• Nick Florence has experience filling in for RG3

    Before he even takes a snap as Robert Griffin III's successor, Baylor quarterback Nick Florence is "already a success story."


    "He was salutatorian in his class of 500, he's already married, already graduated," head coach Art Briles said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.


    Florence has actually been through this before. He played eight games in 2009 with RG3 out with a knee injury, completing 62 percent of his passes.


    Last season, RG3 was knocked out of a game against Texas Tech early with a concussion and Florence took over -- sacrificing a redshirt season -- to go 9-for-12 for 151 yards and a touchdown that helped clinch a win.

  • Kansas coach Charlie Weis up for the challenge

    It's not going to be easy for new Kansas coach Charlie Weis to recruit top talent, but he's taking an interesting approach by using a historic basketball program as a pitch.


    "We want football games to have the same atmosphere as Allen Field House," Weis said at Big 12 Media Days.


    Most recently, Weis served as the offensive coordinator at Florida, under former Texas DC Will Muschamp. He's taking over a Kansas team that finished 2-10 last season, but has been able to make a few big splashes by adding transfer Dayne Christ, who he recruited at Notre Dame, and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Dave Campo as defensive coordinator.


    "Players have a lot of respect for [Campo], his attitude is infectious, energetic," Weis said.

    Weis knows it won't be easy to turn around the worst program in the conference, but he's up for the challenge.


    "I was offered other jobs for a lot more money, just so you know," he said. 


    When a reporter asked him to specify, Weis declined, saying, "That's not important. What's important is why I chose this one."

  • Does Texas have an interest in Penn State players?

    The fallout of Monday’s NCAA ruling on the Penn State scandal is far reaching, and the subject of transferable players was discussed by Mack Brown during Big 12 Media Days.


    The NCAA gave the players at Penn State the immediate right to transfer without penalty after the sanctions were laid out. Brown wouldn’t be opposed to one transferring to Texas if it was advantageous to both sides.


    “I think you’d have to look at if the player contacts you, if he had legitimate interest in you and if he fit,” Brown said.


    Brown also addressed the moral question of the issue, about whether it’s okay to seemingly poach a player right after these devastating rulings.


    “The NCAA allowed it, [the transfers] and the NCAA said they want to give these kids a right to look around immediately,” he said. “Obviously, the timing is very difficult on the kids and for everyone else, because you’d have to get them in school and deal with their transferable hours. I don’t think it’d be unethical at all (to talk to recruits) because the NCAA allowed [it].”

  • Mack Speaks: No starter yet at QB

    A few notes from Mack Brown today:


    David Ash and Case McCoy continue to battle for the quarterback spot, though neither has separated, according to Brown.


    "It has to happen, you can't force it to happen. We thought it would happen in the spring and it didn't."


    Ash and McCoy, who split starts last season, are worried more about winning than playing. Freshmen Conner Brewer and Jalen Overstreet likely won't get in the mix.


    Brown said he first wants a game manager at quarterback.


    Junior cornerback Carrington Byndom will "be one of the best defensive backs we've had and will end up being one of the best in the nation."


    The running back position should be settled by third week of preseason. Sophomores Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron will likely split carries with freshman Johnathan Gray.

     

    Gray "can be a factor" in the Wild position handled so effectively by Fozzy Whittaker.


    JUCO newcomers Donald Hawkins and Brandon Moore "will either start or get significant playing time." Hawkins is penciled in at left tackle, Moore at defensive tackle.


    Incoming freshman wide receivers Kendall Sanders, Cayleb Jones and Marcus Johnson need to step up, Brown said.


    No surprise transfers or players lost to academics this summer.

  • Quarterback carousel root of Mike Davis' problems

    Davis led the Longhorns in receptions, but was unable to string together many big plays.
    Davis led the Longhorns in receptions, but was unable to string together many big plays.

    Mack Brown admitted Mike Davis, the rising junior, was perhaps the receiver who suffered most from the Longhorns flip-flopping quarterback rotation.

     

    "It's hard for a talented wide receiver to be productive and put up numbers when he is playing with four different quarterbacks," Brown said Tuesday at Media Days. "But he has his confidence back."

     

    Davis looked to be on track for a big season after the opener against Rice, when he hauled in three passes for 155 yards and looked like a perfect deep complement to big-armed Garrett Gilbert. But once Gilbert was out the door, in Week 2, Davis was never able to string together much consistency, a 10-catch day against Oklahoma State notwithstanding.

     

    Brown said Davis was unable to establish any chemistry with David Ash or Case McCoy and Davis also "had some personal things pop up."

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