HOUSTON (AP) Dicky Maegle, the Rice running back tackled in the 1954 Cotton Bowl by an Alabama player who came off the bench in one of the most legendary plays in college football history, has died. Rice University and the National Football Foundation said Tuesday that Maegle passed away Sunday. After leaving Rice, and playing with three teams over seven NFL seasons, he changed the spelling of his last name to the phonetically correct Maegle instead of Moegle.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) The Senior Bowl and the NFL will hold a pre-draft combine for top prospects from Historically Black College and Universities next January. The inaugural HBCU combine, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 in 2022, will be similar to the NFL combine with interviews and on-field and medical evaluations. It will be held at the University of South Alabama and feature select players from four HBCU conferences - the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference - and other HBCU institutions.
The size alone of the FCS players selected during the first two days of the three-day NFL Draft - quarterback Trey Lance at nearly 6-foot-4, and offensive linemen Dillon Radunz and Spencer Brown at nearly 6-6 and 6-9, respectively - indicated how the lower half of Division I college football can still stand tall with NFL teams. The FCS has long stocked NFL rosters, with recent standouts including Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp, Darius Leonard and last year's additions Jeremy Chinn and James Robinson.