NCF Nation: Dave Yost

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

With only two teams still holding spring games, we're nearly down to the bitter end in terms of practices across the Big 12. 

Colorado and Kansas State still have work to do. But there are other stories around the conference today that merit some consideration as well.

  • Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune writes an outstanding story that delves into the unconventional coaching background of new Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Yost.
  • Former Nebraska All-American linebacker Trev Alberts has emerged as the leading candidate for the Nebraska-Omaha athletic director job, Rob White of the Omaha World-Herald reports. Alberts is set for two days of meetings with school officials and students in Omaha later this week.
  • Dave Curtis of the Sporting News lists Kansas State running back Keithen Valentine and Nebraska wide receiver Curenski Gilleylen as prime examples of "Mr. April" from 2008.
  • Former Texas A&M football coach Jackie Sherrill tells Victoria Advocate reporter Mike Forman why he remembers Texas fans chanting "Poor Aggies" only once during his coaching career.
  • Robert Cessna of the Bryan Eagle proposes a way for Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne to make his budget by selling the roughly 200 empty seats in the press box for the Aggies' spring game.
  • An argument with a former girlfriend lead to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for Oklahoma State wide receiver Bo Bowling, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.
  • Fast-rising former Oklahoma tackle Phil Loadholt could sneak his way into the first round of this weekend's NFL draft, according to the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter.
  • David Youngblood of the Oklahoma State Daily O'Collegian writes about the Cowboys' defensive progress this spring.
  • Bobby La Gesse reports for the Omaha World-Herald that new Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham has started his transformation of the Cyclones' defense, but still has much work to do.
  • Record-breaking Missouri kicker Jeff Wolfert expects to be a free-agent selection in this weekend's draft, but told Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star he remains confident he can play in the NFL.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The weekend is coming. If you can't wait for the spring games, here are a few links to get you ready.  

  • Don't look for much of a statement from Texas A&M's running game at Saturday's spring game. The Aggies will have only seven scholarship offensive linemen and two running backs healthy for the workout, Robert Cessna of the Bryan Eagle reports.
  • Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill worked with a retooled defensive front to accommodate the loss of McKinner Dixon, Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.
  • Quarterback Zac Robinson's playing time will be limited at Saturday's Orange-White game, but most other starters will play in the game, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told the Oklahoman's Scott Wright.
  • Missouri kicking coach Dave Yost expects a stiff three-way battle to replace Jeff Wolfert to play out throughout the summer, Matt Schiffman of the Columbia Missourian reports.
  • Hey, blame them and not me. Sporting News college football writers Matt Hayes and David Curtis will make a lot of Big 12 fans angry after both picked Tim Tebow over either Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy as the best quarterback in college football.
  • Multi-faceted Colorado standout Josh Smith had to overcome an initial fear of returning kicks, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.
  • Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler opines on the rock-solid Oklahoma defense.
  • Former Oklahoma State defensive back Eric Roark was among the first assistant coaches named Wednesday to Larry Coker's inaugural coaching staff at Texas-San Antonio.

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.

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