Beginning this week across the ESPN conference blogs we're saying goodbye to "lunch links," but hello to "morning links." In these morning posts, we'll be linking to fewer stories, but adding more of our analysis to go with them. Enjoy:
The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin writes that Baylor has the best receiving room in America. You will get no argument from me. Antwan Goodley is a bona fide All-American candidate after amassing almost 1,400 receiving yards and leading the country with five catches of 60 yards or more. Corey Coleman appears to be a budding star. Levi Norwood and Jay Lee are proven veterans. Losing Clay Fuller for two months to a broken collarbone hurts. But the Bears are going to get a huge boost from the incoming freshman class headlined by K.D. Cannon. In Kendall Wright, Josh Gordon and Terrance Williams, Baylor has produced several NFL receivers during the Art and Kendal Briles era in Waco. More appear to be on the way.
Oklahoma State freshman James Washington is pushing his way into the rotation at wide receiver, reports The Oklahoman's John Helsley. The Cowboys have a strong history of uncovering hidden gems at wide receiver. Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon was a two-star recruit. So was Jhajuan Seales, who started as a freshman for Oklahoma State last season. The Cowboys apparently have mined another diamond in the rough in Washington, who has been catching everything in practice and is generating as much buzz as any new addition to the Cowboys' roster including Big 12 Newcomer of the Year pick Tyreek Hill. Washington caught 73 passes for 1,331 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading his small Texas high school team to a pair of state championships. But up until the final days leading up to signing day, his only other offer came from Texas State. The Cowboys were already going to be deep at wideout to begin with. Washington's emergence is going to make the Oklahoma State wide receiving corps even deeper.
Sam B. Richardson should not be counted out in Iowa State's quarterback race, in the opinion of the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson. According to Peterson, Richardson played well in the Cyclones' scrimmage over the weekend. Richardson might have played well, but I have a hard time seeing Iowa State not naming Grant Rohach the starter when the Cyclones open Aug. 30 with North Dakota State. Rohach fueled Iowa State's triple overtime comeback win at West Virginia to cap last season. And he was the best quarterback during the spring and in Iowa State's spring game. The Cyclones have been playing musical quarterbacks basically since Seneca Wallace was behind center more than a decade ago. Richardson's mobility brings another dimension to the offense. And redshirt freshman Joel Lanning has a lot of potential and a big arm. But Iowa State needs to see if Rohach can become that long-term answer it has been craving at quarterback.