Monday, December 1, 2008

Football Roundup 12-1

Hutchinson owes a lot to Randle

Vikings all-pro Steve Hutchinson is one of the league's top offensive
linemen. But he said he wouldn't be the player he is today without the help of
former Vikings great John Randle.
"He's the reason I'm the player I am today," Hutchinson said. "I had to go up against him every day in practice; you block him every day in practice, then you go into a game, and it's almost slow motion."
Sunday night, Randle was inducted into the Vikings' Ring of Honor.
"I think he epitomizes what the Ring stands for," Hutchinson said. "(He's) a
guy who played for a team for a decade, 11 years, is one of the all-time sack
Vikings center Matt Birk recalled a funny run-in with Randle during his
first training camp. Birk was eating in the dining room when Randle came up to
"He comes up to me and says, 'Today, I'm going to take your soul,' "
Birk said. "I figured he could be just the guy to do it."

Coaches searching for defensive help

"It's time to get better."

That could be written every year on the banner college football coaches carry into the recruiting war.

But after West Texas A&M gave up 93 points to Abilene Christian in its final game of
the season, defensive coordinator Colby Carthel's statement has more impact.

His staff certainly has work to do.

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