Monday, August 15, 2011
Lots of movement across Big 12 on the field
By David Ubben
For all the realignment discussion over the weekend, there was actual football being played, too.
I'll be out at Texas A&M's scrimmage this morning, and will have a few notes later this morning from the Aggies' practice on Sunday afternoon.
For now, here's a look at some of the developments across the Big 12 during scrimmages.
Big days for the QBs at Texas Tech
Seth Doege appeared to pull away from the competition during spring camp, and he's not backsliding a bit in his fall encore. The Red Raiders hosted their first scrimmage of fall camp over the weekend and Doege starred, completing 21 of 37 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
One of the Red Raiders' backups, Michael Brewer, threw three touchdowns as well, completing 24 of 38 passes for 330 yards. Brewer, a true freshman who enrolled before spring practice, is likely to redshirt, but it's a promising day for Texas Tech's future at the team's most important position.
The scrimmage was closed to fans and media, but Tech officials released a box score from the practice.
Gundy lauds his team's first scrimmage
Oklahoma State's scrimmage was closed as well, but coach Mike Gundy couldn't say enough good things about his team's performance.
"That was one of the best scrimmages we've had here in seven years. It was a lot of fun for me as a coach to watch our guys compete," Gundy said in his opening statement to reporters. "I was really encouraged by both sides of the ball. I don't think we turned the ball over, we didn't give up many big plays on defense. We had a lot of effort and saw some young guys make some plays."
Stats were unavailable for the scrimmage, but receiver Justin Blackmon sounds encouraged as well.
"We worked hard and got better," he said. "It's our first scrimmage and the first time we ran a lot of those plays live. It's a building block and we've got the speed of the game down. I would say it was a good first step, but we've got a lot more to go."
Missouri finding some clarity at RB
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says he's not content with settling for a three or four-man platoon approach at running back.
Kendial Lawrence looks like he may have provided what Pinkel was looking for.
Lawrence ran for 133 yards on eight carries, including a pair of 60-yard touchdown runs. Lawrence is already atop the depth chart for the Tigers, and Saturday's scrimmage sounds like he may have provided a bit of distance between himself and the rest of the team's backs.
"That’s encouraging, he made some big plays," Pinkel told reporters. "If you want to be an impact-offense football team, you’ve got to have playmakers. You’ve got to have guys who will make special plays in special situations. We’ve seen that before around here."
Iowa State QBs still muddled
Meanwhile, in Ames, Paul Rhoads still has a tough decision that doesn't look like it's getting any easier. Iowa State set August 20 as the date for the team to announce a starter, but of the group consisting of Jerome Tiller, Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett, there's still a lot to be decided.
"I’m pretty sure one of the guys out there will start," Rhoads told reporters.