Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Tidbits from Big 12 media days
By David Ubben
Here's a few things that didn't make our coverage of Day 1 of Big 12 media days.
Nebraska's situation at quarterback looks muddled, and even more so after coach Bo Pelini's comments on Monday. He says he has three qualified candidates in last year's most-used passer, Zac Lee, and the less-experienced Cody Green and Taylor Martinez.
Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee was iimpressive in a 33-0 win over Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.
Lee had a nice game against Arizona in the Huskers 33-0 win in the Holiday Bowl, completing 13 of 23 passes for 173 yards and a 74-yard touchdown to Niles Paul, but missed all of spring after undergoing surgery on his throwing arm. "Him being out allowed those guys to close the gap a little bit," Pelini said. He plans to split the reps evenly between the three when camp begins early next month.
A couple interesting Iowa State notes: Backup defensive lineman Austin Alburtis earned his degree this summer and instead of playing another season of football, elected to leave school to enter the workforce. Coach Paul Rhoads also had little new information on the status of the Big 12's Defensive Newcomer of the Year, defensive back David Sims, who is under investigation for unauthorized use of a credit card. "Hopefully there will be some light shed on the matter here within the next 24 to 48 hours," Rhoads said.
Didn't have a spot for it yesterday, but here's the full transcript of Pelini's thoughts on the Red Out Around the World video yesterday:"To be honest, somebody asked me about the Red Out video and I was on vacation. I didn't know anything about it. It was actually a mistake. It was really intended to -- each year our marketing department picks one football game where they kind of take the alumni throughout the country and try to make it a designated alumni game. They picked the Texas game, and they really made the mistake of putting Beat Texas down on it."To be honest with you, I wasn't real happy about it. I mean, I like the idea. I like what they do, and I really appreciate the fact that our -- that we reach out to our alumni, and we try to make a special game for our alumni because, obviously, Texas will be a nationally televised game, and it's across the nation a game that's probably going to be looked at pretty closely. So they chose that football game. I didn't like the message it sent to our football team especially because, you know, that's way down the road. We have a lot of things to do before we even consider Texas or worry about that football game. We've got a lot of work to do in the meantime.
"So it was regrettable, but obviously, we're going to keep the Red Out across the nation. But they took the Beat Texas off of it because it was never intended to be that way in the first place. But it really came as a surprise to me because I didn't really know much about it. It comes from the marketing department."
Texas A&M reminds me a little bit of Oklahoma's 2009 team. So much talent everywhere offensively, but if the offensive line doesn't gel, they'll just be good -- not great. The Aggies may start a pair of freshmen on the line as well as a first-year starter who may also end up being a true freshman, and coach Mike Sherman's not hiding from that obvious possible hiccup moving forward."There are no guarantees that you can have success one year and it just automatically carries over because everybody is coming back on the skill positions, so you have to work twice as hard," Sherman said. "People are going to be twice as ready to defend you this year than they were a year ago, and it's not going to be easy, so you have to elevate your game. In order for us to be successful on offense, the offensive line has to click."
A few quotes that don't need much context:
"I think it's very realistic to say that Von [Miller] may very easily have diminished statistics from last year in relation to stats, but be a more capable player. My whole objective with him is that he distracts an offense -- that he causes concern for a quarterback."
-- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman on Miller, who led the nation with 16.5 sacks in 2009
"We're really jacked about the season. We really feel good about it. I really think, without a doubt, it will be the most complete team we've been able to put on the field since we've been at Baylor, which started in 2008."
-- Baylor coach Art Briles