Three Players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft

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The 2013 Virginia Tech football season was at times a source of great pride and joy, and at other times an unstoppable flow of embarrassment and sorrows. An opening weekend loss to Alabama was expected, but home losses to Duke and Maryland most certainly were not. The year ended on a sour note when the Hokies were flattened by the UCLA Bruins in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Positive thinking fans are counting down the days until the kick of the 2014 campaign, and three players from the 2013 roster are looking forward to a career at the professional level after being selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Cornerback Kyle Fuller dominated the secondary throughout his time in Blacksburg, and he was rewarded for his efforts by the Chicago Bears, who used the number 14 overall selection to bring him aboard. He became the first Virginia Tech player taken the first round since the New York Giants nabbed RB David Wilson with the 32nd pick in 2012, and Fuller joins an illustrious and exclusive list that includes Michael Vick, DeAngelo Hall and Bruce Smith.

Fuller comes from a large and athletic family with a few representatives already in the professional ranks. A better than average showing at the combine included a 1.50 10-yard-split time and a 10’8″ broad jump. 12 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds isn’t going to raise eyebrows, but it represents noticeable strength for a position that is focused on quickness and coordination. A stout defensive unit since their Super Bowl days of the mid-1980s, the Chicago Bears defensive line has been in flux over the past few seasons. The silver lining is that uncertainty gives a player like Fuller an opportunity to get on the field quickly and demonstrate his value to the team.

Many fans had a love/hate relationship with quarterback Logan Thomas over the course of his tenure at the helm of the Hokies offense. Experts were all over the place on where the Lynchburg native would land in the professional ranks, and it ended up being the Arizona Cardinals that took him up on his services in the fourth round with the 120th overall selection. Carson Palmer has had an impressive second career since his knee was shattered in the playoffs several years ago, but he is clearly near the end of his productivity window. This should give Thomas a few years to learn the professional offense and continue to grow his physique.

The final Virginia Tech football player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft was cornerback Antone Exum. It is a long shot that Exum will have any type of impact on the Minnesota Vikings this season, but their lack of depth at quarterback will certainly give him a fair opportunity to make some noise. The three players selected in this year’s draft ties for the most since 2010, when a total of five players were selected, including fifth-round pick Kam Chancellor.

Virginia Tech Snags Eight 4-Star Recruits to Fill Key Positions on Big Signing Day

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Virginia Tech Snags Eight 4-Star Recruits to Fill Key Positions on Big Signing Day

The most well-respected college football ranking websites have placed Virginia Tech’s 2014 recruiting class at somewhere in the #20 – #25 range. It includes a total of eight four-star recruits and 14 three-star recruits, highlighted by some of the most coveted players in the great state of Virginia.

Head Coach Frank Beamer obviously knows how to recruit, and the fact that he is a living legend of college football at this point in time certainly doesn’t hurt his chances when he steps in the living room of a blue-chip high school student. Virginia Tech has had success recruiting defensive players throughout the entirety of Beamer’s tenure, but the lack of consistent offensive production in 2013 certainly created a need for some wide receivers and running backs who can make an impact soon.

Enter Shai McKenzie, a 6’0”, 214-pound four-star running back that tore apart defenses in high school in the city of Washington, Pennsylvania. He is joined by fellow four-star recruit Marchand Williams, a hometown kid out of Hampton who is a few inches shorter and has already put an official 4.57 40-Yard dash time on record. Coaches will certainly be working with these two highly-touted running backs, hoping to implement them into a system that is in dire need of weapons that can bring opposing defensive backs and linebackers closer to line of scrimmage, opening up the holes for big passing gains down the sidelines.

Likely snagging his fair share of those passes in upcoming seasons will be wide receiver Cameron Phillips, a Hyattsville, Maryland four-star recruit with a slim 6’0”, 178-pound frame that he is sure to be adding muscle to soon. The Hokies have landed a collection of three-star wide receivers, and it is very likely that one or more will break out of become top-tier pass catchers.

But as is normally the case for Virginia Tech recruiting classes, this one is highlighted by few stud defenders. Savvy fans in Blacksburg are already talking about CJ Reavis, a lightning-quick 6’0” defensive back with a ripped physique and a knack for shutting down receivers of all sizes. The obvious conclusion is that Virginia Tech will have a “Reavis Island” of their own, although it is spelled slightly different than his NFL counterpart.

