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Morning links: Taysom Hill a Heisman Trophy candidate; Ansah, Wagner ranked as top 100 NFL players

Quarterback Taysom Hill runs with the team on the opening day of Brigham Young University football fall camp at the school's outdoor practice field in Provo on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
Quarterback Taysom Hill runs with the team on the opening day of Brigham Young University football fall camp at the school's outdoor practice field in Provo on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

USA Today came out with a photo gallery of 16 players who are preseason Heisman Trophy candidates. Recently named BYU starting quarterback Taysom Hill was one of 10 quarterbacks pictured in the slide show.

Former Logan High School quarterback Luke Falk was also on the list.

Ziggy Ansah and Bobby Wagner ranked as top 100 NFL players

Two players with local ties made the list as ESPN ranked the best 100 players in the NFL.

Former BYU and currant Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah came in at a tie for No. 66 with Calais Campbell.

After asking the question if Ansah is the best athlete in the NFL, Michael Rothstein writes, "The scary thing for the NFL is he has picked up a lot of the game, but there's plenty of room for growth for the fourth-year pro. He had 14.5 sacks last season, and double-digit sacks are once again the goal."

Former Utah State Aggie Bobby Wagner made the list again, landing at the No. 52 spot.

"A true three-down linebacker, Wagner is great against the run and consistently limits yards after the catch while in coverage. Since 2012, he has piled up 476 tackles, which ranks ninth in the NFL. Wagner is responsible for getting the defense lined up and has emerged as a leader on a unit that has led the league in fewest points allowed for four straight seasons," writes Sheil Kapadia.

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt edged out Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the top spot.

Derrick Favors has great expectations

Max Resetar of Slam featured Derrick Favors and his role with the Jazz as they try to take a big step forward this season.

After talking about some of the other talent on the Jazz roster, Resetar writes, "The man holding it all together is soon-to-be seventh-year pro Derrick Favors. And he won’t settle for anything but improvement."

Resetar continues, "More than ever, Favors says he sees the need in getting better every day, both as a father and ballplayer. He’s not wasting any more time on the court, which means he’s serious about those goals. The table is all set for Favors to lead the Jazz back to the Playoffs. He knows it’s gonna start with him and his partner in the frontcourt, Rudy Gobert."

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.