Big 12: Dominque Franks
- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jimmy Burch takes a comprehensive look at spring ball in the Big 12.
- Two Big 12 defensive tackles (Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh) are at the top of the NFL draft board, Jim Thomas writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Nebraska added another offensive line prospect to its 2011 recruiting class, Brian Christopherson writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Texas head coach Mack Brown has high praise for quarterback Garrett Gilbert as spring practice begins. Condolences to Mack Brown on the death of his mother on Sunday.
- Former Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson steps up at the NFL combine, John Hoover writes in the Tulsa World.
- An early look at Missouri's cornerbacks this spring from Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
- Despite the advice to stay in school, former Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks has big plans for the next level, Berry Tramel writes in The Oklahoman.
- Former Kansas stars Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier draw decent marks at the combine, Matt Tait writes in the Lawrence Journal World.
The conference already is taking a solid hit with several key players who will be leaving school early.
Here's a look at the Big 12 underclassmen who have already announced they won't be coming back for the 2010 season.
- QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
- WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
- CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
- S Earl Thomas, Texas
The Sooners look like they will be taking the biggest hit. But season-ending injuries for Bradford and Gresham helped convince those players and their other teammates about moving on to the NFL while they had their opportunity.
The most surprising of the late declarations is Thomas, although he had one of the finest seasons in Texas history for a defensive player.
All appear ready to contribute to teams at the next level.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma leaned on its defense to provide a turnover and consistent field position that staked the Sooners to an early 7-3 lead after one quarter.
Those gifts have enabled the Sooners to overcome a slow start offensively that saw them produce only three first downs. It was a marked contrast from their usual fast start that has seen them score nearly 20 points per game in the first quarter.
The Sooners took advantage of another interception -- their 15th of the season -- when Dominque Franks jumped a pass route on Oklahoma State's third play from scrimmage and returned it to the Oklahoma State 22-yard line.
Two plays later, DeMarco Murray raced on a 20-yard touchdown run to account for the game's only touchdown.
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford started slowly, misfiring on his first four passes before he rebounded to hit his next four passes.
And Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter has shown little slowness from his quadriceps injury, rushing for a game-high 43 yards on five carries. The Sooners have clamped down on Zac Bryant, who has been limited to only two catches. Damian Davis has emerged as Oklahoma State's leading receiver with four grabs so far.