FOR AUG. 18, 2014
As the 2014 college football season prepares to kick off, SI.com unveils its preseason All-America team. Florida State's Jameis Winston(page 116) picks up where he left off last season as the nation's top quarterback. Can he win another Heisman? Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack also have spots on the first team. Go to SI.com/college-football to see the complete roster of our first- and second-team selections at every position.
SI DIGITAL BONUS
Cut Off from The Herd
From the SI Vault
Aug. 25, 1997
Seventeen years ago Randy Moss, the most gifted player in college football, led the revival of a Marshall program that was still haunted by a devastating 1970 plane crash. But Moss cared little about the Thundering Herd's past—and wouldn't be around for its future
By S.L. Price
Points to Ponder
Who is the top fantasy quarterback, Drew Brees (9) or Aaron Rodgers? 120 Sports hosts Derek Rackley and Dave Ross line up on different sides of the ball on this topic. Says Rackley, "I've got to go with Brees. He's been so consistent throughout his career, and I can't see that changing." But, Ross argues, "Rodgers is a gunslinger, and he just got Jordy (Mr. Big Contract) Nelson back. This is going to be a breakout year for Jordy, which means a huge year for Aaron." For more from Rackley and Ross, and 24-hour access to video highlights and analysis, go to 120sports.com or download the free mobile or tablet app, available for iPhone or Android.
PLAY DAILY. WIN BIG
The new FanNation fantasy-sports app allows you to select a different team each day and challenge your friends for cash prizes or just bragging rights. To learn more, go to fannation.si.com
To see an exclusive video interview with this week's Rising Star, Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins, and the entire Rising Stars series presented by Symetra, go to SI.com/risingstars
As successful as some athletes are on the field, some are just as successful after the game is over. Take Orioles iron man, Cal Ripken Jr., who turned his Ripken Way into a lucrative brand across youth baseball and the minor leagues. To learn more about Ripken and other athletes turned businessmen—including Jonathan Bender, Junior Bridgeman and Gary Player—go to SI.com/Pro-Files, a new web series by the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and FORTUNE.
HEINZ KLUETMEIER/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MOSS)
TOM PENNINGTON/GETTY IMAGES (FLAG); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (JACK); CHRIS KEANE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WINSTON); DAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COOPER)
PAUL SPINELLI/AP (WATKINS)
JONATHAN HANSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RIPKEN)
MATT LUDTKE/AP (RODGERS)
CHRIS TILLEY/AP (BREES)