Big 12: Will Yancy
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Missouri soon will begin its promotional blitz for Chase Daniel's Heisman bid. Several newspapers have detailed how the school plans to send out 2,500 View-Masters to voters and other media members. Cost of the promotion will be about $25,000.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Daniel's best selling tool will be continued on-field success.
"Everybody is aware of it and he more than anybody understands his play at a high level is what we need to win," Pinkel said. "And that (the Heisman) will not happen unless we win at a high level, too."
Daniel finished fourth last season in the Heisman balloting behind eventual winner Tim Tebow of Florida, Darren McFadden of Arkansas and Colt Brennan of Hawaii. Daniel's bid has helped galvanize his team into helping him winning college football's top individual award, Pinkel said.
"We don't talk about it at all," Pinkel said. "But they (his teammates) think it's pretty cool that we have a player thought of highly enough that he's in the race."
Here are some other tidbits:
- Missouri S William Moore will return to practice Tuesday after missing the Tigers' victory over Southeast Missouri State with a sprained right foot. Pinkel said that Moore's return to the lineup in the Tigers' game Saturday against Nevada is "very probable." "We think he's going to play. He's feeling a lot better," Pinkel said. "All the swelling's completely gone off his foot. We'll get him out in a red pullover tomorrow and hopefully he's going to be 100 percent. ... We'll know a little bit more after tomorrow's practice."
- Two botched fourth-down plays were still a topic of conversation for Texas Tech coach Mike Leach after his team's victory over Nevada. The Red Raiders tried twice on fourth-and-short situations inside their own 30, leading to two Wolf Pack field goals. "I thought we would make it," said Leach, who described the two calls as "not smart decisions." said. "You hate to punt. We like our punter, but we'd like to keep him out of business as best we can."
- Tech QB Graham Harrell marked his career low for completions in a game as a starter against Nevada, hitting 19-of-46 passes for 297 yards. It marked his fewest yards since passing for 250 yards in a loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 11, 2006. "I think he had an off night, but our defense really played tough," Leach said. "And he was really patient and composed and worked his way through it. It was a good learning experience."
- Baylor coach Art Briles wasn't surprised by the smooth performance by freshman quarterback Robert Griffin in his first career college start. Griffin passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 42 yards and another score to spark the Bears' victory over Northwestern State. "I think he handled it really well," Briles said. "He's really poised for his age but he's been situations before, going to the state championship twice and being here since the spring. He wasn't wide-eyed and we tried to give him some comfort early."
- Iowa State leads the nation with 10 takeaways and is tied for second nationally with a plus-3 turnover ratio per game. The Cyclones' success is inexplicable to Coach Gene Chizik. "They are kind of an enigma to me," Chizik said about the turnover binge. "They come in bunches. Sometimes there's a bunch of them and sometimes not too many. I think it's a product of couple of things. We've been opportunistic at the right times and we've taken advantage when (opposing) quarterbacks, running backs and punt returns are swinging the ball outside."
- Most Texas coaches didn't sleep on Sunday after the Longhorns returned back to Austin at about 5:30 a.m. after their late-evening game at UTEP. "Because they were already here (at the Texas football office) when we got back, most of our coaches didn't go to bed," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "It makes it a short week for us this week. And it's something we have to look to see if we're doing what's best for the kids."
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said that Barry Turner's likely season-ending injury with a broken leg not only moves Pierre Allen into the starting lineup but will likely pull a new player into the rotation along with starter Zach Potter and backup Clayton Sievers. Likely players involved could include Nick Covey, David Harvey, Will Yancy and freshmen Cameron Meredith and Josh Williams.
- How engrossed was Pelini in coaching the defense at LSU last season? When asked if Nebraska's three-pronged I-back rotation of Roy Helu Jr., Marlon Lucky and Quentin Castille reminded him of the Tigers, Pelini had an honest answer. "I don't know what they used at LSU," Pelini said. "I really can't think back to how they rotated their backs. I didn't pay attention to it."
- Pelini said he's aiming to keep all three of his I-backs refreshed and involved in the game. "We're starting to get a little more consistency in when we're subbing them and how often. They're all similar talents and all make plays," Pelini said. "You want to make sure all three of them get a chance to make touches and make sure all three are fresh when they do get those touches."