We are finally in the same month as the start of the season. Here are six college football stories to whet your appetite.
"I have a few demands that must be met before I play football for the University of Missouri again." (snark alert)
Prater makes a deep receiver corps even better.
Brent Pease says the question never came up. “No,’’ he said with a sly grin. “No.” Pease hears the question regularly here in the town he and his family have now lived for sixth months since moving from Boise, Idaho.
South Carolina reserve quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming while under age 21.
When it rains it pours, they say, and it was stormin’ in Norman personnel-wise on Monday.
Richt also took heat for a kicking decision, in Georgia's Jan. 1 Outback Bowl meeting with Michigan State. After the Bulldogs picked off a pass in overtime, Richt had quarterback Aaron Murray take a knee on second down, setting up Walsh for a potential game-winning 42-yard field goal. He missed.
"I, maybe to a fault, believed he was gonna knock it through," Richt said this spring. He had ample reason. In the second overtime Walsh broke the SEC career scoring record with a 47-yarder. Yet the Bulldogs ultimately lost, and Walsh's career ended on a blocked 47-yard attempt in the third overtime. "When he misses at the end of the game, then [people say] he's no longer a 'reliable' kicker," said Sailer. "The reality is he just had a bad game."
Last season, a whole bunch of reliable kickers had the misfortune of suffering bad games at inopportune times. But nearly all of them return this fall. Sharp's goal for his final season in Stillwater is to win the Groza as well as the top honor for a punter, the Ray Guy Award, a feat never achieved. And he, like every kicker, would also like to be remembered more for his many makes than for a particularly notable narrow miss.