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Aug. 22, 2011
Aug. 22, 2011

Table of Contents
Aug. 22, 2011

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
Point After
Departments

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HOW THEY'LL FINISH

This is an article from the Aug. 22, 2011 issue

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INDEPENDENTSOVERALL
LEADERSW--LPCT.
BYU9--3.750
Notre Dame9--3.750
Navy8--4.667
Army3--9.250

JAKE HEAPS

QB, BYU, Sophomore

Notables

Best offensive player

BRYANT MONIZ QB, Hawaii, Senior

In 2010 the quarterback nicknamed Mighty Mo led the nation in passing (360 yards a game) and TD passes (39).

True freshman to watch

LEILON WILLINGHAM OLB, Central Florida

Rated the nation's 13th-best OLB prospect by Rivals.com, he has the edge to start right away for a depleted linebacking corps.

Coach on the hot seat

BOB TOLEDO Tulane

Toledo's record is 13--35 in four seasons, and the Green Wave hasn't had a winning record since 2002.

Coach on the rise

TIM BECKMAN Toledo

The Rockets' coach, 46, has turned a 3--9 squad (in 2008) into an 8--5 bowl team ('10) and a MAC recruiting power.

Best defensive player

JONATHAN MASSAQUOI

DE, Troy, Junior

The sole representative from the Sun Belt on the Walter Camp watch list, he ranks first in tackles for loss (20½) among returning players.

Players to Watch (Top performers from unranked teams)

VINNY CURRY DE, Marshall, Senior

Ranked fifth in the country in sacks (12), the 6'5", 242-pound Curry—who also had 18 tackles for a loss—will be relied upon even more in 2011. The Thundering Herd lost two starters on the defensive line.

T.Y. HILTON WR-KR Florida Int'l, Senior

Nicknamed Goodbye for the way he blows by defenders, he electrified the crowd with an 89-yard kickoff return touchdown in the Golden Panthers' 34--32 win over Toledo in the Little Caesars Bowl. He has 2,133 career kick return yards with four touchdowns.

CASE KEENUM QB, Houston, Senior

A Heisman candidate last year until tearing his right ACL in a 31--13 loss at UCLA, he was granted a sixth year of eligibility in January. After reconstructive surgery, he has a chance to set NCAA career records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns, pass attempts and completions.

BOBBY RAINEY RB, Western Kentucky, Senior

The nation's third-leading rusher (1,649 yards) last year, the 5'8" 205-pounder was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year. He accounted for 49.2% of the Hilltoppers' offense with 1,879 yards from scrimmage and had 15 rushing touchdowns.

PHOTORANDY SNYDER/ICON SMI (CURRY)PHOTODERICK E. HINGLE/US PRESSWIRE (MASSAQUOI)PHOTOROBERT BECK (HEAPS)