Big 12: 2010 camp opens

Opening camp: Texas A&M

August, 9, 2010
8/09/10
2:00
PM ET
Schedule: Practice starts today

What’s new: The offensive line. The Aggies lose three starters from last season's line, and might end up starting two true freshmen -- albeit blue-chip recruits as the Nos. 6 and 7 tackle prospects in the 2010 class -- at both edges of the offensive line in Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel.

Key battle: Right tackle. Sophomore Brian Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 303-pounder should enter fall camp as the starter, but Matthews, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder, should give him some solid competition. Redshirt freshman Rhontae Scales could also be a factor at the position. If one thing can derail the Aggies' high-scoring offense, it'll be an inconsistent offensive line, and the importance of establishing the group can't be underestimated this camp.

New on the scene: Receivers Ryan Swope and Kenric McNeal. Both sophomores, who played as freshmen, will patrol the slot for the Aggies. They combined for 25 catches last season.

Breaking out: Running back Christine Michael. He's gotten some recognition around the Big 12 after rushing for 844 yards as a true freshman, but if the Aggies gain some early momentum and as a result, attention, fans who haven't seen him yet will get a sense of how good he could be. The 5-11, 205-pounder will still split carries with the more experienced Cyrus Gray, but Michael is one of the conference's rising stars and a player the Aggies should lean on after quarterback Jerrod Johnson graduates.

Don’t forget about: Noseguard Lucas Patterson. He'll be the key to new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's 3-4 scheme, and he couldn't have picked a much better man to do it. An athletic 6-foot-4, 303-pound tackle, Patterson joins linebacker Von Miller as two extremely talented defenders on a defense that struggled in 2009.
All eyes on: Johnson. His status as the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year assures that. He's got good competition for the conference's best quarterback in Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Baylor's Robert Griffin, but he'll hold the key to the Aggies finish in the Big 12 South after a brutal November schedule that features Oklahoma, Nebraska and road games against Texas and Baylor.

Quoting: "In order for us to be successful on offense, the offensive line has to click. If we can't protect the quarterback, we can't get the ball into our receivers' hands. If we can't create running space, our talented running backs won't be able to run. So everything rests in that offensive line. -- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman

Opening camp: Texas

August, 9, 2010
8/09/10
11:30
AM ET
Schedule: Practice started on Sunday

What’s new: The offense. Colt McCoy completing 70 percent of his passes meant a shift away from the Vince Young zone read to a pass-heavy spread offense that served the Longhorns well for McCoy's four seasons as starter. Now, they'll take the offense more under center to try and establish a downhill running game that's been missing since 2007, the last time Texas had a 1,000-yard rusher.

Key battle: Receiver. There might not be a more muddled group in the entire conference. Texas has a handful of receivers that could be capable of becoming the No. 1 target, but that status could fluctuate throughout the season and who ends up on top is anyone's guess. Malcolm Williams, James Kirkendoll and Marquise Goodwin are probably the safest bets, but there's a reason Texas brought in Darius White and Mike Davis, two of the top three receivers in the 2010 class.
New on the scene: Safety Christian Scott. Scott sat out the regular season because of eligibility issues, but he played as a freshman and looks like the solid favorite to replace the departed Earl Thomas at safety opposite Blake Gideon.


Breaking out: Defensive tackle Kheeston Randall. Enjoyed an impressive spring after earning 10 starts a season ago. He'll be counted on for experience on the defense's front line after the departure of Lamarr Houston. At last week's media days, coach Mack Brown called the role the "key to the defense."

Don’t forget about: Offensive tackle Kyle Hix. He's got the talent to be one of the conference's top linemen, but a switch from right tackle to left tackle could complicate his situation in preseason camp.

All eyes on: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Gave fans a taste of what might be on the way with a pair of touchdown throws to Jordan Shipley in the second half of the BCS title game last season, and only amped up the hype with an impressive spring game performance. His development as a sophomore in camp this fall, his first as the starter, will decide how he measures up to the hype surrounding his chance to take the helm as the next Longhorn QB.

