season that looked so promising in Aggieland in April has begun to erode.

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Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Under NCAA Investigation
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: Overtime, News
Path: /overtime/cris-carter-videobombs-warren-sapp-hof-game-gif
During the annual Hall of Fame game, HOF inductee Cris Carter took the opportunity to have some fun with fellow inductee Warren Sapp by videobombing the crap out of his sideline interview. It was epic. 
Cris Carter videobombs Warren Sapp
During the annual Hall of Fame game, HOF inductee Cris Carter took the opportunity to have some fun with fellow inductee Warren Sapp by videobombing the crap out of his sideline interview. It was epic.
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 08:58
Path: /college-football/nevada-unveils-new-uniforms-2013

It’s a new era for Nevada football in 2013. Gone is coach Chris Ault and in is former Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian. The Wolf Pack has won at least six games in each of the last eight years and should be in the mix for a bowl in 2013.

Nevada already released a new white helmet for this year and unveiled all-new uniforms for 2013.

Perhaps the biggest change is the helmet. The Wolf Pack’s white helmet will replace the blue one as the primary look.

Here's a gallery of Nevada's new uniforms for 2013.

Nevada Unveils New Uniforms for 2013
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 08:30
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Kentucky Wildcats, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/kentucky-football-game-game-predictions-2013

Kentucky hit rock bottom with a 2-10 record last season. As a result of the dismal year, Joker Phillips was fired, and Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was hired to take over the top spot in Lexington.

Stoops hired an excellent coaching staff, which includes former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, as well as Florida State assistant D.J. Eliot.

Stoops has a stellar recruiting class on the way, but Kentucky still lags behind the rest of the conference in overall talent. The Wildcats return 10 starters from last year’s team, but only end Bud Dupree, tackle Donte Rumph and linebacker Avery Williamson have garnered preseason all-conference consideration.

Kentucky faces an uphill battle in 2013, and progress may not be noticeable in the win column. A non-conference game against Western Kentucky in the season opener isn’t a guaranteed win, while crossover games with SEC West opponents Alabama and Mississippi State are likely losses.

While the future is bright in Kentucky, the Wildcats may struggle just to get to three or four wins in 2013.

What will Kentucky's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Kentucky's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

8/31 Western Kentucky
9/7 Miami (Ohio)
9/14 Louisville
9/28 Florida
10/5 at South Carolina
10/12 Alabama
10/24 at Mississippi State
11/2 Alabama State
11/9 Missouri
11/16 at Vanderbilt
11/23 at Georgia
11/30 Tennessee
Final Projection3-92-102-103-93-9


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Mark Stoops has done everything right for Kentucky so far. But now comes the hard part. The Wildcats were outgained by 169 yards per game in SEC play last season and only one conference loss was by 10 points or less. Kentucky has some pieces to work with, including on defense with ends Bud Dupree, Jason Hatcher and Za’Darius Smith. But this unit doesn’t have the depth to consistently compete in the SEC in 2013. The offense will be better under the direction of new coordinator Neal Brown, and there are three promising candidates to start at quarterback. The biggest question mark on offense will be finding playmakers, especially at receiver where the top returning option is Demarco Robinson (28 catches). I have Kentucky finishing 3-9, but I could see this team winning one in SEC play. Stoops has an excellent recruiting class on the way, and it’s all about showing progress in 2013. Even if the Wildcats fail to win a game in the SEC, I expect this team will be more competitive against their conference brethren.

