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Our portion of the valley will be represented by 20 Division I football players at preseason camps throughout the nation a pretty good crop.
The best of the bunch: Fresno State wide receiver-kick returner Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian), Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) and Fresno State defensive lineman Andy Jennings (Pitman).
Burse has accounted for 12 touchdowns in his career with more on the way, thanks to QB Derek Carr. But at MC, Burse still is known as the conduit to a state small-schools title in 2009.
Sudfeld threw seven touchdown passes as an IU freshman. That lifts him into a three-way fight for the QB job.
Jennings was named to the All-Mountain West Conference second team last fall. One season left to show his stuff.
Others to watch: Nevada center Matt Galas (Central Catholic), Fresno State offensive lineman Cody Wichmann (Mariposa County) and Buffalo defensive end Beau Bachtelle (Summerville, Modesto Junior College).
Bachtelle receives the early exposure vs. Ohio Sate on Aug. 31.
Troubled Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) needs to separate himself from Johnny Football. Anger management therapy could be in order, too.
New coach, zero experience at QB and the nation's third-toughest schedule good luck, Cal Bears.
About the 2012 high school stars: Downey's Aaron Zwahlen takes his two-year Mormon mission before he enrolls at Hawaii; Central Catholic running back Rey Vega checks in at Portland State; and CC running back Ray Lomas walks on at San Jose State.
South Korea's Inbee Park pursues an historic fourth straight major title at the Women's British Open at St. Andrew's. Why does the sports world yawn?
49er's corner Chris Culliver is lost for the season (ACL tear). Nothing good has happened for him since his homophobic words pre-Super Bowl.
Niner linebacker Patrick Willis incurred what was called a "slight fracture" of his hand. Well, is it fractured or not? Is that like being slightly bankrupt?
The wave of injuries aside, the best news out of 49er camp is QB Colin Kaepernick (Pitman). On and off the field, he is the NFL's cutting-edge star.
Kaepernick will throw to Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and fill-in-the-blank.
A free agent who has a chance in the wake of Aaron Hernandez's arrest: Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld (Nate's brother).
The non-waiver trading deadline turned out to be much ado about not so much.
The inaction means the Giants can sign Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez during the offseason. Our hunch: Only one will be a Giant in 2014.
Further hunch: The returner will be Pence.
The one fact that will keep Giants' hearts warm during the offseason: Madison Bumgarner is barely 24.
About Athletics Owner Lew Wolff and his assertion that "there is no Plan B" past a move to San Jose: Plan B should have been in place years ago.
The only correct answer for the franchise and its loyal fans: Build the new park in Oakland. A gaining-momentum grass-roots move by fans this year proves the point.
Mike Terpstra (ex-MJC and Cal State Stanislaus coach) has prepared for decades for his position on the Oklahoma City bench. He's more than ready.
Brian Wilson's signing by the Dodgers shouldn't be traumatic to Giants fans unless he closes to clinch LA's division title.
Right now is one of the best times for college football. Why? The anticipation.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.