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Around the Dog Park: Underdogs Seek to Make Their Mark at the NFL Draft

Taking a look at Rice’s uniform history, highlighting some former walk-ons, and preparing for spring games across the country.

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NCAA Football: Eastern Washington at Washington State
EWU running back Antoine Custer Jr. and wide receiver Cooper Kupp embrace after a touchdown against WSU.
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General G5 Football

  • The Mountain West has restructured their bonus payouts in their TV contract to make payouts a bit more balanced around the league. Boise State is still cashing out of course.
  • Former EWU wide receiver Cooper Kupp is seeking to find a home in the NFL after shattering several records at the FCS level.


  • We’ve released our NFL Draft profile for Keevan Lucas. While Lucas is lacking in height, his production and determination speak for itself. He’ll find a spot at the next level.
  • UCF is seeking to build their communication and camaraderie in the secondary this spring.
  • Nico Marley has been proving doubters wrong throughout his entire career. Exceeding expectations at Tulane’s pro day is just the next step.
  • Temple’s Haasan Reddick continues to build his reputation as a major player in the upcoming NFL draft.

Conference USA

Sun Belt

  • Can Marcus Cox overcome his lack of size to be drafted into the NFL? We take a look in our draft profile.
  • Three Arkansas State players were named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
  • The Troy Trojans were one of five athletics programs in the country to make the NCAA tournament in men’s and women’s basketball as well as win a bowl game.
  • Former NMSU wide receiver Tyrian Taylor opened up about his NFL draft preparations in this interview.