UNLV sophomore Travis Trickey, a highly regarded linebacker coming out of Round Valley High in Springerville, Ariz., has been moved to fullback. It's a move that has become something of a trend with the Rebels thus far under first-year coach Bobby Hauck. Linebackers Brett Rather and and Anthony White were earlier moved to fullback.
And So We Meet Again
When the Baltimore Orioles faced the Indians on Tuesday night in Cleveland, the starting pitchers needed no formal introduction. Rookie Jake Arrietta started for the Orioles, while Justin Masterson, who is in his third major league season, took the mound for the Indians. Arrietta (TCU) and Masterson (San Diego State) squared off during MWC action in 2006. The Aztecs won, 6-0, with Masterson pitching a complete-game four-hitter.
Let the Best Man Win
The battle for the starting quarterback spot rages on at BYU, where junior Riley Nelson and widely heralded freshman Jake Heaps appear to be playing for keeps. During Tuesday's workout, Nelson completed 4-of-6 passes for 63 yards and three touchdowns. Heaps was 10-of-11 for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Heaps' lone misfire resulted in an interception at the 1-yard line by senior cornerback Brian Logan.
Four's Company, Five's a Crowd
The 2010 Jacksonville Jaguars roster includes no fewer than four players from San Diego State. Three of the former Aztecs -- Russell Allen, Freddy Keiaho and Kirk Morrison -- are linebackers. Wide receiver Kassim Osgood was a Pro Bowl special teams player with the San Diego Chargers before joining the Jaguars in the offseason. Former SDSU defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer serves as Jacksonville's assistant defensive backs coach.
Center of Attention
Colorado State redshirt freshman Weston Richburg, who was positioned at guard on Monday, found himself at center with the first-team offense on Tuesday. Coach Steve Fairchild and offensive coordinator Pat Meyer are looking for the best candidate to replace three-year starter Tim Walter, currently with the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, freshman tight end Crockett Gillmore has been moved to defensive end, where the Rams have been hit with injuries.
Air Force Men's Hoops Loses Schafer
Air Force beat writer Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Sammy Schafer, a starter for the Falcons' men's basketball team before suffering a concussion last season, has applied for an administrative turnback from the Academy and will take a year off from basketball. Schafer, a 6-foot-11 center, started the first three games of his sophomore season last year but missed the last 28 games because of headaches resulting from the concussion. He was averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds before being injured.
Meanwhile, Air Force and Colorado, which earlier had agreed to play a two-year series in men's basketball beginning next year, have agreed to extend the series to four years.
Other News from Around the Conference
- Even though he's viewed as one of the most dangerous kick returners in the nation, TCU's Jeremy Kerley, the MWC Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year, is also tough to cut off at the pass.
- The hope is that second-year coach Michael Locksley will take New Mexico's football program to new heights. It would appear the process is underway -- literally.
- For San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley, the time has come to take off the kid gloves. Now a junior, the Aztecs coaching staff is expecting more --- and so is Lindley.
- If Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen is certain of one thing, it's that Oliver Schober will play this season -- as a 23-year-old true freshman.