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Bevo's Daily Roundup - August 18, 2010


Horns_bullet_mediumHas anyone seen James Kirkendoll lately?

Where did James Kirkendoll go?

That's the question fans have asked this offseason as the Longhorns receiver prepares for his final season.

Oh, sure, he started 13 games last year. He had 48 receptions for 461 yards and six touchdowns, the second most on the team.

He was there.


Horns_bullet_mediumThe Statesman scouts the QB position

Which true freshman backup has the edge?

Randy Riggs: Wood wins the eyeball test — he's bigger than McCoy and has a stronger arm — but if Gilbert goes down, it won't really matter. The Longhorns would be in a world of hurt.

Alan Trubow: I'll give the nod to Wood. It's not just that he's bigger and has a better arm; he's just seemed to make more throws during the times I've seen the backups.


Horns_bullet_medium Colleyville. Fox Sports Southwest talks to defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter. Linebacker coach Dat Nguyen is providing vision. Are the Aggies having special teams issues?

The reasons for the spread punt formation: A&M stations three players in front of the punter, which works somewhat as a shield. Sherman said eight of the teams in the Big 12 use a variation of the formation.

Sherman's reasons for using the formation are:

* It takes pressure off the long snapper, who doesn't have to be a blocker and can concentrate on getting the ball back to the punter.

* It allows for a less-than-perfect snap to get the punt off.

* It also allows A&M to get players down field.

Posting photos of yourself like this is not a way to get dates.


Horns_bullet_mediumLand Thieves. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables talks about how his defense is shaping up for the season.  LB Austin Box is expected to miss three to six weeks with a disc issue. The receiver position is wide open. Jamarkus McFarland is in a close battle for the defensive tackle position. DeMarco is still waiting for that breakout year.


Horns_bullet_medium  Red Raiders. Tommy Tuberville evaluates the QBs.


Horns_bullet_medium  Okie Lite. Fox Sports Southwest has an interviews Mike Gundy. Defensive tackle Chris Donaldson wants to cause havoc in offensive backfields. Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen eliminated the TE position so Cooper Bassett is switching to DE.


Horns_bullet_mediumNebraska. Bo Pelini is happy...for once.  Nothing is confirmed but it has been reported that a Cornhusker was hurt in practice. Safety P.J. Smith had  a lot of "ah, shoot" plays last season. The Denver POst thinks Nebraska's D is scary.


Horns_bullet_medium  The Big 12-2 can play defense. At least our secondaries can.



Horns_bullet_mediumMike Leach has a new job

Leach, who also has a law degree from Pepperdine University, one of the nation's top law schools, has signed on to call games as an analyst for CBS College Sports.

The fledgling 7-year-old network only broadcasts Conference USA, Mountain West and service academy games, but if you have the somewhat elusive station on your cable package, you're going to want to set your DVRs for his games this fall. Tough luck if you don't have it, but like another CBS legend -- Gus Johnson -- his greatest hits will probably make their way onto YouTube eventually.


Horns_bullet_mediumBYU as an independent

Several media outlets are reporting this morning that people with knowledge of the situation say that BYU is close to leaving the Mountain West Conference to become an independent in football, like Notre Dame.


Horns_bullet_mediumThis did not end well. A reporter wore a Florida hat to an Arkansas press conference.

People like Bobby Petrino. The Arkansas football coach fielded a question from a Fayetteville radio personality wearing a Florida Gators cap, and now Renee Gork is out of a job.

Petrino answered Gork's question, then said, "And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on."


Horns_bullet_mediumThis is one big guy.


Horns_bullet_mediumHere is your laugh of the day. Some writer at The Bleacher Report saw Mack Brown playing golf and thinks that the Longhorn dynasty is coming to an end.


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