Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf
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Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

East Carolina's record-setting wide receiver finalist for the Heisman of academics

Photo: East Carolina Coach Scottie Montgomery (L-R), Zay Jones and former ECU record holder Justin Hardy.

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.

He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although the Heisman Trust recognized him as a candidate. He’s a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award that honors the nation’s top wide receiver. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."