Mark Ross
Do I think Kentucky is headed in the right direction under Mark Stoops? Yes, but let's not kid ourselves here, this Wildcats program has a long way to go to return to the days of five straight bowl games from 2006-10. It will take Stoops some time to mold this program to his liking and, more importantly, gather the necessary talent and depth to compete in the SEC on a consistent basis. That's what happens when you lose two of your best offensive players (guard Larry Warford, wide receiver LaRod King) from a team that went 2-10 and your starting quarterback (Jalen Whitlow) accounted for a grand total of six touchdowns last season. The games with in-state foes Western Kentucky and Louisville make the non-conference schedule challenging to begin with and then SEC play opens with Florida, South Carolina and Alabama? Simply surpassing last year's win total and clawing out a win in conference should be considered a moral victory for this season. Better days are ahead for UK's football team, just not in 2013.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
I’ll buy stock in Mark Stoops for his long-term prospects at Kentucky, but not for 2013. Who put together this schedule? From Sept. 14-Oct. 12, Kentucky faces the defending national champs, the Sugar Bowl participants and a top-10 team on the road. Kentucky’s just doesn’t have the talent to compete in the SEC, and the real problem is that the Wildcats are really the only ones in this category. Vanderbilt has distanced itself from Kentucky in a big way. Mississippi State and Ole Miss (the latter of which isn’t on UK’s schedule) aren’t doormats anymore. Kentucky’s real statements are going to have to be against Western Kentucky (who defeated UK in overtime last season) and Miami (Ohio). Lose those games and Kentucky runs the risk of losing to every FBS team on the schedule. After that, Kentucky has to hope it has enough pieces like Bud Dupree and Donte Rumph up front to put a scare into Missouri or Vandy late in the season. Other than that, the season is pretty bleak.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
It’s been a successful offseason for Kentucky, which has put together one of the nation’s top recruiting classes for 2014. Unfortunately, none of those players are available. It will likely be a difficult season for Kentucky, which has a promising coaching staff but a depleted roster. Still, Kentucky fans shouldn’t give up hope. What if the Wildcats force a few turnovers at home against Louisville? Road games against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt won’t be easy, but they’re winnable. Missouri and Tennessee are both coming off losing seasons and have to travel to Lexington. Kentucky’s defense will rely on a strong line and one of the league’s top linebackers in Avery Williamson. If the Wildcats get consistent (and healthy) play at quarterback, they might surprise a team or two.

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
Good bye Joker. Hiring a defensive minded head coach like Mark Stoops is a step in the right direction for Kentucky. He is surprising on the recruiting trail for 2014, even giving the state of Ohio a run. Getting 50,000 people to your spring game, not too shabby. With all that said you are bringing back an offence that ranked 119th and a defense that was 86th in the nation last year. I don’t see success in Mark’s first year, but all the signs say he’s doing everything right. With four new head coaches in the SEC, someone has to rise to the top of the pile. Name to remember: Alvin Dupree, LB 

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 07:16
Path: /college-football/oklahoma-state-football-game-game-predictions-2013

The Big 12 is up for grabs in 2013. Without a clear frontrunner, this conference should be one of the most entertaining battles for the top spot in the nation this year.


A strong case could be made Oklahoma State is the team to beat in the Big 12, but like the rest of the teams in the conference, the Cowboys have question marks.

The offense should be among the best in the Big 12, but quarterback Clint Chelf needs to prove he can be effective for a full season, and the offensive line needs to find three new starters. The biggest area of concern has to be on defense.


Oklahoma State is thin on proven defensive ends, and the secondary ranked 110th nationally against the pass last year.


With a schedule that features home games against TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Baylor, it’s easy to see why Oklahoma State was picked during Big 12 Media Days as the early favorite.

What will Oklahoma State's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Oklahoma State's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

8/31 Mississippi State (Houston
9/7 at UTSA
9/14 Lamar
9/28 at West Virginia
10/5 Kansas State
10/19 TCU
10/26 at Iowa State
11/2 at Texas Tech
11/9 Kansas
11/16 at Texas
11/23 Baylor
12/7 Oklahoma
Final Projection10-211-111-110-29-311-1

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Under coach Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has been a model of consistency. The Cowboys have won at least seven games in each of the last seven years, including a 23-3 stretch from 2010-11. There’s no question Oklahoma State has joined the ranks of the Big 12 elite, and despite a rebuilding year in 2012, managed to go 8-5 with three losses coming by seven points or less. The Cowboys are my pick to win the Big 12 this season, and with a schedule that features home games against Kansas State, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma, the conference title will run through Stillwater. Senior quarterback Clint Chelf played well in limited action last season, and he will be surrounded by plenty of weapons at running back and receiver. The defense has to play better, but new coordinator Glenn Spencer could be what this unit needs to fix some of the issues from last year. Considering how close the top teams are in the Big 12, two losses will likely win the conference title.   

