- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Football players are notorious for not donating money to their alma maters. Supposedly, they believe that they gave enough of themselves in blood and sweat when they played, forgetting that they received an education and a step up the ladder in return. So kudos to Oklahoma, who announced recently that former Sooner All-Americans Adrian Peterson and Sam Bradford donated $500,000 apiece to the new $75 million Headington Hall. The donations say a lot about them -- and about their experience at OU.
2. As usual, Duke head coach and quarterback guru David Cutcliffe taught me something, but it wasn’t what I expected to hear. The rise of young quarterbacks in today’s game, Cutcliffe told me on the ESPNU College Football Podcast, is in part because the up-tempo spread offense is less taxing intellectually than traditional pro sets. The emphasis is on speed of decision, not complexity. It’s hand off or keep, hand off or throw, and do it now.
3. The only thing consistent about Virginia quarterbacks Michael Rocco and Phillip Sims last year was the tension that hovered around the offense all season. It showed. The Cavaliers scored 17 points or fewer in six games, won one of them, and finished 4-8. Rocco (graduation) and Sims (academics) are gone. Head coach Mike London told me on the podcast Monday that whoever wins the job -- sophomore David Watford and redshirt freshman Grayson Lambert are the favorites -- will be The Guy. Job-sharing is over.
4dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information