Big 12: Deon Bealey
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here's a few items I missed from outside the mainstream media of the blogosphere. Enjoy them, and thank me later.
- The fine blog Kansas Football-It's Business Time is predicting a trip to the Big 12 title game for the Jayhawks.
My take -- I wouldn't expect anything else from a Kansas supporter, but isn't 10-3 for the Jayhawks just a tad presumptuous?
- Barking Carnival.com looks at the coaching careers of Mack Brown, Darrell Royal and Fred Akers -- the only three coaches in Texas school history to last 10 years or more at their job.
My take -- Two of the coaches will be remembered as the best in school history. The other, not so well. Want to guess which one goes in what place?
- Peter Bean of Burnt Orange Nation highlights his five Texas players he expects to have breakout seasons in 2008. His choices are G Michael Huey, WR Michael Williams, DE Sam Acho, CB Deon Beasley and DT Lamarr Houston.
My take -- You could argue that Colt McCoy would qualify after his 18 interceptions last season. I think he'll be much better this year. But a better choice -- and a more under-the-radar one -- is LB Roddrick Muckelroy. I keep expecting this guy to morph into a pass-rushing demon. Maybe this is the year.
- Seth Jungmann of Double-T Nation provides a list of potential trap games for Texas Tech. But the thing I'm most impressed with is a picture of QB Graham Harrell's new Mohawk hairdo that he debuted Monday afternoon night on College Football Live.
My take -- It might not be quite as jarring as Brian Bosworth' old do was on the shock-o-meter, but it's still quite a change for Harrell. I bet the Heisman people will be secretly hoping that it grows out quickly -- before December.
- Bo Pelini's biggest defensive concern at linebacker is thoroughly examined by Double Extra Point.
My take -- Pelini better be prepared for a lot of work with the group he's inherited with the Cornhuskers. It was so bad this spring that he willingly converted Cody Glenn from running back to outside linebacker. And projected OLB Tyler Wortman is a former walk-on. Bo, you aren't in Baton Rogue anymore.
- Corn Nation.com blasts Kansas coach Mark Mangino for his hesistancy to support a standard weekly injury report in the Big 12.
My take -- I also think that a standard injury report would be good. But there might be too many disciples of Bill Snyder remaining to make sure we'll ever see it in the Big 12.
- Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Joe Walljasper and esteemed Missouri beat writer Dave Matter have produced the paper's first podcast about the upcoming season.
My take -- Good stuff as always from this group. And the reason I grouped you guys with the independent bloggers is that you always post great stuff after my morning deadline. I'd like to steer readers as quickly to you as possible, hence the inclusion.