Clearly, he did enough in spring to show the coaches what he could do. He has a lot of talent to work with even though they lose Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper. The game moves so much faster. The windows are so much narrower, tighter and they open and close so much faster in the college game as compared to the high school game that I think it's just like any other quarterback who has played early in his career, it's going to take a little bit of time. Hopefully, some of the leaders around him will take some of the pressure off him. I hope he doesn't try to be Brandon Weeden and instead plays within the confines of that offense and understand you're going to make some mistakes and then I think he'll be fine.
Are you excited about the four-team playoff system coming in 2014?
I am. A lot of people wanted an eight- or a 16-team playoff. I'm fine where we are. I'm anxious to see what the evaluation system will be. Is it just strictly going to be a selection committee or will their be computers involved or will there be any kind of formula at all to evaluate the teams? The fact that at the end of the day you're going to have four teams I think is exciting. I don't think any of us really fully understand or appreciate how big it is going to be for college football and how much more attention this sport is going to receive in the month of December and into January.
ON THE MOVE
Several sportscasters have new assignments as the season is set to begin. Erin Andrews has jumped from ESPN to Fox to host a new prime-time college football pregame show with Eddie George and Joey Harrington from Los Angeles. It debuts at 6 p.m. Saturday before Fox's Hawaii-USC telecast.
Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will call the new Fox package with new sideline reporter Julie Alexandria. Fox's No. 2 team consists of Craig Bolerjack, former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Petros Papadakis.
At ESPN, Samantha Steele has left the Longhorn Network to replace Andrews on the first hour of ESPN's “College GameDay” and Heather Cox will replace her as sideline reporter on the Saturday night package.
New announce teams include Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich; Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen; Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway; Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and Jeannine Edwards; Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell and Maria Taylor; Mark Jones and Brock Huard; Matt Stinchcomb, Clay Matvick and Allison Williams.
ESPN's Thursday and Friday night games will also have familiar faces in new roles. David Pollack and Steele will join returning announcer Rece Davis and analyst Jesse Palmer on Thursday. Carter Blackburn will call the Friday series with Rod Gilmore and Jemele Hill.