Ranking the Best Names in College Football

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Sep 13, 2014; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies fullback Jazzmar Clax (34) misses the pass under pressure from Boise State Broncos cornerback Jonathan Moxey (30) during the second half at Rentschler Field. Boise State Broncos defeated the Connecticut Huskies 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

14. Jazzmar Clax, UConn FB

Biographical Information: Redshirt junior fullback from Freehold, New Jersey. Middle name is Bayon. Birthday is August 23, 1993. Was an Asbury Park Press All-Shore first team selection in high school, and helped two different high schools win Group 3 titles. Political science major. No parents’ names listed.

Fun Fact from Official Team Bio: He went to high school at (or is it “on”?) “Neptune”

Why I love the name: It’s a pretty common scenario in baby-naming. Clearly, Dad wanted a son named Omar. Mom loved jazz music. When the baby boy was born, they decided to compromise and combine their preferred names. However, Mom couldn’t decide on a favorite name that was representative of Jazz. Should she pick Louis Armstrong or Jelly Roll Morton? Oscar Peterson or Duke Ellington? John Stockton or Karl Malone? Recognizing that this was impossible, she simply chose the entire genre, and the illustrious name of Jazzmar came into existence. Also important here is the verifiable fact that you need a one-syllable last name with a cool, multiple-syllable first name like Jazzmar. Clax meets that criterion and also offers just enough eccentricity to push it into the top 14. Bravo!

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