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STILLWATER, Okla. -- One deep burst on a fly pattern early in spring practice was the best indication that Oklahoma State wide receiver Artrell Woods was back after missing last season with a fractured vertebra.
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The Cowboys are glad to have Artrell Woods (83) back on the field.
Texas' spring practice has been noticeably more physical this season as the Longhorns' defense becomes accustomed to new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's in-your-face coaching style.
Rashad Bobino and the Horns are getting physical this spring.
Road trip, anyone? Colorado coach Dan Hawkins has big plans for a little unexpected downtime that's materialized after his team finishes spring practice on April 19.
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Dan Hawkins is excited about his Colorado road trip.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops thought that ESPN.com voters might have overvalued the wild ending of the Oklahoma-Boise State 2007 Fiesta Bowl as the second-greatest television highlight of all time.
Kansas' athletic department hired a private security firm to investigate the character of RB Jocques Crawford while recruiting the junior college offensive player of the year from Cisco, Texas. Crawford pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault of a 15-year-old girl in 2005 while at Cordova (Tenn.) High School.
"I think we did everything we possibly could," Mangino told reporters on signing day. "We feel very confident in him. He needs a chance. He needs an opportunity, and I think he'll make the most of it."Crawford rushed for 1,935 yards in nine games during the 2007 season to lead the nation's junior colleges in rushing. His arrival is important as the Jayhawks attempt to find a replacement for bruising running back Brandon McPherson.
• Nebraska's defense has already experienced a major hit this spring. Projected starting cornerback Anthony Blue was injured during seven-on-seven drills and will miss spring practice. The Cornhuskers already lost senior cornerbacks Zackary Bowman, Andre Jones and Cortney Grixby from last season.Blue's quick recovery will be important considering the Cornhuskers will play potent North Division quarterbacks like Chase Daniel, Todd Reesing and Cody Hawkins. New coach Bo Pelini's team will have its work cut out in cross-divisional games against the high-powered aerial attacks of South Division opponents Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor.
• New coach Art Briles is opening some recruiting avenues that haven't been in place before on the Brazos. One of his incoming recruits next season is Frederic Plesius of Lennoxville, Quebec. The athletic 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker had five sacks as a senior at Champlain Prep School and even returned punts for his team.
Briles recruited several Canadian players while at Houston and is excited about bringing what is thought to be the first Canadian player to Baylor's roster.
"These kids come in very mature, very hungry and very grateful," Briles said. "Coming from Canada to the United States and the Big 12 for them is like walking out of Luby's and finding a $100 bill, so all of a sudden, they feel good."
• Kansas has beefed up its nonconference schedule with a two-game home-and-home series against Southern Mississippi in 2009 and 2010. The Jayhawks also will host New Mexico State in 2010.
The Jayhawks already have a two-game series with Duke in 2009 and 2010 and will also begin a four-game series with Rice during 2010.
KU qualified for the Orange Bowl last season despite a weak nonconference schedule that included games against Central Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana, Toledo and Florida International. Kansas won those four games by a combined margin of 214-23.
• Coach Bob Stoops is in line to become the Big 12's highest-paid coach. Stoops could make $6 million in 2008, including a $3 million bonus payable on Dec. 31 for coaching the Sooners for 10 seasons.
Stoops' football program has helped fuel staggering recent growth in OU's overall athletic department. In the year before he arrived in 1998, Oklahoma generated $26.1 million. In 2006-07, the school's athletic department generated $66.3 million in revenue, including $28.5 million from the football program.