Ten things we learned this spring
For the college football fans who can't stand the nearly eight-month wait between seasons, spring football has become an increasingly refreshing oasis. In the online age, one can read daily practice recaps about one's favorite team from multiple media outlets. Heck, with the right cable package, one can watch spring games at LSU, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Oregon.
Most teams quite clearly remain a work in progress, but here are 10 developments and revelations that stood out around the country.
It remains to be seen whether Kiffin's various methods will produce a superior product to last year's four-loss team. While the Trojans still boast several standouts (quarterback
The first sign that perhaps
The competition between the two continued this spring, however, and Robinson showed off a considerably more balanced set of skills. He was the star of Michigan's spring game, throwing a 97-yard touchdown pass to
The 2010 draft was mostly a day of celebration for Oklahoma fans -- the Sooners produced four first-round picks, including three of the top four. But it also served as one last painful reminder of a nightmarish 2009 campaign that saw two of those standouts, No. 1 overall pick
Sure, Oklahoma has its share of returning veterans, including running back
Most teams would be overjoyed to return just one running back the caliber of
Remember a couple of years ago when the Big 12 had a different quarterback atop the Heisman race seemingly every week? This year's Pac-10 boasts a similarly loaded crop of signal-callers. Early 2011 draft projections list a pair of West Coast QBs, Washington's
But there's just as much intrigue about some of the new guys -- mainly Oregon's
It's hard to believe only two football seasons have passed since
With Florida and Alabama both replacing a slew of standouts from last season's division-winning squads, LSU has a chance to make a run back to the top of the SEC standings, but it could just as easily finish fourth in its own division. Arkansas, Auburn and even Mississippi State all figure to be improved as well. If LSU can run the ball and play defense as expected, it should be in the mix with Alabama, but quarterback
TCU may be the Mountain West's reigning darling, but it would be silly not to keep tabs on a program that's produced two undefeated seasons and BCS bowl wins over the past six years and which, in a "down" year last season, went 10-3 and beat Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl. The star of that game, and the Utes' presumptive star of the future, was rising sophomore quarterback
Things are a little more uncertain at Utah's archrival, BYU, where all-time leading rusher
While fans, media and administrators have spent the past couple of months speculating about another potential raid on the Big East's membership, the league's coaches and players have gone about their usual business of putting together solid and chronically overlooked football teams. Another set of mass turnover in the head coaching ranks -- Cincinnati (
Once again, Pittsburgh appears the most talented on paper, with studs like receiver
What began as a quarterback derby in Athens has devolved into a quarterback panic. Redshirt freshman Murray, ranked only behind USC's Barkley and Texas'
Making matters worse, the school confirmed this week that Murray's other one-time competitor, junior