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(STATS) -- With some standouts in the FCS, it can be hard to tell when they have a big game.They make it happen so often.Quarterbacks Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State, Gage Gubrud of Eastern Washington and Devlin Hodges of Samford as well as James Madison running back Khalid Abdullah have been special on a weekly basis this season. On Tuesday, they were nominated to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.The four nominees:Khalid Abdullah, James Madison, TB, Sr., 5-10, 220, Newport News, VirginiaThis home run threat teams with childhood friend Cardon Johnson to give James Madison perhaps the most lethal 1-2 running back duo in the FCS. Abdullah has ability to get around the edges, but also terrific vision for finding holes. He runs hard through the line of scrimmage, picking up extra yards after contact. … Off to a superb start as a senior, including four straight 100-yard games, matching his season total of a year ago. ... Has an FCS-high 603 rushing yards (on 7.7 yards per carry) and tied for the national high with nine touchdowns. Coach Mike Houston says Abdullah has the strongest work habits on the Dukes nationally ranked team. … Fell just short of 1,000 yards as a junior, scoring 13 touchdowns.Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State, QB, R-Jr., 6-3, 220, HoustonA nationally rated quarterback in high school, Briscoe has traveled a winding road to become the leader of one of the FCS most prolific offenses. … Shared playing time in his first season at Sam Houston with Jared Johnson, the 2015 Southland Conference offensive player of the year, but Briscoe was a standout in the Bearkats playoff run to the national semifinals. … The pro-style passer threw for a school-record seven touchdown passes against Stephen F. Austin last Saturday, giving him 16 in only four games. … Spent his senior season in high school playing under Eliot Allen, who coached Andrew Luck. Briscoe transferred to Sam Houston from UAB after the Blazers program folded following the 2014 season.Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington, QB, R-So., 6-2, 195, McMinnville, OregonWhen Gubrud (pronounced goo-brood) kicked excellent rugby-style punts into strong wind gusts at Weber State as a freshman, the Eagles surely knew they had a special player. As a sophomore in 2016, hes burst onto the scene after winning the starting quarterback job away from two returnees, including a 3,000-yard passer. … Dual-threat racked up a school-record 551 total yards with six total touchdowns in his first career start, EWUs 45-42 win over Pac-12 member Washington State to open the season. … Uses a quick release in the pocket, but also has good foot speed to gain yardage up the field. A former walk-on, Gubrud is among the FCS leaders in a number of statistical categories, including passing yards per game (383.2), total offense per game (438.2) and touchdown passes (18).Devlin Hodges, Samford, QB, R-So., 6-1, 213, Kimberly, AlabamaSamford coach Chris Hatcher turned over the keys to the offense to Hodges midway through the 2015 season and the Bulldogs have been dangerous ever since. Hodges is a dual-threat with a quick release and efficient style. In his first collegiate start against Western Carolina, Hodges was 42 of 61 for 399 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards and a score. He finished his freshman season as the Southern Conferences offensive player of the month for November and made the conferences all-freshman team. Hes running less as a sophomore, but has been even better as a passer, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions in four games.Preseason selections to the watch list were quarterbacks Aaron Bailey of Northern Iowa, Case Cookus of Northern Arizona, Austin Gahafer of Morehead State, KD Humphries of Murray State, Eli Jenkins of Jacksonville State, Kyle Lauletta of Richmond, RJ Noel of Sacred Heart and Peter Pujals of Holy Cross; running backs Kendell Anderson of William & Mary, Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T, Derrick Craine of Chattanooga, Chase Edmonds of Fordham, Darius Hammond of Charleston Southern, Kade Harrington of Lamar, DeAngelo Henderson of Coastal Carolina, John Santiago of North Dakota, Lenard Tillery of Southern and Darius Victor of Towson; and wide receivers Emmanuel Butler of Northern Arizona, Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington, Justin Watson of Penn and Jake Wieneke of South Dakota State. Kupp won the award last season.A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year following the regular season. Also, STATS will honor the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, a freshman player of the year, a coach of the year and the Eddie & Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Noah Hanifin Jersey . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. Adidas Jordan Staal Jersey . 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Born and raised in Toronto, Bradwell is entering his sixth CFL season, with all six played for his hometown Argonauts. Nick Gates, Nebraskas best offensive lineman, grew up in Las Vegas and didnt know a whole lot about the Cornhuskers traditions.During his recruitment and subsequent arrival on campus, he found out the legacy he was inheriting with his position group. Its hard to not get immersed in the storied history of Nebraska offensive linemen. Their portraits fill the hallways. Their jersey numbers line Memorial Stadium. In many ways, theyre the stars of the program.I love it, Gates said. At most other schools, its not like that. Back in the day, those were definitely the guys to be around here.Gates and the Huskers are hoping to bring those days back. The Huskers offensive line once so regularly pumped out All-Americans that it was known as The Pipeline. In recent years, however, the supply has slowed to more of a drip.A school that has produced 44 first-team All-American offensive linemen hasnt had one since 2001 (Toniu Fonoti). Only two Cornhuskers offensive linemen have even earned first-team all-conference honors since 2003, just one (Spencer Long in 2012) since the move to the Big Ten.Look no further than those facts to figure out why Nebraska hasnt won a conference title since 2001. Or why it has had trouble getting past this weeks opponent, Wisconsin, in the Big Ten.Its the Badgers who have become OLU. Wisconsin has had six offensive linemen gain first-team All-American honors since 2001. Since 2003, it has racked up 16 first-team All-Big Ten selections.That sounds like what the Huskers used to do. And what theyre trying to build up again.Thats a great goal to try to achieve, second-year head coach Mike Riley said. To get back to those kinds of lines and that kind