Big 12: Michael Williams
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns to highlight Baylor's 130-play scrimmage that culminated spring practice for the Bears.
Griffin played about half the scrimmage Thursday afternoon and also added a 1-yard TD run. He had a hand in four of Baylor's five touchdowns during the scrimmage.
Griffin connected with three different receivers on his scoring strike, starting with a 60-yard screen pass for a score to Jay Finley on the third play of the scrimmage for the first-teamers. Griffin also hooked with Justin Akers on a 35-yard TD pass and Brad Taylor on a 43-yard TD aerial.
Baylor coach Art Briles was pleased with his team's work, culminated his second season of spring practices.
"We weren't trying to set any records or create new opportunities for people," Briles said. "We are just trying to get in and get out and stay injury free with a little bit of production and I think we did that.
"We really feel good about the direction we are going and about how we are going to get there. What we have to do is turn it into reality on the field, but that is going to happen and we are very confident of that."
Senior backup quarterback Blake Szymanski passed for 113 yards by completing 17 of 29 passes.
Andrew Pierce produced a scrimmage-high 52 rushing yards, punctuating his efforts with a 48-yard TD run.
Baylor receivers accounted for 458 yards in receiving yards, led by Kendall Wright's five grabs for 68 yards. Wright participated in only the final two weeks of spring practice after spending most of spring practice as a member of Baylor basketball team.
Seniro safety Jeremy Williams led the defense with eight tackles, while linebacker Rodney Chadwick produced six tackles and linebackers Earl Patin and Antonio Johnson notched five stops apiece. Cornerback Michael Williams produced the lone turnover of the scrimmage when he intercepted Griffin inside the 5 yard line.
Baylor will return for summer practice on Aug 5 and start practicing the following day. The Bears open their season Sept. 5 at Wake Forest.
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.