High Noon Highlights(8/12): How Barry Sanders changed the NFL

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How Barry Sanders paved the way for early exits to the NFL:

It’s become almost the standard for juniors to forgo their senior season and head to the NFL. But did you know former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders was one of the pioneers of this?

The most significant development in the college-to-NFL pipeline in the 1980s came in 1989, when Sanders decided to jump from Oklahoma State to the NFL after a record-setting junior season in 1988.

The NFL said it was making an exception for Sanders, who was drafted No. 3 overall by the Detroit Lions and went on to a Hall of Fame career, but in reality it permanently opened the door to underclassmen. As NFL salaries soared, getting through college quickly became more desirable. {The Associated Press}

Kolby Harvell-Peel primed to break out as rover:

Harvell-Peel made a smooth transition to as a freshman and he’s looking to contribute even more this fall as the Cowboys’ “rover” in the 4-2-5 defense.

“After our conversation, Mike and them started looking at him real hard and jumped on him,” said Fedora, who met Gundy when his brother, Larry Fedora, was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. “He’s doing a great job up there.”

Harvell-Peel was a contributor early in the season, coming in often to spell the starters. Playing in the high-octane Big 12, his ability to play well while the starters rested was important in dealing with fast-paced offenses that attempt to wear down their opponents. He showed promise in the role, so much that he ascended to a starting role when All-Big 12 performer Malcolm Rodriguez suffered a midseason injury.{BrazosSports.com}

Wolff OK with early exit from FedEx Cup Playoffs:

Golf Central talked to Matthew Wolff about his first season as a professional, and the former Cowboy is happy with how it went.

“If they had told me at the beginning of the season that I would be in the FedExCup Playoffs, I think it would be a pretty good year for me,” said Wolff, who turned pro in June at the Travelers Championship and won in his third start at the 3M Open. “I’m just looking forward to learn from this experience and on to next year.” {Golf Central }

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