Big 12: Derek Meyer
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Lunch links are here from across the Big 12.
- Hybrid Texas A&M linebacker/defensive end Von Miller is evoking memories of great Aggie defensive players from the past, San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle beat writer Brent Zwerneman reports.
- Missouri will be attempting to exceed lessened expectations after losing several key players from the Tigers' back-to-back championship game teams, the Denver Post's John Henderson reports.
- The Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett introduces us to one-time Michigan commit Quintin Woods, who is expected to boost Kansas' pass rush after transferring from junior college.
- Record-setting quarterback Blake Szymanski provides Baylor with a battle-tested backup behind Robert Griffin, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports.
- Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson tells the Oklahoman's John Helsley that he has never learned how to slide while he's scrambling.
- Nebraska guard Derek Meyer is excited about a chance to play football closer to home sitting out last season after transferring from Kansas State.
- Six-foot-7 wide receiver Adrian Reese will be transferring from Texas Tech to Northwestern State in hopes of earning more playing time after being demoted to the Red Raiders' scout team, Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.
- A number of at-risk Texas players ingested a silicone-coated CorTemp capsule to provide readings that enables trainers to better manage the searing South Texas heat at practice sessions, the Austin American-Statesman's Alan Trubow reports.
- Colorado is intent on improving its run defense after struggling last season, Boulder Daily Camera beat reporter Kyle Ringo reports.
- The Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson breaks down all things Iowa State in an informative chat about the Cyclones.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek reports that Grant Gregory is closing the gap in his bid to unseat Carson Coffman as Kansas State's starting quarterback.
- The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter writes about Missouri's recent troubling case of dropped passes -- a malady that Coach Gary Pinkel calls his No. 1 concern of preseason camp.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Backup Nebraska offensive lineman Derek Meyer will be making history this season as he attempts to earn playing time with the Cornhuskers as a walk-on.
Meyer has the rare chance to play for two Big 12 teams during his college football career after leaving Kansas State after Ron Prince was hired by the Wildcats in 2006. After originally being recruited by Bill Snyder, Meyer fell out of favor with the new coaching staff and decided to try to play somewhere else.
After almost attending San Diego State, Meyer told the Omaha World-Herald that coming to the Cornhuskers made the most sense after he spent time at Central Community College in Hastings, Neb., before surfacing in Lincoln.
"There was a time when I was like, 'You know what? Maybe it's just time for me to hang it up and just finish out my degree and move on,'" Meyer told the World-Herald. "It was hard falling out of love with it because you do it for so long. The situation that I happened to run into, it was difficult. But I'm glad I'm here, and I'm glad the love is back."
Meyer sat out last season but practiced well enough to be the Cornhuskers' co-scout team offensive player of the year. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder was expected to be the No. 2 left tackle behind Mike Smith this spring, but Meyer started spring practice No. 2 on the right side behind Marcel Jones after Jaivorio Burkes was ruled out of action with an unspecified medical condition.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said that Meyer will help the Cornhuskers wherever he plays.
"He's a great kid, and he has a tremendous want-to. He has high character," Pelini said. "I think he's going to be a guy who's able to help us."
Meyer told the World-Herald he's excited about his opportunity as a walk-on player with the Cornhuskers. In the process, he will be fulfilling a childhood dream of playing with his favorite team when he was a kid growing up in Campbell, Neb.
"When coach Pelini was hired here, it was just a sign this is where I was supposed to be and things were supposed to happen this way," Meyer told the Herald. "It's been a really weird road, but I'm glad I'm here.
"Growing up in Nebraska, this is your home, this is the team you always want to play for. It's the one you watch every Saturday. To have a chance to come play here, it's just unreal. Like I told my parents, this is my last year of eligibility ... it's going to be worth having the 'N' on the side of my helmet regardless if I play or not."
I can't think of many players who played at two different Big 12 schools in football. But his return to Nebraska will help stoke the Cornhuskers' once-simmering rivalry with the Wildcats that once was as good any in the Big 12.
The KSU-Nebraska matchup already figured to pick up because of the presence of Pelini and KSU coach Bill Snyder, who had a celebrated run-in after a 2003 game. Pelini admonished Snyder on the field after that game after he thought the Wildcats had run up the score in a 38-9 Wildcat victory by scoring late in the game against a bunch of Nebraska walk-on defensive players.
And Meyer's arrival at Nebraska should only add a little bit of spice in the trenches, particularly after this quote in the Lincoln Journal-Star that described his father watching the 2005 game against the Cornhuskers in Lincoln when Meyer still was a Wildcat.
"I'll never forget the day after that game, my dad said, 'This is the first time I've ever been embarrassed to walk into Memorial Stadium.' I told him, 'Dad, it will never happen again. You're going to be wearing red. That was a one-time deal,'" Meyer told the Journal-Star.