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  1. Robert Hunter: Is He Productive? USC's walk-on fullback has played two seasons for the team, and on the stat sheet he's not looking like a whole lot. In 23 games, Robert Hunter has carried the ball 23 times for 46 yards, good for exactly 2 yards per carry. He's only scored once, and has never broken off a big play, with his longest run coming in at 8 yards. This past season, Hunter was the most productive fullback in the NCAA, showing clearly the lack of value placed upon fullbacks by most teams and calling into question Hunter's own value, as his "league-leading fullbacking" has not earned him any noteworthy mentions in the general media. Though Hunter, and fullbacks, seem ineffective when looking at stat sheets exclusively, he believes that he's proved himself worthy of "good player" status, poor individual stats notwithstanding. "Being a fullback isn't about putting up numbers for yourself these days. We aren't all Christian Okoye or Bronko Nagurski out there, and with the way the game has evolved, it wouldn't even be a good idea to try to be. Modern-day fullbacking is about helping out the run game, sort of like being an extra lineman who's a bit more trim and who can pound the ball past the line for a yard or two when you need it." A quick look at the numbers--or, should we say, Numbers--says that Hunter may have a point--this past season, Trojans halfback Jimmy Numbers rushed for 1,778 yards, good for third in the NCAA.
  2. Cosmo Kramer Interview Notes: USC Called Kramer in before the season as part of routine recruiting procedures, he agreed to an interview as he was in the area and open to being scouted. I was in the middle of another interview when the door to my office was thrown open and Kramer ran in. I looked up, then told him to sit in my extra chair in the corner until I was finished. He did, but pulled out a pocket mirror and picked his teeth with my pen he took from my desk while waiting. May have been unintentionally so, but was very distracting nonetheless. Showed no interest in talking about football; instead went on for an hour about a fight he was in in high school and proceeded to attempt to convince me to help him start a pizzeria. Left the interview early to go home and watch the Miss America pageant. All in all? He's weird to the point where he seems legitimately "not normal." He's fast, for sure, and we've seen his tackling ability on tape. Has potential to be a valued personality for the press if used the right way, but we may have to be careful with him. Worth pursuing, but keep an eye out for the unusual.
  3. Accepted and accepted! Kramer and Hunter are on board.
  4. Submitting for media week, on the topic of championships.
  5. Quarterback. Running back. Wide receiver. In this day and age of purely offensive football, everybody wants to score touchdowns. And who can blame them? Put a few moves on a linebacker, burn a safety, put the ball in exactly the right place, and you've got yourself some recognition. It's a great play--you'll be on all the highlight reels and on everyone's fantasy team if you're good enough. But what of the kicker? Take a walk onto the field, put the ball through the uprights, and get a nice pat on the back from the punter as you head off the field. It requires some skill, for sure, but nobody really cares. Yeah, sure, you made it. And if you didn't, guess what? You suck. Here's why we'll be looking at the kickers on either team in this week's NCAA Championship game, which ended in a decisive 31-17 win for the Texas Longhorns. Johnny Greg (@brenstl) S13 Stats: 14 GP | 54/56 XP | 9/12 FG Johnny Greg likely would have appreciated a few more field goal attempts this season, as his make percentage was a simple 75%, though with a very small sample size of twelve attempts. While it can be seen that Texas racked up most of their points in touchdowns, as the kicker racked up a respectable 54 PATs made, he missed three field goals, one of which was under 40 yards. In the championship game, Greg was perfect, converting on all four PAT attempts and hitting on a 43-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Cody Smith (@cody73) S13 Stats: 7 GP | 20/20 XP | 4/7 FG Alabama was the only NCAA team to make a change at kicker mid-season, doing so with the signing of Smith seven games in. Smith was another kicker who certainly would have benefited from a larger sample size--his stats over a 14-game season project to 40/40 PATs made and 8/14 field goals, a season somewhat comparable to that of Greg (though not quite at the same level). One can assume that both Greg and Smith would have produced somewhat better-looking numbers with more attempts, but this is even more so the case for Smith, who made just over half of the seven attempts he was afforded. In the championship game, Smith accounted for five points, converting on two extra points and one short field goal, though a miss from 46 yards out spoiled his chances at a perfect game. While the statistics of either kicker this season may appear somewhat discouraging, one must keep in mind two distinct characteristics of both: they are young and they simply weren't able to sufficiently prove themselves. "Young" is especially the case for Smith, who only racked up half a season's worth of experience. And, of course, neither was given a ton of shots at greatness. Smith didn't have a single attempt from over 50 yards out, while Greg was given only one--for the record, a 56-yarder that he nailed. All in all, both players show potential for greatness, and both hope to lead their teams to many a title game in the years to come.
  6. At this point, I'm just a normal town too, but at least I'm confirmed as one.
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