Mike Perez, (@OrangePowerCom),
Oklahoma State has had four offensive coordinators during Mike Gundy's eight-year head coaching tenure (including Gundy himself) and each season the offense continues to churn like a well-oiled machine. Expect more of the same this season with Mike Yurcich becoming the newest offensive coordinator to take the reins. Once again, the determining factor of the Cowboys' season will be the level of play they can get from the defense. With linebacker coach turned defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer at the helm, expect to see a more aggressive defense on the field than in year's past. The Cowboys have the talent and experience to get through the non-conference portion of the schedule unscathed and with a relatively down year for the Big 12 I don't expect more than one or two losses for the season. If defensive NFL prospects Calvin Barnett and Justin Gilbert live up to expectations and the OSU defense is able to take advantage of the more aggressive scheme, the Cowboys very well may be a dark horse contender for the BCS Championship game.

Mark Ross

If there was ever a season for Oklahoma State to seize the Big 12, this would be it. With the quarterback uncertainty at Oklahoma and Texas, not to mention the Longhorns' recent "slide," Mike Gundy's team appears to be well positioned to win the conference. Offense has been Gundy's trademark since he took over in Stillwater, and even with a new offensive coordinator in Mike Yurcich and unproven starters in quarterback Clint Chelf and running back Jeremy Smith, this Cowboys team should score its fair share of points. The defense has seven starters returning, including experience at every level, and should be able to improve on last year's poor performance against the pass (110th in the nation).


The other thing Oklahoma State has going in its favor this fall is its schedule. The opener with Mississippi State in Houston will be tough, but otherwise the Cowboys should breeze through their non-conference slate. OSU gets five home Big 12 games, with the toughest road test by far coming in Austin, Texas, in the middle of November. However, even there the Cowboys get a break as that game is sandwiched between home dates with Kansas and Baylor. As long as the Pokes don't slip up when they have back-to-back road games in Ames, Iowa, and Lubbock, Texas, they will be in a position to take advantage of a home slate that features Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma. The Cowboys have gone 17-3 at Boone Pickens Stadium over the last three seasons. The bar has been raised in Stillwater, and as long as the offense does what it does and the defense can show some moderate improvement, there's a good chance that Oklahoma State just may be able to clear it this fall.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)

Mike Gundy did a wildly underrated coaching job last season. The Cowboys lost Brandon Weeden and needed to start three different quarterbacks to replace him, and they still finished in the top 10 nationally in passing, yards per game and points per game. The 5-4 Big 12 record isn’t pretty, but Oklahoma State lost one-score games to Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor, the last two on the road. For 2013, I’ve picked Oklahoma State to lose two Big 12 games, which may be enough to win the league. The truth is, there’s not much that’s going to be predictable in this conference. Oklahoma State, though, benefits from a good home schedule, drawing rival OU, Baylor and TCU at home. The pick here that sticks out is the Texas Tech loss. The Red Raiders will be OK, and strange things happen to Big 12 frontrunners in Lubbock.

Chris Williams, (@ChrisMWilliams),
Oklahoma State is without question the safest pick to win the Big 12 in 2013 but I'm wondering if replacing four assistant coaches might not take its toll on Mike Gundy's program this season? Maybe it won't. After all, Gundy seems to do just fine as he loses offensive coordinators on an annual basis (it seems like it at least). OSU won't have any problems starting off 5-0 but that sixth game vs. TCU is a real swing game. I have TCU winning the league and that game as well, but should the Cowboys knock off the Horned Frogs, running the table until its road trip to Austin is very realistic. OSU's final three games are all tough. I see 10-2 as a best-case scenario for the Cowboys but 9-3 is the pick. 

