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Monday, March 30, 2009
This week in the Big 12: Baylor, UT conclude spring practices

By staff

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Two Big 12 teams will conclude their spring work this week and another starts spring practice later in the week.

Baylor will conduct a controlled scrimmage Thursday afternoon at the school's new Highers Practice Complex to finish off its spring work.

And Texas will have its annual Spring Jamboree Sunday afternoon in Austin. Festivities will kick off with the annual Fan Fest at noon, followed by the scrimmage at 2:30 p.m.

Fans can even take home the ultimate Texas football keepsake as they leave the stadium that day. The school's athletic department is selling chunks of the facility's turf to help defray the cost of a new playing surface that will be installed before the team's Sept. 5 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

Colorado will begin its spring practices on Tuesday. That leaves Kansas State, which will begin spring work on April 6, as the only team that will not be conducting spring practice this week.

Other notable items to watch around the conference will be whether Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is welcomed back to Kansas' roster. Coach Mark Mangino said last week he would review whether Briscoe and starting defensive tackle Jamal Greene would return for the rest of spring practice. Mangino suspended both before spring practice started for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Heralded Nebraska freshman quarterback Cody Green will be looking to return completely to practice later this week for the Cornhuskers. Green dabbled briefly during the Cornhuskers' weekend work, but would like to be back and working in his challenge for the team's starting job at his position.

And Texas running back Cody Johnson hopes to return to the lineup at the Longhorns' Sunday scrimmage after a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the lineup last week.