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Football Recruiting

5-star talks recruiting
InsideTexas.com
Jamarkus McFarland is one of the top of defensive prospects in the entire country and wanted by pretty much every school in the nation. For the last few months McFarland has been keeping a pretty tight lid on his recruitment in both speaking with the media and visiting schools.

Football

Media Days: Big Changes for Some Big 12 Teams
InsideTexas.com
KANSAS CITY - FB Jorvorskie Lane is still too heavy and Stephen McGee may not be the starting Aggie QB this season, first-year Texas A&M coach said Monday. Meanwhile, there is a reason why Texas Tech coach Mike Leach did not bring QB Graham Harrell and WR Michael Crabtree to the annual Big 12 Media Days. And can first-year Nebraska coach Bo Pelini restore the Husker program with defense?

Media Days: Texas Connection
InsideTexas.com
KANSAS CITY -- Kansas QB Todd Reesing talks about fellow Lake Travis alum and Five-Star Texas recruit Garrett Gilbert; it's also clear Reesing is stoked about Texas' visit to Lawrence on November 15. Plus, will the Horns be inhospitable guests when facing freshman RB Darrell Scott in Boulder? Colorado coach Dan Hawkins weighed in on the subject of the Texas recruit that got away.

Big 12 boasts the cream of the quarterbacking crop
Austin American-Statesman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Good thing Darrell Royal has retired. He might not recognize the game if he returned. Option football has become a distant memory, relegated to the dustbin alongside 14-7 games and 10-game seasons. Steve Spurrier doesn't live in the Big 12, but Mike Leach does. In this brave, new world of air-it-out football and fast-break offense, the best quarterbacks in all of college football play in the Big 12. We're as serious as gas prices.

Rating the Big 12 quarterbacks
Austin American-Statesman

Reesing impressed with his successor at Lake Travis
Austin American-Statesman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Todd Reesing might have been tempted to don his white-framed sunglasses Tuesday when discussing the quarterback who succeeded him at Lake Travis High. Reesing accomplished much at Lake Travis before signing with Kansas and leading the Jayhawks to a 12-1 mark and the Orange Bowl title last season. But he never did what Garrett Gilbert did in 2007 as a junior — guide the Cavaliers to a state championship.

Kansas is facing a tough crowd
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When ESPN was choosing a face to represent the history of Kansas football, it selected Mark Mangino. Amazing what a 12-1 season and cracking a BCS bowl can do for a public profile. A year ago, the 2007 schedule was supposed to get enough wins to keep Mangino employed. It accomplished far more. The Jayhawks became a target, for both opponents and skeptics.

Oklahoma State quarterback often passed over
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma State junior Zac Robinson can easily be overlooked when doing a roll call of the top quarterbacks in the Big 12. There are Heisman Trophy candidates at Missouri (Chase Daniel) and Texas Tech (Graham Harrell). There are standouts at Oklahoma (Sam Bradford), Texas (Colt McCoy) and Kansas (Todd Reesing). But last season, only two Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks passed for more than 2,800 yards and rushed for more than 800 yards: Heisman winner Tim Tebow of Florida and Robinson.

Colorado back is in the forefront
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Colorado coach Dan Hawkins received the most questions Tuesday about a player who has yet to take a college snap. Darrell Scott, considered the nation's top running back recruit last season, chose the Buffaloes over Texas, ending a bitter recruiting battle. Hawkins said he wasn't worried that Scott, who is from California, will be a marked man when Colorado hosts Texas on Oct 4. That's because of Texas coach Mack Brown.

Nobility of Gundy rant ages poorly
San Antonio Express-News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Gundy said Tuesday he uses Google to shop for fertilizer. Apparently, he still sometimes uses a microphone to distribute it. Ten months after the infamous tirade in which he loudly professed his gender, age and admiration of good kids, Gundy arrived at Big 12 media days basking in his pop-culture celebrity. The Oklahoma State football coach was the star of one of the most-viewed YouTube clips of the year ("That's pretty good," he said, smiling) and had become a cult hero for those who dream about telling their critics where to stuff it. So it must have been a bit disheartening, then, for his legions of admirers to learn Tuesday, once and for all, that Gundy's "Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40!" diatribe wasn't about trying to protect a kid. It wasn't about Gundy taking a stand against shoddy journalism. It was about an angry man who lost his temper. Nothing more, nothing less.

Big 12 notebook: Tech's top stars out of limelight
San Antonio Express-News
Texas Tech is receiving as much national preseason hype as it ever has, due in no small part to its two marquee offensive players — wide receiver Michael Crabtree, cited by several publications as a preseason All-American, and quarterback Graham Harrell, who led the nation in passing last season. But neither attended Big 12 media days in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, with the Red Raiders instead electing to send defensive backs Jamar Wall and Taylor Charbonnet and wide receiver Eric Morris (who coach Mike Leach introduced by saying, "We call him the elf, because he kind of looks like an elf."). Leach, who has criticized his own players for paying too much attention to praise before, said he deliberately left Crabtree and Harrell behind to balance out the accolades.

Great Tech-spectations put Raiders in top 20s
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY. Mo. — They are, without question, the cover boys of summer in the Big 12 football world. A trio from Texas Tech graces the cover of Texas Football magazine, accompanied by a headline describing them as the "Best in Texas" among the Lone Star State's college teams. The Red Raiders, who return a league-high 18 starters from a 9-4 team, have cracked the top 20 in every set of preseason college football rankings released this summer, and they are ranked as high as No. 8, by ESPN.com and SportsIllustrated.com. One national columnist has even predicted the Red Raiders will reach the BCS championship game, and lose to Ohio State. For a group of players more accustomed to the underdog role, the national notoriety has been both exciting and surprising.

Kansas Jayhawks welcome challenge of tougher schedule
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas' rise to prominence via a 12-1 season that included a victory over No.5 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl was one of college football's biggest stories of 2007. Few expect the Jayhawks to approach that kind of success in the upcoming season. In part, that's because of a tougher schedule. KU plays at South Florida in September and trades Big 12 South opponents Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Baylor for that division's top three-rated teams — Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

Texas Tech coach Leach stirs things up on media day
Houston Chronicle

Kansas looking for encore
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY - Last year was a landmark year for the Kansas Jayhawks, going 12-1 with a victory in the Orange Bowl. But this year the Jayhawks are playing with the big boys. With Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas on the schedule, all picked to go one, two and three in the Big 12 South, and all top-25 teams, the Jayhawks' schedule this year is a lot more difficult than the one they had last year, which featured the likes of Southeastern Louisiana, Baylor and Oklahoma State. Seventh-year coach Mark Mangino spoke at the Big 12 media days on Tuesday with excitement regarding the challenge ahead this season.

Starting RB position up for grabs at OSU
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY - Losing leading rusher Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State has some big shoes to fill at running back. Savage rushed for 1,272 yards in 2007. Sophomore Kendall Hunter, junior Keith Toston and junior college transfer Beau Johnson are the candidates to replace Savage and will all see time. Hunter rushed for 696 yards last year.

OSU's Robinson ready to put Gundy controversy in past
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY - Most questions for Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on Tuesday at Big 12 media day were about his rant Sept. 22 of last year that became a YouTube hit, particularly the line of him screaming "I'm a man; I'm 40!" Gundy didn't even watch the clip until January.

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