NCF Nation: Mike Nixon

Posted by's Ivan Maisel

1. From 2002 through 2005, USC finished a total of plus-78 in turnover margin. That’s an average of 19.5 per season. From 2006-09, the Trojans are a total of plus-12, including minus-one through three games this season. That statistic doesn’t indict just the inexperience of quarterbacks Matt Barkley, a freshman, and Aaron Corp, a redshirt sophomore. The defense shares the blame in that one, too.

2. Has anyone had a more varied career than Arizona State linebacker Mike Nixon? The 26-year-old senior played quarterback/safety/kicker at Phoenix Sunnyslope High, then spent four seasons in the Dodgers’ farm system. Last season, Nixon tied for the Pac-10 lead with five interceptions. And now that Sun Devil kicker Thomas Weber is out for five weeks with a groin injury, Nixon may replace him Saturday at Georgia. Nixon, apparently, can do anything -- besides hit a curve.

3. It wasn’t a matter of if the College Football Hall of Fame would leave South Bend but when. South Bend provided a lifeline to the Hall when it needed it in the mid-1990s, but the Hall only fills up on the weekends of Notre Dame home games. Atlanta is the biggest city that lives and breathes the sport. The Hall will be in the same area as the Coca-Cola Museum and the Georgia Aquarium. May this be the Hall’s last move.

Preseason All-Pac-10 team

August, 14, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

It's never easy to put a preseason all-conference list together. Should you project forward or look back? How do you choose between three A-list cornerbacks or leave off a couple of deserving defensive ends?

Perhaps this list will be much different by mid-December.

QB Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
RB Jahvid Best, California
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
WR Damian Williams, USC
WR James Rodgers, Oregon State
TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
OG Jeff Byers, USC
OG Colin Baxter, Arizona
OT Charles Brown, USC
OT Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State

K Kai Forbath, UCLA

DE Will Tukuafu, Oregon
DT Brian Price, UCLA
DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State
LB Keaton Kristick, Oregon State
LB Reggie Carter, UCLA
LB Mike Nixon, Arizona State
CB Walter Thurmond, Oregon
CB Syd'Quan Thompson, California
FS Taylor Mays, USC
SS Cam Nelson, Arizona

P Bryan Anger, California