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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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Keselowski avoids crash-filled finish to win at Talladega

Brad Keselowski won a demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway, where multiple wrecks caused two cars to go airborne and led to millions of dollars in ...

May 01, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ben Hefner, Tim Hornsby qualify for Pan American Games

In the biggest race of his career, nothing was going right for Gainesville's Ben Hefner.

April 30, 2016 | By David Purdum For The Times | Staff sports picks


Dawsonville native Chase Elliott wins pole at Talladega 30 years after his dad

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chase Elliott wasn't born yet when his father turned a record-setting lap to win the pole at Talladega Superspeedway.

April 30, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Carl Edwards passes Kyle Busch on last lap to win at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Carl Edwards had been grinding for 30 laps, doing everything he could to catch Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in a two-way ...

April 24, 2016 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Brenau outdoor track & field team secures fourth consecutive SSAC championship

Brenau University's outdoor track & field team picked up its fourth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Championship April 23 in Mobile, Alabama.

April 23, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Drivers excited for daytime racing at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sundays off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier ...

April 23, 2016 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former East Hall standout Frank Davis recognized as one of nation's top assistant coaches

On the rare occasions where Frank Davis gets to come back home, he can't stay long.

April 22, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


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