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Baylor quarterback Blake Szymanski broke virtually every single-season passing record for the Bears during the 2007 season.
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Blake Szymanski threw for 2,844 yards and 22 TDs in 2007.
Maybe Colorado coach Dan Hawkins has visions of bullish fullbacks like Pete Johnson or Jerome Bettis. Stocky 280-pound guard Kai Maiava, who made several freshman All-America teams last season, is moving to a hybrid fullback-tight end position.Maiava's squat build appears to make him a prototypical lead blocker from the backfield for the Buffaloes. The position change will require him to lose some more weight; he hopes to play in the fall at 270.
"At first I was kind of hesitant because all I've ever learned in football is how to play O-line," Maiava told the Boulder Daily Camera. "Now I'm just kind of excited. Maybe I'll get the ball once or twice a year and maybe score a TD for the O-line."It's going to be a whole new world to me, but I'm liking it more and more, the more I learn." Maiava is the nephew of former wrestler and current actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Oklahoma State has attacked the problem of players skipping classes with an innovative way to keep check on them.Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said the school is paying students $7 per hour to monitor attendance of Cowboys players in their classes. "Back in the day we used to miss class all the time because they couldn't check us -- they didn't have the man power," Gundy said. Oklahoma State officials used to hire administrative interns to check classes, but players started noticing them. Under the new plan, the players don't know who is checking on them. "We know everything these guys do. They can't get away with it," Gundy said. "Some girl with Coke-bottle glasses sitting next to them in class might be the one who is checking up on them." Tim Griffin covers college sports for ESPN.com. You can contact him at email@example.com.
At Nebraska, every word a coach says to the media is parsed, scrutinized and analyzed. That's why Bo Pelini's recent pronouncements have been so intriguing.
Colorado's coaching staff already has started preparing for its Sept. 18 nationally televised game with West Virginia by sending assistant coaches to South Florida to meet with defensive coordinator Wally Burnham.
Perhaps the most notable sign of Kansas' emerging recruiting prowess in Texas can be seen with the arrival of wide receiver Rod Harris Jr. from Blinn College, a junior college. Harris, the son of former Texas A&M wide receiver Rod Harris and nephew of former A&M running back Darren Lewis, chose the Jayhawks over A&M, San Diego State, Utah and Virginia.
Texas A&M's announcement of an annual game at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington should be a boon to recruiting in the talent rich Dallas-Fort Worth area.The Aggies have lagged behind Texas in recent years in the area and have even seen Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State snatch key players from the area at their expense. The Cowboys also will be interested in attracting more college games to their new facility. They have already secured the Cotton Bowl beginning in 2010. The next steps on their hit list include the Texas-Oklahoma game (contracted at Fair Park in the Cotton Bowl through 2015) and a potential national championship game if the Bowl Championship Series ever expands.
The turnover on Kansas State coach Ron Prince's staff has continued again this spring with the addition of three new assistants.
Former San Francisco 49ers special teams coach Jeff Rodgers was hired for a similar position on Prince's staff. Former Baylor assistant coach Cornell Jackson will instruct KSU's linebackers, and former Elon offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero will take over as KSU's QB coach.
Prince has hired seven new assistants and a new strength coach in his two-plus seasons at K-State.
Oklahoma is experimenting with a no-huddle offense as it tries to establish a faster tempo at the line of scrimmage.
Coach Bob Stoops' plans apparently have worked well so far; returning starting QB Sam Bradford has been thriving with the change.