August 30, 1996
Watch for:Barry Sanders, Lions: The Lions have scored at least 20 points in 13 straight regular-season games; Sanders is the catalyst.Steve Young, 49ers: In San Francisco's past three season openers, Young has passed for 808 yards and nine touchdowns for a QB rating of 107.7.Yancey Thigpen, Steelers: Thigpen, who caught a club-record 85 passes for 1,307 yards last season, had a career-best 160 receiving yards against Jacksonville last year.Marshall Faulk, Colts: Look for a big day from Faulk, who is going against the worst defense against the rush last year.
November 29, 1998
The formation: One-back set with two tight ends.The action: At the snap, the receivers and one tight end run off their opposing defensive backs. The offensive line uses a zone-blocking scheme, the objective of the play being to stretch out the defense and get a five-on-five matchup inside the box or near the line of scrimmage. Left guard Steve McKinney and left tackle Tarik Glenn double-team the tackle and seal off the back ** side. Center Jay Leeuwenburg steps play-side and reaches on the defensive tackle.
December 12, 1992
Overview of 58th annual presentationWhen: Today, 3:30 p.m.Where: Downtown Athletic Club, New YorkTV: NBC, 3:30 p.m. (or after conclusion of Buffalo-Denver NFL game, also on NBC)Hosts: Jim Lampley, O. J. SimpsonVoters: 918 total, including 870 media members (145 in each of six geographic sections) and 48 former Heisman winnersLast year's winner: Michigan flanker Desmond Howard, by the second-largest margin in history, over quarterback Casey Weldon of Florida StateLeading candidatesGino Torretta, Sr., QB, Miami: Most valuable player for the No. 1-ranked team in the country.
September 13, 2004
EXTRA POINTS GOING LONG Rich Gannon's pump fake helped spring Doug Gabriel (58 yards) and Alvis Whitted (38) for long TD passes in a losing cause. After playing in the short passing game of the West Coast offense, Gannon showed he has enough arm strength to go vertical. HELD IN CHECK The Seahawks' much-maligned defense held up in the Superdome, limiting Saints RB Deuce McAllister to 57 yards on 16 carries. TOOTHLESS Cincinnati's run defense is still atrocious. The Bengals were shredded for 196 yards by the Jets' 31-year-old Curtis Martin.
November 20, 2000
Washington (6-4) at St. Louis (8-2) Time: 9 tonight, chs. 2, 7. Line: Rams by 6. Vs. spread: Redskins 4-5; Rams 4-5. Series: Redskins lead 17-6-1. Last meeting: Rams won, 23-20, on Nov. 30, 1997, at Washington. Outlook: QB Trent Green used to work for the Redskins. Coach Mike Martz, too. Now both are flourishing with the Rams. Green is remarkable: Stale off the bench in place of Kurt Warner, he has produced a 2-1 record and 12 TD passes. He is showing his mobility, too, scrambling for first downs and big plays.
September 27, 1993
An update on the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy:MARVIN GRAVES, SYRACUSE, QBLast week: Eclipsed the school's total offense record by accounting for 351 yards in the Orangemen's 24-21 victory over Cincinnati. He completed 29 of 44 passes and has 7,256 career yards.Season totals: 75 completions, 114 attempts, 1,095 yards, 6 TDs.TYRONE WHEATLEY, MICHIGAN, RBLast week: Amassed his third 100-yard game of the season with 171 in a 42-21 victory over Houston. He also scored three touchdowns.