Inside the Big 12
Updated: August 27, 2003, 3:45 PM ETBy By Mark Wangrin | Special to ESPN Insider
Baylor and Colorado are sorting through quarterback questions. Kansas State is trying to figure out how it gave up 28 points to California. Nebraska is still searching for a shut-down cornerback. And Oklahoma has an offensive line that might make opposing defense sweat as much as opposing offenses sweat the Sooners' D.
Quarterback Terrance Parks of Lufkin, Texas, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse and although he'll appeal, it's likely he'll wind up at junior college. Parks, who had received a waiver that allowed him to practice while the Clearinghouse determined his initial eligibility, had been splitting snaps with redshirt freshman Shawn Bell at the helm of the second-team offense.
As if coach Guy Morriss didn't have enough problems, three of his starting offensive linemen missed crucial preseason practice time with injuries though only one, tackle Brad Schlueter (wrist) will probably miss the opener. That leaves two true freshmen, Nick Pace and John Mahaffey, among the top three offensive tackles, a scary situation for any offense.