Our special football preview this year explores the combination of strategy and superstars. If you didn’t pick up a printed copy of The Kansas City Star on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the whole package, four sections totaling 42 pages, check out the content here:
Chiefs and the NFL
▪ As Andy Reid enters his third season as coach of the Chiefs, he’s faced with the prospect of proving himself all over again as a play caller, a job he had to cede in Philadelphia before he was ultimately fired.
▪ Five memorable plays in Chiefs history, including “65 Toss Power Trap.”
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▪ Vahe Gregorian column: Jamaal Charles is the Chiefs’ most indispensable playmaker.
▪ Sam Mellinger column: Justin Houston’s pass-rush prowess explained, in one four-second clip.
▪ A comparison of Houston and Derrick Thomas through the first four years of their careers.
▪ Vahe Gregorian column: Life experiences, including exodus from Philly, strengthen Jeremy Maclin.
▪ Chiefs are counting on Maclin to deliver in the key “Z” receiver position.
▪ The final countdown: What happens on the sideline and in the huddle as the play clock ticks down.
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Mizzou and the SEC
▪ Maty Mauk has been honing his skills as a pocket-passing quarterback as Missouri looks to claim a third straight SEC East title.
▪ Our outlook for Mizzou’s season, with game-by-game predictions by Blair Kerkhoff.
▪ Who will be Maty Mauk’s top targets on offense this year?
▪ SEC Blitz: Blair Kerkhoff predicts the conference order of finish, top players and games, with team-by-team schedules.
K-State, KU and the Big 12
▪ After years of success, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is on his way into the College Football Hall of Fame. But he is showing no signs of slowing down, even at age 75.
▪ K-State is seeking more balance on offense a year after going to the air.
▪ Our outlook for the Wildcats’ season, with game-by-game predictions by Blair Kerkhoff.
▪ The Air Raid offense has helped many colleges take off, but will it work for Kansas?
▪ Our outlook for the Jayhawks’ season, with game-by-game predictions by Blair Kerkhoff.
▪ Big 12 Blitz: Blair Kerkhoff predicts the conference order of finish, top players and games, with team-by-team schedules.
▪ Blair Kerkhoff column: The path to the College Football Playoff should be the same distance from every major conference.
▪ Larry Wilcox, Benedictine football have been right fit for nearly a half century.
▪ Triple options: High school coaches want their best players on the field as much as possible.
▪ We asked area coaches and players to describe their favorite play.