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Muskets: Fired

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Somewhere, Sam is smiling.

UMass Releases Two Deep

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The Minutemen released their two deep yesterday. I think the only big surprise here is Jamal Wilson getting the starting nod at running back, with Lorenzo Woodley as the backup. It's encouraging to see Woodley here, though, as he's battled with injuries during summer camp. For more on my running back thoughts, see this.

Bring your #27 jerseys out, CMU fans...

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Antonio Brown, former Central Michigan Chippewa and current Pittsburgh Steeler, hinted via Twitter that he could be back in Mt. Pleasant for the Battle of the Victory Cannon against hated rival Western Michigan. If he does drop by the pleasant mount of Mount Pleasant, expect a wild and wacky Western Weekend to get even more hectic.

Akron's Zippy Is In the 2014 Capital One MAscot Challenge

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Zippy, Akron's lovely kangaroo mascot, is in the 2014 Capital One Mascot challenge this fall. Zippy won the challenge in 2008, going an unprecedented 13-0

Now she's back to reclaim her title as America's favorite college mascot. In Week 1 she's going head to head with Arizona's Wilma T. Wildcat, and holds 90 percent of the votes at the time of the writing.

You just don't mess with the Roo.

Former Chippewas Shamari Benton and Darren Keyton Are Still Detroit Lions After Scheduled Roster Cuts

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The dream is still alive for both LB Shamari Benton and OG Darren Keyton, as the Detroit Lions preempt the Tuesday deadline to reduce their roster numbers to 75 players. Both players went undrafted in their respective drafts, with Benton signing in Detroit just last week and Keyton having gone through Lions training camp once before last year. The final round of cuts to 53 players will occur on August 30th at 4 p.m. Eastern.

@HustleBelt Named One of the 100 Twitter Accounts CFB Fans Should Follow

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Athlon Sports' yearly college football Twitter guide is out and once again we've made this list as a must-follow for all college football fans. So what the hell are you waiting for?

Akron At Penn State Named One of the 25 Most Intriguing Games This Fall

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The Akron Zips head into the house that Joe Pa built next week for some B1G on MAC action. While most people probably don't think the Zips have a shot, Yahoo's Pat Forde thinks this could actually be one of the most intriguing games of this year.

Akron is much better than it was in 2011 and 2012, and even if the Zips are overrated, there's no denying the team is on the rise. Meanwhile, Penn State will be returning from a game in IReland the week before. Travel induced fatigue is a key ingredient of a trap game.

PJ Fleck Burns Donald Celiscar For A Touchdown

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PJ Fleck may be 33, but he still can take on the best of them, including the Broncos' top corner-back Donald Celiscar. We here at the Belt aren't sure whether to be impressed with Fleck's athleticism at his age or disappointed with Celiscar's coverage abilities but this is surely you can't see anywhere else. (h/t to @Drew_on_WMU)

This Eagle Channels Its Inner George Of The Jungle

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Why this video was published is beyond me, but it's hilarious and cute at the same time.

Kent State Center Jason Bitsko Has Passed Away

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Sad news coming out of Kent State today as center Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive this morning before being pronounced dead from an undisclosed medical issue overnight. He was 21 years old.

Our thoughts and prayers here at Hustle Belt go out to the Bitsko family and the Kent State community. Bitsko was a tremendous football player and an even better person in general.

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