Quoting: "We did a lot of self study and found out that we had more explosive plays when the quarterback was under the center in the running game as well as the tailback being right behind the quarterback. ... when you have instances come up when you lose a quarterback -- and we lost Colt in the Kansas State game his first year and the Alabama game last year -- you're putting your second quarterback, in our estimation, under a tremendous amount of pressure if you can't run the ball.

"The other reason that we feel like we need to go ahead and run the ball more and better is the last two years in the BCS we played two-back downhill running Ohio State, and this year we played two-back downhill running Alabama. And in both cases, we didn't tackle the great tailbacks very well.

"We feel like by having downhill runs and working more in the running game and against the running game in practice would help us if we go out of conference and see someone who wants to just line up and run us." -- Texas coach Mack Brown on the offense's shift

Opening camp: Nebraska

August, 6, 2010
8/06/10
3:30
PM ET
Schedule: Practice starts Saturday

What’s new: The safeties. Larry Asante and Matt O'Hanlon are gone, and in their place will likely be Austin Cassidy and Rickey Thenarse, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Key battle: Quarterback. Zac Lee, Cody Green and Taylor Martinez will go at it in preseason camp. Green and Martinez are more athletic, but Lee started most of last season and is the more polished passer. Lee missed all of spring after surgery on his throwing elbow, and coach Bo Pelini says the younger two closed the gap without Lee to grab hold of the starting job.

New on the scene: Defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler. The heir apparent to Ndamukong Suh, he'll try to benefit from the attention sure to be shown his fellow defensive tackle Jared Crick, who was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Breaking out: Safety/linebacker hybrid Eric Hagg. The centerpiece of Nebraska's "Peso" scheme, Hagg will be a safety playing third linebacker in a 4-3 scheme that's capable of dropping back into pass coverage or coming off the edge on a speed rush. His 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame is solid, but his speed allows him to be versatile.

Don’t forget about: The running backs. Roy Helu Jr. rumbled for more than 1,200 yards last season, and sophomore Rex Burkhead figures to take a few of Helu's carries this season. If the offensive line dominates, both might flirt with 1,000 yards.

All eyes on: The entire defense. Pelini famously said this defense could be "five times better" than it was last year. But the Huskers gave up just more than 10 points a game during the previous season, the best in the country. If he can duplicate that performance after losing three players to the NFL Draft, including Suh, Pelini might take a reputation as a defensive mastermind to the Big Ten in 2011.

Quoting: "Business as usual. The way we run our program is we talk to our guys about focusing on the process and what they have to do on a day to day basis to have an opportunity to compete. That hasn't changed. You know, we really haven't talked much about it. We're looking forward to the fall, and we've been doing our homework on the opponents" -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini on the move to the Big Ten

Opening camp: Texas Tech

August, 6, 2010
8/06/10
2:00
PM ET
Schedule: Practice starts Saturday

What’s new: The defense. New coach Tommy Tuberville brought in James Willis as his defensive coordinator. Willis coached the linebackers at Alabama and won a national title in 2009. He brought with him an aggressive, blitzing 3-4 scheme that's almost the complete opposite of what the Red Raiders used for a decade under Mike Leach.

Key battle: Quarterback. Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts will resume their abbreviated battle from the spring for the starting job, and Tuberville hopes to make a decision after the second scrimmage, trusting that one will stand out. Sheffield has the fan vote, but Potts has more experience.

New on the scene: The offensive line. Texas Tech must replace three starters up front, but it left the spring with Terry McDaniel, Lonnie Edwards, Justin Keown, Deveric Gallington and LaAdrian Waddle as starters.

Breaking out: Safety Cody Davis is the team's second-leading returning tackler, but it's been hard to make headlines on defense while playing for Texas Tech. Under Tuberville, that might change. Davis' 81 tackles as a freshman were already impressive, but this year, others outside Lubbock might take notice, especially if the Red Raiders see defensive success under Willis.

Don’t forget about: Running back Baron Batch. He's topped 750 yards in each of the past two seasons and should get more carries this year as one of the team's most talented players under a coach who loves to run the ball. Tech's offense will still the the Air Raid, but this year's version will be faster and around a 60-40 pass-run ratio, slightly more balanced than the 68-32 ratio (669 passes, 319 rushes) in 2009. Eric Stephens and Harrison Jeffers are quality backups who'll earn a few of those carries, too.

