As a true freshman last season he rushed for 447 yards and four touchdowns on 87 carries (5.1 yards per carry average) while displaying a strong knack for running both inside and outside.
He has enough speed to be a home run threat while also carrying enough bulk (201 pounds) to pound the ball inside.
■ Dale Newton gives us a closer look at incoming freshman wide receiver Darren Carrington.
In Darren's senior year he caught 51 passes for 902 yards and 12 touchdowns, ran 36 times for 202 yards and two more, even played quarterback and safety on the way to becoming CalHi all-state and all-CIF San Diego section. He'd made the varsity as a freshman, caught 37 passes for 825 yards and 10 tds as a sophomore.
■ Marcus Mariota has been named to the Manning Award watch list, awarded since 2005 to the nation’s top college QB.
Mariota is one of just three sophomores named -- though the award reserves the right to add names to the list after the season's start.
The 10 finalists will be announced Nov. 27 and the winner Jan. 8 in order to include the quarterbacks’ bowl performances. Media voters, a separate panel and Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning will choose the winner.