Connor Wood

Connor Wood jumps to front of Colorado QB line

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From backup to spring practice frontrunner, former Texas quarterback Connor Wood could be on track to getting the playing time he never had with the Longhorns.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Wood, who transferred from Texas to Colorado last August, has been taking all the first-team snaps in practice since sophomore Nick Hirschman sustained a broken foot just days before the start of spring drills and was ruled out indefinitely.

The two sophomores were expected to compete for the Buffs starting job, but with Hirschman out, Wood has been getting 50 percent of the total snaps, with the other half divided between redshirt freshmen John Schrock and Stevie Joe Dorman. 

“I haven’t got this many reps since high school in terms of going with the ones,” Wood said. “It is great experience. I haven’t felt like really in charge of a team out on the field since that time when I was a senior really.”

Wood, like just about every other quarterback on UT’s roster, was highly regarded coming out of high school in 2010. But for one reason or another, Wood found himself buried in a depth chart that turned out to contain no real stand-outs. Now with the Buffs, Wood looks like he has a firm grip on the starting job — for now. Hirschman should be back in time for fall camp, at which time the starting QB job will be opened up once more.

Red River Rivalry blacked out for some DISH subscribers in Texas

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Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.

Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.

“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”

Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.

This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.

Maryland going back to Perry Hills at QB vs. Buckeyes

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Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.

Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.

Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.