Travis Etienne Looked Like Clemson’s Heisman Hopeful, Not Trevor Lawrence

The Clemson Tigers opened the season against Georgia Tech in a matchup that was supposed to be an opening day coming out party for sophomore QB Travis Lawrence. Instead he threw more interceptions than touchdowns (1 TD, 2 INT’s) along with less than 200 yards, although he did add a rushing touchdown to his stat line.

The true star of the night was running back Travis Etienne Jr. who continues to exalt his prowess in the rushing game. He first bursted out with a 90 yard touchdown in the first quarter that was not only a career high, but also a Clemson record. He finished with 205 and three touchdown while averaging 17 yards a carry. That impressive running alone can carry Clemson to another national championship but when Lawrence gets back rolling again, watch out.

The Colts’ Future Now Rides On The Arm Of Jacoby Brissett

The Indianapolis Colts’ 2019 season just took a major hit when seven-year veteran QB Andrew Luck announced his sudden retirement at the age of 29.

The Colts ended their 2018 season with Luck being the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after injury forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. The Colts suffered in his absence (4-12) yet rejoiced when he returned last year (10-6) and led them to a divisional playoff game. Now as he leaves there is a large deal of uncertainty at the QB position.. or is there?

Former Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett was the Colts’ starter back in 2017 when they went 4-12 and while that should raise some eyebrows as to wonder how well he will fare, you must remember that old situation is similar to this one. Both times Brissett was expected to be a backup who ended up starting in a short time span. So why should fans believe in him? Well, he was only a second year pro back in 2017. Now with a whole year as a starter under his belt and another backing up and learning from Andrew Luck, there’s no reason why fans shouldn’t be optimistic of what Brissett can do.

Brissett is no slouch either, he threw more TD’s than INT’s in his lone starting year (13-7) and now he gets the task of leading the Colts’ franchise for years to come. He’ll be surrounded by wide receivers T.Y. Hilton, Devin Fuchess, Deon Cain amongst others.

Chargers Take Another Hit Before The Season Even Begins

The Los Angeles Chargers have had the roughest offseason out of any team in recent memory. Star RB Melvin Gordon is holding out while he seeks a new contract, WR Keenan Allen is out with an ankle injury and tackle Russel Okung is also nursing an injury. Now Derwin James is set to be out for a few months after he has surgery on his foot. James’ injury places another hit on LA’s offseason and maybe their biggest one of all since their secondary got the boost they needed when the Florida State product arrived last season via the draft.

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Exxedera’s Top 10 FBS Running Backs For 2019

College football is filled with explosive running backs from the ACC to SEC all the way down to the Sun Belt conference. Last year we saw Wisconsin running back breakout for over 2,000 yards while national championship winning RB Travis Etienne averaged over 8 yards a carry. Will either one of them be able to replicate the same level of production? That’ll have to be answered after the season, now let’s see who the 10 best running backs in college are for the upcoming season.


#1. Travis Etienne, Clemson

#2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

#3. De’Andre Swift, Georgia

#4. J.K. Dobbs, Ohio State

#5. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

#6. CJ Verdell, Oregon

#7. AJ Dillon, Boston College

#8. Najee Harris, Alabama

#9. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

#10. Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma

Exxedera’s Top 10 FBS Quarterbacks For 2019.

The 2019 college football season is only a few days away and that means we’re only a few days away from the start of quarterbacks making electrifying plays with their arms and legs.

Last year’s national championship featured the top two quarterbacks in the nation, but who landed at #1? Who else landed on our list? Read below and find out


#1. Tua Tag

#2. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

#3. Jake Fromm, Georgia

#4. D’eriq King, Houston

#5. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

#6. Justin Herbert, Oregon

#7. Jacob Eason, Wasington

#8. Shea Patterson, Michigan

#9.

Year Two Will Prove If Jimbo Fisher Made A Good Move Or Mistake

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is entering his second year as the head man in college station. Expectations are sky high after Fisher signed a lucrative deal over a year ago to come over from Florida State where he enjoyed a national championship following the 2013 season.

His annual success at Florida State made previously made him a highly mentioned candidate to one day succeed former boss Nick Saban at Alabama. Nonetheless he resisted against the temptation and actually chose the route of clashing against the Crimson Tide year in and year out as SEC West foes.

In his first year as head coach of Texas &M Fisher was able to lead the Aggies to a 9-4 record, their best record since 2013 when former Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel was still on campus. Two of their four losses came at the hands of the two teams who faced off in the National Championships, Clemson and Alabama. They also lost two heartbreakers to Mississippi State and Auburn but there’s still reason to believe A&M is definitely headed in the right direction heading into the 2019 season. The loss against Clemson was only a two-point loss and their loss to Auburn was a four point defeat however the Aggies defeated two top 15 teams in Kentucky and LSU.

Texas A&M’s win against LSU showed how much the Aggies have in the tank in order to go the length of the entire season improving. The Aggies defeated the Tigers 74-72 in the longest college football game in history that ended in seven overtimes.

Is It Too Early To Believe In The Niners?

The San Francisco 49ers have gone through years of futility following the departure of former head coach Jim Harbaugh. The current University of Michigan HC was only with the 49ers for four seasons but in three of those four his team reached the NFC Championship Game.

In the four seasons following his departure the Niners have only managed 17 wins, an abysmal total for a team that was close to taking home a championship six seasons ago. The team has been marred with quarterback problems since Harbaugh’s departure, beginning with

Is Holding Out Becoming A Trend Amongst NFL Stars?

