Three-point stance: TEs, recruiting, Kaepernick

Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel

1.So Texas has lost three tight ends for the season. Really slowed down the Longhorns last year, didn't it? Texas averaged 42.4 points, and 475.8 yards per game. Of 343 receptions Texas receivers had, tight ends caught seven. Against Oklahoma, Jordan Shipley lined up in the slot, as close as five yards from the tackle, and made 11 catches for 112 yards and a score. I've heard NFL scouts bellyache about the spread being the end of the tight end. Colleges will survive without one.

2.In 2007, Penn State coach Joe Paterno watched on TV as Drew Astorino hit the game-winner for Edinboro (Pa.) General McLane High in the Class AAA state hoop final. A few months before, Astorino scored the winning touchdown in the AAA football final. Astorino, who doesn't run a 4.3, had one offer (Kent State) before Paterno called. Astorino "made plays in the clutch, so we took him," Paterno told the Philadelphia Daily News. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound redshirt sophomore is starting at free safety. That's recruiting, old-school.

3.Despite what you may have read, there are quarterbacks not named Sam, Colt and Tim who are playing this season. Take Nevada junior Colin Kaepernick, who has run or thrown for 64 touchdowns in two seasons under Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault. The Hall of Fame coach begins his 25th season needing two victories to get to 200. If he gets No. 199 on opening weekend, you'll know it. Nevada opens at Notre Dame.