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Signing of DeSean Jackson puts Tampa Bay Bucs in NFL’s top half

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How much did the free-agent signing of DeSean Jackson help the Tampa Bay Bucs? Well, according to Bleacher Report, it vaulted them into the top half of the league. Bleacher Report did its latest power-rankings Friday, and the Bucs came in at No. 13. Not bad, when you consider that Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta was No. 12. “There are free-agent signings I really like. And there are free-agent signings I absolutely love,” wrote Chris Simms, the former Bucs’ quarterback. New…

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Bucs add speed, strength in free agency to try to improve their team

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, trying to improve their team for the coming season, have added strength and speed from the nation’s capital. The Bucs signed the defensive tackle and wide receiver DeSean Jackson Wednesday on the first day of free agency. The big catch, so to speak, is Jackson, who led the NFL last year with an average 17.9 yards per catch. He will immediately slot opposite Pro Bowler Mike Evans, and immediately promises to help the rest of the offense. Quarterback…

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Hero of the Super Bowl might turn out to be a ‘Who’s he?’ guy

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It won’t be a quarterback. It won’t be a star receiver. It probably won’t even be the star pass-rushing defensive end. But sometime during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, a guy you’ve barely heard of might take over. A run-of-mill, blue collar guy from somewhere in the team photo. Hey, it happens in the Super Bowl. Despite all the millionaires cavorting beneath the stadium lights, there might be a guy or two emerge to be a star. Odds are, he won’t…

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15 good reasons to follow the college bowl season closely

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In college football, the stars are often the coaches. This year, however, there is reason to look to the field during the college bowl season. From the Las Vegas Bowl to the playoffs, there are players who will capture your attention.  From Alabama to Western Michigan, from FSU to Houston. A glimpse at the top 15 (and a tie): 1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville quarterback, Citrus Bowl: Jackson returns to his home state with a Heisman Trophy against a tough LSU…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook not invited to Heisman Trophy presentation

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Run as he might, Dalvin Cook could never catch up to the Heisman Trophy Cook, FSU’s star running back, was not among the five players invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Those players included Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and receiver DeDe Westbrook. The latter two, teammates, might come as a surprise. The Heisman will be awarded Saturday night. Cook has scored 19 total touchdowns this season, and rushed for 1,620…

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So far, Deondre Francois has been a bright spot for FSU

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A few things have been established in the first six weeks of the college football season. One: FSU has run into some pretty good quarterbacks on the other sideline. Two: FSU’s defense has been exploited, although it played fairly well against Miami. Three: The end of the game is a fine time to block an extra point. Then there is this: The Seminoles have found a keeper in quarterback Deondre Francois. Francois, a freshman, was thrust into the starting role…

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Louisville clobbers No. 2 Florida State behind Lamar Jackson

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Defeated? Yes, some people might have believed that Florida State’s football team would be defeated on Saturday. But dominated? This kind of result would have been impossible to conceive. The Louisville Cardinals administered a hard-to-believe 63-20 thumping on the Seminoles Saturday, dominating them from the coin flip. Louisville rushed for 314 yards and passed for 216 more in the lopsided victory. FSU, ranked No. 2 in the country coming in, was within 14-10 in the second period. However, the Seminoles…

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