Grantland | Big 12 Football's Green Beret Read the Story
Nate Boyer is a 32-year-old, 190-pound long-snapper for the Texas Longhorns. He is a failed actor and a damn good soldier, a veteran of the Army Green Berets but a novice on the football field, someone who never even played in high school. He's not crazy about his nicknames — worst of all "hero" — and unlike the film version of Rudy Ruettiger, he is not here just to inspire or to prove his self-worth..
They call it an aura, and those on the Oregon football team say it with reverence, for it follows Marcus Mariota well beyond the field where so many have come to know him as perhaps college football’s best player this season.
The Birmingham News | Auburn's motto: All in the F.I.S.T. Read the Story
No matter the score or situation, Auburn players hold their fists up high above their heads when the third quarter clocks hits zero. The F.I.S.T. is for four -- the fourth quarter -- or as they say in the world of acronyms: fast, intense, strong and tough.