Big 12 spring game reviews from CFN. They take a brief look at all the games.

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Texas ranked sixth in 2008 college football spring game attendance. Nebraska and Alabama are the top two.

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Fanatic Cornhusker faithful pay $95 for spring game tickets. Nice devotion, but that’s idiotic. It’ll be just as boring as every other school’s free spring scrimmages.

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Sooners, Jayhawks struggle offensively in spring games. Sam Bradford was intercepted three times. Thank God it wasn’t just us.

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Defense dominates in Longhorns’ orange-white football scrimmage. I hope it was a case of good defense and not just bad offense.

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Battle to replace RB Charles highlights Texas’ spring practice. I thought Fozzy Whittaker looked great going against the other twos.

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Posted March 29th, 2008 by Brian
Filed under: Football, Live, Spring Football

The last scrimmage/practice of the spring is about to get underway on Fox Sports Southwest. The Orange-White Game is most fans’ first look at a lot of players and it’s always interesting to see who is playing where. We won’t see much (if any) new scheme or plays, but it’s football and gosh darnit I like it. The most important thing in this type of event is always that nobody gets seriously injured.

I’ll be posting my live thoughts and opinions below.

First Quarter

Nice to see we tackled more this spring, much more so that we did more full contact drills than in a scrimmage like this.

Here’s the spring roster off the official site. Definitely going to be needed today.

[tag]Tray Allen[/tag] gets the start today at left tackle with [tag]Adam Ulatoski[/tag] out.

I thought [tag]Brandon Collins[/tag] had dropped that pass but on the replay cornerback [tag]Deon Beasley[/tag] made a nice diving play to break it up. Collins probably needs to use his body better though to prevent the defender from being able to do that so easily.

I don’t know about that interference penalty on Beasley. [tag]Colt McCoy[/tag] threw a nice pass but put it over [tag]Quan Cosby[/tag]’s wrong shoulder. He had the position and Colt should have been able to put it in a more catchable position.

Not a good job on the [tag]Jordan Shipley[/tag] reverse by [tag]Henry Melton[/tag]. As the backside defensive end his responsibilities are RCC (reverse, counter, or cutback) and while he held his spot for a moment he started to pursue too quickly. Not a good job by the corner/safety over there either, the moment they saw Shipley going back the other way they should have been screaming at the top of their lungs.

[tag]Ishie Oduegwu[/tag] is in street clothes on the sideline, I didn’t realize he was hurt. I assume that’s why true freshman [tag]Blake Gideon[/tag] got the start at safety for Team Tradition. Okay that’s the last time I’ll mention these lame team names.

[tag]John Chiles[/tag] and [tag]Fozzy Whittaker[/tag] screwed up the hand-off on their first play of the day. Zone read and Chiles tried to change his mind and keep it but they put in on the turf.

On his first pass attempt Chiles makes a decent throw to Collins but he looked like he was tripled covered. The pocket was still holding so I think John could have waited another tick, bought himself some time, and looked for a more open receiver.

Nice run by [tag]Vondrell McGee[/tag] ended with him delivering a blow to [tag]Earl Thomas[/tag]. Good play though by Thomas to hold on despite the big hit and make the tackle.

I hope we’re not planning on playing freshman kicker [tag]Justin Tucker[/tag]. We’ve already got [tag]Ryan Bailey[/tag] and [tag]Hunter Lawrence[/tag] and I want one of them to win the kicking job this year so we can afford to redshirt Tucker.

[tag]Russell Carter[/tag] sure looks like a football player. Big old sucker. Nice play by him bringing down Whitaker.

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2008 Texas Football Spring Jamboree
Presented by Time Warner Cable
Date: Saturday, March 29
Admission to all events: Free

Spring Jamboree FanFest

When: 10 a.m.
Where: Lot 70 (Parking lot south of Mike A. Myers Stadium)
Activities: Carnival games, inflatables and more
Note: The first 3,000 fans get a free mini-football courtesy of Time Warner Cable.

Aunty E Concert

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Lot 70 (Parking lot south of Mike A. Myers Stadium)
Note: There will also be an autograph session with Aunty E starting at 11:30 a.m. in the same location.

Orange-White Game
When: Noon; gates open 11 a.m.

Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Television: National live coverage on FCS Central (Fox College Sports); Live coverage on Fox Sports Net Southwest (Bill Land, pxp; Ahmad Brooks, analyst; Rod Babers, sideline reporter; John Rhadigan, sideline reporter)
Radio: 1300 AM “The Zone” (Craig Way, pxp; Keith Moreland, analyst; Roger Wallace, sideline reporter)
Internet Radio: Available live via www.am1300thezone.com

Satellite Radio: XM Channel 241

Parking: There is no reserved parking for the Spring Jamboree.

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Biggest question for the Texas offense is who will replace Charles. Vondrell McGee, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya are main options.

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Will Muschamp has made Texas’ spring practices noticeably more physical this season. Love to hear about more hitting, just hope we stay healthy.

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