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January 6, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
If Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield looked fast as he sprinted 100 yards for a Florida State touchdown on a fourth-quarter kickoff return Monday, there's a good reason. He's really just that fast. According to the game clock, Whitfield, a freshman, covered the distance in 11 seconds - a little slower than what he ran for 100 meters to win the Florida state high school sprint championship last spring during track. Whitfield also won a state title at 200 meters. Now he's a football champion too, as his return helped the top-ranked Seminoles defeat Auburn, 34-31, in the Bowl Championship Series title game before 94,208 at the Rose Bowl.
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January 3, 2014 | Staff and Wire reports
USC receiver Marqise Lee announced Friday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. Lee, who is projected as a possible first-round NFL draft pick, announced his decision on his Twitter feed. "I want to thank my coaches teammates, staff and the entire Trojan Family for all of the support over the last three seasons," Lee wrote. "I am a proud Trojan and will remain a Trojan for life!" Lee is the fourth draft-eligible USC player to announce he is turning pro, joining safety Dion Bailey, center Marcus Martin and defensive lineman George Uko. Lee was an All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver in 2012, when he caught a school-record 118 passes and scored 14 touchdowns.
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December 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
You won't find senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard's greatness in any analytic study of NCAA statistics. Thirty players have more interceptions than Dennard's four, and he's not listed among the leaders in pass breakups. Three of his Michigan State teammates have more tackles. Yet, Dennard could be the most valuable player of Wednesday's Rose Bowl game against Stanford without having his name called by the public-address announcer. You often measure a cornerback's greatness by the number of cricket chirps you hear on his side of the field.
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December 29, 2013 | By Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne
Fou Fonoti is the only player from California on Michigan State's roster. The senior right tackle from Lakewood said Sunday that he had entertained about 50 family members since arriving in Southern California for Wednesday's Rose Bowl game against Stanford. "It's been great to share this experience," he said. The 6-foot-4, 298-pound Fonoti played at Lakewood Mayfair High and Cerritos College before choosing Michigan State over UCLA, Arizona, Washington State and Rutgers.
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December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Michigan State will be without middle linebacker Max Bullough against Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl game, but Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is eager to see who steps up in his place. Bullough, a team captain, was suspended for violating unspecified team rules. "I've seen what No. 40 [Bullough] has done for years and I don't remember the last game we had a different [middle linebacker] in there," Narduzzi said Friday. "But I'm anxious to see what someone else can do at that position.
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December 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr knows all too well how one decision can affect a football life. There may still be a Matt Barkley-shaped indentation in the Rose Bowl turf to remind him. Barr slammed the USC quarterback to the ground last season, separating his shoulder. Barkley, many believed, would have been a first-round pick had he declared for the NFL draft after his junior season a year earlier. But he returned to USC and wound up being part of Barr's NFL application. It was something Barr recalled, and eventually dismissed, when faced with the same should-I-stay-or-should-I-go moment last December.
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December 21, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
UCLA VS. WEBER STATE When: 4 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA (9-2); Weber State (2-4). Update: The Bruins will be trying to recover from a disappointing loss to Duke at Madison Square Garden last week. Through Friday, the Bruins are ranked 12th overall in scoring (86.7 points per game), second in field goal percentage (52.9%) and fifth in assists (18.3). The Wildcats are coming off a 71-point win over St. Katherine College last week, the largest margin of victory in school history.
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December 20, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
A couple of observations from Duke's 80-63 win over UCLA on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski is a master of the post-game news conference. Or at least he was after his eighth-ranked Blue Devils played well in a nationally televised win before a near-sellout crowd at one of sport's mecca arenas. Some great entertainers impress by the way they can dance and sing without missing a move or a note. Krzyzewski impresses with the way he delivers subtle messages while performing a public relations dance while seated at a podium.
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December 19, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The Lee brothers at West Hills Chaminade, Donovan and Dymond, finally got to play football together this season, and what a memorable experience it has been. "It's life changing," said Dymond, a sophomore receiver. "It's a blessing," said Donovan, a senior running back-defensive back. For 16 weeks, they have been an invaluable one-two punch for Chaminade (13-2), which faces Redding Enterprise (13-0) in the CIF state championship Division II bowl game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at StubHub Center in Carson.
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December 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Those sticking to the numbers would not expect UCLA senior Cassius Marsh to be high on an NFL team's shopping list. His 6-foot-4 frame checks in around 260 pounds, far below the beef normally found on an NFL defensive line. Yet that smaller stature has helped him become a player likely to go mid-round in the spring. "What they are looking for are good football players, first and foremost," said UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos , who spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant.
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