Big 12 lunch links: Cowboys must be tougher in 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
With Texas A&M starting practice today in College Station, every Big 12 team is back at work to prepare for the 2009 season.
The Aggies will condition in the sweltering sweatbox that can be College Station in August. But it should have them in outstanding shape for the start of the season.
Only 24 days remain until the start of the season. Here are a few stories from across the Big 12 to get you primed.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Oklahoma State must be tougher than it was in the Holiday Bowl if it wants to live up to its early hype.
- Colorado will shift seamlessly between three-man and four-man defensive fronts this season, the Denver Post's Tom Kensler reports.
- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin tells The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton why he decided to give up track this spring in order to become a full-time football player.
- New Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee's role will be that of a caretaker of the Cornhuskers' offense, Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel writes. And the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple writes that Lee has a chance to back up the early hype he has been steadily receiving from coaches and teammates.
- CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodds' all-decade team had a significant crimson and cream hue with four Oklahoma players selected -- Adrian Peterson, Jammal Brown, Rocky Calmus and Roy Williams.
- The Kansas City Star's Paul Suellentrop profiles versatile Kansas State running back/quarterback Daniel Thomas.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin writes that Todd Reesing excels in and is reveling in his college experience.
- The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls writes that Texas' defense has room for much improvement in its second season working with coordinator/head-coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp.
- Oklahoma wide receiver Cameron Kenney is turning heads not only with his catching skills but also with his punting, Jake Trotter and Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman report.
- The Lubbock Avalanche Journal's Don Williams analyzes the battle for playing time among Texas Tech's wide receivers.
- Junior college cornerback Coryell Judie and freshman defensive lineman Chris Henderson were missing as Texas A&M prepared for Monday's first day of practice, the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman reports.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State