Homecomings are happening at high schools and colleges all across the country Alumni everywhere are getting reacquainted with old friends and classmates. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest and most popular homecomings is occurring locally at historically black Howard University here in DC, along with the US Naval Academy and Virginia Tech. But anywhere where there are homecomings happening, there’s also a football game and generally a good match-up to excite the crowd. There’s Howard v NC A&T, Navy taking on East Carolina, Hampton battling North Carolina Central, and Va Tech playing Boston College.
Even with all of those games going on, I was still focused on my favorite college team, the Miami Hurricanes, whose task today was to upset the #20 YellowJackets of Georgia Tech. A win today would keep the Canes bowl eligible (probably the Subway $5 Footlong Bowl, but it’s still a bowl). Well, much to my delight, the Canes worked their mojo on defense and handled the Jackets to the tune of 24-7. It was highlighted by the play of Safety JoJo Nicholas, who recovered a muffed punt in the endzone for a TD and added an INT to stall a key drive by Georgia Tech. I recently learned that Nicholas’ son died shortly after being born prematurely a few weeks ago. Since the tragic loss, Nicholas rubs his hands on a baby blanket and says a little prayer before each game in dedication to his son. It was a touching way to show honor from a father to a son and puts things in perspective for the young man who’s still grieving a huge loss. Sometimes, its more to life than homecomings and football games.
“OH HAMPTON WE NEVER COULD MAKE THEE A SONG, EXCEPT AS OUR LIVES DO THE SINGING”! Words from my beloved “Home by the Sea” Hampton University! Today the Pirates got down early and had to battle their way back to Victory in OT!! Last year was my 10 year reunion so I did not go to Homecoming this year. However, Hamptonians represent everywhere is I was updated all day on the tailgate and events via Facebook and Twitter…I have the best of friends!
Since this is the time of year that we start to notice the college players who begin to separate themselves from the pack in the Heisman race, He Said She Said Football would like to showcase a player weekly that is not only part of the Heisman Watch, but one we think should receive strong consideration along with the “frontrunners”. First up is Clemson QB Tajh Boyd who led Tigers in a rout over North Carolina 59-38. Boyd threw for 367 yards and 5 TDs. He also added one rushing TD on the day. Boyd has 24 passing TDs with just 3 INTs. More importantly, he has led his team to an 8-0 record. But its only after today’s win that Boyd is starting to be listed as a Heisman hopeful. To quote @brooklyngohard on Twitter, “Tajh Boyd darkhorse heisman candidate #clemson…” If Boyd keeps playing the same way and if he keeps the Tigers unbeaten going the BCS Bowl season, he can no longer be ignored for serious Heisman consideration.