Allen Kenney,
Mike Gundy has done a fantastic job of growing Oklahoma St. from a middle-of-the-road program in the Big 12 that is consistently competing for the conference crown. In fact, I'm picking the Cowboys to win the league for the second time in three years. The experience at quarterback is a big plus in a year with so much turnover at the position throughout the conference, and Clint Chelf will have plenty of weapons at his disposal. The defense also boasts impact players at all three levels: Calvin Barnett up front, Shaun Lewis at linebacker and Justin Gilbert in the secondary.


To me, the big concern with OSU this year is the Pokes' tendency to take their eye off the ball. I'm betting one team that has no business beating OSU pulls it off. How about at Texas Tech? The Red Raiders have enough offensive firepower to at least put a scare into the Pokes, and they'll be playing their ninth game under new coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff. That's enough time to get everything in place to spring an upset.

That lone loss will likely keep OSU out of the national championship game, but another BCS bowl should make for a nice consolation prize.



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It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2013, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk anonymously about their opponents.

Note: These scouting reports come directly from the coaching staff and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.

ACC Coaches Anonymously Scout Their Conference Foes for 2013

Boston College
Opposing coaches size up the Eagles:

“Whether it’s Tom O’Brien or Frank Spaziani, they were going to be tough. They were going to be physical. They weren’t going to beat themselves, and they make you earn it every game. That’s always Boston College’s M.O. That hasn’t produced results lately, in part because they don’t have very good talent, but they never gave up their toughness." … 

"I’ve heard Steve Addazio wants to be more like they were at Florida and spread you out. To me, you’ll have a hard time doing that at Boston College because you don’t have the speed. It will be interesting to see what they can do from a scheme standpoint." …

"They are always big on the offensive line, but nobody at the receiver position really scares you. Where they hurt is at the skill positions. But on the offensive line, it’s hard to move guys in there. You would expect that to be the same." …

"There was nobody I can remember that really sticks out on the roster as a force to be reckoned with. They’ve had some good running backs in the past, but nobody really scares you there.”


Opposing coaches size up the Tigers:

“Tajh Boyd, for as good a year as he had, is still inconsistent. Our defensive staff feels like he’s got a chance to play as much for the opponent as he does his own team. He did a lot of good things last year and got better, lost weight, and is a lot better because of it. But sometimes he does things that make you wonder what’s he thinking." …

"The loss of (tailback) Andre Ellington is big. I don’t think he got enough credit nationally. He was a really good player." …

"The skill positions make Clemson go. They get three or four great players on offense, and they’ve got a pretty good chance to be good every year. The talent at receiver is as good as anywhere. You see their backup receivers and say, ‘My god, they are better than our receivers.’ …

"Defensively, I thought they were very average. Nobody on the D-line scares you. Nobody at the linebacker position scares you." …

"Stephone Anthony was a highly rated linebacker coming in, and he has hardly done anything. It’s time for highly recruited guys to be developed and step up.”


Opposing coaches size up the Blue Devils:

“David Cutcliffe has done a great job getting the players to believe they can win. Cutcliffe is very well respected. The biggest difference you see in Duke is they’ve developed depth. They had a bunch of injuries on defense but didn’t miss a beat. There’s still a drop-off personnel-wise in certain areas." …

"FSU about killed Duke’s quarterback. They still need to get a little stout up front. The FSU and Stanford games embarrassed them a little bit." …

"The cornerback, Ross Cockrell, the kid was terrible in 2011 but got a lot better last year. He’s a good player now." …

"Their linebackers are slow. They really can’t keep up.  It’s an area we felt we could expose." …

"They are losing their quarterback, Sean Renfree, and Cutcliffe made it work with him. I’m sure he’ll do the same with the new guy (Anthony Boone), who’s more of a dual-threat, option player. I think they’ll implement the option more, which is a little bit of a different look than some of Cutcliffe’s past quarterbacks, so it will be interesting to see how they make it work.”