On top of all these players, the biggest score in this year’s recruiting class for the Hokies was Raymon Minor, an esteemed and coveted four-star recruit out of Richmond who created mismatches for offenses and defenses alike while dominating both sides of the ball at Benedictine High School as an outside linebacker and tight end. It’s unclear exactly how Virginia Tech will use the 6’3”, 215-pounder, but early indications point to him being the linchpin of the linebacking corps for the next handful of seasons. One scout observed that he “comes off the edge like he’s shot out of a cannon,” an image that gives Virginia Tech fans a lot of reasons to be hopeful about this team’s chances in the ACC in the upcoming seasons.

Virginia Tech Top 5 Players

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Virginia Tech Top 5 Players

The Virginia Tech football team quickly began to evolve from a mediocre team into a perennial powerhouse with the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer in the late 1980s. His style is now stamped all over the modern-day squads, often lead by a ferocious running game, a stingy secondary and marvelous play on special teams. We recently put together a list of the five greatest Virginia Tech football players of all time, and only one came before the arrival of Beamer.

#5 Shayne Graham K 1996-99

It is rare for a kicker to end up on one of our top five lists, and Shayne Graham actually went undrafted after graduating in 1999, but his performance over the course of his career spoke for itself. Graham shattered nearly every previous kicking record held at Blacksburg, including connecting on 97 consecutive extra points over the course of a few seasons. He was 17 – 22 on field goal attempts in his senior year, where he set Virginia Tech’s single-season record by scoring a total of 107 points.

#4 DeAngelo Hall DB 2001-03

DeAngelo Hall was a fierce competitor while playing for Virginia Tech, and opposing quarterbacks only threw in his direction when they were feeling gutsy. Equally capable of making a huge interception and a huge hit, Hall fueled a powerful Virginia Tech defense during the early years of the modern millennium. He was taken with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has gone on to have a major impact on the professional level.

#3 Kevin Jones RB 2001-03

Running back Kevin Jones shredded defenses throughout the course of his time in Blacksburg, and his chiseled physique got the attention of professional scouts at a very early phase in his college career. Jones put together one of the most impressive seasons running the ball in Hokies history in 2003 when he amassed nearly 1,700 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns while getting about 6 yards per carry.

#2 Bruce Smith DE 1982-1985

Bruce Smith is the only player on this list to come along before the Frank Beamer era, but he is a very worthy recipient of the number two slot. Smith was simply a man among boys throughout his college career, playing the role of both the unstoppable force and the immovable object based on what the situation required.

#1 Michael Vick QB 1999-2000

To make a list of the greatest Virginia Tech football players of all time and exclude Michael Vick would border on a criminal act. It can be argued that Vick redefined the position of college football quarterback throughout his career at Virginia Tech, and dozens of highlight reels showing a collection of jaw-dropping runs against highly ranked opponents will allow fans to recall his glory days.

Virginia Tech Hits High Note To End Pitchy Season

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Virginia Tech Hits High Note To End Pitchy Season

An up-and-down 2013 regular season that disappointed Hokies fans initially before pumping them full of hope in the first few weeks of October has officially come to a close with a 16 – 6 victory over the Cavaliers in Virginia.

After winning six of their first seven games, Virginia Tech has finished 8 – 4 overall and 5 – 3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was good enough for a third-place finish in a grouping that features the seemingly unstoppable Florida State Seminoles, the constantly competitive Clemson Tigers and the suddenly relevant Duke Blue Devils.

As has become custom for a Hokies team that is long on talent but also deep on drama, this past Saturday’s game was an unusual one. Quarterback Logan Thomas clearly saw the game as an opportunity to go out with a flourish following a season that has likely been a bit less than he expected. The Lynchburg, Virginia native certainly had dreams of putting together an illustrious 2013 season while building serious momentum that could carry him into the top few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. The reality of the situation is he will probably end up being either a late round pick or a free-agent signing.

Against the typically overmatched yet always feisty Cavaliers team, Thomas completed 13 of his 29 passes for 229 yards in a game that was actually dominated by the kickers. Virginia Tech connected on a 22-yard field goal early in the first quarter, and after Virginia scored a three pointer of their own, Eric Kristensen once again connected, this time from 30 yards to bring the score to 6 – 3.

