Making the morning rounds.
• Amazing what a half-day vacation can achieve. Amid the wildly varying opinions on Tim Tebow’s revamped throwing motion at Florida’s pro day workouts in the morning (he’s obviously been working hard, but you know, haters gonna hate), coach Urban Meyer’s presence at the opening of spring practice in the afternoon was something of an afterthought. But despite his promise to take it easier after last December’s health scare and subsequent “leave of absence,” most accounts confirm Meyer was every bit his old self on Wednesday, “storming around and yelling like he always does.” His heart did not explode, but it’s only spring. [Orlando Sentinel, Gainesville Sun]
• Yes. No. Wait. Jump. Touch your nose… USC fans will be thrilled to learn that Seantrel Henderson — the highly-sought, top-ranked offensive line recruit who said last weekend he planned to finally sign an official letter of intent today, a month-and-a-half after his verbal commitment to the Trojans on signing day — is delaying his signature yet again, this time because of “scheduling logistics.” (Pens and fax machines hard to come by in Minnesota, or what?) The deal should be done “soon,” as in “before April 1,” when the LOI becomes invalid. [Orange County Register]
• Your cheating arm will tell on you. He “didn’t want to draw any attention to it,” but the Seattle Times found out anyway that Washington quarterback Jake Locker participated in a few spring drills over the weekend — though not in any games — with the Los Angeles Angels‘ minor league camp in Tempe, Ariz. Locker has consistently maintained that his heart and future are in football, where he could have been a first-round pick next month if he’d elected to forego his senior year in Seattle, but the Angels hold his baseball rights after picking him in the 10th round last June and would presumably welcome him as a “sure-fire Major League prospect” if he ever changes his mind. [Seattle Times]
• Walsh, May, Holtz? Weirdest spring practice story to date comes from South Florida, where the Bulls opened drills Wednesday by replacing footballs with volleyballs during punt-block practice. USF beat writer Greg Auman’s only guess: Volleyballs “do less damage to the punt-blockers” than the real thing. If new coach Skip Holtz wanted to invite in a couple of pros for further pointers, I don’t think anyone would complain. [St. Petersburg Times]
Quickly … Former USC quarterback Aaron Corp begins spring practice at Richmond. … Tommy Tuberville wants to add an SEC-style tradition at Texas Tech. … The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asks what’s up with Aaron Murray’s glove? … And former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli might as well hang on to that NFL dream till he’s dead, because PSU beat writers can use the annual spring filler and the odds aren’t going to change.