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August 14, 2006

Big 12 Report: McCoy working with first unit

A quick look at the latest news out of the Big 12 from around the Rivals.com Network:

Big 12 North Practice Reports
Colorado: The defense forced four interceptions and kept the Colorado offense out of the end zone on its first six possessions of Saturday's scrimmage. The offense started to pick it up as the day went on, especially on the ground - where the Buffalo offense ran 53 times for 303 yards. Dual-threat QB Bernard Jackson led the way with 128 yards on the ground.
Iowa State: Junior linebacker Alvin Bowen intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage. On offense, one of three freshman running backs who stepped up big. Josh Johnson impressed coaches enough in the closed scrimmage to warrant at least a share of the playing time this season.
Kansas: Junior tight end Marc Jones is making coaches notice his athleticism in practice. Derek Fine is the returning starter, but Jones brings a combination of size and speed that is hard to ignore.
Kansas State: The third receiver spot in Saturday's practice was a bit of a surprise. Redshirt freshman Antonio Brown filled the spot which had thought to be going to senior - and returning starter - Jermaine Moreira. The Wildcat defense blocked or tipped three consecutive field goal attempts on Saturday.
Missouri: The team scrimmaged Monday morning for the first time this fall. The offense won the day 48-26 by the coaches' scoring system - thanks to four TDs to just one turnover. The Tigers are spreading the ball around in practice.
Nebraska: Coach Bill Callahan had his offense run 90% running plays during a weekend scrimmage. The day was capped by a 60-yard run by sophomore Marlon Lucky. Lucky was the No. 2 running back in the Rivals.com 2005 class and is expected to compete for the starting spot.
Big 12 South Practice Reports
Baylor: Every team gets hit by injuries in fall practice, but sometimes it gets bad enough to affect the way a team practices. On Sunday, the Bears practiced in half-pads due to the growing number of players in the training room. Thirteen players missed the practice due to injury.
Oklahoma: Life after Rhett Bomar continued when Oklahoma took the field for its first scrimmage Saturday. Paul Thompson and the Sooner offense struggled against the first-team defense. Sophomore cornerback Lendy Holmes was the star of the day with four interceptions, two in 7-on-7 drills and two in the live scrimmage.
Oklahoma State: During Saturday's scrimmage, quarterback Bobby Reid avoided the turnovers that plagued the offense in 2005. Reid completed 11 of 18 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a goal-line rushing TD. Safety Donovan Woods did intercept a pass from backup QB Zac Robinson and returned in 40 yards.
Texas: The Longhorns have yet to scrimmage this fall, but through the first week of practice Colt McCoy was getting 60% of the snaps with the first-team. Selvin Young is ahead of Jamaal Charles on the Texas depth chart at this point for the starting running back position.
Texas A&M: The Aggies are a week into their new 4-2-5 defensive scheme. Defensive end Michael Bennett will miss time following surgery for the torn meniscus he suffered last week. Defensive back Jonathan Batson has been practicing, but is limited by a hamstring injury.
Texas Tech: The defensive line has looked especially good for the Red Raiders. Tyler Yenzer put out a great effort in Saturday's two-a-days, including two touch sacks. Defensive end Jared Williams scuffled with offensive guard Manny Ramirez during the workouts.

(Compiled by Brandon Castel, Rivals.com)

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