Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Marcus Maye, FS, Jets (NFL) — Two members of the New York Jets made history during the team’s 34-16 dissection of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The headliner was running back Isaiah Crowell, who carried the ball 15 times for a franchise-record 219 yards, an average of 14.6 yards per touch. Crowell’s highlight reel included a 77-yard touchdown run.
Then there was Maye, who set an NFL record on the game’s final play. Maye intercepted a pass in the end zone by Denver quarterback Case Keenum and returned it 104 yards before he was caught at the 1-yard line. According to the Elias stat service, Maye’s 104-yard adventure was the longest non-touchdown interception return in league history. Continue reading
College football’s awards season will culminate with Saturday’s presentation of the Heisman Trophy which, as usual, will go to a quarterback (Clemson’s Deshaun Watson) or a running back (Alabama’s Derrick Henry; Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey).
In the days leading up to that ceremony, however, defensive backs across the country are getting their share of accolades.
Iowa junior cornerback Desmond King claimed the biggest prize, winning the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. King recorded 67 tackles, 12 pass breakups and eight interceptions this season for the Hawkeyes, who were undefeated before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game. Iowa will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Continue reading
These are high-pressure times at the University of Florida, thanks to last season’s 4-8 record and the uncomfortably warm seat on which head coach Will Muschamp is currently sitting — undoubtedly made hotter under the glares of big-money boosters who are used to winning and not so much used to waiting.
So while most programs would be OK with the Gators’ 2-1 record this season — consisting of a 65-0 rout of Eastern Michigan, a triple-overtime win over Kentucky and last Saturday’s 42-21 loss to Alabama — there is panic in Gainesville because, well, they don’t like losing to the Alabama. Continue reading
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