Thursday, August 1, 2013

Morning Six Pack: August 1, 2013 and 30 days until kickoff’s right. Only 30 days left until Ahh. For this morning’s, Ahh, check out these six college football stories.

Tide needs kicker, long snapper to step up

The Alabama football team needs a new starting kicker and long snapper, but the rest of the productive special teams return this year.

Five burning questions as Alabama prepares for the start of preseason camp

Talking offensive line, running backs, defensive backs and more on the eve of preseason camp.

Vols scramble for quarterback

Butch Jones doesn’t relish the prospect of a prolonged competition to determine his starting quarterback.

Penn State transfer rule to expire

The NCAA rule connected to Penn State's sanctions that had the earliest impact on the football program is set to expire Thursday.

Details of QB's last days revealed

A former Division II college football star who disappeared in the Michigan wilderness during an impromptu late-evening fishing trip had a number of alcoholic drinks on the day he died and told relatives in two final frantic phone calls that he believed he was being followed, according to police reports.


The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Matthews learned through working from Joeckel, but most of his tips came from his father. Bruce Matthews was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2007 after a 19-year career with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.

Bruce has three sons who have suited up for the Aggies — Kevin was the starting center in 2008-09 and Mike played in seven games last season as a true freshmen.

“My dad is my biggest fan, and I really appreciate all the things he does for me,” Jake said. “He was a great player, and I would love to do half the things that he did. He was one of a kind, and I’m just really thankful to have him in my life. He’s like a second coach when I go home or if I’m worried about something or I don’t understand something.”

Bruce Matthews played every position on the offensive line during his time in the NFL, and he earned 14 Pro Bowl invitations. He retired in 2001 after playing in 296 career games, which was a league record at that time for a position player.

Jake occasionally has experienced the pressure of living up to his father but said it hasn’t been too bad.

“I’m trying to go out there and do my own thing and be the best player I can be,” he said. “It was fun, though, growing up around football your whole life. Going to games all the time will be something I’ll always remember.”

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