of front where you can say, These guys are All-America type players. Its a project.The Pipeline is bornNebraskas offensive line tradition goes back more than half a century.Center Tom Train Wreck Novak, who played center in the late 1940s, was the first player to have his jersey number retired by the school. Only two other players have achieved that distinction, and one of them is Bob Brown, who played guard in the early 1960s.The position group really took off when Tom Osborne, tired of coming up short of against Oklahomas wishbone offense, switched to an option-based attack with running quarterbacks in 1980. The scheme required greatness up front, and the systems great success made once anonymous blockers household names.Center Dave Rimington won the Outland Trophy in 1981 and 1982 and was even named the Big Eight offensive player of the year in 1981, an unheard-of award for a lineman.When youre running the ball like we did, its easier to get noticed, Rimington said.There was also a heavy focus on and incredible depth at the position. During Rimingtons time in school, Nebraska had two assistant coaches working with the offensive line: Cletus Fischer and Milt Tenopir, whom Osborne promoted to a full-time staff member in 1979. When Fischer retired, Dan Young joined Tenopir in tutoring the line.Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers robust walk-on program funneled plenty of raw material toward a strength-and-conditioning staff that was ahead of its time.The walk-on program was a huge part of it, Rimington said. Guys would come in and develop and get stronger. You had to wait three or four years to get your turn to play. By then, you were ready.Tenopir would become one of the most legendary assistant coaches in college football. He guided the way for six Outland Trophy winners and 13 NCAA rushing titles. From 1981 to 1989 alone, Nebraska had nine first-team All-American offensive linemen.The Pipeline powered the Huskers national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997 and paved the way for some of the most powerful offenses the sport has ever seen. The 1994 team had a pair of All-Americans on the right side of their line in Brenden Stai and Zach Wiegert, who were followed by Aaron Graham (1995) and Aaron Taylor (1996-97). The Pipeline meant exit-only: were rolling the mat out for whoever runs behind us, Stai said. It was cool establishing the whole dominate type of mantra and then having the guys behind us step right in and keep that thing rolling.People still recognize The Pipeline guys from those teams. Its very unique for a uniiversity.ddddddddddddThe Rimington Trophy began in 2000, honoring the best center in college football. A Nebraska player (Dominic Raiola) fittingly won the first one. But things were about to change.Tenopir retired in 2002, citing health issues. Osbornes hand-picked successor, Frank Solich, was fired the following season. Nebraska hired Bill Callahan, a former well-regarded offensive line coach. He ditched the option and installed a West Coast passing game.Richie Incognito, who was suspended and then left school in Callahans first season, went in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft. The Cornhuskers have had only one offensive lineman drafted in the first three rounds (Spencer Long, third round in 2014) since.He brought in some five-star caliber offensive linemen, some big guys who could really move, Stai said. But I think you can probably point to just the transfer of offensive philosophies. I dont think the quality of the player dropped off. Just a different type of player and a different system.Learning from the pastMike Cavanaugh was working as a high school coach when he went to hear Tenopir speak at a clinic in Boston 30 years ago. He was in awe of the Nebraska assistant.Flash forward to 2015, and Cavanaugh moved from Oregon State to Lincoln as Rileys offensive line coach. Tenopir was still living there.We became very good friends, Cavanaugh said. He and his wife and my wife and I would go out to dinner a bunch.Riley and his staff leaned on Tenopir when they arrived at Nebraska to learn all about the traditions and culture of the place. He was welcome at every practice. Early on, Riley invited Tenopir and two other former Cornhuskers assistants to a staff meeting just to have them tell stories from the past.Tenopir died on Sept. 26. Cavanaugh continues to keep his spirit and history of the position in the forefront of his current players minds as well. He has brought in former greats like Will Shields, Taylor and Long to speak to them.Each day, Coach Cav preaches to us how good the tradition is here, said senior center Dylan Utter, a former walk-on from the Omaha area. The people before us laid down the foundation, and we try to do our best to emulate what they did.Restoring the glory days is about recruiting, yes. But its also about developing talent, as even those former stars in many cases worked themselves into All-Americans. Riley and Cavanaugh have molded this current group into a solid unit, beginning toward the end of last season when they focused on a physical run game. The O-line has helped the team finish games strong this year en route to a 7-0 record.But the line is also pretty beaten up. Right tackle David Knevel left the Indiana game after one play because of an ankle injury two weeks ago. Gates sprained his ankle and Utter dislocated a finger in the same game. They hobbled through last weeks Purdue win and could use some better health before facing Wisconsins fierce defense.There is some potential here, though, led by Gates. A highly sought-after recruit -- he chose Nebraska over Oregon, Texas A&M and others -- he signed on in Pelinis final class. He started at right tackle as a redshirt freshman and moved over to left tackle this season.Coaches and others describe him as nasty, which is a good thing for a lineman. Gates said he developed a mean streak while growing up and trying to battle his brother, Matt, who is six years older.My brother was bigger, meaner and more aggressive, Gates said. He beat it into me at an early age that youve got to take care of business and not be at the other end of the stick. It helps me because Im not the biggest guy out there.Gates, who was an ESPN.com midseason All-Big Ten selection, looks likely to break Nebraskas all-conference drought by offensive linemen. He might even be the next All-American to go up on the wall of the football building one day.Thats a good start. Nebraska needs more like him to get back to winning conference titles and more.I think were growing, Cavanaugh said. Weve still got a lot of work to do. Theres a lot of pride in the offensive line in this state. Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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