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Bevo's Daily Roundup - August 20, 2010

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Horns_bullet_mediumThere's a preseason theme this year.

The central theme of the preseason has been to run the football.

The Texas Longhorns seem committed to three-plus yards and a cloud of black, rubber pellets.

 

Horns_bullet_medium Michael Huey wants to change the perception that the offensive line is a disaster just waiting to happen. And he loves to cook.

"I don't want to brag," Huey said. "But I do like to cook. I have my whole life. I'll go to my sister's house, and everybody pigs out. My dad's on the grill and my mom's on the stove."

Which explains why he tries so hard to emulate role models, for example, like Chris Snee and Paula Deen. Those two probably aren't on too many of the same lists.

Snee's a two-time Pro Bowl guard for the New York Giants. As an NFL prospect, why wouldn't Huey want to be like him?

Deen? She's the queen of Southern homestyle cooking with her own television show.

Huey's what you would call eclectic. He watches the Food Network and makes mental notes during the show.

Please don't eat a lot of this kind of cooking or we are all in for a very long season.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumFox Sports Southwest interviews defensive tackle Kheeston Randall.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Mirror, mirror on the wall... Who is the greatest program of them all?

Will Texas supplant Notre Dame as the country's most powerful football program?

This year's conference realignment failed to give college football a significant shake. Still, the headlines trumpeted a paradigm shift—the big winner, and new, undisputed powerhouse, was the University of Texas.

"It's one of the strongest brands out there in sports," CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell said. "Texas drove a lot of the expansion talks."

 

Horns_bullet_mediumConsistency, or lack thereof, seemed to be overall theme in the Sooners' scrimmage. 

Stoops, however, wasn't as pleased when asked about the consistency of his wide receivers, outside Ryan Broyles and a couple of freshmen.

"So far, they've just been OK," he said. "Ryan Broyles has been really good. Kenny Stills has come on. We need some other guys to be more consistent. Joe Powell is making a move, doing some good things. Those two (Stills and Powell) seem to stand out the most. Guys that have played need to play better."

There was some good news from the scrimmage. DeMarco Murray escaped unscathed. For now.

(Really? Maybe this is a little premature?)

 

Horns_bullet_mediumOU defensive end Jeremy Beal is on his way to becoming one the Sooners' all-time sack leaders

Barring an injury, Beal should finish first or second on OU's all-time sacks list. He compiled 11 last season. If he matches that total his senior season, Beal will tie Cedric Jones' school record (31.5).

"He was our most consistent defensive player a year ago," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "We're going to hate it when he's not here anymore. It's easy to take that consistency for granted."

 

Horns_bullet_medium  The 2010 recruiting class could be Mike Gundy's best.

Early signs point to OSU's 2010 recruiting class developing into arguably the best class Gundy has brought in during his six years as head coach and one of the deepest in the past decade.

"We really like this class," Gundy said. "I like their attitude, I like their toughness, I like their speed and I think there's a good mixture of personalities. It's a good class."

 

Horns_bullet_medium You can't blame this on Texas. Bo Pelini has banned the media.

A witness to practice posted an account of the injuries on a Nebraska message board, which began a rumor (that, it's worth noting, was true) that the local media was forced to confirm.

"The kid was still on the [operating] table last night, and people were calling the family," Pelini told the Associated Press on Wednesday night. "That's crossing the line."

That's fair, but it's unrealistic in today's world for Pelini to believe the press will sit on its hands while he deals with an injury on his time, however serious. If he had concerns, a simple press release stating that injuries had occurred, but the details were still being assessed would have sufficed. Then cap it with a one-sentence request to respect the privacy of those close to the injured players. The earlier its release, the better, as long as families were contacted first.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Realignment ain't over yet, people.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumCowboys Ride For Free explains the Blog Poll, which is probably more accurate than the Coaches' or Harris Polls. Bloggers actually watch college football.

 

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