For college football fanatics, any scrap of news is relished during the offseason, which is why Big 12 Media Days 2013 is such a highly publicized event.
After months of speculation and hearsay, coaches and players alike put themselves under the microscope and answer questions from members of the media, who, like most fans, have been clamoring for answers since the end of spring practice.
Two of the conference's biggest schools take the stage on Day 2 of Big 12 Media Days, and there are a few stars who are scheduled to hit the podium.
Here's a look at the full schedule for Day 2, along with some pertinent details to ensure you have every opportunity to catch the interviews you've been waiting to see.
Where: Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas
When: July 23
|9 a.m.||N/A||Big 12 Coordinator of Officials Walt Anderson|
|10 a.m.||Oklahoma||Head coach Bob Stoops|
|Athletes Aaron Colvin, Gabe Ikard, Trey Millard|
|10:30 a.m.||Texas||Head coach Mack Brown|
|Athletes David Ash, Trey Hopkins, Jackson Jeffcoat, Adrian Phillips|
|11 a.m.||West Virginia||Head coach Dana Holgorsen|
|Athletes Will Clarke, Karl Joseph, Quinton Spain|
|11:30 a.m.||Baylor||Head coach Art Briles|
|Athletes Ahmad Dixon, Cyril Richardson, Lache Seastrunk|
|12 p.m.||Iowa State||Head coach Paul Rhoads|
|Athletes Jeremiah George, Jacques Washington, Jeff Woody|
Players of Note for Day 2
Aaron Colvin, Cornerback, Oklahoma
Expectations are sky high for Colvin, who put together a phenomenal season for the Sooners as a junior last season. The senior cornerback has been named to a few prestigious watch lists, including the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, the Bednarik Award Watch List and the Lott Impact Trophy Watch List.
Colvin tallied 47 solo tackles, two sacks, 14 passes defended and four interceptions last season, helping the Sooners win 10 games and reach the Cotton Bowl.
He's expected to lead the team's secondary this upcoming season and will likely be one of the first cornerbacks selected in the 2014 NFL draft—provided he stays healthy, of course. NFL Network's Gil Brandt has him as his No. 4-ranked cornerback heading into the season:
David Ash, Quarterback, Texas
The clear lead dog in Texas' offense this season, David Ash will not be looking over his shoulder at Chase McCoy in 2013.
Though Ash had a few games last year he'd rather forget, for the most part, he was an efficient, proficient quarterback for the Longhorns. As a sophomore, he completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards with 19 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Texas alum and former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George loves what he's seen from the young signal-caller, as noted by Jeff K. Keyon of the Thibodaux Daily Comet, though he does want to see more from him in times of adversity:
David is phenomenal. I think he’s very talented, but I want to see out of him this year is how he handles adversity...I want to see if he’s matured to the point where he can look beyond those mistakes and go to the next play.
Given his improvements from his freshman year to last season, Ash will likely continue to impress George and the rest of the Texas fanbase with a big year for the Longhorns.
Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia
It's hard to imagine Karl Joseph improving on his remarkable freshman campaign from 2012, but most experts expect him to do just that. It wasn't a big surprise when he made the cover of Athlon Sports' Big 12 magazine, as noted by Coach Sibley:
The young safety broke out in a major way, leading the Mountaineers in tackles (104), forced fumbles (three) and interceptions (two)...as a true freshman.
He rarely left the field for any defensive snap, as noted by Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail, "playing 890 of a possible 992 snaps on defense and covering every punt."
As a way to improve his durability, Joseph has added about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, as noted by Casazza, and he will be a player to keep an eye on throughout the 2013 campaign.
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