NCF Nation: A.J. Steward

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

As spring practices conclude, several reporters are taking stock of the conference in today's missives.

Here are some of the more notable stories for your lunchtime edification. Enjoy.

  • Sporting News pundits Dave Curtis and Matt Hayes agree that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is positioned to have the biggest impact in college football among new coordinators.
  • The Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin wonders if Kansas should be the preseason favorite in the Big 12 North next season.
  • The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton provides an extensive review of the Big 12's spring so far.
  • Baylor coach Art Briles told the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's John Whisler that the Bears are "miles ahead" of where they were last season.
  • Former Nebraska All-American linebacker Trev Alberts came off as a polished potential candidate for the Nebraska-Omaha athletic director's job during a public forum for candidates, Lincoln Journal-Star columnist Steve Sipple reports. If hired, it would be Alberts' first job in athletic administration.
  • Oklahoma likely won't have a first-round draft choice for the second straight season in Saturday's NFL draft. But Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler reports that the Sooners could be headed for a historic draft next season with a record four players likely to be picked in the first round -- quarterback Sam Bradford, tackle Trent Williams, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and tight end Jermaine Gresham.
  • Converted 6-foot-4, 229-pound quarterback A.J. Steward is thriving at his new position of wide receiver for Kansas, the Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett reports.
  • Baylor picked up its second receiving commitment this week when Midland's Antwan Goodley selected the school, John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald writes.
  • It was another day of triple-digit scoring on both sides as Texas A&M's defense claimed a 109-103 scrimmage victory over the offense, Bryan Eagle beat writer Robert Cessna reports.

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