This game was short on big plays and long on defense, and the teams traded field goals in the initial 30 minutes before Virginia Tech scored the first and only touchdown of the game after Thomas hooked up with Trey Edmonds on a 26-yard scoring strike that put the Hokies ahead 16 – 6.

Folks can be certain that both coaches emphasized the need for defense in the upcoming half during the short halftime break. This was a message that was heard loud and clear by both Virginia Tech and Virginia, and the final 30 minutes were completely devoid of any scoring. Turnovers, foolish penalties and missed opportunities were theme throughout a second half that was forgettable.

Nonetheless, coach Beamer and Virginia Tech will now head into the off-season on a high note, anxious and hopeful of recruiting a player that resembles the quarterback from Newport News, Virginia that inspired and kicked off a new era of Virginia Tech football.

Looking back on the season, there are many reasons for Hokies fans to be happy. A victory over Georgia Tech in late September stands as one of the most impressive feats of the season, and a dispatching of the North Carolina Tar Heels the following week was also impressive. A three-point loss at the hands of the aforementioned Blue Devils came as a shock in late October, but Duke has demonstrated that they clearly mean business. An 18-point victory in early November over the Miami Hurricanes also represents a high-water mark of achievement.

2013 Virginia Tech Top 5 Football Teams

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2013 Virginia Tech Top 5 Football Teams

The Virginia Tech football program has been around since the late 19th century, and they turned themselves into a perennial contender in the mid-1980s after decades of toiling in mediocrity. They finished fourth or better in the Big East Conference every single year from 1993 to 2011. Here is a collection of the five best Virginia Tech football teams of all time.

#5 1986

In head coach Bill Dooley’s final year with the team and one of the University’s final as an conference independent, the Hokies were able to put together a 10 – 1 – 1 season, capped off by a 25 – 24 victory over the NC State Wolfpack in the Peach Bowl. Running backs Eddie Hunter and Maurice Williams combined to create a two-headed monster that was nearly impossible for opposing defenses to stop. Dooley left the team at the end of the season, paving the way for Frank Beamer.

#4 1995

Beamer took a few years to get his feet set in Blacksburg, and once he did the team started rattling off winning seasons on a regular basis. The first banner year that Beamer put together was in 1995, when the team finished first in the Big East and compiled a 10 – 2 record after losing the first two games of the season at home. The campaign ended with an 18-point victory over the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl, and the exposure gave Beamer valuable recruiting leverage.

#3 2009

Virginia Tech continued to post 10 and 11 win seasons following the departure of Vick. The 2008 team was a standout group, and even though they placed third in a very competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, they came up big down the stretch and defeated a very talented Boston College team in early December and a stacked Cincinnati Bearcats team in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.

#2 2000

2000 was superstar quarterback Michael Vick’s second year with Virginia Tech, and it was a year in which the Hokies had the attention of the entire sporting nation. Vick absolutely laid waste to drastically overmatched defenses over the course of the season, running for over 600 yards on just over 100 attempts and firing darts into the hands of wide receivers during various rollouts. The Hokies also played a hard-nosed, scrappy brand of defense, benefiting from blocked punts and field goals on a regular basis.

#1 1999

Of all the great squads led by Frank Beamer, the single greatest was the 1999 team. The season was Michael Vick’s first with the Hokies, and it was the single biggest and brightest year for Virginia Tech football and the city of Blacksburg in the history of the institution. Beamer built the program into a respected force, but it was the talent and highlight reel play of Vick that catapulted the team from the middle of the pack to an elite force in the NCAA.

Virginia Tech Football Local Traditions

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 Virginia Tech Football Local Traditions

Fans of the Virginia Tech Hokies football team are some of the most passionate, loyal and vocal in all of college football. Blacksburg is a tightknit community that cares deeply about the success of their beloved Hokies football team, and a handful of traditions take place every Saturday during football season. A few of them were created in the last few decades during the team’s rise into a perennially successful national power. Here are the top six Virginia Tech football traditions.

