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  1. Past Top five most exciting college players in 80s and forward The criteria are college performance even if they flopped in the NFL or you just didn’t like them, Top 5 guys, that had you on the Edge of your seat when they touched the ball. For those yes Big George is on my list. Why he simply was fun exciting to watch and run so smooth down the field on his TD runs. When you sat at WB you always were waiting for Big George to break one for either a TD or large gain. 1. RB Barry Sanders 2. RB Herschel Walker 3. DB Deion Sanders 4. RB George Rogers 5. RB Bo Jackson Honorable mention: Randy Moss, Tim Tebow, Tyrann Matthieu, Marshall Faulk OK folks, what you say? What is your list look like?
  2. Bryce Love, son of USC alums, is a Heisman finalist. Did Gamecocks have a chance? December 09, 2017 Bryce Love, the son of Gamecock parents, will represent Stanford on Saturday evening at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York. Love has grabbed the nation’s attention this season with dazzling runs and noted toughness. Playing through an ankle injury, the junior has rushed for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns. He took the Doak Walker Award – given to college football’s top running back – on Thursday. He’ll be alongside fellow Heisman finalists Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson on Saturday, each eager to see who will be handed their sport’s most prestigious piece of hardware. The night will make it 37 years since George Rogers became South Carolina’s only Heisman winner. Like Love, Rogers was an outstanding ball-carrier. His 5,204 rushing yards still stand as most all-time at USC. Love’s father, Chris, played football and ran track for the Gamecocks in the late 1980s. His mother, Angie, also attended USC. Such connections combined with the Raleigh, North Carolina, native’s proximity to Columbia led to Love being offered by the Gamecocks in July 2013, a few months before his junior season at Wake Forest High School. “We had other guys recruited before Bryce, but Bryce was our first – what I’d call – our national recruit,” Wake Forest coach Reggie Lucas recalled by phone last week. “So, absolutely (USC) came by. I can’t remember exactly the coaches that came by, but I did meet Coach (Steve) Spurrier’s son. I definitely know he came by and I spoke to him on a couple occasions. “Another offensive line coach came by. I met several different coaches from their staff. I didn’t meet Coach Spurrier and that’s unfortunate because he’s one of my favorite coaches.” Love, who Rivals rated as the nation’s sixth-best all-purpose back in the 2015 class, piled up an offer list that included Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and the Cardinal. “As far as South Carolina,” Lucas said, “they didn’t jump on board right away, but they did have interest and was watching him his sophomore year. “I think South Carolina jumped on board strong during his junior season and was really interested in trying to get Bryce to attend there.” After receiving his USC offer, Love told Phil Kornblut: “It was pretty exciting, of course, since both my parents went here. We were at lunch and Coach Spurrier Jr. just kind of told me they were offering. … It's a good program and their coaches are really cool, really laid back. I really like those guys. They showed us the academic center and told us what they're doing to upgrade facilities. I like USC... but I like all of the schools recruiting me too." Lucas could sense the excitement in Love following the Carolina offer. “Bryce had tremendous respect for his dad and looked up to his dad,” Lucas said. “So going to the same university as his dad probably would have been like a dream come true because I’m pretty sure, as he grew up, he probably idolized his dad. His dad played football, ran track, so he always looked up to his father. “And once South Carolina started recruiting him and they gave him that offer, he probably felt really pleased by that.” Love, though, committed to Stanford in late January 2015, shortly before National Signing Day. USC wasn’t among his finalists. “I think in the end Bryce wanted to make his own path,” Lucas said. “So as he became a senior and as he visited the schools, he wanted to make the best decision for him and kind of break away from his dad’s shadow.” The Gamecocks signed two running backs in that ‘15 class – Virginia’s A.J. Turner and Georgia’s Mon Denson. Both Turner (No. 44) and Denson (46) were among Rivals’ top 50 RBs in the country. Spurrier retired in the middle of the ‘15 season. Turner, with 517 yards, led the Gamecocks in rushing this season. Denson was fourth on the team with 148 yards. Carolina, which next takes on Michigan in the Outback Bowl, finished the regular season 12th in the SEC in rushing. Pac-12 North Division champion Stanford (9-4) plays TCU in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28. “You look at Stanford University and not just what they can do for you in athletics, but just overall as a human and getting a degree from Stanford and what that’s going to mean,” Lucas said. “I think Bryce took all that in consideration and he knew that was the best fit for him.” THE STATE
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