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I've never seen work from Mr. Mark Schlabach, but he has a new and very well done article on where he breaks down the post-spring Big 12. Schlabach does a good job of breaking down each team and has two different sections, Spring Answers and Fall Questions. For those of you who are regular readers, I have strongly disagreed with SEN and occasional ESPN contributor Tim Griffin's assessment of the Texas Tech quarterback situation. I thought Griffin was incorrect here, here, and here. Schlabach confirms my initial thoughts about the "quarterback controversy":

Harrell's still pulling the trigger: Record-setting quarterback Graham Harrell, who led the Big 12 Conference with 412 completions, 4,555 passing yards and 38 touchdown passes in 2006, returns to the Red Raiders. It's the first time since 2002 that Texas Tech has a returning starting quarterback. Even though Leach tried to manufacture a quarterback battle between Harrell and redshirt freshman Taylor Potts, Harrell remains far ahead in the competition. He threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the last two scrimmages.

What? Leach tried to "manufacture a quarterback battle"? But wait, according to Schlabach's colleague, there's a real competition brewing at the quarterback position. I'm so confused. Okay, I'll stop. I never thought there was really any controversy and Schlabach confirms that this was more of Leach attempting to motivate rather than a real controversy.

Schlabach provides this note on left tackle Marlon Winn that I haven't read before:

Left tackle Marlon Winn is a promising talent, but struggled with consistency. So much so that the coaching staff hinted at moving Vasquez outside this fall.

That's interesting. Maybe I just missed that this spring, but I always thought that Winn was pretty solid. This really gives some credence to the thought that Lonnie Edwards may play sooner rather than later.

There's a ton of good information here, go ahead and do yourself a favor and read all of it.

I don't mean to give Tim such a hard time, he's really an informed writer and is one of only a handful mainstream sports writers who covers the Big 12 as well. Tim has his weekly Big 12 Insider, chock full of good information.