Independents Articles

Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Ahmad Bradshaw, Kell Walker, Army West Point Football
Army West Point played in (and won) its first bowl game since 2010, but last season will be known more for the long-awaited victory over Navy. A bulk of the nation’s second-ranked rushing attack returns and will get the luxury of running...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Tanner Mangum
Coming off of a 9-4 season in Kalani Sitake’s first full year as the head coach, the BYU football program is excited about what lies ahead with Sitake in charge.   Sitake, who grew up a fan of BYU as a kid and eventually played for the...
Mitch Harper
5 months ago
Fred Warner, BYU Football
After taking a back seat to Taysom Hill last season, Tanner Mangum is back as BYU’s starting quarterback. His experience should help the Cougars’ offense stay productive, although replacing the program’s all-time leading rusher...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings
In recent weeks we've seen some of last season's top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft, while others set out preparing for the college football season ahead. To help you better understand this year's...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
6 months ago
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Football
Very little went right for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly last season. The Fighting Irish went from being a preseason top-10 team with College Football Playoff aspirations to finishing 4-8. To be fair, only one of the losses was by more than eight...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Fred Warner
Another NFL draft has passed and BYU’s drought of producing multiple selections in one draft continues.   BYU’s lone draftee in the 2017 NFL Draft was Jamaal Williams, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth...
Mitch Harper
6 months ago
Sam Darnold
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
It’s year seven of football independence for BYU but in some ways, it feels like a new start. The Cougars know the Big 12 isn’t calling anytime soon or any Power Five conference for that matter. So independence is the path for BYU...
Mitch Harper
7 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
There were plenty of changes at Notre Dame following a 4-8 campaign in 2016. There are six new assistants, a new strength program and a desire from all to make sure something like last year never happens again.   Of course, that all starts...
Matt Fortuna
8 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Notre Dame officially kicks off what is a crucial year for the program Wednesday, as Brian Kelly enters Year 8 in South Bend, Ind., looking to engineer a massive turnaround from last season. That starts with spring ball.   The Fighting Irish...
Matt Fortuna
8 months ago
Tanner Mangum
Ignore the calendar that still says February, it’s time for spring football. At least at BYU anyway. The Cougars open up their second year under head coach Kalani Sitake.   Sitake posted a solid a 9-4 record in year one capped off...
Mitch Harper
8 months ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Brian Kelly
Notre Dame is in desperate need of a big turnaround after a 4-8 season in 2016. With seven of the Irish’s losses coming by just one score, the program could be closer to a big rebound campaign than we might think. But to turn the tide and...
Matt Fortuna
9 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Ed Orgeron
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Nick Saban
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard...
Athlon Sports
9 months ago
Justin Fuente
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to...
Steven Lassan
10 months ago

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