Friday, December 21, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 21, 2012

Tap, tap. Is this thing on? The Mayans were wrong! We’ll drink to that, and these six college football stories from around the country.
Defense helps BYU top San Diego State in Poinsettia Bowl
Linebacker Kyle Van Noy scored on a fumble recovery and an interception to propel BYU. Yeah. I watched.
Alabama football: Mosley to return next season
Consensus first-team All-America linebacker? Check. Voted by the players as the team's most valuable player? Check. Chance to play for a second straight national championship? Check.
Auburn football - Malzahn: Frazier will be 'more comfortable' in offense
Despite a season in which he was underwhelming at best, quarterback Kiehl Frazier got a bid of confidence from his head coach on Thursday.
Ex-Georgia aides have key UT task
Willie Martinez and John Jancek are reversing roles at Tennessee.
Kelly: Ducks 'cooperated fully' with NCAA investigation
Oregon coach Chip Kelly says the Ducks have cooperated fully with the NCAA investigation into the school's use of recruiting services, and he isn't particularly surprised that the process has taken so long.
McElroy spent two seasons on the bench at Alabama, then struggled in several of his first seven games as the starter in 2009. But he came on strong in the last four, including a seven-pass, game-winning drive against Auburn the week before the Florida game.
“That was a huge turning point in my Alabama career,” McElroy said.
But facing Coach Urban Meyer’s Gators was a different test. Their defense would have five players chosen in the first three rounds of the N.F.L. draft, including cornerback Joe Haden, selected No. 7 over all by the Cleveland Browns.
Then there was Tebow, who had scored 30 touchdowns in the previous 12 games and was a Heisman Trophy finalist for a third time. Alabama, ranked third in the country, lost to Florida, 31-20, in the 2008 SEC title game, in which Tebow threw for three touchdowns.
“That was the one hurdle we needed to overcome as a program,” McElwain said. “And Greg played lights out.”
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