I've covered college football off and on since 2009. I've written about the sport for my current employer, USA TODAY Sports, and on a freelance basis for SI.com and ESPN.com. Here are some examples of my recent work:
Whether family or football, Maryland's Stefon Diggs cherishes what can be lost
Ten months later, the photograph is still heartbreaking — because Stefon Diggs, frozen in time, doesn't know what's coming next.
Diggs is crouched over his best friend and teammate, consoling fellow receiver Deon Long, who's being taken off the field on a cart in the second quarter against Wake Forest. Long will find out soon that he's broken both his right tibia and fibula.
"I knew he was hurting," Diggs says now. "That was really my motivation throughout the game. I wanted to finish the game strong for him. Things didn't go as planned."
For Navy's Keenan Reynolds, being himself means being Heisman-worthy
Count Roger Staubach himself among Keenan Reynolds' many admirers, and among those pushing for Reynolds' inclusion in the Heisman conversation. And if he isn't in it this season, he's got next year, too.
"Every time I've seen him play, he's been fantastic," Staubach says. "Keenan is as elite a quarterback as there is in college football today, I think. He's in a system where he doesn't throw as much (as others), but he does everything you have to do as a quarterback, as a leader, to win."
Brian Kelly believed in Notre Dame's offense, and now he's seeing it
As fall camp neared and the 2014 season loomed, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly took stock of his roster.
e had a talented, dual-threat quarterback in Everett Golson, back after an academic issue forced him out of school a season ago. He had good skill players and depth at the wide receiver position, a strong enough supporting cast.
e had exactly what he needed for what he wanted — which was, essentially, to return to the kind of dynamic offense he'd run at the University of Cincinnati.
Inside the Game: Examining Virginia Tech's pass rush
Seeds that lead to upsets can originate in the most unlikely places.
For example, one that led to Virginia Tech's stifling defensive performance and stunning win at Ohio State on Saturday was planted back in February in Oxford, Miss.
Ogres, elephants and monsters: The Stanford O-Line
Respect for the unit has turned into all-out adulation – from opposing Pac-12 coaches who get headaches just thinking about it, to NFL coaches hoping to emulate it and fans who like to get a little creative on social media.
Josh Garnett remembers that as a sophomore last season, after Stanford beat an undefeated Oregon 26-20 by maintaining possession for more than 42 minutes, he scrolled through Twitter and saw two pictures that made him laugh.
"It had our Jumbo formation and said 'What Stanford lines up in,' then a picture with 50 of us and 'What Oregon saw,' " Garnett says, smiling. "I think that showed the mentality. People were like, these guys have eight dudes but it feels like 40. That's how powerful and physical we were.
"People hadn't seen that kind of smash-mouth football."