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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

KU football notebook

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Murph doing fine

Wide receiver Brian Murph said he was OK after running full speed into a camera platform at Baylor on Oct. 21.

Murph lost track of where he was on the field while chasing down an overthrown Marcus Herford pass. The platform was just a couple of feet behind the end zone, and Murph nailed it, crumpling to the ground for several minutes in what initially was a scary sight.

"I was so wide open that I didn't know he threw it that far," Murph said with a smile. "I'm thinking I'm in the back of the end zone, and I look up and see this green thing. Next thing I know, I'm out, laying down."

Murph said he was "woozy" after the play and didn't play much the rest of the day. He did play plenty against Colorado, catching six passes.

"I saw it at the last moment," he said of the platform. "That stopped me from running into it head on. I'm glad for that."

Hicks, Davis out

Iowa State coach Dan McCarney confirmed starting tailback Stevie Hicks and wide receiver Jon Davis wouldn't play against Kansas on Saturday.

Hicks had his knee scoped Tuesday and could be done for the year, while Davis is recovering from a collapsed lung suffered last week against Kansas State.

Davis is second on the team with 28 catches for 396 yards. Hicks, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2004, had 523 yards on 107 carries this season.

Also, standout receiver Todd Blythe (viral infection) is expected to play against Kansas after missing last week's game, though as of Monday he had not yet been cleared.

Players of the game

Todd Reesing was named offensive player of the week after leading the Jayhawks from behind for a 20-15 victory over Colorado.

Aqib Talib (two interceptions) was honored for defense, while Jeff Foster was cited for special teams.

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