Thu Apr 01 09:38am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• Hope for Tebow yet. A "veteran NFL scout" emailed top pro gossip site Pro Football Talk Wednesday to a) Praise ESPN draftnik Mel Kiper, who is "not a true scout" but "works at it," and b) Confirm that Kiper's colleague, Todd McShay, is considered "a joke" in the league: "McShay does not have any good connections. Higher-ups in the league think he is an arrogant [expletive]. A know-it-all. And he really knows nothing. Whatever he says about a quarterback, take it to the bank, it will be the opposite." Exhibit A is former Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson, a McShay favorite who went in the sixth round in 2008 and is now out of the league. This year's Woodson, according to PFT's scout: Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, who — despite a good evaluation from "pretty boy Todd" — most observers without daily access to a national television audience thought needed another year in college after leading the nation in interceptions as a junior. [Pro Football Talk, via Roll Bama Roll]
• Sheffield shuffles off, gingerly. The quarterback derby at Texas Tech may have gotten a little clearer Wednesday when fan favorite Steven Sheffield was ruled out for the rest of spring practice with a broken foot. The injury likely sets him back in the race to win the job from Taylor Potts, with whom Sheffield alternated last year depending on who was healthy on any given series. Potts played significantly more, but Sheffield was better statistically and came on for Potts to lead the game-winning drive against Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl. Sheffield will be out around eight weeks but should be full speed by the fall, if Potts doesn't lock the job down. [RedRaiderSports.com]
• "We stink." New coach Brian Kelly wasn't happy with the pace of Notre Dame's first spring scrimmage on Saturday, and sounded livid with his players on Wednesday, when starting quarterback Dayne Crist's fundamentals were "as sloppy as they come" and the third-string offense didn't even get to run its scheduled reps during one of the team periods. An assistant coach told reporters, "Our tempo is for [expletive]," and Kelly was equally blunt: "We stink right now." [Chicago Tribune, South Bend Tribune]
Quickly ... Florida receiver Carl Moore remains AWOL from Gator practices for "personal reasons." ... Nebraska introduces the "Peso" defense. ... And the Republican firm National Media Inc. claims sports fans — and college football fans, especially — for the GOP.