The Lunch Pail

The Virginia Tech lunch pail is a symbol of defensive toughness. The thoroughly worked-over pail looks like it could have been used on a daily basis by a coal miner in the early-1900s. It was actually the creation of defensive coaches who wanted to bring a tangible symbol of the team’s toughness to campus. It can usually be found on the sidelines during home games and in the locker room before and after the affairs. The hand-painted ‘VT’ on the front side of the leather casing further establishes the blue-collar charm of this simple piece.

Team Walk

The football team is very accessible to the tens of thousands of fans that pack Lane Stadium for every home game. One of the biggest testaments to this is the Team Walk, a tradition that takes place beginning about two hours before kickoff. The entire team, coaching staff, dance teams, color guard squad and cheerleading squad are led by the marching band on a short journey from the athletic complex to the home team locker room.

Let’s Go Hokies!

This pregame chant gets everybody in the building wearing Virginia Tech colors or merchandise pumped up and ready for kickoff. While members of groups associated with pregame rituals are on the field conducting their business, opposing sides of the gigantic block-shaped stadium seating sections bellow alternating yells of “Let’s go!” and “Hokies!” The internal competition amidst the crowd perfectly foreshadows the on-field competition.

Enter Sandman

This tradition involving one of Metallica’s most celebrated songs was born around the turn of the millennium. The University made several improvements to Lane Stadium in the spring of 2000, and additional digital technologies that were unleashed to a thrilled crowd during the home opener included the song Enter Sandman. The reception was amazing, the atmosphere was bonkers and a brand-new tradition was born.

3rd Down Key Shake

Not exactly unique to Blacksburg, but it is a clear demonstration of the football savvy and passion of the fans in attendance at any given game. The entire student section and many in attendance take their keys out of their pockets leading up to every 3rd down play, shaking them vigorously in support of the VT defense and creating a metallic twang designed to disorient the opposing quarterback and unify the fans in attendance.

Skipper the Cannon

Skipper is a beautiful 19th century cannon that would be a local museum if were not given the prized honor of firing off an empty round to commemorate every Virginia Tech touchdown. No scoring drive is complete without a thunderous boom echoing throughout Lane Stadium. Furthermore game night is complete without a trip to a local watering hole for a few strong cocktails. Pk’s Bar & Grill, Big Al’s Grille & Sportsbar and Sharkeys are all within a mile due north of the field.

Hokie Homage To The Best: Mike Vick’s Two Seasons In Blacksburg

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Hokie Homage To The Best: Mike Vick’s Two Seasons In Blacksburg

The long and illustrious history of Virginia Tech football can essentially be split into two categories; Before Michael Vick and After Michael Vick. The arrival of the Newport News native reenergized an already electric fan base, and his exploits on the field soon catapulted Virginia Tech to the top of the BCS rankings and right into the middle of the bright spotlight of national TV. Many fans consider 1999 to be one of the greatest seasons in Hokie history, and they were only a few bounces away from the school’s first National Championship in Vick’s first season under center.

It seems absolutely comical in hindsight, but head coach Frank Beamer opted to redshirt Vick during his first season on campus in 1998 in hopes of investing the year toward what was expected to be a handful of epic seasons. Beamer only got two out of Vick before he took off for the monetarily greener pastures of the National Football League, but in those few dozen games, college football fans all over the world bared witness to one of the greatest talents ever to play the quarterback position.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to even win the Heisman Trophy following the 2012 season, but Vick put together what is arguably the best freshman campaign by a quarterback in the history of Division I college football throughout the fall of 1999. Opposing defenses unfortunate enough to draw Virginia Tech on their 1999 regular season schedule were simply not equipped for the speed, strength and agility that Michael Vick possessed. He was an absolute monster on the ground while executing read options and other designed quarterback runs, often blasting through traffic at the line of scrimmage and never looking back.

Defenders that attempted to take him down in the secondary were often juked or stymied with powerful stiffarms. When defensive coordinators would put 10 men in the box, Vick would simply drop back a few steps and fire a dart over the middle to one of his tight ends running down a seam or toss a deeper ball down the sidelines to a receiver who had sprung free. He quickly demonstrated one of the strongest arms in all of college football, completing nearly 60 passes for an average of over 11 yards per toss in his 1999 campaign.

