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Ranking the Best Position Units in College Football Early in 2020 | Bleacher Report

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    DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and John Metchie III

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    When a college football team is thriving, that success is always a product of multiple position groups playing well. But one particular unit usually deserves much of the praise.

    In the early stages of the 2020 season, several of these units have emerged. For this piece, “best” describes the most effective position groups on the most successful teams. So, yes, the highest-ranked programs are well represented.

    Additionally, the selections provide a snapshot of what has happened so far, not necessarily a projection of what’s to come.

    Quarterbacks are not included in the list; only positions with two-plus contributors were considered.

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    Two years ago, Appalachian State showcased an overwhelming secondary. That team surrendered 5.7 yards per pass attempt and a 56.5 completion percentage and logged 17 interceptions to eight touchdowns. This season’s secondary is statistically comparable.

    So far, the Mountaineers have surrendered just 491 passing yards in three games. Opponents have completed an FBS-worst 40.5 percent of their attempts with a meager 6.6 yards per throw.

    Shemar Jean-Charles leads App State with eight pass breakups, while Kaiden Smith has four and an interception. Shaun Jolly is a terrific corner, and Ryan Huff (pictured) has an interception too. That quartet is the foundation of a lockdown secondary.

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    While quarterback Zach Wilson is the star and the offensive line deserves a ton of credit, BYU’s running backs are excelling too.

    Tyler Allgeier (pictured) has scampered for 391 yards at a scorching 7.4-yard clip and scored four touchdowns in four games. Lopini Katoa has provided versatility with 215 rushing yards and eight catches for 78 yards, totaling four touchdowns.

    For good measure, Jackson McChesney added 56 yards and

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Le’Veon Bell’s Career Earnings After Early Release from Jets Contract | Bleacher Report

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New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell runs the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Le’Veon Bell’s short stint with the New York Jets proved extremely lucrative, even if his production didn’t match his salary. 

The Jets released Bell on Tuesday, less than two years into the four-year, $52.5 million contract he signed in March 2019. The $28 million he earned in 17 games with New York is nearly double the $16.2 million he earned as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers over five seasons.

Bell was a key cog in the Steelers’ offense from 2013-2017, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2014 and 2017 while tallying more than 1,200 yards rushing three times. After his second All-Pro season, Bell sat out the entire 2018 campaign due to a contract dispute with Pittsburgh. 

The Steelers handed off to Bell a career-high 321 times in 2017, and the tailback was looking to sign an extension before becoming a free agent following the 2018 season. When Pittsburgh instead franchise-tagged him, Bell elected to remain on the sidelines rather than risk his health in a contract year. 

From a financial standpoint, there’s no question the decision made sense. The Jets gave Bell a four-year, $52.5 million contract with $35 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $61 million overall, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

He didn’t come close to justifying that contract, though. Across the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Bell carried the ball 264 times for 863 yards and three touchdowns to go with 500 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Spotrac.com puts Bell’s career estimated earnings at nearly $44.1 million. That number could jump up again in the near future if Bell signs elsewhere as a free agent. 

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New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Art in Early Learning

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Atlanta, GA, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR126: Art in Early Learning to the online child care training course catalog.

There is a common phrase, “It′s the process, not the product.” This means that children can explore the materials in the art center and simply enjoy what happens. For young children, the process of creating is more important than the product they develop.  Young children are very creative and enjoy using different materials to express their ideas.  As children pound on clay, dab paint on paper, glue things together, or scribble with crayons, they begin to understand their world and how to control the tools they use.  Playing with a basic material like modeling clay holds a child’s interest, lengthening their attention span while allowing the child to examine, resolve, and clarify the ideas and concepts they are acquiring.

In the art center, children learn to express their feelings through the use of colors or materials that match their mood.  Children also learn to share and cooperate with others as they work together in small groups and negotiate for materials and supplies.  Art centers designed for young children should include the raw materials for creativity, and the opportunity to choose media and materials that fit the child’s mood.  The art center provides numerous opportunities to enhance a child’s self-esteem, attitude about work and play, and social skills.  Creative experiences for young children should be inviting, promote the expression of feelings, encourage children to explore properties of materials, and cultivate imagination.

Teachers should stress to children that their experience in the art center is more important than what they make to take home. This is accomplished