Big 12 lunch links: Aunese's legacy still strong

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Happy opening day for baseball.

The cool thing about this is that by the time baseball season ends, college football season will be in full swing.

That day can't come soon enough for me. And I'm sure it's that way for more than a few of you out there, as well.

Until then, here are some lunchtime links to help tide you over.

  • The late Sal Aunese's legacy still lives on in the Colorado program, Boulder Daily Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo writes.

  • Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman opines on the development of the Texas secondary that was on display at Sunday's spring game.

  • Tough Nebraska guard Ricky Henry is earning the nickname "The Finisher" because of his ability to put opponents on their backs, Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel writes.

  • Physical safety Quinton Carter has toned down his hitting at Oklahoma's practices, but not during games, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports.

  • John Hillman of Realfootball365.com reports that the development of offensive lineman Danny Watkins and defensive tackle Phil Taylor will be keys for Baylor to develop into a bowl team.

  • Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is allowing his quarterback to take and give a few shots in practice this spring, the Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond reports.

  • With Oklahoma State's numbers depleted at receiver by Dez Bryant's injury and Bo Bowling's suspension, Justin Blackmon is emerging as one of the top producers of the spring, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.

  • Denver Post beat writer Tom Kensler writes that after five surgeries during an eight-month period in 2008, Colorado cornerback Benjamin Burney earned the nickname of "Joystick" because of one of his frequent medical procedures.

  • Lubbock Avalanche-Journal beat writer Don Williams reports on converted high-school quarterback Austin Zouzalik, who is making the transition to wide receiver at Texas Tech this spring.