Thursday, August 20, 2009
Big 12 lunch links: Gideon fueled by memories of critical drop
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Busy today with all kinds of interviews, including more later this afternoon at Texas A&M.
But would I forget your lunchtime links?
Not a chance.
Texas safety Blake Gideon tells USA Today's Steve Wieberg that he's using last season's critical dropped interception against Texas Tech as motivation to prepare him for 2009.
Iowa State wide receiver Darius Darks could miss the Cyclones' Sept. 3 opener against North Dakota State as he recovers from a hamstring injury, the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson reports. Darks set an ISU freshman record for receptions last season.
Nebraska tight ends coach Ron Brown tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple he's excited about the Cornhuskers' wealth of talent at the position.
The Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek writes about how fatherhood has matured former Minnesota transfer and current Kansas State walk-on wide receiver Broderick Smith.
Even six likely starting sophomores and another freshman hasn't dampened the enthusiasm for veteran Texas A&M coordinator Joe Kines, the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman reports.
The Daily Nebraskan's Kris Knowlton ranks the Big 12 coaches from worst to first.