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James Washington, Oklahoma State Football
Offense should not be an issue for Oklahoma State this season with quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington leading what should be a prolific attack whether the Cowboys decide to throw or run the ball. The defense returns only...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Jacob Eason, Georgia Football
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is a defensive-minded guy and that figures to be the Bulldogs' strength in 2017. The defense, which was top 20 nationally in both total and passing yards per game allowed last season, returns intact and...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
baseball nicknames
What is it with nicknames and baseball? In high school I played with Doggie, Bird, Soup, Clone, Rooster, T and White Legs. Nicknames and baseball players just seem to go together like bat and ball. For as long as young boys and men have been...
Charlie Miller
8 months ago
Charlotte to Host 2019 NBA All-Star Game
The NBA announced that it will hold the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., after this year’s festivities were relocated away from the city. In July 2016, concerns over North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 — the...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
8 months ago
Florida Football
Florida is two-for-two in winning the SEC East under head coach Jim McElwain but the Gators have their work cut out for them this fall. Not only will there be a new, inexperienced quarterback, but one of the nation’s stingiest defenses in...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Lamar Jackson, Louisville Football
The ACC had a banner year in 2016, as Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson claimed the Heisman Trophy, and Clemson hoisted the national championship trophy after beating Alabama in Tampa. The league is poised for another standout season this fall,...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
David Shaw, Stanford Football
Stanford must replace a pair of top-10 NFL draft picks in running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive end Solomon Thomas, but don’t expect the Cardinal to take too many steps back. Eight starters return on both sides of the ball, the...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Quinton Flowers, USF Football
USF is the projected top Group of 5 team from the 2017 Athlon Sports rankings, and the Bulls are loaded with talent for coach Charlie Strong’s debut. USF features 15 players on the 2017 American Athletic All-Conference team by Athlon Sports,...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Louisville Football
As impressive as Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy-winning campaign was, three straight losses to finish things definitely ended Louisville’s 2016 season on a sour note. Jackson is back but he’s one of just four returning starters on...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football
The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Butch Jones, Tennessee Football
The expectations of a preseason top-10 ranking ended in a 9-4 campaign for Tennessee, one that featured some highs (wins over Florida, Georgia and Virginia Tech) but also several lows (losses to Vanderbilt and South Carolina). The challenge now for...
Athlon Sports
8 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
8 months ago
Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
Alabama is Athlon’s pick to win it all in 2017, so it should be no surprise the Crimson Tide dominate the All-SEC selections. Nick Saban’s team features 15 players on Athlon’s All-SEC squad for 2017, including 10 on the first team...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
The Big 12’s 2017 all-conference team features a three-way tie at the top for the most selections. Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all feature 15 picks for Athlon’s 2017 All-Big 12 team, while Kansas State checks in second at 13...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Justin Herbert, Oregon Football
Oregon is in unchartered territory, as the Ducks are coming off a 4-8 record, their worst finish since 1991. Not surprisingly, head coach Mark Helfrich was fired and while many applauded the hire of Willie Taggart, his tenure in Eugene got off to a...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Bill Snyder, Kansas State Football
Kansas State has been a model of consistency since Bill Snyder returned as head coach in 2009, as the Wildcats have won at least six games every season and have posted just one losing record. This year’s Wildcats team could be quite dangerous...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Mark Richt, Miami Football
Is this the year Miami finally wins the Coastal Division? Second-year coach Mark Richt must replace quarterback Brad Kaaya, but the Hurricanes return one of the ACC’s top running backs in Mark Walton, along with a defense slated to rank among...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Quinton Flowers, USF Football
Led by dynamic senior quarterback Quinton Flowers, USF is Athlon’s projected top team from the American Athletic Conference and from the Group of 5 leagues. Flowers will have to handle more of the workload on offense after the departure of...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech Football
Virginia Tech suffered heavy losses on offense, but the Hokies are once again a threat to win the ACC’s Coastal Division. Josh Jackson finished spring with a slight lead over junior college recruit A.J. Bush and true freshman Hendon Hooker to...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Brett Rypien
The Mountain West features an intriguing group of teams vying for the league title in 2017, so it’s no surprise Wyoming, San Diego State, Boise State and Colorado State lead the way in all-conference selections. The Aztecs feature the most...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Logan Woodside
The favorites to win the 2017 MAC title feature a couple of familiar faces in Toledo, Western Michigan and Ohio, but Miami is a team to watch after winning six of its final seven games last year. The RedHawks feature 14 players on Athlon’s...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Urban Meyer
College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh,...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Chris Petersen
The Pac-12 once again features a solid group of coaches at the top, with Washington’s Chris Petersen and Stanford’s David Shaw leading the way in Athlon’s rankings for 2017. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Washington State’s...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
The coaching depth and talent has improved significantly within the ACC over the last five seasons. The top of the league is headlined by Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, and a...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Nick Saban
Nick Saban is once again the unquestioned No. 1 coach in the SEC, but the debate begins at No. 2. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn each have a case to earn the No. 2 spot, with...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago

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