All eyes on: The quarterback battle. It's worth mentioning twice. Tuberville won't be flipping starters unless there's an injury, so one guy should be set up to put up big numbers, while the other is forced to spend his senior season on the bench. Not an easy situation for Potts, Sheffield or Tuberville to be in.

Quoting: "First thing I did when I went in to them, when I first talked to them, I apologized to them for what they went through because players are there to get an education and have fun playing college football, and they went through a season that was hectic and coach leaves and the bowl game was a mess in terms of it wasn't about them, it was about who's going to be the coach. So we had to get our players back. So it's really been good." -- Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville

Opening camp: Oklahoma State

August, 6, 2010
8/06/10
11:00
AM ET
Schedule: Practice starts today

What’s new: The offense. Oklahoma State brought in Houston's Dana Holgorsen, who coordinated the best offense in the country last season, to install his version of the Air Raid. Holgorsen was also the co-offensive coordinator at Texas Tech from 2000-07.

Key battle: For offensive touches. Holgorsen should spread the ball around to all kinds of ballcarriers including running back Kendall Hunter and receivers Hubert Anyiam and Tracy Moore. Plenty of others are in contention, but the guys who make plays after the catch will be hogging the catches.

New on the scene: Cornerback Brodrick Brown. The sophomore played some as a freshman, including a start in the Cotton Bowl after star corner Perrish Cox was suspended. They'll need him to be reliable on the outside for the defense to succeed.

Breaking out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden. He'll be counted on to run Holgorsen's Air Raid and distribute the ball to the Cowboys playmakers. He's best known for engineering a dramatic comeback in a Thursday night game against Colorado late last season.

Don’t forget about: Defensive end Ugo Chinasa. An experienced talent, Chinasa gets somewhat overlooked across the conference with talent on the defensive line like Jared Crick at Nebraska, Jeremy Beal at Oklahoma and Sam Acho at Texas. But Chinasa will be a three-year starter in 2010 with 26 career starts and made both the Lott Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists in the preseason.

All eyes on: Running back Kendall Hunter. He's the Cowboys best player but didn't look like it while battling an ankle injury throughout 2009. He bounced back for 94 yards on nine carries in the Cotton Bowl to finish the season on a strong note, but he'll need to regain his All-American from from 2008 when he rushed for 1,555 yards for the Cowboys offense to click.

Quoting: "I felt like the number of players that we could recruit to fit this system was greater than the system that we had competed with in the years before. If you look at the areas that we recruit in Kansas and Oklahoma and Texas, Louisiana, most of the offenses have a number of wide receivers who can make plays and running backs. There's not as many tight ends. There's not as many fullbacks to recruit.

So we believe that the success in college football is all about the players you bring in, and there's a greater pool to choose from in this type of offense than what we have played with in the past.." -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on the switch to the Air Raid

Opening camp: Colorado

August, 5, 2010
8/05/10
4:00
PM ET
Schedule: Practice starts today

What’s new: Not the coach. Dan Hawkins will try to turn the Buffaloes in the right direction in Year 5, with four losing seasons and just one bowl game behind him.

Key battle: Quarterback. Tyler Hansen looked like he had taken full control of the job late last season, but Hawkins opened the competition in the spring and insists he'll do the same this fall. Hansen is the safe bet to start, but Hawkins' comments make it obvious that he's no guarantee to beat out Cody Hawkins.

New on the scene: Receiver Travon Patterson. A 5-foot-9, 175-pound transfer from USC, Patterson caught 10 passes for 96 yards in 33 games at Southern Cal. He should be a factor in the passing game alongside Scotty McKnight.

Breaking out: Receiver Toney Clemons. An obvious choice, perhaps, but a necessary one. Clemons, the preseason Newcomer of the Year, transferred to Colorado from Michigan and made a big impact this spring on his teammates, who made him the first overall pick of the draft for teams before the spring game.

Don’t forget about: Colorado's talent on the offensive line. They have two of the best linemen in the conference in guard Ryan Miller and tackle Nate Solder. But the rest of the line around them must jell for the unit to see success after giving up a Big 12-high 43 sacks in 2009, 11 more than any team in the Big 12.

