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Morning links: Colin Cowherd compares US Soccer to BYU; USU freshman earns male athlete of the year honor

Fox Sports 1's Colin Cowherd compares the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team to BYU football.
Fox Sports 1's Colin Cowherd compares the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team to BYU football.
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What does U.S. Men's Soccer and BYU football have in common? A lot, according to Fox Sports 1's Colin Cowherd.

Cowherd compared several top national soccer teams to college football programs in the wake of England's stunning loss to Iceland Monday. He compared England to Notre Dame, France to Clemson, Italy to Ohio State, Germany to Alabama, Brazil to USC, Argentina to Oregon and Spain to Texas.

What about the U.S.?

"You know what we are? We're BYU," Cowherd said. "Darn solid, consistently scrappy, bowl level, can match up with anybody except the top six or seven, and not really taken seriously by Brazil, Germany and Argentina."

He also had this to say about BYU and U.S. Soccer taking on Notre Dame and England:

"When Notre Dame and BYU play, England and the USA, you can't really tell a difference."

One has to wonder what both Notre Dame and England think of that.

Utah State freshman named Male Athlete of the Year by The Olympian

Olympia High School athlete and new Utah State football freshman David Woodward was just named Male Athlete of the Year by The Olympian newspaper in Washington state.

Woodward already won All-Area Football Player of the Year from the same newspaper after finishing the season with 71 tackles and four interceptions on defense and 1,921 yards and 15 touchdowns on offense. But football is far from Woodward's only sport. He averaged 11.4 points and six rebounds per game in basketball and won a state title in the javelin throw.

"He’s one of those great natural athletes,” Olympia high school football coach Bill Beattie said in the story. “He could probably pick up a tennis racket or a golf club and be very good at those sports in a very short time, but what separates him is he’s willing to work really hard."

Woodward is already enrolled at Utah State and is excited to play for the Aggies.

"I’m excited because never in my life have I been able to focus on one sport," Woodward told The Olympian. "It’s going to be fun to put all my effort into football and reach my full potential."

George Hill holds basketball clinic in southern Texas

New Utah Jazz point guard George Hill held his "Ballin' on the Border Tour" for young athletes from seven to 17 in the southern tip of Texas this week. Stuart Duncan of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times covered Hill's stop in Corpus Christi.

"Corpus Christi's close to the Rio Grande Valley and it's a place that may not get a lot of exposure," Hill told Duncan. "I thought it'd be nice just to give back. I want to go to places that (a lot of other NBA players) don't make an effort to go to. All the border cities are a big thing for me and adding Corpus to the schedule this year was huge."

Hill also went out of his way to help girls develop their basketball skills as well as the boys.

"I think the girls deserve the chance (to play pro basketball) just like the guys do," Hill said. "The girls we've had in camp so far have done great and showed a lot of effort. I'm very excited to have girls in the camp and they do a great job of trying to compete and be better than the boys."

"Basketball's my favorite sport and having George Hill teach me just makes me a better player," said 16-year-old Emily Lozano. "I really like this clinic. It's really cool that he does this for both boys and girls."

Lafe Peavler is a sports strategist for the Deseret News and Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.