Big 12 Football Tidbits After Week 3

NCAA FootballWatching sports fodder come across the wires over the course of the week, a few relevant Big 12 Conference bits worth sharing.

ou QB Bradford Returns to Practice
This week, oklahoma sooners quarterback Sam Bradford returned to practice after sitting out several weeks after suffering from a third-degree separation of his right, throwing shoulder against BYU in week one. Bradford only threw short, 5- to 10-yard passes in practice, and wasn’t allowed to follow-through completely. Head coach Bob Stoops doesn’t want to put any speculation on Bradford’s return, and back-up Landry Jones has filled in nicely for the sooners in the interim. Expect Bradford to sit out at least one more week, and his status for the Miami game in a couple weeks could become more clear as he tests his shoulder further.

Texas Longhorns v. USC Trojans?
Rumors were confirmed this week that Texas was in serious negotiations with USC for a home-home series with the Trojans for the 2019-2020 non-conference football schedule. Don’t get your hopes up too much, as USC said they were talking to several schools about potential match-ups. There is no doubt ESPN analysts are already speculating on the dominance of the 2019 & 2020 USC Trojans teams. Again. Eyes Of TX remembers what happened the last time they made those assertions – 2005.

Kansas Jayhawks In-Fighting
Earlier this week, it was reported that members of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball and football teams got in to two separate fights on campus in two days. Did someone call head football coach Mark Mangino a bad name? Did a game of H-O-R-S-E go bad? It’s unknown who “waved the wheat” first, but apologies were issued, and it doesn’t sound like there will be any suspensions for either group of players at this time.

Longhorn LB Jared Norton To Have Surgery
The Texas Longhorns star senior linebacker, Jared Norton, was injured in a week one victory against Louisiana-Monroe. While the shoulder injury initially seemed mild in nature, further tests have determined that Norton will need surgery and rehab on the shoulder. To that end, it was confirmed this week that he will be out for the remainder of the 2009 season. It is expected Norton will apply for a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility with the NCAA, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be granted. In his place, back-up Rodderick Muckelroy has looked solid and will continue to fill the void for the vaunted Texas defense.


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