Spring's biggest winners and losers
Calling a spring game "football" is like saying reality television is steeped in reality. The quarterback is largely off limits to defenders, the score doesn't count and if you're Ohio State, you even let the likes of former stars
With that in mind, here's a look at some of the spring's biggest winners and losers -- both for their on-and-off the field exploits.
The verdict? A number of Huskers showed up for spring looking leaner to fit Pelini's "fast and physical" credo, including I-back
The redshirt sophomore-to-be stole the spotlight from USC transfer
In his first three seasons in Fayetteville, Dick never eclipsed 230 passing yards in a game. He went for more than 300 yards in each of the Razorbacks' intrasquad scrimmages, though, including 404 yards and two touchdowns on 33-of-49 passing in the spring game.
The new Power Spread system has done wonders for Dick's confidence, but should we really expect some classic Petrino-coached passing numbers out of the oft-criticized QB? First we'll have to see what becomes of Michigan transfer
Sanchez had the leg up on his fellow former Parade All-America Offensive Player of the Year, having started three games last season when starter
With his No. 1 status solidified, Sanchez went out and threw three touchdowns in the spring game. He's also created a small sensation with a local vendor selling "Viva Sanchez" T-shirts at a booth inside the Coliseum. USC put a stop to the sale and reported an NCAA violation, but a sensation's a sensation.
The Ducks staff is raving about Blount, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior college transfer who ran for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons at East Mississippi Community College.
Blount's emergence this spring -- which was capped by a five-carry, 68-yard performance in the spring game -- eases concerns of how Oregon can replace first-round pick
Cowan's injury hurts the most. He earned the starting job earlier in the spring, but is out for the season after incurring ligament and cartilage damage in his left knee. He also missed eight games last season due to various injuries.
Olson is out for six-to-eight weeks with a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to compete with junior college transfer
Parker, a wide receiver who totaled more than 1,000 yards of offense as a sophomore, was charged for carrying a concealed weapon (a felony) and possession of marijuana (a misdemeanor). The school has yet to take action against Parker, but considering FSU's athletic department policy prohibits athletes facing felonies to compete, the prospect of seeing him in the Seminoles' Sept. 6 opener vs. Western Carolina seems less than certain. His possible absence would be a big blow to a team looking to make offensive strides
The NCAA originally denied him a sixth year of eligibility in February, but Mauk appealed, saying he'd been hurt during his freshman year at Wake Forest when he redshirted.
After breaking his leg as a high-school freshman, Mauk had plates and screws inserted, including one in his big toe. During his senior year of high school, the screw in his toe loosened and had to be removed. The incision frequently bled through, ultimately sidelining him in his first year in college. He had full support from Demon Deacons coach
Mauk will reportedly continue to appeal the decision. Fortunately, Kelly's quarterback cupboard isn't bare, with