April 21, 2006

Spring tour continues with big weekend

We can't figure out who first wrote or said, "There are only three seasons: football, spring football and recruiting." But we hope whoever did is alive, well and enjoying the unprecedented coverage Rivals.com has provided in "Spring Practice Central '06."

You know we cover football, and you know we cover recruiting like no other. This spring, though, we've been more prevalent than pollen.

We've sent staff members to Texas, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, LSU, West Virginia, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and Louisville. That's not all. Are we done? Not even close.

It was another big football weekend, and that meant Rivals was on the road again. Our writers took in the festivities at Ohio State, Florida and Penn State, while our exclusive Spring Video Tour will be popping up at Boston College.

We've compiled our cornucopia of coverage here. Enjoy, and remember more is on the way.

Spring Football Central '06:
Report Cards | Features | Video Tour | Rivals Radio interviews | Conference Breakdowns

Weekend Results
In Columbus, OSU quarterback Troy Smith was limited to one series of offense, but the senior made the most of it. Smith completed all four pass attempts as the Scarlet team scored the only touchdown of the day on the opening drive. After that, a young OSU defense took over by intercepting three passes from the backup QBs.
Story: Young Bucks shine in Ohio State spring game
In Gainesville, freshman quarterback Tim Tebow stole the show. Florida's Tebow completed 15 of 21 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown to lead the Blue team past Chris Leak's Orange team, 24-6. Despite the impressive performance from the Tebow, Urban Meyer insisted Leak is still the man.
Story: Tebow steals show at UF spring game
In Happy Valley, quarterback Anthony Morelli took a big step towards filling Michael Robinson's shoes. Morelli was 13-of-16 for 191 yards as the Blue team dropped the White team in PSU's spring game, 17-0. Jordan Norwood was also impressive with eight catches for 154 yards.
Story: Morelli plays hero in PSU spring game
More coverage of Ohio State, Florida and Penn State:
OSU's Smith a natural leader | Meyer still looking for a back | Brown cornerstone for PSU
Best yet to come for Bucks | UF seeks attitude adjustment | PSU expectations high again

Spring Report Cards
Florida
Florida finds wide receiver help
Ohio State
Ohio State's hopes rest with young defense
Miami
Attitude, dominant defense key for Canes
Michigan
Will trimming the fat help running game?
Tennessee
Vols get back to basics to fix ailing offense
Southern Cal
Trojans look to find championship personality
Clemson
New faces in secondary key to Tigers' success
Georgia
Bulldogs facing full-blown QB controversy
LSU
Tigers impressive depth on display this spring
Auburn
Speedy defense dominates A-Day
Penn State
Posluszny itching to get back on field

More Features
Louisville counting on Brohm to bounce back Miami's Leggett shaking sophomore slump
New staff gives wake-up call to Miami Michigan's Hart hungry to remain healthy
USC's Sanchez gets confidence boost Southern Cal just re-loads along O-line
Running backs happy to share at Clemson Tigers counting on Proctor to finish strong
Clemson QBs struggle through spring game Tennessee keeps spring game simple
Vols offense still has long way to go Quarterback job up for grabs at Georgia
I-back still a glamour position at Nebraska Blackshirts getting that swagger back
Backup QBs shine at LSU spring scrimmage LSU's Flynn making the most of his chance
No shortage of D-line talent for Tigers Samardzija happy to be two-sport star
Visit to Notre Dame a chilling experience Quinn ready to deal with great expectations
The two sides of Irish coach Charlie Weis Embarrassment of riches in Auburn backfield
Darby looking to make history at Alabama Is Harrell the next in line at Texas Tech?
Texas A&M's McGee set to lead by example Morriss has Baylor bearing down on Big 12
It all starts up front for Texas Time for Longhorns to get back to work

Rivals.com Spring Video Tour
Boston College:
One-on-one with Tom O'Brien
Brian Toal interviews J. Beekman and M. Ryan
Beekman and Ryan interview Toal
Tennessee:
One-on-one with Phillip Fulmer, part I
One-on-one with Phillip Fulmer, Part II
Antwan Stewart interviews Jerod Mayo
Jerod Mayo interviews Antwan Stewart
Georgia:
One-on-one with Mark Richt
Mohamed Massaquoi interviews Danny Ware
Danny Ware interviews Mohamed Massaquoi
Oklahoma:
One-on-one with Bob Stoops

West Virginia:
One-on-one with Rich Rodriguez
Dan Mozes interviews Steve Slaton
Steve Slaton interviews Dan Mozes

Rivals Radio Interviews
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez NIU running back Garrett Wolfe
Clemson QB Will Proctor Tulane coach Chris Scelfo
Miami coach Larry Coker Texas Tech coach Mike Leach
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz Missouri coach Gary Pinkel
Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee Indiana wide receiver James Hardy
Oklahoma State safety Donovan Woods Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko

Spring Conference Breakdowns
Big East
West Virginia for real, but conference looks top-heavy
ACC
In the end, Florida State and Miami are still the favorites
SEC
Replacing big names no problem in this talent pool
Big 12
Former powers now chasing national champion Texas
Big Ten
Get ready for another great race



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