From the Big 12’s official site:
* Nebraska coach Bo Pelini announced that senior offensive lineman Mike Smith will miss the season after suffering a broken leg. There’s a chance that Smith could request a medical hardship redshirt and return next season. The 6-6, 285-pound Smith started all 14 games at left tackle last season.
* Texas senior right guard Tray Allen, who figured to be a starter for the first time in his career, aggravated the left foot injury he suffered during the spring. Allen, who has played in 31 games, is likely to miss the rest of preseason practice. Redshirt freshman Mason Walters could take over at right guard. The Longhorns don’t have much depth or experience on the offensive line.
* Oklahoma State’s Bryant Ward was an All-Big 12 fullback last season but he’s struggling to find a place to play this season. New offensive coordinator Dana Hologersen favors a four wide receiver, one back lineup that rarely uses a fullback. Ward could see most of his playing time in 2010 on special teams; his first three seasons, coaches have raved about his effort on special teams.
It is too bad about Smith’s injury. He wasn’t a great LT, but is a solid college player with pro potential. The LT class should have quite a few stud prospects, but there is also a solid group below that. Guys like Smith, Jason Pinkston of Pitt, James Carpenter of Alabama, Clint Boling of Georgia, Lee Ziemba of Auburn, and even Kyle Hix of Texas all have a chance to be solid prospects, depending on how they play as Seniors.