Three-point stance: Putting a name to a face

August, 12, 2010
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1. A Boise State linebacker intercepted quarterback Kellen Moore twice in three plays and returned them both for scores, Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Daily Statesman tweeted Wednesday. The linebacker: Byron Hout. That’s the most attention Hout has earned on a football field since he stopped LeGarrette Blount’s fist with his face. Here’s hoping his play earns him attention all year. And one word to describe Bronco wideout Austin Pettis, who kicked a 45-yard field goal at practice to get the offense out of running: gamer.

2. Charlie Strong, a rookie head coach at Louisville after 24 seasons as an assistant, hired himself as outside linebacker coach. “I asked Clint Hurtt, the defensive line coach, if he minded if I coached them,” Strong said. Hurtt, who likes his job, said he didn’t mind. “In the film session,” Strong said, “whenever an outside backer doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do, everybody (his coaching staff) says, ‘That’s your guy! That’s your guy!’ They make me aware of that.”

3. On Tuesday, I wrote that 17 of 19 U.S. Congressmen from Pennsylvania signed the letter to the White House recommending Penn State coach Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, one of the two non-signees, got back to ESPN.com with a statement calling JoePa “a Pennsylvania hero” but suggesting that Congress should focus on creating jobs “rather than politicizing football.” Yes, Kanjorski is in a tight re-election race in a district with high unemployment.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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