Lunch Links: Stoops, Brown staying honest
August, 21, 2013
By Max Olson | ESPN.com
Get ready for all those bad puns about Oklahoma's quarterback situation changing "like Knight and day." They're coming.
- Here's the report that has people talking: Trevor Knight will soon be named the starting quarterback at Oklahoma, according to Dean Blevins of News 9. Bob Stoops once again denied that a decision has been made. Berry Trammel believes a platoon of Knight and Blake Bell is in order. Stoops tries quoting "Dumb and Dumber" to shoot down that possibility. He also announced that most of OU's 2013 recruiting class will play this fall.
- Mack Brown tells Yahoo's Pat Forde he wants to finish the job at Texas and hopes to coach through 2020. Touted juco transfer tackle Desmond Harrison returns to practice, but his academic issue still isn't resolved. Texas running backs are ready to share carries again in the up-tempo offense.
- What role will J.W. Walsh have for Oklahoma State this season? Glenn Spencer is asking for five turnovers a day from his defense. OSU tackle Devin Davis has gone from unheralded recruit with no other offers to starting tackle. Shamiel Gary is holding down the strong safety job for OSU.
- Gary Patterson still won't reveal who's starting at QB or on the right side of TCU's offensive line. This season preview says TCU's ceiling is 11-1 and its floor is 6-6.
- Paul Rhoads spent time Tuesday passing out candy to Iowa State freshmen during dorm move-ins. Iowa State's Kirby Van Der Kamp is the best punter in the nation, if you ask Rhoads. ISU's quarterback depth is the good kind of boring, writes Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register, and backup Grant Rohach's development is on schedule. Cyclones defensive end Willie Scott's suspension is over.
- No surprise here, but Bill Snyder isn't taking last season's success for granted, and nor will his players. Kansas State coaches "absolutely love" their starting offensive line entering 2013.
- Baylor is trying to build off its hot finish to the 2012 campaign. They get overlooked due to the Bears' receivers, but BU tight ends are finding ways to contribute that most won't notice.
- Krista Pirtle of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal breaks down Texas Tech's schedule, game by game. Tech loses a safety for the season.
- New Kansas starting safety Isaiah Johnson has a knack for grabbing interceptions. A fellow junior college transfer, cornerback Kevin Short, practiced for the first time Tuesday. KU defensive coordinator Dave Campo bothered by "fast-break offense" throughout the Big 12.
- Nice story from Mike Casazza of the Daily Mail on the journey West Virginia's 6-foot-9 lineman Mike Calicchio made. WVU DC Keith Patterson is emphasizing height on his defense.
- And last but certainly not least, Barry Switzer talked a variety of topics with the Dallas Morning News, including OU, Darrell Royal, paying players and Johnny Manziel.