Big 12 morning links: Harris' resolve told in inspiring story
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma S Nic Harris has faced a long road to playing college football.
John Hoover of the Tulsa World tells a riveting story about Harris' determination to succeed, despite being shuttled among family members throughout his childhood.
That resolve has helped him bounce back from early struggles in his college career into one of the nation's top defensive backs. His memories about the Oregon game two years ago -- still fresh because of the Sooners' trip to the Pacific Northwest this week -- show how far he has come.
It's a terrific story that I can't recommend more highly. Spend some time reading it.
Here what's making news across the Big 12 this morning:
- Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's halftime pep talks must be intense. The Longhorns haven't allowed a point in the second half this season.
- Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson is ready to play wherever the Aggies need him.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini sees no disadvantage alternating three I-backs. And Nebraska long snapper T.J. O'Leary is excited about facing New Mexico State, where he started his football career in 2004.
- Oklahoma isn't intimidated by its first road game Saturday at Washington -- despite the Sooners' struggles away from home last season. But the Sooners still must avoid the potholes that have marked their recent trips away from Owen Field.
- Iowa State coach Gene Chizik is bracing for his first visit to Kinnick Stadium. While Sean Keeler, amongst an array of other goodies, writes about why ISU QB Phillip Bates will be important against Iowa.
- Missouri TE Chase Coffman isn't grounded on the football field. It's why Mike DeArmond has started calling him "The Birdman of Missouri."
- TE Riar Greer is close to returning to practice, providing Colorado with one of its top playmakers.
- Kansas coach Mark Mangino is surprised that teams are stacking the line against his team. His most consistent run producer has the unlikely first name of Anguschristopher.
- Josh Freeman's pass-efficiency rating has shot through the roof after his first two games -- especially compared to his first two seasons at Kansas State.
- Oklahoma State is one of the nation's most balanced offensive teams as one of two teams nationally with at least 500 yards rushing and passing this season. Those big numbers have helped the Cowboys also post some impressive ones at the box office.
- The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams wonders if Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell is hurting?
- Baylor coach Art Briles said that Washington State is much better than it appeared in a 66-3 home loss last week to California.