Friday, August 1, 2008
Big 12 links: Colorado's Scott adjusts to college life
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Heralded Colorado standout incoming freshman Darrell Scott wants his teammates to know he's just like any other incoming freshman.
Even though some teammates have compared him to Adrian Peterson and Jim Brown before his first practice, Scott is settling into his new surroundings. He bought an air conditioner for his dorm room because he was surprised by the stifling late July heat of Boulder, Colo.
"Man, I'm just a normal human being," Scott told the Boulder Camera.
Scott has already earned some names of distinction as he prepares for the start of practice next week. Some are calling him by his newfound nickname "Freshmeat." And others are referencing him as "Five Star," in reference to his recruiting hype.
As the Big 12's most heralded incoming recruit settles into the rigors of college life, here's hoping his adjustment is an easy one.
Here are a few items for perusal as a couple of more teams start practicing across the conference.
- Iowa State RB Jason Scales tells Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune he's excited about the challenge of earning the starting job in Gene Chizik's backfield.
- CB Kendrick Harper has some big shoes to fill heading into the start of Kansas' fall practice on Saturday. All he has to do is replace Kansas All American CB Aqib Talib.
- Coaches voting in USA Today's preseason poll apparently are sold on the Big 12's overall strength. The Big 12 had five teams among the nation's top 14 teams. No other conference had more than four.
- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops tells the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel that he won't kick freshman WR Josh Jarboe off the team for his celebrated You Tube video where he raps about guns and shooting people. "Kick a guy off the team for what he says?" Stoops told Tramel. "We're starting to talk about everything kids say and do. Now we're in people's homes, in their private spaces."
- Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls hypes an early recruiting signing period as a way to save money.
- New Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is showing a different side of his personality than when he was an Aggie assistant under R.C. Slocum earlier in his career, the San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman writes.
- Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew is trying to live down the ramifications of his arrest earlier this year. "It was real embarrassing," Pettigrew told Scott Wright of the Oklahoman. "I'm not a trouble-maker. It was something that just happened. I can't take it back. All I can do is look forward and try to be better about stuff next time."
- Want to feel like you're in the middle of a post-practice media scrum? Check out the Oklahoman's neat video feature "Mike Gundy Uncut" after Oklahoma State's first practice on Thursday. It's much tamer than he was after some games last year.
- There's no quarterback controversy at Oklahoma State's camp this summer for the first time in four years.
- Projected starting CB Anthony Blue likely won't be ready for Nebraska's Aug. 30 opener against Western Michigan, Coach Bo Pelini tells the Lincoln Journal-Star.
- Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald serves up a mess of notes in my favorite of his columns, his weekly "First Downs and Second Guesses."
- The Pelini brothers shared a few pearls of wisdom with coaches at a clinic Thursday night in Lincoln. The word "effort" kept coming up - over and over.