Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III helped make 2012 the year of the rookie quarterback in the National Football League after becoming the first duo at the position selected first and second in the draft in 13 years.
Offensive tackles were the top two picks in the National Football League draft for the second time in the Super Bowl era, the New York Jets picked up a potential replacement for Darrelle Revis and no running backs were taken in the opening round for the first time since 1963.
A promising future in academia and business beckoned Majid Abbasi. His research on how welding affects the properties of steel earned him a doctorate from Brigham Young University and a job offer from the University of Alabama. He was also seeking to patent and commercialize a technique he’d invented to improve cleaning of contact lenses.
Raul Labrador, a Tea Party favorite, has emerged as House Republicans’ go-to negotiator on immigration. He is unusually prepared for the task: The Puerto Rico-born Mormon convert is a lawyer fluent in Spanish who has represented undocumented residents fighting deportation.
Kyle Van Noy scored on a fumble recovery and an interception return and Brigham Young University had three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 23-6 defeat of San Diego State University in college football’s Poinsettia Bowl.