Florida State
Opposing coaches size up the Seminoles:

“From a defensive standpoint and what they had last year, the one thing that jumps out is their back seven. People talked about (defensive end) Bjoern Werner, but those three linebackers and the four guys in the secondary stood out to me. The speed the linebackers had, the physicality, it’s impressive. Even our defensive staff, the week before we played them we saw them on video, and that’s all they could talk about. That’s the thing that jumps out to me about them. It’s hard to say that guy’s a linebacker and that guy’s a defensive back — they are all the same. It allows them to be very multiple. Wasn’t like they presented scheme problems; the biggest problem is just personnel." …

"They are really good, no doubt. I don’t think the loss of Werner will be a big deal. I was more impressed with Cornellius Carradine, who’s gone too. We thought Werner took plays off, but we were impressed with Carradine." …

"Offensively, the loss of EJ Manuel will be a big loss. We were impressed with him last year.”

Georgia Tech

Opposing coaches size up the Yellow Jackets:

“Obviously they will be in every game because of the offense. It’s a challenge. It’s hard to defend, unless you have extra time to prepare, which you usually don’t. When you don’t, it’s hard, hard, hard to defend. You have to be extremely disciplined."

"It’s kind of their M.O., but over years, it’s been harder for them. When you walked in, you had Stephen Hill to line up out there and stretch the D. We use it against them. Playing that offense, hard to recruit receivers. All they will do is block." …

"It’s hard being a defensive coordinator there because of the system you’re going into, the offense you’re going against in practice. You never get to defend against the pass." …

"Ted Roof is a good hire. Great for Tech go get a guy like that. You look at those guys on D and they play hard. I thought they had some talent on D. The secondary has its problems." … 

"You look at Tech, they struggled all year, but they still found a way to get bowl-eligible and enter the ACC title game, even if it was a fluke. They are not going to be irrelevant.”

Opposing coaches size up the Terrapins

“Really curious to see what they do this year. Even though they weren’t very good, you can’t lose a bunch of quarterbacks to injury and expect to compete. You just can’t. Putting a linebacker under center won’t work. That’s what they had to do. It’s crazy." …

"It was just a year to forget for them, though that defense was really good." …

"They lost a bunch of seniors off that defense, though. Replacing them won’t be easy." …

"Sounds like they might go with a transfer at quarterback (Ricardo Young), so we’ll see what he can do. I know they like (C.J.) Brown, too. But overall you have to classify quarterback as a weakness for them until proven otherwise." …

"The stud young receiver, Stefon Diggs, is a big-time player. Whoever the quarterback is, Diggs will help the situation. And there’s a running back (Brandon Ross) who finished the year pretty well. He can play. He’s pretty athletic." …

"I think Randy (Edsall) can coach. He has a hard edge to him that worked at UConn, but it’s uncertain whether that will kind of take shape at Maryland.”


Opposing coaches size up the Hurricanes:

“Great looking offensive line — that’s the thing that stands out about them. Looks like an NFL offensive line. How are we going to be able to hold up to these guys? "…

"I thought the quarterback, Stephen Morris, played well for them." …

"Defensively, you would think they would be better than they were. I know they were young in some spots. Miami, you always think about defensive linemen, but nobody really scared you on that unit." …

"It was a young team that played like it at times. They found a way to win some games. Al Golden did a good job changing the culture. He’s good. I like him. I know a majority of our guys feel the same way. I think he tries to do it the right way. We like the coaches on that staff a lot." …

"They are in a tough situation. The atmosphere at their games is a joke, being as far off campus as the stadium is. It’s a pro stadium that’s pretty much empty. It’s a shame. They had a great home field advantage at the Orange Bowl, but now they have no home field advantage.”