All eyes on: Coach Hawkins. Seated upon perhaps the hottest seat in America, Hawkins has never needed a winning season more. The Buffaloes' difficult nonconference schedule, with games against Georgia and Cal, won't help him do it, but that doesn't change the need.

Quoting: "I asked them yesterday, I said, What's been the biggest difference between last year and this year? It has been -- it's been just a few little things. They're rolling. Their club's on fire, and they're doing a great job. For us, that's been the whole concept. Let's look at this thing from an objective standpoint of what's really affected the wins and losses. Can we clean this up? Can we be responsible for this? So for our team, that's been the whole focus. So it hasn't always been so much a rallying as it has been pointing things out and learning and getting better." -- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, on the comparisons between his team and the Texas Rangers

Opening camp: Oklahoma

August, 5, 2010
8/05/10
1:45
PM ET
Schedule: Practice starts today

What’s new: The cornerbacks. Brian Jackson and Dom Franks are gone, but they'll be replaced by some combination of Demontre Hurst, Jamell Fleming Gabe Lynn or incoming freshman Tony Jefferson.

Key battle: The two linebacking spots alongside Travis Lewis. Oklahoma has lots of talent on the defense's second line, but sophomore Ronnell Lewis and redshirt freshman Tom Wort will try to hold off the more experienced junior Austin Box and sophomores Daniel Franklin and Jaydan Bird for the starting spots.

New on the scene: Wide receiver Kenny Stills. The early-enrolling receiver made a splash in the spring and will try to to challenge Dejuan Miller as the No. 2 receiver opposite the conference's best, Ryan Broyles, in the Sooners offense.

Breaking out: Left tackle Donald Stephenson. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior sat out all of last season because of eligibility issues, but Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops raved about Stephenson throughout the spring and continued to do so at last week's media days. Stoops says he has comparable talent to last year's left tackle, Trent Williams, who was drafted fourth overall in the NFL Draft.

Don’t forget about: Quinton Carter. One of the conference's hardest hitters, Carter will return for another year patrolling the secondary at free safety. Jonathan Nelson, Marcus Trice and last year's starter Sam Proctor give the Sooners great depth on the defense's back line.

All eyes on: The sidelines. Oklahoma's star power spent most of the season there last season with Heisman winner Sam Bradford and All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham forced to watch. Common sense says it can't happen again, but any more serious, impactful injuries would be increasingly frustrating for Oklahoma.

Quoting: "I really believe, going through a year ago, losing the number of seniors that we did, that we gained experience that you didn't want at the time. That will definitely give us -- make us a better and stronger team coming into this year. More experienced team maybe than we would have been." -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops

Opening camp: Missouri

August, 5, 2010
8/05/10
10:00
AM ET
Schedule: Practice starts today

What’s new: Not much, and that's a good thing. Missouri's coaching staff is intact and the team lost just three starters from a season ago. Two of those starters were leaders on last year's team (receiver Danario Alexander and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon), and replacing them will be key for Missouri to make a run at its third North title in four years.

Key battle: The secondary returns all four starters, but junior Kenji Jackson enters camp as the strong safety over last year's starter, senior Jarrell Harrison, who had two minor run-ins with the law this summer for shoplifting and trespassing. Missouri doesn't have a lot of battles for starting positions, but Jackson and Harrison should be the most exciting and impactful. Missouri gave up the second-most passing yards of any team in the Big 12 in 2009, and the back line has to improve for Missouri to improve on its eight-win season in 2009.

New on the scene: Blaine Gabbert's top target. Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp both have experience and could share the job pretty equally of catching balls from Gabbert, one of the conference's best quarterbacks. Alexander's 1,781 yards last season were more than any receiver in college football, but Kemp and Jackson could both realistically top 1,000 yards.

Breaking out: Receiver T.J. Moe or tight end Michael Egnew. Moe will be working the slot and had one of the best springs of any Missouri player. Egnew caught just three passes a season ago, but should be featured more prominently in the screen game like past tight ends at Missouri like Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman.

