Sunday, March 19, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech returns 15 of 22 starters, but for the first time in fives seasons it will be without a senior quarterback.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: A lack of confidence is not a problem in Lincoln after Nebraska closed 2005 with three consecutive victories.

Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Punishing tailback Mell Holliday, the father of five children, is moving up the depth chart at Colorado (registration).

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Standout Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski scored a victory last week in a charity boxing match.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter added a wealth of experience to his staff in the offseason.

Evan Woodbery and Paul Finebaum, Mobile Register: Auburn's spring game was a snoozer with only one touchdown being scored, but the Tigers will win 11 games in 2006.

Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina needs offensive line help after its lost three senior starters. Reinforcements do not arrive until summer.

Bob Thomas, Florida Times-Union: Quarterback Drew Weatherford was impressive in the first scrimmage of the spring for Florida State (registration).

Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt, coming off a disappointing 5-6 season, says every position is up for grabs.

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