Vick led the Hokies to an undefeated 1999 regular season, besting four ranked teams in the process. His exploits eventually led the Hokies to a #2 ranking and an opportunity at the National Championship, held at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans’ Superdome. Virginia Tech was caught a bit off guard by the #1 overall ranked Florida State Seminoles, but Vick was able to rally the troops for three consecutive touchdowns, which allowed them to take a slim 29 – 28 lead into the fourth quarter. The final 15 minutes were not memorable ones for Virginia Tech fans, but Vick had clearly brought the team into the national spotlight while getting the VT football team the closest it had ever been in their well over 100 years of playing college football.

Vick’s statistical levels tapered off in the following season as defenses focused their entire game plan around stopping the dynamic quarterback. He experienced the only regular season loss of his college career in early November against the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl in Florida, but he still led the team to another 11-victory season. Vick’s presence at the school led to a massive influx of recruits hopeful to wear the same colors as one of the greatest college football players in history, and his success at the professional level despite an up-and-down life off the field is a testament to his abilities. He remains a favorite on campus and among Virginia Tech fans, who are always ready to recognize his huge impact on the football program and the University as a whole.

Where Is Blacksburg Virginia

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2013 Where Is Blacksburg Virginia

Virginia Tech University is located in the heart of Blacksburg, Virginia. It is a region rich in culture and geological diversity, and it’s home to a school that is considered one of the most powerful football institutions in the entire nation. Here’s a look at the campus itself and some plans on how to best access it, as well as a few can’t-miss spots in the surrounding area.

The Appalachian Mountains cut a strong path through the state of Virginia from northeast to southwest, and the popular stretch lies just to the north of campus. Those who visit Virginia Tech for football game will literally be within a few miles of the geological spectacle, which runs all the way from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail provides the entire area with an aura and mystique that comes with being deeply connected and appreciative of the Earth, and some members of the Virginia Tech football team have been known to train and strengthen their legs on its steep slopes leading up to the regular seasons. Movie fans will be able to easily access a region along a popular hiking trail where a scene from the 80s blockbuster Dirty Dancing was filmed.

The environment inside of Lane Stadium is often at a fever pitch, and the energy surrounding Hokies football has continued to rise since the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer many years ago. The team has become known for playing a tough nosed, never-back-down type of football, otherwise known as “Beamer Ball.” All Virginia Tech fans who are able to get their hands on tickets would be wise to adorn themselves in Virginia Tech gear from head to toe, because the vast majority of folks filling the seats are interested in openly showing their allegiance their favorite team.

As far as accessing the campus by way of automobile, the general sparseness of the surrounding areas makes things easier than usual. Virginia Tech University is essentially the opposite of a big city school located in the middle of everyday hustle and bustle. The city limits have a population of less than 50,000, and just over 150,000 residents call the entire metropolis and surrounding areas home. Simply put, the traffic jams are few and far between. A few open seats will likely be found at Gille’s, a downtown breakfast spot known for serving up delicious organic dishes.

Fans coming from southward cities such as Greensboro or Durham will find their way to Interstate 77, which connects with Interstate 81 about 30 miles southwest of campus. Taking state highway 460 will transport fans from Interstate 81 to the west edge of campus. Fans coming from all other areas will network a large collection of local highways linked to Highway 460, which is the largest thoroughfare over and through the Appalachian Trail in the nearby area.

Beamer Ball Once Again Producing Top Notch Results

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Beamer Ball Once Again Producing Top Notch Results

Virginia Tech Hokies football fans were hopeful but skeptical heading into this season. Head coach Frank Beamer is a legend and quarterback Logan Thomas appears to be one of the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but previous meltdowns in recent years had a large and passionate fan base subscribing to a wait-and-see type of attitude. Enter the 2013 Hokies, a confident team that has quickly rebounded from a loss in the first week to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

It is true that Virginia Tech lost 35 – 10 at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the opening kickoff weekend of the college football year. The result was just about what the oddsmakers in Las Vegas predicted and no surprise to anybody who follows college football closely. Impressively, Virginia Tech has responded in the month following the nationally-televised loss with four consecutive convincing victories. The most recent triumph came this past Thursday evening against the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets in Atlanta.