Don’t forget about: Kicker Grant Ressel. He missed just one kick (26-of-27) last season -- a 43-yarder in a downpour against Nebraska -- and eases the pressure on the offense to put the ball in the end zone deep in opponent's territory. If it doesn't, Ressel's pretty close to a sure thing in making sure three points get on the board.

All eyes on: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He's got an argument as the conference's best quarterback, but he'll try to prove it this season. Former Missouri star Chase Daniel established himself as a star and Heisman finalist his junior year. Gabbert will try to do the same.

Quoting: "When you look at our program, and I constantly evaluate everything we're doing, I think we've made a lot of progress. There's a consistency of winning that we have. There's a lot of things we have to accomplish, and I want to win at a higher level on a more consistent basis. So I think we look back to evaluate, and then you look forward. You know, I just want to continue to build our program and raise the standards of the winning." -- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel

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Opening camp: Iowa State

August, 5, 2010
8/05/10
9:00
AM ET
Schedule: Practice starts Thursday

What’s new: Most of the defense. The Cyclones are replacing seven starters, including three linebackers from the defense last season, including Jesse Smith, who led the Big 12 with 135 tackles.

Key battle: Safety David Sims vs. his playing status. The 2009 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a credit card on Monday and received a deferred judgment and probation. He also paid back the $600 to the victim, but his status with the team is unclear.

New on the scene: Sophomore linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott will be stepping into starting roles after contributing some as freshmen. After Smith's departure, the bar will be high, but coach Paul Rhoads believes each could help the unit eventually improve from where it was in the past.

Breaking out: Junior left tackle Kelechi Osemele. He made second-team All-Big 12 as a first-year starter a year ago, but he has yet to earn the recognition of other offensive linemen around the league like Texas' Kyle Hix, Missouri's Tim Barnes or Colorado's Nate Solder.

Don’t forget about: Iowa State's talent in the secondary. Rhoads believes the unit is his team's deepest and has some of the most talent of any on the team. Sims makes the headlines at safety, but the Cyclones have three solid junior corners in Ter'ran Benton, Leonard Johnson and Anthony Young.

All eyes on: The offensive backfield. Austen Arnaud struggled in 2009 in a new system while running back Alexander Robinson flourished. If both put it together in 2010, the Cyclones' bumpy road through a difficult schedule might end up a little smoother.

Quoting: "There's a word we refer to often in our program, and that's development. We've seen a lot of development take place over the last 18, 19 months: Bowl game preparation, all the extra work we got in, our winter workouts, spring practice. And that's continued on into the summer workout session. With that in mind, we will be an improved football team in 2010, and we'll need to be. We face a very challenging schedule that some rate as the toughest in the country." -- Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads

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Opening camp: Kansas State

August, 4, 2010
8/04/10
1:30
PM ET
Schedule: Practice starts today

What’s new: The receiving corps. Kansas State's possible top three targets may all be new faces. Brodrick Smith is a Minnesota transfer, Chris Harper is from Oregon. And Aubrey Quarles missed all of last season.
Key battle: Quarterback. Carson Coffman began last season as the starter before ceding the responsibility to Grant Gregory. Coffman has a slight lead entering camp, in front of Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur, but coach Bill Snyder sees all three as possible starters.


New on the scene: Fullback Braden Wilson. He started four games last season, and he'll be the lead blocker for the conference's leading rusher, Daniel Thomas. Snyder raved about the sophomore's efforts this spring.

Breaking out: Defensive end Brandon Harold. An injury made him a non-factor in 2009, but he's is back to full strength and ready to regain the form from his freshman season, when he had 45 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, he'll be a force to block for opposing offensive lines.

Don’t forget about: The offensive line. It cleared the way for a 1,200-yard rusher in 2009 and brings back four starters from last year's team, led by senior guard Zach Kendall. He'll be one of the team captains this season.

All eyes on: Running back Daniel Thomas. The Wildcats need him to duplicate or surpass his 1,265 rushing yards from his first season at Kansas State, and he'll probably get the carries to let him do it. Thomas played through a minor shoulder injury last season, and he'll need to stay relatively healthy once again for the Wildcats to see success in 2010.

