Saturday, March 25, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Mike Baldwin, Oklahoman: Four quarterbacks combined to complete 22 of 28 passes for 228 yards in Oklahoma State's first scrimmage (registration).

Zak Brown, Boulder Daily Camera: It's spring break at Colorado, and coach Dan Hawkins plans to spend part of it skydiving (registration).

Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija, who is also a standout pitcher, could be in line for a big-money offer from a major league team.

Paul Finebaum, Mobile Register: After going 26-4 in its past 30 games, Auburn is in position to make a run at a national title.

Bob Holt, Northwest Arkansas Times: Arkansas should not be troubled by a lack of depth in its offensive line this spring.

Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal: The honeymoon is over for Bret Bielema. Now it's time for the Wisconsin coach to get to work.

Andy Hamilton, Iowa City Press-Citizen: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has reversed field and says he now supports a rule change that would give coaches the power to challenge an official's call.

Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia will hold its first scrimmage of the spring and it will be a particularly important one for the quarterback candidates (registration).

Nick Jezierny, Idaho Statesman: Idaho and coach Dennis Erickson begin spring drills, and quarterback Steve Wichman is ready for a fresh start.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Boise State's Bryan Harsin is only 29, but he is one of the youngest offensive coordinators in college football.

Matthew Aguilar, El Paso Times: Texas El Paso's defensive line was battered by injuries in 2005, but the Miners' unit could become Conference USA's best unit in 2006.

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