Clemson’s Ryan Carter
Defense hasn’t necessarily been the name of the game ahead of the 2018 College Football Playoff, even though three of the four teams involved field three of the nation’s best defenses.
Alabama allows the fewest points (11.5 per game) of any team in Division 1-A. Clemson ranks second, giving up 12.8 points per game, and Georgia is tied for third (with Wisconsin) at 13.2 points allowed. The fourth team in the playoff, Oklahoma, didn’t crack the nation’s top 50 defensively (25.0 points allowed), but the Sooners make up for it by leading the nation in offensive yards (583 per game) and ranking fourth in scoring with 44.9 points per game. Continue reading
The 2015 ESPY Awards are coming, and there are a couple of defensive backs who could find that red-carpet, big-stage spotlight shining on them on July 15 in Los Angeles for what is now considered the Oscars for American sports.
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie backup last season whose interception in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIX prevented a Seattle Seahawks touchdown and preserved the Patriots’ fourth championship, is nominated for Play of the Year. That Super Bowl is nominated for Game of the Year, and the Patriots will surely be nominated for Team of the Year (although it has not been announced yet). Continue reading