Quoting: "We came out of the spring with three young guys that were viable contenders for the number one quarterback spot. Is that good or bad? You could make a case either way." -- Kansas State coach Bill Snyder

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Opening camp: Baylor

August, 4, 2010
8/04/10
11:45
AM ET
Schedule: Practice starts Thursday

What’s new: Baylor wants to stray from its recent status as a guaranteed win for teams across the Big 12 -- at least according to the fans of those teams. The Bears have won just three conference games in two years, but coach Art Briles says this is his most talented and deepest team since taking over in 2008.

Key battle: Byron Landor will have to fight off incoming freshman Ahmad Dixon, one of the program's most heavily recruited signees, to earn one of the starting safety positions, and Tim Atchison left the spring as the other starter on the defense's back line. Briles says the young players will play, but also says he needs a big year from Landor, who he tabbed as one of the leaders of his defense.

New on the scene: Running back Jarred Salubi will back up senior starter Jay Finley, but as a freshman, Salubi averaged just under 6 yards per carry on his 50 carries, second-most in the Big 12. He'll try to keep that average with more touches in 2010.

Breaking out: Senior linebacker Antonio Johnson had 77 tackles last season and is the Bears' leading returning tackler, but Briles complained at last week's media days that players like him deserve more attention, and he's one of the reasons star quarterback Robert Griffin stayed home, away from a day in front of the cameras. Big 12 ball carriers will get a chance to know the man the Bears call "Cuddy" well in 2010.

Don’t forget about: Defensive tackle Phil Taylor. Taylor has dropped some weight and Briles is hopeful Taylor, a transfer from Penn State, can fulfill more of the potential that made him the 2009 Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Taylor made 13 tackles in Baylor's first three games, but just 12 for the remainder of the season.

All eyes on: Griffin. The big question for the Bears is how Griffin will respond after missing the final nine games of 2009 with a torn ACL. The answer will decide the legitimacy of the Bears' hopes for the their first bowl game since 1994.

Quoting: "We're physically the best football team we've been from just as far as the talent standpoint. You know, the guys -- I mean, they have a very determined attitude, which we have to have. I mean, that's -- we understand what we have to do. We know we have to become a bowl-eligible football team, first and foremost, and then we'll go from there. From that standpoint also, it's very inspiring. It's a great place for a lot of people to have a lot of inspiration, and that's why I'm proud that I'm right in the middle of it." -- Baylor coach Art Briles

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Opening camp: Kansas

August, 4, 2010
8/04/10
9:30
AM ET
Opening camp: Kansas

Schedule: Practice starts Wednesday

What’s new: Everything, for starters. The Jayhawks will be led by first-year coach Turner Gill, who preached relationships, communication and togetherness at last week's media days in the wake of former coach Mark Mangino's exit amid allegations of player abuse and mistreatment.

Key battle: Kale Pick and Jordan Webb will be fighting for starting quarterback duties to start camp, which could decide the Jayhawks starter for the next three seasons.

New on the scene: Incoming freshman Brandon Bourbon will join a muddled situation at running back for the Jayhawks. Senior Angus Quigley finished the spring as the starter, and last year's leading rusher, sophomore Toben Opurum, was nowhere to be found on the depth chart after fighting injuries all spring.

Breaking out: Sophomore linebacker Huldon Tharp ranked fifth on the team with 59 tackles, and should be a strong candidate to lead the team in stops as a full-time starter. He earned a career high 13 tackles against Nebraska and could have a few games that top that in 2010.

Don’t forget about: The Jayhawks offensive line. Kansas brings back four starters and if it's going to exceed the moderate expectations placed upon it to begin the season, those five will have to all improve. They'll do it without the man who was supposed to be their fifth starter, tackle Jeff Spikes. His season ended before camp began with an Achilles tendon injury.

All eyes on: Coach Turner Gill. The former Nebraska quarterback is taking the reins of his first major college program after four seasons in the MAC at Buffalo.

Quoting: "I'm a firm believer, which I think probably most coaches are, in building relationships. That was the first thing I wanted our football program, our football team to do. Building relationships from players to coaches, coaches to players, coaches to coaches, and players to players." -- Kansas coach Turner Gill

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