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Tide's Derrick Henry wins Heisman; Deshaun Watson 3rd in voting

NEW YORK - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for No. 1 Clemson (13-0), came in third place for the Heisman Award on Saturday in New York City. He came in behind winner Derrick Henry, of Alabama, and runner-up Christian McCaffrey from Stanford.

December 12, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson holds onto humble attitude amid national hype

Leslie Frierson sent the invitation merely as a friendly gesture – she didn't really expect all-state quarterback Deshaun Watson, just released on his first spring break from Clemson, to come to her 4-year-old nephew's birthday party.

December 11, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


'Once in a lifetime': Deshaun Watson's most significant plays, from Gainesville to Clemson

Even after 41 years of coaching, Bruce Miller still isn't sure if he's seen it all.

December 10, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson: 'I'm just trying to inspire people'

Deshaun Watson takes Gainesville with him wherever he goes.

December 10, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad, Clemson's Deshaun Watson wins Davey O’Brien Award as nation’s top quarterback

ATLANTA - Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the biggest star of college football's awards night, as he won the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year, and the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back.

December 10, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks




ACC coaches vote Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Swinney winners of top individual awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference's coaches have picked Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as their player of the year.

December 09, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson stays steady, poised in leading top-ranked, unbeaten Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson rarely panics, not as a high school star in Georgia watching his mother fight cancer or as Clemson's quarterback working to come back from knee surgery.

December 09, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: Deshaun Watson's rise to greatness no surprise to local fans

Just two years and one day.

December 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist for Clemson

Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is one step closer to making his Heisman Trophy dreams a reality. On Monday, the quarterback for No. 1 Clemson (13-0) was named one of three finalists headed New York City for Saturday's presentation of the Heisman Trophy, the biggest individual accolade a college football player can garner.

December 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Watson, No. 1 Tigers to play No. 4 Oklahoma in College Football Playoff semifinal

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Another year, another Clemson vs. Oklahoma bowl game.

December 06, 2015 | By Tim Reynolds Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson leads top-ranked Clemson to ACC title, playoff spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Deshaun Watson did everything in his power to ensure Clemson's perfect season continued. But the unbeaten Tigers might have gotten a little help from the officials, too.

December 06, 2015 | By Steve Reed Associated Press | Staff sports picks


No. 2 Alabama wears down No. 18 Florida, locks up playoff spot with 29-15 win for SEC title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another trip to the College Football Playoff.

December 05, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sources: Mark Richt named football coach of Miami Hurricanes

Georgia's coaching search could be headed for a swift end, but the school was tight-lipped Wednesday about its progress and scheduled no announcement about who would succeed football coach Mark Richt.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Watson among finalists for Walter Camp player of the year

Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Iowa cornerback Desmond King are the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Denver Broncos defense dominates Carolina Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the Denver defense made the ...

February 07, 2016 | By Barry Wilner Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves football team providing 'second chance' for avid athletes

Second chances in sports are hard to come by.

January 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Globetrotter Legends team to play celebrity basketball game against Hall County All-Stars in March

A team of Harlem Globetrotter "legends" will play a celebrity basketball game against a Hall County All-Star team March 19 at Riverside Military Academy.

January 28, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson will entertain leaving Clemson after 2016 for the NFL Draft

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a 2014 Gainesville High graduate, has his eye on the NFL and says he could leave a season ...

January 27, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Ty McCormack warms up for Olympic Trials with third-place at Miami Half Marathon

During Sunday's Miami Half Marathon, Ty McCormack was forced to make a strategic decision he's never encountered in his many years of elite ...

January 25, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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