NC State
Opposing coaches size up the Wolfpack:

“They didn’t play another quarterback the whole year, so I’m not sure what they have behind that. I didn’t think they were very good on the offensive line. Wide receiver-wise, they had quite a few drops in our game, but that was indicative of their season. Mike Glennon could put the ball on them, but they dropped a lot of balls." …

"It’s a really strong secondary. David Amerson came out. I thought he was really talented,  but he had an up-and-down year." …

"The defensive line is not bad. They should have solid linebackers. I think they had lost all three of their linebackers from the year before, so they were young there last year and will be better." …

"Now, I don’t know what Dave Doeren’s plans are. I do think he’ll have enough to work with. It all depends on the quarterback. The offense he ran at Northern Illinois was very quarterback-oriented. It was about running and throwing." …

"I thought the O-line was one of the weaker parts of the team. Running backs were solid, but nothing special. Tom O’Brien was solid there.”

North Carolina
Opposing coaches size up the Tar Heels:

“Larry Fedora, I thought he did a good job in his first year. The biggest thing was the tempo they played with. They are really fast and presented problems for a lot of teams. The tempo can wear you out." …

"The running back, Gio Bernard, was a really, really, really good player — yes, three ‘reallys.’ …

"The receivers are impressive looking. The tight end, Eric Ebron, is impressive looking. He’ll be a big part of what they do next year, I would think." …

"Butch Davis didn’t have a problem recruiting at North Carolina. That guard, Jonathan Cooper, he’s as good as we saw in the country last year. He’s gone to the NFL now, and he’ll be missed. They had great talent on offense, and combined it with the tempo they played." …

"They were just OK in the secondary. I thought it was a liability, to be honest. North Carolina State exposed their secondary last year." …

"If they aren’t good on offense, it can be all over for them on a bad day. … The quarterback played well for them.”

Opposing coaches size up the Panthers:

“The quarterback, Tino Sunseri, who’s gone now, was hot and cold." …

"I think Paul Chryst will do a good job getting guys to run his system. He’s perfect for Pitt. They will recruit fits. If they get in Eastern Pennsylvania, they’ll be fine. They always turn out good offensive linemen." …

"It’s a transitional year for them. From what they were under Dave Wannstedt to Todd Graham to Paul, that roster was in flux for awhile." 

"That defense was better than given credit for, though. Physical, strong up front, good against most run teams." …

"I think Paul will do a good job, but they’re probably a little bit behind where they want to be at quarterback." …

"As the season progressed, they got better. They lost to Youngstown but beat Virginia Tech, so that explains it for you." …

"Talent’s probably middle of the road. Paul will maximize what they have." …

"The biggest thing in the ACC is overall team speed week-in and week-out. Getting that consistently for eight weeks will be a big deal, especially while breaking in a new quarterback.”

Opposing coaches size up the Orange: 

“That was a really physical group. We had a bunch of kids banged up after playing them. They have good linebackers and safeties. They have no one like Chandler Jones anymore, but it’s a good group of guys that run and hit." …

"I think they’ll have a dip there because they’ve lost some players. I think they’ve done some junior college things there because of that." …

"I think they’ll probably be a little inconsistent. They’ve struggled in the red zone in the past. They were a good passing team but not efficient. Protection could have caused (quarterback) Ryan Nassib problems." …

"The running backs will still be strong there. Good receivers, not dominant." …

"They may take a little dip. I could be wrong. The Big East was a better league than people think. There were some good ball coaches down there.”

