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Posted: Wednesday August 16, 2006 9:51AM; Updated: Wednesday August 16, 2006 11:58AM
Will Brady Quinn be Notre Dame's first Heisman Trophy winner since Tim Brown won it in 1987?
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Who is your Heisman pick? I have to go with Brady Quinn. -- John, Atlanta
While Notre Dame's Quinn would be the obvious choice after he threw for 3,919 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, I have to remind you of a few other choices. Despite shakeups in Soonerland with the dismissal of QB Rhett Bomar, expect running back Adrian Peterson to have a more productive year. Though he was injured for much of last season, Peterson still managed to carry the ball 221 times for 1,104 yards and 14 touchdowns. This year he is healthy and back with a vengeance. There are other good candidates out there, such as Florida QB Chris Leak and Ohio State QB Troy Smith, but I still expect Quinn to take the prize.
Besides the FSU-Miami game, what Week 1 games are you most looking forward to? -- T.J., Columbus, Ohio
Don't think you'll be waiting until Monday to catch some real college-football action. There are still a few games out there that are worth tuning in to. My favorites include USC at Arkansas, Notre Dame at Georgia Tech and Cal at Tennessee. Are you ready for some football?
I was thoroughly impressed with Larry Coker's decision to bench four players who broke Miami's rules. It's about time someone instilled some discipline in the 'Canes. It is disappointing that Bobby Bowden doesn't have the integrity to do the same thing with the thuggery that has infected FSU's team over the last few years. How do you feel about Coker's actions? -- David Blackstone, Ewing, N.J.
I've long been a believer in "If you do the crime, do the time," even if that means riding the pine during season-determining games. I am always amazed when non-FSU followers try to use this argument when talking about Bowden's "discipline record" yet never bring up examples compared with their own schools. Coach Bowden has always maintained that he chooses to handle most discipline incidents within the privacy of the program. He takes care of business internally. After all, one of his favorite quotes is, "There's more ways to discipline than a dadgum suspension." I have many friends on the team, and from what they've told me, you do not want to get on Bowden's or any member of his coaching staff's "list." You physically will pay, or simply not play.
As for Bowden's more public punishments, need I remind you of the likes of Fred Rouse, Adrian McPherson, Darnell Dockett, Marvin Minnis, Chris Rix, Bobby Meeks, A.J. Nicholson and Laveranues Coles, just to name a few? These were pretty well-known players who at some point in their college careers missed games due to suspension or were dismissed from the team. They've been punished for missing final exams, for behavior disruptive to the team or for using unauthorized handicap-parking stickers. Not everyone may agree with Bowden's tactics in handling these incidents, but he has always treated his players like a father would treat his children.