Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some items that are being talked about around the Big 12 after the first week of games.
Darrell Scott’s usage is prompting a lot of questions at Colorado. The nation’s top 2008 running back recruit picked up only two “touches” in the Colorado State game -- one rush and one pass reception. If he’s hurt, it doesn’t make much sense to put him back on kickoff returns, which is what Dan Hawkins has done. The more likely cause for his lack of playing time is Scott's struggles in pass-blocking situations, which is why he didn’t play much when Colorado was behind Sunday night.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads wanted to instill discipline in his program as one of his first steps. Here’s an indication that what he’s teaching is taking hold. Despite not having any sideline communications from the booth by the traditional headset method, the Cyclones had no offensive penalties. That is a fantastic achievement -- compare it to Oklahoma’s struggles with penalties in the BYU game. I don’t know how good the Cyclones will be, but their first-game precision was a strong first step.
It will be interesting to see what effect the early-season injuries of Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham have as far as players declaring early for the NFL draft. If both see their draft status drop, we likely won’t see actions like the four Oklahoma players who all returned en masse for another season of college football. I wonder if Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant was watching?
Here’s a nugget courtesy of ESPN’s Stats & Information that I found fascinating in light of what happened last week in the Oklahoma-BYU game. Before every pass Bradford threw, the Oklahoma quarterback lined up in the shotgun, and every time he handed the ball off, he was under center. It could have taken the BYU defense a few drives to figure that out, but on the last drive of the half, linebacker Coleby Clawson hit Bradford twice in three plays coming from the same spot, and eventually knocked him out of the game. To start the second half, backup quarterback Landry Jones lined up in the shotgun and handed the ball off.
Kansas State coaches are rightfully worried about conditioning as the Wildcats prepare for Saturday’s game at Louisiana-Lafayette. KSU might have the least depth of any team in the conference after playing six offensive linemen and six defensive linemen in the opening game of the season. And the early weather forecast for Saturday’s game at Cajun Field might be more akin to a sauna with temperatures in the low-80s, a 40 percent chance of rain and humidity at least 80 percent.