A look around the Big 12

Originally Published: September 14, 2004
By Chip Brown | Special to
Are there quarterback problems at Kansas State and Nebraska? Can Missouri's offensive line protect Brad Smith? Our Big 12 notebook addresses those questions, along with looks at Kansas' defense, Jason White's mobility, and much more.

Coach Guy Morriss got a better performance from his offense in a 24-17 victory over Division I-AA Texas State than in a humiliating loss at UAB last week, but that may not be saying much. He's still frustrated by the Bears' running game. Morriss thinks his offensive line is good enough to wear on people, but the Bears are averaging only 2.04 yards per carry this season.

Sophomore running back Paul Mosley has the best yards-per-carry average on the team (5.4) but won't get more playing time until he becomes better in the mental aspects of the game. "You're not sure he's going to block the right guy or pick up the blitz," Morriss said. "He's a big back (6-3, 215) and moves the pile. But it's not yet to the point where we completely trust him. Once we do, you'll see him on the field more."

  • Senior linebacker Justin Crooks is the leader of the Baylor defense and showed it Saturday. He may have saved the Bears from a humiliating upset by Texas State with a 9-yard fumble return for a TD in the first quarter and a victory-clinching forced fumble late in the fourth quarter.