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Odds and ends

Updated: September 27, 2008, 9:20 PM ET
By Brian Stumpf

A few story lines to watch this season:

Great story by Avery Holton of the Austin American-Statesman on 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior quarterback Nyk McKissic out of Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point and how he's dealt with the tragic and sudden loss of his father on Christmas Day in 2006.

I had the opportunity to meet Nyk and his mother Ramona at the Nike Camp and EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB regional in Eugene, Ore., this past June, and you won't find many nicer or more respectful kids ...

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