Big 12: Steve Davis

Lunch links: Tech's storied sand pit won't return

March, 26, 2013
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Revolution is back, and I don't care if I'm the only one left watching.

Lunch links: Landry talks OU QB race

March, 25, 2013
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My bracket is garbage, but egravning is all alone in first in the Big 12 Blog Readers, with all three of his brackets.

Lunch links: Remembering OU's Steve Davis

March, 19, 2013
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You've still got some time to join our Big 12 Blog Readers bracket pool. Make it happen, y'all.

It's the golden era of quarterbacks in the Big 12

June, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Most of the preseason magazines have hit the newsstands.

I know. I've read most of them cover-to-cover. I'm still awaiting a few more to devour.

But one thing has struck me as I look at the Big 12 and analyze rosters and returning players.

Namely, it's amazing how good the quarterback talent has been in this league over the last few years. I don't know if I've ever seen anything like it.

It really hit home when I saw a story from Oklahoma about a summit of almost holy proportions last weekend when Oklahoma's five national-championship quarterbacks appeared at the same autograph signing party. Claude Arnold, Jimmy Harris, Steve Davis, Jamelle Holieway and Josh Heupel remain some of the most noteworthy signal-callers in school history.

But for all of the talent there, I think Sam Bradford will go down as the greatest quarterback in Oklahoma history. He hasn't won a national championship yet, but he is in the process of obliterating the Sooner record book. He's already won a Heisman and could win another. And if he stays in school for two more years, he could end up as themost proficient quarterback by any measure in college football history.

And he's not alone. At other places around the league, we can see other quarterbacks who I think will be similarly remembered.

At Texas, Colt McCoy hasn't duplicated the national championships that have been won by Vince Young, James Street and the others. But McCoy already has most of the record book and could finish this season by doing something none of the other Texas quarterbacks have accomplished by winning the Heisman Trophy. And he could win the national championship, too.

At Oklahoma State, Zac Robinson has accomplished feats no other quarterback is school history has done. Another big statistical season could make him the greatest quarterback in OSU history. He's in the discussion right now, along with his Mike Gundy and Josh Fields. But Robinson can distance himself with a big season.

Todd Reesing at Kansas has quietly developed into the top record-holder in Jayhawk history. He's already led them to the first BCS bowl berth in school history, along with a share of the Big 12 North title in 2007. And a big season could make him the consensus top quarterback in school history. He's being mentioned with players like Bobby Douglass, David Jaynes and Frank Seurer.

Right now, those four quarterbacks can make strong claims to being the top quarterbacks in school history. And with big finishes to their respective careers, it won't be close.

And three other Big 12 quarterbacks could have a chance at one day being considered the greatest quarterback at their respective schools.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin did some magical things last year as a combination rushing/passing threat after a mind-blowing freshman season. If he takes the Bears to a bowl and keeps them winning at that level, he's the kind of player who might have statues built outside Floyd Casey Stadium in his honor.

And two others have a chance with strong growth and development.

Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud had a strong freshman season. If he can grasp the concept of new coordinator Tom Herman's offense and keep piling up statistics over the final two seasons of his career, he might merit mention as the top quarterback in Cyclone history.

And it wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility that Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson could develop into that type of player with two huge statistical seasons. He showed flashes last season when he threw for a school-record 419 yards against Kansas State. He also set the school single-season record for touchdown passes with 21. If he can lead the Aggies back into bowl contention, it might not be a stretch to group him among the very best in school history.

That means there are four quarterbacks who I believe have legitimate arguments to be considered as the best quarterback in the history of their respective schools. And three others with a shot to earn that distinction if they keep progressing during the rest of their careers.

Two schools will be replacing quarterbacks who I believe will go down as the greatest quarterbacks in their school's history. It won't surprise me if Chase Daniel at Missouri and Graham Harrell at Texas Tech are remembered that way.

With all of that talent at quarterback, it's no wonder that we've seen so many big numbers posted offensively in the Big 12 in recent years.

Remember that when you're watching quarterbacks in the league. Because we may never see anything like it again.

Big 12 lunch links: Look for Osborne to stay for awhile

June, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It would hard to imagine the day that Tom Osborne totally walks away from working for Nebraska.

Sure, he had that dalliance with politics for a few years earlier in this decade, but we always knew he would be back at Nebraska in some role.

So his announcement yesterday that he will remain in his job as Nebraska's athletic director wasn't that much of a surprise.

In fact, Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel expects Osborne to stay in his job for at least five more years. He said that Osborne looks refreshed being around coaches and athletes again, mentioning how robust he now appears compared with how he looked as a political candidate or U.S. congressman.

And Lincoln Journal-Star columnist Steve Sipple reports that Osborne still will be challenged by bringing several projects on his bucket list to fruition, including an expanded learning center for the athletic program, a new basketball training facility and a new downtown arena in Lincoln.

Getting them won't be easy. But Nebraska couldn't have a better man pitching for them than Osborne.

Until then, here are some links from across the conference.

Big 12 lunch links: OU QBs remember their national titles

June, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The glory days of Oklahoma football were remembered this weekend in a personal appearance where all five national championship winning quarterbacks for the Sooners appeared.

Hundreds of fans from across the state lined up for several hours for the chance to meet the players who quarterbacked those seven national championship winners -- Claude Arnold, Jimmy Harris, Steve Davis, Jamelle Holieway and Josh Heupel.

Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts could not allow all five players to be present at the same time. But the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel wrote an interesting story about reliving so much Sooner history in one place on Sunday with all of the quarterbacks.

Sam Bradford hopes to be able to join that fraternity this year. He's already made history by becoming one of two Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks with Jason White. And Bradford already is the only Sooner quarterback to lead his team to back-to-back Big 12 titles.

But before that plays out, there's plenty of time for some lunchtime links. And we have a strong collection for this afternoon.

Big 12 waybacks: Oklahoma has pulled stunners on this date

November, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's already been well chronicled how rare it is for an opponent ranked higher than Oklahoma to play at Owen Field. Saturday's game against No. 2 Texas Tech will be only the third time in Bob Stoops' coaching career that a higher-ranked opponent arrives to battle the Sooners.

But Oklahoma's previous history has been dotted with other big victories on Nov. 22. Twice in the last 33 years, the Sooners have stunned a higher-ranked opponent. Here's a look at a little bit of the background from the Barry Switzer era.    

Nov. 22, 1975: No. 7 Oklahoma 35, No. 2 Nebraska 10 (Norman, Okla.) -- The Sooners turned five Nebraska turnovers into touchdowns, erupting for 28 second-half points to capture a share of the Big Eight title with the triumph. A fiery Oklahoma defense keyed by middle guard Dewey Selmon limited the Cornhuskers to 70 yards rushing. His brother Lee Roy's Selmon's fumble-producing hit on Nebraska quarterback Vince Ferragamo set up Horace Ivory's 5-yard touchdown run that put the Sooners ahead for good. Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis rushed for a game-high 130 yards to key the Sooners' wishbone attack.

Nov. 22, 1980: No. 9 Oklahoma 21, No. 4 Nebraska 17 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Quarterback J.C. Watts directed a gritty 80-yard drive in the final three minutes capped by Buster Rhymes' game-winning 1-yard touchdown run. Rhymes set up the score by streaking for a key 43-yard run earlier in the drive. Nebraska squandered an early 10-0 lead and had gone ahead earlier in the fourth quarter on Jeff Quinn's 1-yard touchdown run. It was Oklahoma's ninth win during a 10-year period in the series.

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