Big 12 lunch links: Skinnier Allen keeping up with the Blackshirts

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

A productive day at College Station yesterday has me excited about spring football all across the Big 12.

As such, I couldn't wait to scan through the newspapers and Web sites early this morning to see what was happening around the conference.

Here are some of the more notable stories.

  • A leaner Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen tells the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust that he's more able to withstand the demands of playing the Cornhuskers' defense after his recent body transformation.

  • Bryan Eagle beat writer Robert Cessna reports that Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is making do with his current roster until his mammoth 28-man squadron of freshmen arrives later this summer.

  • Veteran Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel claims that the controversy about Texas awarding itself an asterisk-influenced Big 12 championship has been greatly overblown.

  • Funeral services have been set for Saturday for Kyle Woods, a paralyzed former Baylor defensive back who died last week after a heart attack, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports.

  • The Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo reports that Colorado coaches are scrambling to find enough young wide receivers after freshman Chance Blackmon stunned them by announcing he wants to transfer.

  • The Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson writes about former walk-on Nebraska safety Matt O'Hanlon, who is hoping to build on his game-saving play at the end of the Cornhuskers' Gator Bowl victory over Clemson.

  • The Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson writes that Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson is relieved that new secondary coach Chris Ash decided to stay with the Cyclones.

  • Missouri starting tailback Derrick Washington looked good in his first practice of the spring, Kansas City Star beat writer Mike De Armond reports.

  • Greg Evans of the Web site bleacherreport.com analyzes Oklahoma's offense and defense heading into Saturday's spring game in Norman.