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Alabama’s stunt double quarterbacks prepare a punishing defense

Alabama backup quarterbacks Blake Barnett (6) and David Cornwell (12) take reps during spring camp. (Photo courtesy Alabama Athletics)

By Jessica Wimsatt | @Jessica_Wimsatt Sports Capital Journalism Program

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alabama backup quarterbacks David Cornwell and Blake Barnett have a job that comes with a bounty of bumps and bruises. As Alabama created […]

Postcard from Dallas: An homage to Hoss, the Cotton Bowl’s master salesman

Jim “Hoss” Brock, the longtime executive director of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. (Photo courtesy National Football Foundation)

The sun has come out, the Texas sky blue at last. You can find Michigan State green in the streets, with Alabama Crimson Tide fans rolling into the Metroplex. A Cotton Bowl – my first Cotton […]

Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson excels as lineman, leader, businessman

Alabama junior defensive lineman A’’Shawn Robinson (86) tries to pull in an interception against Mississippi State on Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo | Butch Dill)

By Jessica Wimsatt | @Jessica_Wimsatt

Sports Capital Journalism Program

DALLAS — The stern, bearded face, coupled with an intimidating presence, epitomizes the idea of an Alabama defensive lineman. At […]

Center Jack Allen sets tone for Michigan State as leader in trenches

Michigan State center Jack Allen (66) looks to protect quarterback Connor Cook during the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 5 in Indianapolis. (Photo courtesy Michigan State)

By Elizabeth Cotter | @ekcotter18

Sports Capital Journalism Program

DALLAS – In normal circumstances throughout Michigan State’s remarkable football season, the first player to touch the ball […]

Successful tailback trio powers Michigan State

By Elizabeth Cotter | @ekcotter18

Sports Capital Journalism Program

DALLAS — LJ Scott, Gerald Holmes and Madre London are the three young Michigan State running backs that power the Spartans, competing for touches and starts, but forming a self-described brotherhood that works toward the same goal.

“We’re all brothers,” London said. “We love each other. […]