Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Roundup: All-star games, amazing helmets
By David Ubben
Here's a bit of what you missed over the long weekend across the Big 12.
Big 12 players trying to up stock
Collin Klein spent the week at the East-West Shrine Bowl, and he's doing so as a quarterback. It's clear he wants that to be his position in the NFL, but he'll have to prove it to a mountain of skeptical NFL teams.
"It's been a lot of fun. A lot of new stuff, so I'm drinking from a fire hydrant, but we're having a good time," said Klein said. "It's great to meet and get to know the guys. It's a great opportunity and I'm trying to make the most of it."
Klein's game, though, wasn't as strong. He finished 5-of-13 for 43 yards and an interception. He did run 35 yards on five carries. His teammate, K-State cornerback Nigel Malone, won the game's defensive MVP after returning an interception 30 yards near the end of the first half.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege reportedly stood out during practices leading up to the game, and completed 4-of-8 passes for 30 yards and an interception.
"He has so many pluses to him," East coach Jerry Glanville said of Klein, a Heisman finalist this season. "He reminds me years ago of a youngster at Tennessee, went on and played for the Colts, now he plays for Denver. I see a lot of the same characteristics in him."
Crist shines in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Former Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist struggled in an all-star game earlier this month, but he bounced back in a big way over the weekend when he accounted for a couple of touchdowns in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Crist's National team beat the American team, 34-0, and he completed 7-of-10 passes for 61 yards and was named the team's MVP after throwing for a score and running for another.
Former Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens also ran for a touchdown in the game.
Baylor's helmets are magic
Baylor running backs coach Jeff Lebby tweeted one of the most talked-about photos in the Big 12 over the weekend.
Wow. Those are amazing. Baylor also broke out some black helmets, but that "All Gold Everything" helmet immediately jumps to the top of my list as the best in the Big 12. That thing is outrageously awesome.
Can't wait to see them in a game. What do you think?