Making the Rounds

Dick Harmon, Desert News: The Mountain West conference did the best among non-BCS with sixteen picks, but the big surprise was that TCU's five picks was more then any other school in the state of Texas.

Yes, that includes Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor all who had three draft picks each.

What about the non-BCS folks? The MWC can brag it got 16 compared to the WAC's 10. But the WAC had a player taken higher than the MWC's top pick, Kruger at No. 57 to the Ravens when Hawaii's David Veikune went No. 52 to the Browns.

Rob Miedh, The Las Vegas Sun: UNLV was looking for some extra cash, so UNLV athletic director Mike Hamrick decided to have a clearance sale of athletic apparel and equipment which netted $50,000.

This similar to University of Texas trying to make some money by selling squares of their grass before the new field turf is to be installed.

Pretty ingenious idea for this school that has struggled to be competitive until this last year, and a good way to get some extra cash pumped into UNLV.

Mack McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Last year the Aztecs had one of the worst defenses in the country, but during spring new defensive coordinator Rocky Long has the defense improved.

One week after the offense scored eight touchdowns, the majority of its success in the red zone, the defense provided a crash course in the school of hard knocks, notching seven sacks, a safety and totaling minus-88 yards in tackles for loss – 75 fewer than it had all of last season.

This could be the start of something great for the Aztec defense, or it could just be that the offense is learning a new system and are not fully comfortable.

It has to be somewhere in between, because Rocky Long had great success with his 3-3-5 defense as the head coach at New Mexico. The SDSU defense may not be great like Utah or TCU, but they will be much more competitive.

Bob Hammond, Laramie Boomerang: Wyoming ended spring with many questions still yet to be answered. The players were out of shape which lead to injuries and only 51 players competed in the spring game.

Quarterback is still a tight race with Karsteen Sween and Dax Crum, but besides that nearly every position is open.

"We didn’t get everything done we wanted to get done this spring because we had so many injuries," Christensen said. "There were a number of players I wanted to see and get evaluated to get a feel where they were at, and we were unable to get that done.

"From a physical standpoint, I think I got my point across that we want to change our mentality here and bring back that ‘Cowboy Tough’ attitude and become a more physical football team.

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