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32 Dabo Swinney

When not coining acronyms, Clemson's coach is building the nation's No. 1 team

By Brian Hamilton

38 Ezekiel Elliott

The Ohio State running back has relied on many blockers to clear his path to stardom

By Pete Thamel


46 Colquitt Brothers

The Peyton and Eli of punting have turned their dad's craft into a family business

By Austin Murphy


50 The Reiter 50

SI ranks the top free agents and predicts where they'll land before next spring

By Ben Reiter


54 Michael Phelps

After coming to terms with himself, the swimmer's best days might lie ahead in Rio

By Tim Layden


2 SI Digital

4 Leading Off

10 Inbox

14 Scorecard

20 Faces in the Crowd

21 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Abby Wambach on retiring

28 The Comeback

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert

64 Point After

Michael Rosenberg: Let the funds begin

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: Simon Bruty for SI (Michael Phelps); David E. Klutho for SI (Deshaun Watson)


PHOTOGRAPH BY: David E. Klutho for Sports Illustrated

ROARING SUCCESS Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Clemson silenced Florida State last Saturday 23--13 to remain unbeaten.