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Big 12 Media Days

Daily Round Up: July 15, 2018

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ESPN’s Phil Steele has ranked Texas’ LB corps as one of the nation’s best. “No, it won’t be easy replacing Malik Jefferson, but the Longhorns return many key pieces from a defense that held opponents to a Big 12-low 3.0 yards per carry,” Steele wrote. “Moving Malcolm Roach back from defensive end so he can play in space has been well-received. Rover Gary Johnson (60 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks) is a tenacious thumper with All-Big 12 skills. Senior Anthony Wheeler provides a steady veteran presence for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.”

What’s Texas best/worst case 2018 scenarios?

What are Texas takeaways from Big 12 Media Days? Breckyn Hager, what is Herman’s impact in the conference, and what is the team focus going into fall practice?

There are two ways of looking at the conference and both involve teams with a Red River connection. Oklahoma is favored to win the Big 12 again but can they rebound after the playoff loss to Georgia? Nothing changes in the conference until Texas is good again.

What’s USA Today’s #1 storyline to watch for at media days this year? How Lincoln Riley handles year two, Post-Baker Mayfield offense, and Kyler Murray. “After signing a contract with Oakland A’s in June, Murray enters a one-and-done year as the Sooners’ starting quarterback. How well he handles the role remains to be seen. But media days will provide a chance to quiz second-year coach Lincoln Riley on how he’s handling a unique situation and what tweaks and changes he plans to install in the program’s first season post-Baker Mayfield.

Media Days will be televised on Monday will feature Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech. Scheduled to appear on Tuesday are Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas, and West Virginia.