Big 12 lunchtime links
November, 13, 2013
By Max Olson | ESPN.com
Why aren't more Big 12 coaches getting their own "Swaggercopters" if they're so successful?
- This is a nice move: Oklahoma is letting injured linebacker Corey Nelson dress out for senior day. Sooners defenders are backing Charles Tapper after his ejection against Baylor. Gabe Ikard is still holding a grudge against Kirk Herbstreit.
- Baylor cornerback K.J. Morton insists he wasn't trying to hurt anyone with his targeting penalty against OU. Receiver Clay Fuller is one of 53 nominees for the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring outstanding walk-ons.
- TCU's underclassmen want to send the seniors to another bowl game. Its receivers are reenergized after a players-only meeting.
- Two West Virginia defenders have been ruled out for the season. Dana Holgorsen isn't making excuses but admits his players are "pretty beat up."
- Mack Brown has been coaching his tail off this season. The Longhorns have to find a way to replace Johnathan Gray and Chris Whaley in the locker room. Long snapper Nate Boyer has been named the NFF Legacy Award recipient.
- Tre Porter is becoming a mentor for Texas Tech's freshman-filled secondary. Kliff Kingsbury is a fan of keeping Texas Tech vs. Baylor at AT&T Stadium in the future.
- Charlie Weis isn't interested in telling West Virginia who his starting QB will be this weekend. KU is still trying to find the right combinations on its offensive line.
- Kansas State's offensive line, meanwhile, has regained its swagger recently. KSU's Ryan Mueller is one of three Big 12 players on the Hendricks Award midseason watch list.
- Oklahoma State is benefitting big from the touchdowns its defense and special teams are contributing. Tracy Moore is confident in OSU's receiving corps even if Josh Stewart is sidelined.
- Iowa State trusts punter Kirby Van Der Kamp when it's time for trickery. The Cyclones' offense has yet to score on an opening drive and is focused on faster starts.
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