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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Three-point stance: Hankerson's big finish

By Ivan Maisel

1. Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson concluded his All-ACC season with the most outstanding offensive player award in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Not that Hankerson’s five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown were out of character; he caught 72 passes for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. But it underscores the mystery that was the Hurricanes under Randy Shannon. The talent didn’t produce the wins anyone thought it would.

2. Overworked players aren’t exactly unprecedented in the history of college football. Bear Bryant’s Junction Boys immediately come to mind. So what triggered the syndrome that sent 13 Iowa players to the hospital last week? Did they really work out that much harder than they ever have? Than anyone ever has? Could it have been something in their diet? A supplement? The university may hide behind privacy concerns. But providing answers would be a public service.

3. Greetings from the Short Attention Span Club. Remember how much grief the ACC took for going 1-9 against the other AQ conferences in the first three weeks of the season? The league went 8-5 the rest of the way by sprinting to the finish line. From Thanksgiving weekend through the bowls, the league went 4-2 against the big, bad SEC. That almost makes up for the combined 0-6 against the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10.