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Super Bowl 51: A look at the secondaries

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

The media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI (a.k.a. Super Bowl 51 for the Roman-numerically-challenged) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons has mirrored the media coverage leading up to last month’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.

Legacy has been a popular angle.

Going into the NCAA title game, the biggest question surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban was not if he could lead the Crimson Tide to the program’s 17th national title. It was more like, when Saban did it, would he then be considered the greatest college coach of all-time? Would he be considered better than ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant? Continue reading

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Clemson pair among 16 DBs picked on Day 2 of NFL Draft

T.J. Green

T.J. Green

If you were still unsure just how important defensive backs have become in today’s pass-happy NFL, the 2016 draft should provide some pretty compelling evidence.

Thursday’s first round saw seven defensive backs selected; tied with defensive linemen and offensive linemen as the most popular position group. In Friday’s second and third rounds, as many as 16 defensive backs were chosen (there’s one hybrid linebacker-type in the group), 10 of them by teams who made the playoffs this past season.

The Day 2 group of defensive backs was led by Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard, and featured Clemson teammates Mackensie Alexander and T.J. Green. The maybe-maybe-not DB of the bunch was USC’s Su’a Cravens, who was announced as a linebacker during the draft but played some safety in college and could eventually line up at safety in the pros. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama (NCAA): Jones is probably a better kick returner than cornerback, which says a lot about his electrifying return ability since he is a starter for arguably the best defense in college football. In the Crimson Tide’s 38-0 waxing of Michigan State in the national championship playoff semifinal, Jones helped keep the Spartans scoreless with a second-quarter interception deep in ‘Bama territory. Then the senior CB/KR got into the end zone himself with a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Shiloh Keo, FS, Broncos (NFL): Old, injured and discarded, QB Peyton Manning coming off the bench to lead Denver to a 27-20 victory over San Diego that clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC was something out of a Hollywood script. But that feel-good story wouldn’t have happened if Keo — a Hollywood-worthy underdog in his own right who was unemployed just a few weeks ago — hadn’t gotten an interception late in the fourth quarter to set up the Broncos’ go-ahead score. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Steven Parker, SS, Oklahoma (NCAA): With under a minute to go in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against TCU, the Sooners were clinging to a seven-point lead before giving up a touchdown. But instead of going for the extra point and the tie, TCU went for two and the win. That’s when the sophomore Parker made the play of the day, leaping in front of Horned Frogs QB Bram Kohlhausen and knocking down a pass intended for a receiver who was open in the end zone. Parker’s perfectly-timed play preserved a 30-29 victory for Oklahoma and kept them in the national championship playoff picture.

Bene Benwikere, CB, Panthers (NFL): Still-undefeated Carolina was dang-near flawless in all facets of Sunday’s 44-16 victory over Washington. QB Cam Newton threw five touchdowns to lead the offense, while the defense forced five turnovers. Benwikere made his mark on the first play from scrimmage of the second half when he sacked Washington QB Kirk Cousins, forced a fumble and recovered the fumble all on the same play. That set the table for Newton’s fifth TD pass, and the Panthers would cruise to a 10-0 record. Continue reading

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