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Big 12 lunch links: OSU walk-on Jason Evans all over MTV

5/18/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Don't talk to Oklahoma State walk-on strong safety Jason Evans about having too active of a social life.

Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World tells the interesting story of Evans, a former Marine who served in Iraq before coming back to college. He's also recently auditioned for the MTV reality show "The Real World" after earlier appearing on the MTV dating show "Next."

Such notoriety apparently has helped make Evans one of Stillwater's most eligible bachelors, as well as a part of the Cowboy team that will be challenging for its first Big 12 South title later this season.

His introduction to the team, as are those for many walk-ons, came with some bumps and bruises when he was lined up on the same play and challenged to stop a hulking fullback on a power sweep.  

"I guess they were just trying to feel me out to see if I was just some punk and I didn't back down one inch," Evans told the World.

"We just blasted each other. I didn't knock him over, but he didn't knock me over. Ever since then, ever since the first 30 minutes of the first practice, everybody has been real cool to me. They found out real quick that I wasn't just some kid out there for a name tag and a jersey. I was actually out there to play."

Even though it's the middle of May, these lunchtime links have come to play, too.

Enjoy them.

  • Big East officials aren't happy with the shared arrangement they currently have with the Big 12 for Gator Bowl appearances, Charleston Daily Mail reporter Mike Casazza writes.

  • Clay Travis of fanhouse.com writes that Mike Leach's 64-team NCAA playoff proposal would transform college football.

  • Wide receiver Keeston Terry of Blue Springs, Mo., has commited to Nebraska, Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald reports. Terry is the fourth commit of the 2010 recruiting class.

  • Offensive tackle Troy Baker of Connally, Texas, has switched his commitment from Texas Tech to Baylor. John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald writes that Baker changed his mind because of his respect for Baylor coach Art Briles.

  • The Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis has four Big 12 teams ranked in her preseason top 25 -- all from the South Division.

  • Hulking Texas offensive tackle Adam Ulatoski plays a mean euphonium. The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls relates this story and others, including the results of Ulatoski's independent study of the Longhorn brand.

  • KXAN-TV in Austin has the story and some video about the new Field Turf playing surface at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorns will become the fifth Big 12 school with Field Turf playing surface at their stadium.

  • The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter has his post-spring predictions with Kansas and Texas favored to win the North and South. Most interestingly, Matter picks Missouri to finish second in the North and Baylor to finish fourth in the South.

  • Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is particularly proud of how former Sooners Dan Cody and Jammal Brown have finished their college degrees despite flourishing NFL careers, Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler reports.