Every NFL offseason fans are glued to their television’s to see which big names have made the biggest moves (Changing teams through free agency, draft, etc) but now they have to begin to watch for another reason. NFL stars are now beginning to hold out of training camp, part of the season or even the whole season (More on that later) in order to receive better contracts that fit them in regard to how much they individually mean to their team.


The Le’veon Bell Effect

New York Jets running back is basically the face of the holdout committee. He used his leverage as a superstar player to basically give the Pittsburgh Steelers an ultimatum a year ago: Pay me or I’ll sit for an entire season. The Steelers decided against paying Bell a salary exceeding $14 million per year, while Bell also decided against signing a franchise tag for the second year in a row.

In the end, Bell forfeited his entire salary for the season while the steelers missed out on the postseason even after getting off to a 6-2-1 start to last season. Surely the Steelers missed Bell’s presence as a playmaker out of the backfield. Although rookie James Connor rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns, it wasn’t the same as having Le’Veon Bell pour in 1,300 yards as well as 85 receptions as he did in the 2017 season.

His decision to sit came as a reward to him and also his body when he signed a deal with the New York Jets that was in the same $14 million range as the Steelers offered but the difference was the Jets offered way more in guaranteed money which is a big deal to a running back that’s nearing 30 and just led the league in touches a couple of seasons ago. Now he may have taken himself out of yearly playoff contention, but he’s getting more money for the repeated beating his body is going to take over the next half decade+

How Long Can Tom Brady Play At A High Level?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has cemented his status in the National Football League (NFL) as arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

He won his first Super Bowl when I was just five years old and I’ve watched him continue to dominate the league over the years. He won his latest Super Bowl this year when I was 22 years old. It’s been wild to watch him grow before my eyes, literally from Kindergarten through college, and what’s even wilder is the fact that he’s won six Super Bowls in that span.

He and head coach Bill Belichick have combined for over 200 wins together as a pair together, leading the next HC-QB combo by almost 100 wins which means another combo (Brees-Payton or Roethlisberger-Tomlin) would need six perfect regular seasons to accomplish this and neither quarterback is going to even play another six seasons. Oh yea and Brady accomplished the perfect regular season in 2007, guiding the Pats to a 16-0 regular season while winning the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. He lost that year’s Super Bowl along with another one in 2012, however his dominance when it matters compares to the GOAT’s in other sports as well.

Brady’s Super Bowl record can be compared to Kobe Bryant’s NBA Championship record (6-2 for Brady, 5-2 for Bryant) and his chances to win it all can be compared to LeBron James (Brady has gotten the Pats to eight straight AFC Championship games, while LeBron had eight straight NBA Finals appearances which different teams. He won his latest Super Bowl at age 41, which leads many to believe a decline must be in order. But many also believed that for the past 3-4 seasons yet he’s won 3 of the last five Super Bowl’s. At age 40 he led the league in passing yards and attempted while winning his third NFL MVP award (2007, 2010).

If Tom Brady can continue his high play with how young of a roster they’ve built, Brady may very well play at a high level well into age 45 honestly. That’s crazy to even think about but he hasn’t slowed down yet and he’s also blessed to play in one of the weakest divisions in football. He has won his division 16 of the last 19 season and every other quarterback in the division is playing in their second NFL season. That’s alot of youth for teams expected to compete against a team that has been built to consistently beat them year in and year out.

Will The ACC Soon Succeed The SEC As The Most Dominant Conference?

The ACC has enjoyed a handful of success recently.. Wait, that’s wrong.

Clemson has enjoyed a handful of success recently. The Tigers have enjoyed two championships in three seasons as they look to unseat Alabama for the most dominant dynasty of the modern era. Head coach Dabo Swinney has enjoyed that success, having been the Tigers head coach since 2010 and having seen many of his Tigers teams be in national championship contention (2012-15). The first turn of the corner came in 2011 when Clemson knocked off defending champion Auburn in a clash of Tigers to open up the season. From them on it’s been total domination for Clemson, culminating in their first National Championship in 2016 behind the greatness of DeShaun Watson. But they weren’t the first team to unseat an SEC Foe for the big crown.

In 2013, the Florida State Seminoles put together arguably the most underrated season of all-time. Redshirt Freshman Jameis Winston led the team to a perfect 14-0 record behind a prolific offense (They averaged 51.6 points a game) and stingy defense (They yielded 12 points per game, including giving up 31 in the National Championship). The Noles have taken steps backwards every year since and this year they had the first losing season since ___ leaving many to wonder what happened to FSU’s greatness. Well for one, a coaching change happened. Jimbo Fisher had been the head coach since previous HC Boddy Bowden retired in 2011. Then before the 2018 season, he bolted for Texas A&M and their Texas sized football stadium (A&M seats more fans than anyone in the country) and Texas sized yearly payroll. But will Fisher be as successful in the SEC as he was in the ACC?

The Rest of the ACC is rounded out by teams such as Miami, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Louisville and others who have been competitive at times, yet none have pushed the National Championship bill like Clemson and FSU (Besides Miami in 2017 when they started 10-0 and were ranked #2). In retrospect, the ACC is like other conferences in that they are top heavy. The best teams win consistently and run the conference for years and years, however the same can be said of the SEC as of recent.

Alabama and Georgia are by far the cream of the crop of the SEC. Heck, the two teams have faced off in back to back years as the #1 and #2 teams in the nation, 2017 in the National Championship and 2018 in the SEC Championship. But who else in the conference has pushed these two to the brink in the past few years? The only team that comes to mind is Florida this past season, although programs such as Auburn, LSU & Mississippi State had times where they each ranked inside of the top 15 at times.