Leaving their mark

Abilene Christian's Thomsen remembers coaching Knox, Manning

Updated: October 13, 2009, 12:18 PM ET
By Nick Friedell

Chris Thomsen always figured that Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox would end up in the NFL some day. The Abilene Christian University head coach never saw either man have a bad day at practice, and neither of them ever seemed to fear playing on the big stage or making a play during a crucial moment of the game.

"I'm telling you, man, they're just different cats," Thomsen recently told me during a phone interview. "Both of them."

The veteran coach holds both Manning and Knox ...

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