Big 12 links: Chris Whaley's toughness stories are sprouting

February, 5, 2009
2/05/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Notice how quiet it is on the day after national signing day?

The hype has been turned down and spring football is less than a month away at some Big 12 schools. Here are some Big 12 stories people are talking about.

  • Who needs those same stale Chuck Norris stories? Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls writes of two games last season when Texas running back recruit Chris Whaley rushed for 400 yards apiece with his broken hand in a cast after falling off a horse.
  • Linebacker Jake Knott of Waukee, Iowa, is profiled by the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse as coach Paul Rhoads' first in-state recruit.
  • Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel notes how Bo Pelini specifically thanked each booster who provided a plane for Nebraska's recruiting use at his national signing day press conference, but failed to mention any specific recruits by name.
  • The St. Louis Post Dispatch's Jeff Gordon writes that talent recruited by Missouri makes it difficult for the Tigers to catch Texas and Oklahoma as Big 12 powers.
  • Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman repeatedly stressed the need for more athleticism in his program and he introduced his 2009 recruiting class, San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle beat writer Brent Zwerneman reports.
  • The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Oklahoma might receive more of an immediate boost from walk-on kicker Bryce Easley than any of the more heralded players in its 2009 recruiting class.

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