Big 12 lunch links: Daniel working as coach before NFL shot

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Who says you can't go back home again?

Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel is disproving that as he helps new offensive coordinator Dave Yost at the Tigers' practices this spring. Columbia Daily Tribune beat writer Dave Matter reports on seeing Daniel's familiar presence at several practices the last few days before the record-breaking former Missouri quarterback goes away to try to make an NFL team.

Daniel has diligently lost weight and looks to be in great shape for his shot at playing football at the next level. But after watching him around the Tigers last week, he appears to be a natural as a football coach.

It wouldn't surprise me to see him get on the quick career path to the coaching profession like former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite or his old high school mentor, Todd Dodge.

As Daniel continues working with Blaine Gabbert and the other Tiger quarterbacks, here are a few other links from across the conference.

  • Colorado defensive coordinator Ron Collins is using a 3-4 defense with more regularity as a base defense this spring, Boulder Daily Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo writes.

  • Texas Tech's defense had the upper hand in the Red Raiders' first scrimmage of the spring, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams.

  • Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News blogs about Texas A&M running back Bradley Stephens, who is emerging as a prime contender for a starting job this spring.

  • Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman discusses Texas' use of the I formation, Colt McCoy's development and strong secondary depth in his breakdown of the Longhorns' spring practice.

  • Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald writes that he hopes that Nebraska is using the trophy it won as co-North Division champions last season as a doorstop.

  • ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman has Texas ranked as his second-most likely team to win the BCS next season and Oklahoma third, trailing only defending national champion Florida.

  • Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud is excited about new coordinator Tom Herman's fast-paced new offensive strategy, Ames Tribune beat writer Bobby La Gesse reports.