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SPORTS EXTRA / FOOTBALL '99: COLLEGE PREVIEW : COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Throw the (Play)Book at 'Em

September 02, 1999|CHRIS DUFRESNE

10. ESPN pencil-pusher Lee Corso will say something on the air that makes your toes curl. What, he already has?

THE HEISMAN TROPHY

Ron Dayne's to lose. It took Ricky Williams 22 years to break Tony Dorsett's major college rushing record, but Williams' mark could fall before Thanksgiving. Dayne, a Wisconsin senior, needs 1,717 yards to break Williams' record. Dayne had the gall to ask Williams if he would attend the record-breaking ceremonies.

Williams said no.

Others in the Heisman hunt: Florida State receiver Peter Warrick, running backs Jamal Lewis of Tennessee, J.R. Redmond of Arizona State, and Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton.

BEST PLAYER YOU DON'T KNOW IS . . .

Travis Prentice, tailback at Miami of Ohio.

Fret not, Travis, there is precedent for Miami of Ohio unknowns making national news. In last year's NCAA basketball tournament, Wally Szczerbiak became "Wally World" during a commercial break.

Prentice is a similar talent. He is the nation's leading returning rusher and is on course to break Williams' NCAA records for touchdowns and points. Prentice has not lost a fumble in his last 684 carries and should hit the ground running Saturday at Northwestern.

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