A.D.'S BACK IN
GEAR: Time and again during Oklahoma's spring game, Adrian Peterson sprinted
through the line for what would have been a long gain, but because he was
wearing a noncontact jersey, the play was blown dead as soon as a defender
touched him. So while the 2004 Heisman runner-up didn't get to rack up big
numbers, he showed that the injuries that hampered him last spring (shoulder
surgery) and much of the fall (ankle sprain) are behind him. In preparation for
his junior season the 215-pound back focused on improving his pass-catching
CHARGE: Not since Chris Weinke's 2000 Heisman season has Florida State had a
dependable quarterback, but Drew Weatherford, who as a redshirt freshman had an
ACC-high 18 interceptions last fall, made it through three full scrimmages with
only one pick. Weatherford, who was thrown into the fire in '05 after starter
Wyatt Sexton was sidelined by Lyme disease, hit the film room regularly
throughout the spring, and teammates were quick to notice that he has matured
into a leader. "He could be the General, like they used to call Weinke and
[1993 Heisman winner] Charlie Ward," says running back Lorenzo Booker.
SUCCESS: Less than five months ago Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm lay on
the turf clutching his right knee after being tackled by Syracuse's Kellen
Pruitt. The damage: torn ACL, sprained patellar tendon, torn meniscus and a
bruised bone. Visitors to spring workouts were stunned to see Brohm, the
nation's No. 2-rated passer last season, running and throwing without pain, a
black knee brace the only sign of his injury. The junior is a month ahead of
schedule in his rehab (he's being held out of scrimmages) and expects to start
in the Sept. 2 opener against Kentucky.
FRESH EYE OF THE
HURRICANES: Miami coach Larry Coker's mandate to new offensive coordinator Rich
Olson: "Get the ball in the hands of our playmakers." Olson, the
Hurricanes' play-caller in 1994 before becoming an NFL assistant, has been
tweaking the pro-style offense, which had a drop-off in production over the
past two seasons. Olson was one of six new assistants hired by Coker, who shook
up his staff after a 40-3 Peach Bowl loss to LSU.
NEW PLAYERS TO
Finley, TE, Texas: The 6'5", 220-pound redshirt freshman has taken on David
Thomas's role of pass-catching tight end--four balls for 73 yards in the spring
? Mike Nixon, MLB,
Arizona State: After spending four-plus years as a catcher in the Los Angeles
Dodgers' farm system, the 22-year-old freshman--a former UCLA signee--walked on
in Tempe and is contending for a starting spot.
WR, Clemson: Offensive coordinator Rob Spence created a new position, J-back (a
hybrid of wide receiver, halfback, fullback and tight end), for the speedy
sophomore, who turned a screen pass into a 97-yard TD in the spring game.
Warrick, S, Michigan State: A transfer from Hutchinson ( Kans.) Community
College, the cousin of former Florida State star Peter Warrick had a team-high
eight tackles and an interception in the Spartans' first scrimmage.