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Thursday, November 2, 2006

Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

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¢ Still mum: Kansas University coach Mark Mangino's last meeting with the media before Saturday's game at Iowa State passed with no hint who might start at quarterback for the Jayhawks.

Mangino said after the Colorado game - and Todd Reesing's solid second-half effort - that he wasn't going to discuss the position anymore, and daily attempts to get hints as to Saturday's starter were unsuccessful.

He was asked Wednesday how freshman Kerry Meier was progressing from a shoulder injury suffered Oct. 21 at Baylor.

"He's doing good," Mangino said, declining to get more specific.

After practice, Meier was seen throwing passes to tight end Derek Fine, as he has after practice in the past. It's believed that if Meier isn't ready, Reesing will be the guy.

¢ No radio: Mangino's weekly Hawk Talk radio show today is canceled because of KU's men's basketball exhibition game against Washburn.

¢ Back on his feet: Linebacker Brandon Duncan (ankle injury) was dressed out and seen leaving the practice field on Wednesday, though he had a noticeable limp.

Duncan hasn't played since Sept. 23 against South Florida. He was a backup linebacker who played extensively on special teams and had seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble before getting hurt.

¢ McClinton honored: KU defensive tackle James McClinton was recognized by the Big 12 Conference on the league's inaugural Fall Sports "Good Works" team, that honors a student-athlete from each school who participates in significant community service and has good academic standing.

McClinton has 34 tackles and three sacks this season.

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