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Air Force is flying high with deep ball passes

Air Force is flying high with deep ball passes

Historically, an Air Force receiver gaining separation running a deep pattern hopes the Falcons’ quarterback can get him the ball. After all, triple-option quarterbacks play the position for their legs and instincts, not their arm. This year is different. Arm strength is the...

Duke football using some Wooden wisdom

Duke football using some Wooden wisdom

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — “Be quick but don’t hurry.”Duke football coach David Cutcliffe invoked a popular teaching phrase from John Wooden, the late and iconic UCLA basketball coach, to describe improvement he expects to see from quarterback Quentin Harris the...

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

The decade-long coaching bond linking Ruffin McNeill and Lincoln Riley is — on its surface — a typical old-boy network story. McNeill twice appointed Riley his offensive coordinator. When Riley was named a head coach, he hired McNeill.And you say, So what?Head coaches routinely...

Mays thrives with tutoring from high school coach

Mays thrives with tutoring from high school coach

Air Force senior cornerback Jordan Mays is at that stage in life when he’s mature enough to put teenage stubbornness behind him and openly admit his high school football coach was right. And the timing couldn’t be better for Mays and Sean Crocker, Mays’ head coach at Apex (N.C.)...

Giants were listening by picking Jones sixth

Giants were listening by picking Jones sixth

Duke Coach David Cutcliffe said this firmly two days before the NFL draft about Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones as a possible first-round pick: “If he doesn’t go the first day, I’ll go strongly enough out there and say somebody made a big mistake.” Well, the New...

Bracey with scholarly Fishburne look and sound

Bracey with scholarly Fishburne look and sound

So this is Scott Bracey. Yeah, he is an impressive guy. And that’s before we see if he is on the verge of completing a breakout season.Bracey met with the media for one of the first times – if not the first – since he arrived on campus in the Class of 2016 as a highly touted wide...