Since his hire in December 2011, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has touted building the program toward to its future while honoring its history. No one goes back further into Sun Devil — or Bulldog — history than 100-year-old Louis “Greg” Rappaport, and ESPN.com’s Kevin Gemmell chronicled Rappaport’s centennial anniversary, which included receiving a No. 100 jersey from Graham and Co.
The oldest Arizona State football alum, Rappaport shared some great insight with Gemmell covering the Depression-era game as played by the Arizona State Teachers College.
“Back then, you only passed like three or four times per game,” he said. “We had a great team. We were unscored upon until the sixth game of the season. Against Texas Western (El Paso) they threw a long pass and I remember Hascall Henshaw was supposed to get that man, and he caught it and ran for a touchdown. He was almost ready to cry. We still beat them 27-7.”
By contrast, the 2014 Sun Devils threw 467 passes — and that ranked just 34th in the nation. Indeed, Graham and his staff have their own modern twist, but Gemmell’s piece is a great glimpse into how Arizona State continues to honor its past.
Zac Ellis, Sports Illustrated
Baylor head coach Art Briles has a long and illustrious track record with quarterbacks. Following in the stat sheet-stuffing footsteps of Kevin Kolb, Robert Griffin III, Nick Florence and Bryce Petty is Seth Russell.
Zac Ellis breaks down Russell’s forecast as the likely successor to Petty. We saw glimpses of Russell last season when Petty was injured early, and Russell certainly looked the part. His astounding athleticism, as Ellis details, makes him an especially intriguing prospect in Briles’ QB-friendly offense.
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Sporting News takes a look at the 10 greatest seasons by ball-carriers in college football history, including such notables as Barry Sanders’ 2,628-yard, 37-touchdown campaign in 1988.
Jacob Thigpen, AAC Football Fever
Rick Barnes’ arrival at Tennessee as head basketball coach has reenergized the Vols, but the program’s immediate future won’t include a meeting with Memphis.
The reason the in-state foes won’t meet on the hardwood could be linked to the hardwood, with talk of Tennessee balking at a series with the Tigers on the gridiron.
Memphis head coach Justin Fuente turned one of the worst programs in the FBS around in short order, last year leading it to 10 wins — a milestone Tennessee hasn’t reached since 2007.