Archive for June, 2011

Brandon Weeden: The Best Is Yet To Come

BRANDON WEEDEN: THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Entering his second year as the starting quarterback of a high powered Oklahoma State attack, Brandon Weeden is no longer just a good comeback story of a 27-year-old baseball flameout who took the Big 12 by storm in 2010 by breaking six single-season school records.

The fair haired triggerman is setting his sights on the conference title and has taken it upon himself to join forces with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken in improving the offense by putting it in position to overtake the mighty Oklahoma Sooners, considered by many the best team in the nation.

Weeden’s decision to stay in school was a bit surprising to say the least given his successful year and advanced age. After reportedly receiving a third-round

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Brandon Weeden: The Best Is Yet To Come

BRANDON WEEDEN: THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Entering his second year as the starting quarterback of a high powered Oklahoma State attack, Brandon Weeden is no longer just a good comeback story of a 27-year-old baseball flameout who took the Big 12 by storm in 2010 by breaking six single-season school records.

The fair haired triggerman is setting his sights on the conference title and has taken it upon himself to join forces with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken in improving the offense by putting it in position to overtake the mighty Oklahoma Sooners, considered by many the best team in the nation.

Weeden’s decision to stay in school was a bit surprising to say the least given his successful year and advanced age. After reportedly receiving a third-round grade from the

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Heisman Sleeper: WVU’s Geno Smith

It is hard to imagine that Geno Smith has ever felt the degree of pressure to perform than he has since West Virginia University announced it had lured away former Oklahoma State University offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to join the Mountaineers in Morgantown. But that pressure may actually increase given that just last week, Holgorsen, amidst the fallout of Casinogate, was crowned new head coach for a program that could never find its identity in a post-Rich Rodriguez football culture under Bill Stewart.

No doubt that with Holgorsen at the helm of what is certain to become an Appalachian-tailored rendition of his Stillwater-bred Air Raid offense, Smith will gain the opportunity to do what only three quarterbacks in all of 2010 – including the Cowboys’ Brandon Weeden

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Heisman Sleeper: WVU’s Geno Smith

It is hard to imagine that Geno Smith has ever felt the degree of pressure to perform than he has since West Virginia University announced it had lured away former Oklahoma State University offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to join the Mountaineers in Morgantown. But that pressure may actually increase given that just last week, Holgorsen, amidst the fallout of Casinogate, was crowned new head coach for a program that could never find its identity in a post-Rich Rodriguez football culture under Bill Stewart.

No doubt that with Holgorsen at the helm of what is certain to become an Appalachian-tailored rendition of his Stillwater-bred Air Raid offense, Smith will gain the opportunity to do what only three quarterbacks in all of 2010 – including the Cowboys’ Brandon Weeden

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2011-12 Bowl Schedule Released

ARLINGTON, Texas (FBA) – The Football Bowl Association (FBA) officially released the cumulative schedule for the 2011-12 bowl season on Thursday. Once again this season, 35 bowl games are scheduled to be played in 28 communities across the nation.

The 35 postseason bowl games will play host to a total of 7,000 student-athletes, nearly 14,000 band members, almost 1,300 cheerleaders, 100,000-plus additional performers and close to 2 million fans. Bowl games bring a measure of importance to the college football regular season unmatched by any other sport. The bowl season begins with three games scheduled on December 17 and will conclude with the Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans on January 9.

The complete 2011-12 bowl schedule follows. For more information about the Football Bowl Association and its 35-member bowls, please visit footballbowlassociation.com.

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2011-12 Bowl Schedule Released

ARLINGTON, Texas (FBA) – The Football Bowl Association (FBA) officially released the cumulative schedule for the 2011-12 bowl season on Thursday. Once again this season, 35 bowl games are scheduled to be played in 28 communities across the nation.

The 35 postseason bowl games will play host to a total of 7,000 student-athletes, nearly 14,000 band members, almost 1,300 cheerleaders, 100,000-plus additional performers and close to 2 million fans. Bowl games bring a measure of importance to the college football regular season unmatched by any other sport. The bowl season begins with three games scheduled on December 17 and will conclude with the Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans on January 9.

The complete 2011-12 bowl schedule follows. For more information about the Football Bowl Association and its 35-member bowls, please visit footballbowlassociation.com.

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PSU 1986 National Champs to be Honored

Nittany Lions’ Unbeaten 1986 National Championship Squad to be Honored at Iowa Game

Penn State Squad Beat No. 1 Miami for National Title in Epic 1987 Fiesta Bowl

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 17, 2011 – The Nittany Lions’ 1986 National Championship football team, one of the most outstanding squads in Penn State’s storied gridiron history, will be reunited at the Oct. 8 Big Ten home opener against Iowa in Beaver Stadium.

The 1986 Nittany Lions recorded an unblemished 12-0 record after defeating No. 1 Miami (Fla.) in a thrilling title clash en route to their second national championship in four years under Coach Joe Paterno. The 2011 season marks the 25th anniversary of Penn State’s memorable championship run.

The 1986 season was capped by Penn State’s epic 14-10, down to the wire victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. In the “Duel

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PSU 1986 National Champs to be Honored

Nittany Lions’ Unbeaten 1986 National Championship Squad to be Honored at Iowa Game

Penn State Squad Beat No. 1 Miami for National Title in Epic 1987 Fiesta Bowl

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 17, 2011 – The Nittany Lions’ 1986 National Championship football team, one of the most outstanding squads in Penn State’s storied gridiron history, will be reunited at the Oct. 8 Big Ten home opener against Iowa in Beaver Stadium.

The 1986 Nittany Lions recorded an unblemished 12-0 record after defeating No. 1 Miami (Fla.) in a thrilling title clash en route to their second national championship in four years under Coach Joe Paterno. The 2011 season marks the 25th anniversary of Penn State’s memorable championship run.

The 1986 season was capped by Penn State’s epic 14-10, down to the wire victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. In the “Duel

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Cincy’s Combo: Zach Collaros to D.J. Woods

When standout quarterback Tony Pike went down with an injury to his arm in the middle of the 2009 football season, it was red-shirt sophomore quarterback Zach Collaros who was asked to step in and take over the helm under center for the Bearcat offense. Brian Kelly, who was the head coach at the time, didn’t expect much from his backup quarterback from Steubenville High School in Ohio, and for good reason. After all, Collaros had red-shirted as a freshman in 2007 and attempted just four passes in the whole of 2008, serving as one of five total passers for Cincinnati that year. Collaros surprised, however, showing tremendous comfort and composure as a game manager in a 34-17 win for his team after Pike went down against the University of South Florida.

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Cincy’s Combo: Zach Collaros to D.J. Woods

When standout quarterback Tony Pike went down with an injury to his arm in the middle of the 2009 football season, it was red-shirt sophomore quarterback Zach Collaros who was asked to step in and take over the helm under center for the Bearcat offense. Brian Kelly, who was the head coach at the time, didn’t expect much from his backup quarterback from Steubenville High School in Ohio, and for good reason. After all, Collaros had red-shirted as a freshman in 2007 and attempted just four passes in the whole of 2008, serving as one of five total passers for Cincinnati that year. Collaros surprised, however, showing tremendous comfort and composure as a game manager in a 34-17 win for his team after Pike went down against the University of South Florida.

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