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Friday, August 31, 2007

Recapping the week....

It was a full week at the mailbox...

Wake Forest star trio QB Riley Skinner, RB Micah Andrews, and K Sam Swank signed a pair of 8x10 photos I designed and sent to them care of WFU football. That took just six days. Skinner, last year's ACC Rookie of the Year who led the Demon Deacons to the ACC title, had already signed for me once. Andrews, meanwhile, who was a preseason all-ACC selection in 2006, rushed for over 250 yards and had 100 receiving yards in less than three games before tearing his ACL last fall. Swank, the MVP of last year's ACC championship game, was named a First Team All-American following the 2006 season, a campaign that saw him tie the NCAA record for most 50-yard field goals in a game (three, vs NCSU). (Click the image for a larger version.)

And speaking of Micah Andrews, he later in the week returned a request of his own that I had sent back in July care of the WFU athletic department. That request took just 34 days, and as you can see, it apparently lost a battle with the rain somewhere between Winston-Salem and my mailbox.

In addition to the Wake Forest successes, Notre Dame defensive back Tom Zbikowski signed a pair of index cards care of the school's athletic department in 39 days. The Irish star has earned Second and Third Team All-America honors on multiple occassions, and he is tied for the school's all-time lead in career punt returns for touchdowns while coming in 10th in all-time tackles.

Also signing was Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart. I believe this request was leftover from last season, and if so, it was sent care of the Oregon athletic department and took over 300 days to come back. Stewart, who also enclosed a card with a variety of Christian references on it, signed both index cards I had enclosed. He is a Maxwell Award nominee this season and needs less than 1000 rushing yards to crack Oregon's top ten all-time rushers. He is also one of the country's premier kick returners.

Next up was Missouri tight end Chase Coffman, a First Team All-Big XII selection as a sophomore last season. He signed a pair of index cards care of the university's athletic department in just 14 days. Coffman already holds the school record for most touchdowns by a tight end and combines with fellow tight end Martin Rucker to form arguably the deadliest duo at that position in the country.

Turning to hoops, incoming Kansas State freshman Bill Walker signed a pair of index cards care of his on-campus address in 50 days. Walker, a top ten national recruit a year ago, saw action in just six games last season before tearing his ACL. In that short time, though, he averaged over 11 points in just 23 minutes of action per game, and he is expected to be a huge contributor for the Wildcats in 2007-2008.

And finally on the diamond, former Wofford third baseman Brandon Waring signed a pair of index cards care of his current minor league squad, the Billings Mustangs. That request took 50 days. Waring, this past spring's SoCon Tournament MVP, was a First Team All-American in 2007 after hitting .403 with 27 homeruns for the Terriers. That longball total was tied for first in the entire country. In 65 games with the Mustangs since being drafted by the Reds in the 7th round, Waring has slugged 19 homeruns and is batting well over .300.

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