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Best of spring

Now that spring practice is over, it's time to pass out a few awards.

Best spring game performance: Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech: The Red Raiders' likely new starting quarterback completed 20 of 35 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns. That capped a solid spring in which Doege did just about everything he could to cement his status as the next Tech quarterback in the fall.

Best spring camp by a freshman: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Despite losing Aldon Smith (the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL draft), Missouri's already-loaded defensive line looks like it has another budding star. Ealy, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound redshirt freshman, will find his way on the field next year.

Best out-of-the-blue performance: Donnie Baggs, LB, Texas A&M: Baggs wasn't a heralded recruit in the Aggies' 2011 class, but he enrolled early and might be called upon in the fall to replace the team's leading tackler, Michael Hodges.

Biggest rising star: Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma: Nelson played sparingly as a freshman in 2010, but one of the nation's top recruits in the 2010 class emerged this spring. His play was so impressive, Sooners coach Bob Stoops called him the best player on the defense this spring. Oklahoma is locked in at linebacker heading into 2011, but he'll find a way on the field next year and become a household name before too long.

Most interesting story: Texas gets acquainted: There hasn't been much change at Texas under Mack Brown, but last season's 5-7 campaign necessitated it. This spring, the Longhorns adjusted to six new coaches, including offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who loves trick plays, and a defensive coordinator in Manny Diaz who shows up to practice in cleats and flies around in them like he wants his defense to do.

Best "thanks, but no thanks" moment: The Big 12 had just three players leave early, as some of the league's stars returned for another round of spring camp. Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles and Travis Lewis, Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden, and Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller all stuck around with big hopes for 2011.

Best quote: "We're looking for a guy that's never been 'it' in a game of tag." -- Baylor coach Art Briles, on the Bears' search for a running back to replace Jay Finley.