- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Texas A&M junior left tackle Luke Joeckel is 6-6, 310 pounds, which means he has two inches and 76 pounds on his older brother Matt, an Aggie quarterback. That’s older as in two minutes older. All left tackles take pride in protecting a quarterback’s blind side. But it means something more when the quarterback is your twin brother. “In high school, I gave up one sack,” Luke said. “He made Matt fumble and they got the ball. If my head’s too big, he’ll bring it up.”
2. Last month I reported in this space that members of the Football Bowl Association hired an executive director because they didn’t feel that the organization had gotten its bang for the buck from the public relations firm led by Ari Fleischer, the former presidential press secretary. Fleischer pointed out to me, and a bowl official confirmed, that it was Fleischer who urged the FBA to hire an executive director. Duly noted.
3. Arkansas coach John L. Smith has the most prominent job of his 41-year coaching career, six seasons after he got fired at Michigan State, thanks to the firing of his one-time protégé, Bobby Petrino. Smith said his life philosophy is, “Don’t take anything for granted.” His best player, tailback Knile Davis, may feel the same way after an ankle injury last August cost him the 2011 season. “His coming back this year,” Smith said of Davis, “should provide that piece of the puzzle that we really, really need.”
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