Opposing coaches size up the Cavaliers:

“They’ve recruited well, but now you have to develop talent. They’ve taken quite a few guys who can’t play at this level in order to get a pipeline at the same schools." …

"They totally mangled the quarterback situation last year. Michael Rocco is a good player. Phillip Sims, to me, is very average. Alabama can say what they want, but they don’t let him walk out of there if they think he’s the answer at quarterback. It’s a little bit of politics with Sims being from the Tidewater area. That’s an area they recruit. Rocco, the year before, won eight games." …

"It will be interesting to see the change in coordinators. Steve Fairchild was predominantly an NFL guy, and he has no ties to the area. The offensive line will always be impressive looking." …

"Defensive end Eli Harold is going to be a big-time player. He can rush the passer." …

"A lot was made of Mike London’s in-game management. To me, they had some issues with the clock that were head-scratchers. That’s the main reason they brought in Tom O’Brien.”

Virginia Tech
Opposing coaches size up the Hokies:

“They really had a subpar year for their standards, but the talent is there. They have guys that can run at every position on defense. They run, they have length. They are really a good-looking football team. And they still recruit well. They just did not play very tough for whatever reason." …

"Something was wrong with that team last year. You could see the talent on film and everything. They didn’t play like it." …

"The quarterback, Logan Thomas, was supposed to be special and he was very below average. He’s a big, good-looking sucker. He has an accuracy problem. Turned the ball over way too much." …

"They built that team on running the ball. They’ve always had great running backs. I don’t know if it was an offensive line problem or they didn’t have a special running back, but they couldn’t run it consistently. I say all this and they may kill us next year."  …

"Frank (Beamer) made a lot of changes. A lot of coaching changes, and it sounds like they are pushing for more toughness this offseason.”

Wake Forest
Opposing coaches size up the Demon Deacons:

“They are going to be very well coached, really solid all the way around, but as far as talent, nothing stood out. Just the one kid, the receiver Michael Campanaro. He really is special. I think he broke some sort of ACC record. He was pretty good. He needs help on the outside. I don’t recall anybody that really stood out beyond him." …

"Wake’s not an easy place to recruit because you’ve got three in-conference programs just down the road, but they could use some upgrades." …

"I think they were dealing with some injuries. They used to have the quarterback (Riley Skinner) who kind of held it all together. I’ve heard they could look to be more multiple in the offense with the quarterback they have now (Tanner Price), who has a lot of experience." …

"They must improve their secondary play. I think they have a lot of young guys there that they want to develop, but late in the season a lack of depth really hurt them. Notre Dame, which wasn’t exactly a polished passing attack, threw it all over Wake.”


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ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2013
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With 125 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2013 college football magazine or online research.

We took a look through the rosters for the 125 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2013 season.

College Football’s All-Name Team for 2013


Tyler Benz, QB, Eastern Michigan
Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass
Brandon Bourbon, RB, Kansas
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
B.J. Chitty, WR, Troy
River Cracraft, WR, Washington State
Gray Crow, QB, Miami
Christian Cumberlander, WR, San Diego State
Orleans Darkwa, RB, Tulane
Synjyn Days, QB, Georgia Tech
Duke DeLancellotti, QB, Texas State
Jordan Diamond, OL, Auburn
Standish Dobard, TE, Miami
Stevie Joe Dorman, QB, Colorado
Thor Eaton, LB, Colorado
Brisly Estime, WR, Syracuse
Spiffy EvansSpiffy Evans, WR, Boston College
Tunde Fariyike, OL, Auburn
Robert Godhigh, RB, Georgia Tech
Crusoe Gongbay, RB, New Mexico
Brynjar Gudmundsson, OL, South Florida
Rowdy Harper, OL, Houston
Win Homer, OL, Boston College
Gator Hoskins, TE, Marshall
Driphus Jackson, QB, Rice
Thor Jozwiak, OL, South Florida
Jazz King, WR, Marshall
Macgarrett Kings Jr., WR, Michigan State
Munchie Legaux, QB, Cincinnati
Grant Lingafelter, OL, West Virginia
Sterling Lovelady, OL, Florida State
Pharoh McKever, WR, NC State
Maverick Morris, OL, Clemson
Sunny Odogwu, OL, Miami
Leviticus Payne, WR, Cincinnati
Jazz Peavy, WR, Wisconsin
D.J. Polite-Bray, WR, Texas Tech
James Quick, WR, Louisville
Lucky Radley, RB, Utah
Boise Ross, WR, Buffalo
Blaze Ryder, OL, Navy
Diocemy Sainte Juste, RB, Hawaii
Kenneth Santa Marina, OT, Tulane
Konockus Sashington, RB, North Texas
Chandler Shakespeare, RB, Auburn
Dreamius Smith, RB, West Virginia
Jack Snowball, RB, Miami (Ohio)
Mackenzie Sovereign, QB, Duke
Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Washington
Altee Tenpenney, RB, Alabama
Poet Thomas, OL, Texas Tech
Sirgregory Thornton, RB, Arkansas State
Tanqueray Towns, WR, Utah
Charlie Will Tuttle, OL, Texas State
Stone Underwood, OL, West Virginia
Fudge Van Hooser, WR, Tulane
Wilson Van Hooser, WR, Troy
Stern Vile, OL, FAU
Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
Lucky Whitehead, WR, FAU
Psalm Wooching, FB, Washington
Storm Woods, RB, Oregon State