In what is often looked at as one of the fiercest rivalries in the conference, Virginia Tech was able to completely stymie the Yellowjacket offense throughout the first half. Logan Thomas ended up with 221 yards passing after completing 19 out of 25 passes. One of the throws was a 21-yard touchdown toss to DJ Coles just a few minutes into the first quarter. Thomas visited the endzone himself early in the second quarter with a 5-yard rush that put his squad up 14 – 0 and in total command of the game.

Georgia Tech could manage only a field goal throughout the first 30 minutes before they were able to reach the endzone for the first time in the third quarter to make the score 10 – 14. Virginia Tech was unfazed by their efforts and Thomas quickly marched the Hokies down the field on an eight play 39-yard drive that set up a field goal to put them ahead 17 – 10, which ended up being the final score.

Optimistic fans now look ahead at the schedule that remains in the 2013 season, hopeful that Virginia Tech might actually have a shot at a BCS Bowl game. The remaining schedule is filled with mid-tier teams that don’t propose much of a threat, and the most challenging battle left on the slate is on Saturday, November 9 when Virginia Tech will be asked to travel to Miami Gardens, Florida to play the Hurricanes on their home turf.

Frank Beamer is a living coaching legend that can basically do whatever he wants, but it is clear that he will not be at the helm in Blacksburg forever. This year’s team just might bring enough attention to the University to give them one final push of success reminiscent of what happened with Michael Vick just after the turn-of-the-century. In the meantime, Hokies fans can expect to see a talented team perform to the top of their abilities thanks to motivation from a good coaching staff and a very passionate fan base that turns out in full force for each home game.

College Football Rule Changes New To 2013

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College Football Rule Changes New To 2013  

Savvy NCAA football fans are well aware of the ins and outs governing every single play, but even the most hard-core can have a difficult time keeping up with the various off-season rule changes before they actually see them implemented in regular season play. We have reviewed every adjustment and modification to the college football rulebook and boiled the list down to a short discussion featuring the most important.

Many off-season rule changes were designed to minimize injuries, especially those that result from a hit to an essentially defenseless player. A handful of acts that occur on the football field have been defined as putting a player in a “defenseless” situation. Unloading on a kicker just after they kick a ball, hitting a kick returner just after they catch a ball, smacking a ballcarrier who has fallen to the ground or hammering one who is clearly out of the field of play will not only be noted with a 15-yard penalty, it will also result in an ejection of the offender.

One distinctly gray area in the collection of situations defining defenseless players is “A receiver whose focus is on catching a pass.” How this ends up being legislated will go a long way toward determining the course of the regular season for many defense-oriented schools. 15-yard penalties and automatic first downs are damaging enough, but the immediate removal of a player who could certainly be an instrumental piece of any school’s stop unit is such a powerful deterrent that it could easily lead to members of the secondary approaching the game entirely differently.

Other rules seem to be aimed at bringing college football up to speed with the professional ranks. Referees will now be allowed to institute an automatic 10 second runoff when the clock stops within the final minute of each half as a result of an injured player. The clock obviously stops in the immediate wake of any first down, but quarterbacks will no longer be given the option to spike the ball to stop the clock if less than four seconds remain on it. This is an interesting new limitation that will likely come into play at some point near the middle of the season in a very important, nationally-televised game.

A handful of cosmetic rules aimed at sorting out jersey numbers are also going into effect at the beginning of the season. Players on the same team simply cannot wear the same number, a practice that had gotten a little out of hand under Head Coach Lane Kiffin at the University of Southern California and on a few other campuses in recent years. Given that each player is presented with 100 different options from 0 through 99, the NCAA decided it was high time to demand that every team gives every player a unique uniform number. Additionally, the school will be penalized substantially if their jersey numbers are too close of a match in color tone with the jersey itself. This rule is seen as a necessary and logical step toward allowing teams to camouflage information that could be important to defensive coaches and players on the defensive unit.

Interestingly, the NCAA Rules Committee did review a proposed rule change that they ultimately rejected. It involved prohibiting teams from wearing the same color jerseys or as close to the same color as they could possibly get to the color of their playing field. The rule is obviously aimed at eliminating the perceived advantage that the Boise State Broncos have on their home field blue turf, but implementing it would have stepped a bit too far into the realm of jurisdiction which comes to teams that happen to wear shades of green that resemble natural grass.