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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 4

  My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 5

My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are based [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 6

My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are based [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 7

My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are based [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 9

My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are based [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 11-14

A slender-but-fearless bruiser, who’s also a quarterback. A precocious, friendly and fiery wide receiver wearing a new uniform. A flying missile of a defender, entering his third year of varsity play. A tall, menacing defensive lineman who’s bound to play for Nevada. That quartet makes up Nos. 11-14 on my latest prep football returner rankings. [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 15-20

So, there’s this: Nos. 15-20 on my Top 50 Football Returner Rankings Countdown have some clout. There are two potential All-Area first-team defensive linemen, one of whom has verbally committed to Nevada. There’s a potential breakout wide receiver who was visited by Hawaii this offseason. There’s a linebacker and tackles machine who is the heart [...]

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Football Camp Tour: Lincoln, Brookside, Manteca, East Union, Franklin and Chavez

Sorry to get behind, folks. I’m bringing back my camp visit thoughts from our high school football preview season. The past three days, I’ve visited Lincoln, Brookside Christian, Franklin, Chavez, Manteca and East Union, in that order. Given each of those stops was pretty brief, here’s one prevailing thought for each team: LINCOLN TROJANS We’re [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 1: Sierra, Edison and St. Mary’s

For a comprehensive story from my visits to Sierra, Edison and St. Mary’s football, as practices opened across the Sac-Joaquin Section on Monday, click here. However, here are some random thoughts from each camp from Day 1. My following practice visits, I’ll do more extensive blogs since I won’t have the same accompanying stories. SIERRA [...]

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2016: The Year of the QB

Playing quarterback is hard. Like, really hard. I mean, I think I need italics here. It is hard. And while high school football offenses may not be as complex as college and the pros, trying to wolf down a playbook, command a team, read coverages and perform all of the other duties of a quarterback [...]

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