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Big Men On Campus
August 21, 2006
They're not necessarily the largest, the fastest or the best in the country at their positions, but each of these nine collegians will play a huge role in his team's success this season. Their value is measured in a variety of ways--athleticism, strength, determination and a love for the action on Saturday afternoons-- and for good reasons they are all ...
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August 21, 2006

Big Men On Campus

They're not necessarily the largest, the fastest or the best in the country at their positions, but each of these nine collegians will play a huge role in his team's success this season. Their value is measured in a variety of ways--athleticism, strength, determination and a love for the action on Saturday afternoons-- and for good reasons they are all ...

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LINEBACKER

The 6'3", 250-pound Maualuga is coming hard, and it would be wise to get out of his way. His target, at the moment, isn't a ballcarrier, though that will come soon enough. Maualuga is aiming for the Trojans' starting middle linebacker spot. Oscar Lua, a senior, was solid there last year, but Maualuga, a sophomore, is a special player. He's a ferocious hitter who was such a force on special teams and in part-time duty on defense that he was named to the freshman All-America team. As long as Maualuga can control his aggressiveness--he was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a man at a party last year and is undergoing anger-management counseling--the Trojans will have to find a way to get this budding star on the field.

TEXAS

Michael Griffin

STRONG SAFETY

Aggressive. Vicious. Those words, Griffin says, have been inaccurately used to describe pit bulls. He should know. He breeds them. But aggressive and vicious are accurate descriptions of this 6-foot, 205-pound senior attack dog. With cornerback speed, a lack of concern for the welfare of his body and a flair for the dramatic, Griffin "will just knock you out," coach Mack Brown says. Last year against Texas A&M, Griffin had 23 tackles and a blocked punt (one of six in his career). And in the Rose Bowl against USC, he had a momentum-turning interception in the end zone that helped the Longhorns win the national title. His former roommate, Michael Huff, won the Thorpe Award last season as the nation's best defensive back. Griffin just might keep that trophy in Austin another year.

Big Men ON CAMPUS

From Air Force to Wyoming, one for each of the 119 Division I-A schools

THE LIST

AIR FORCE -- GILBERTO PEREZ DE

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