Promise Amadi, CB, Boise State
Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Northwestern
Thurston Armbrister, LB, Miami
Will Barrow, DB, Tulsa
Necho Beard, DB, Nevada
Zeek Bigger, LB, East Carolina
Chief Brown, DB, Ole Miss
Terrance Bullitt, LB, Texas Tech
Keoni Bush-Loo, LB, Arizona
Blaze Caponegro, LB, Temple
Allen Champagne, DE, North Carolina
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Mister Cobble, DT, Kentucky
Wayland Coleman-Dancer, LB, Troy
Pudge Cotton, DB, Eastern Michigan
Blake Countess, DB, Michigan
Steele Divitto, LB, Boston College
Corn Elder, DB, Miami
Hugs Etienne, DB, Wisconsin
Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Maxx Forde, DE, Idaho
Holland Frost, S, Georgia Tech
BooBoo Gates, DB, Bowling Green
Houston Glass, DB, Buffalo
Brixx Hawthorne, DB, Texas State
King Holder, DB, San Diego State
Gunnar Holcombe, QB, Marshall
Chris Hummingbird, DE, Tulsa
Money Hunter, DB, Arkansas State
Sir Thomas Jackson, LB, Buffalo
Nehemie Kankolongo, LB, Wyoming
De’Niro Laster, LB, Minnesota
Tre’maine Lightfoot, LB, UL Lafayette
Dee Liner, DL, Alabama
Courtney Love, LB, Nebraska
Cassanova McKinzy, LB, Auburn
Finesse Middleton, DE, Louisville
Dusty Moore, LB, Kent State
Silverberry Mouhon, DL, Cincinnati
Noble Nwachukwu, DL, West Virginia
Gimel President, DE, Auburn
Jihaad Pretlow, DB, Temple
Johnny Ragin III, LB, California
Floyd Raven, DB, Texas A&M
Vin Rider, DL, Navy
Wave Ryder, DB, Navy
Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame
Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford
Montavious Smoke, DB, Troy
Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
Dwellie Striggles, DB, Buffalo
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, DT, Boise State
Destiny Vaeao, DL, Washington State
Sir Calvin Wallace, DT, North Texas
Hershey Walton, DL, Temple
Mwanza Wamulumba, DL, Miami (Ohio)
Freedom Whitfield, LB, FAU
Chocolate Wilson, DB, Marshall
Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii

Special Teams

Chris Blewitt, K, Pittsburgh
Kyle Crofoot, LS, Florida
Stone Monarch, LS, Toledo
Brian Schmiedebusch, P, Bowling Green
Bobby Stonebraker, K, Oklahoma State
Chase Tenpenney, P, Nevada
Hunter Windmuller, P, Virginia Tech

Did we miss out on any names? Add your suggestions into the comments and we'll add them to the list.

College Football's 2013 All-Name Team
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