Kelly sees the similarities between
to this conclusion: the
first thing that stands out is Doug Marrone has done a great job of getting
players to play hard for four quarters," Kelly said. "I told our team this is
the first time I've seen some similarities to our team in the first year in
terms of playing hard. Everybody has been focused on
to Paulus in a second, but first, we'll go to the biggest impact player for the
noticed this, but Carter is 26th on the
With all the great
The answer, of course, is Joe Morris**, who gained 4,299 yards from 1978-81.
dad was growing up, my grandfather secured an Ernie Davis autograph for him. Apparently,
Davis - who won the Heisman in 1961 and later died at the age of 23 of leukemia
- was at some function, where he handed out strips of paper that read, "It has
been a pleasure meeting you today. I hope we meet again some day." Then, he
would scribble his name. Under the signature, my father - who must have been 9
or 10 at the time - scrawled the word "Browns," because that's where
A few years ago, my parents framed the autograph, stuck an Ernie Davis football card in there and gave it to me for my birthday. It's one of the coolest birthday presents I've received from them in many years (though the Muhammad Ali-signed framed photo of him knocking out Joe Frazier is pretty damn cool, too).
**Of course, I'm not sure I'd heard of Joe Morris before today.
Mike Williams - fifth in the nation with 118.7 receiving yards a game - is
always dangerous for the
incredible feat to go into the competition he's played with all the looks that
you see - and they're a sophisticated offense now; it's not like they're
getting basic reads - I think it's been an incredible story," Kelly said. "What
he's been able to do to their offense, you can see there's more of an identity
and there's leadership. He's really helped
Lately, though, the offense has turned to Carter, and Carter has responded.
not have the top-end speed of (
--So, it sounds like, once again, Tony Pike won't play. That's what Kelly said during his radio show Thursday, which means Zach Collaros will get another chance to impress you. I'm sure Doug Marrone would rather face Pike, because he turns the Bearcats into such a one-dimensional offense.
Collaros, though, is ready. I talked to him a little this week about what former Bearcats quarterback Ben Mauk has meant to him. The two roomed together when Collaros was a true freshman, and he immediately began to admire the then-senior.
"My parents dropped me off and I was living with Ben Mauk," Collaros said. "We'd come down to the field and we'd throw a lot. He was really big for me. I was actually kind of nervous the first time (they met). It was kind of intimidating because he was such a great quarterback."
week, before starting vs.
"Well, we're both short," Collaros said with a smile. "We both kind of freelance a little bit here and there when some stuff breaks down. He had a really good ability to keep plays going. I like to think I have that ability to do the same. He's really helped me out a lot."
People have asked me this week if I think UC could have a tough time at