Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota enters spring not knowing if running back Gary Russell of safety Brandon Owens will be with the team in the fall.

Randy King, Roanoke Times: Finding a replacement for quarterback Marcus Vick is only one of the concerns for Virginia Tech.

Susan Miller Degnan and Barry Jackson, Miami Herald: Backup Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman is talking about transferring to Texas (registration).

Bruce Adams, San Francisco Chronicle: California is looking for a quarterback to take charge this spring and end the inconsistent play at the position.

Molly Yanity, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: J.D. Williams, the older brother of former Washington player Curtis Williams, is joining the Husky staff.

Craig Smith, Seattle Times: Washington State opened spring drills with several players watching from the sidelines.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Air Craft? Try Ground Chuck. New San Diego State coach Chuck Long wants to run the ball.

Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia got a surprise visit from former quarterback D.J. Shockley during practice (registration).

Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: West Virginia backup quarterback Adam Bednarik is having pain in his throwing shoulder and might require surgery.

Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: Missouri's switch to the spread offense in 2005 resulted in more plays, but it didn't always show on the scoreboard.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Is this the year that Nebraska's offense breaks through and puts up big numbers?

Justin Harper, Oklahoman: Oklahoma held its first practice of the spring, and afterward quarterback Rhett Bomar addressed his citation of minor in possession of alcohol (registration).

Alicia McGhee, Ames Tribune: Former Iowa State defensive back Jerry Gair was sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Jared Zabransky's job as starting quarterback at Boise State may not be all that secure.

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