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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

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Meier fine: A couple of throws by KU quarterback Kerry Meier against Kansas State last week reminded some of the underthrown fade pass he threw against Toledo on Sept. 15 that was intercepted in double overtime.

It was later learned that Meier had a shoulder injury when he made that throw at Toledo, raising questions as to whether Saturday's two interceptions could be pinned on that injury lingering.

"Health is not an issue," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "It's not an issue."

Instead, Mangino said the ill-advised throws were a matter of touch, not a tweak.

"Just getting it there, that's all," Mangino said. "He'll be OK."

¢ He's booked: Like every year, former KU coach and legendary MU hater Don Fambrough will speak to the team this week on why the Kansas-Missouri game is special in his eyes.

"He's been pumped since South Florida week," Mangino quipped. "This game is big for coach Fambrough."

¢ Minnesota bowl-bound: Minnesota, led by former KU coach Glen Mason, has accepted an invitation to play in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

That means that the Gophers will play a Big 12 Conference team in the Dec. 29 bowl game. Kansas is a possibility for that game, but only if it beats Missouri on Saturday.

Mason has been at Minnesota since leaving Kansas, but never has faced his old school since coaching KU from 1988-96.

¢ Eleven honored: The Big 12 announced that 11 KU players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, including seven on the first team.

First-team athletes have a grade-point average of 3.20 or better, with second team being awarded to GPAs between 3.00 and 3.19.

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2006 November 21 football presser

KU's first-teamers were kicker Dane Broadie, defensive end Russell Brorsen, receiver Jeff Foster, long snapper Zack Hood, receiver Jonathan Lamb, defensive end John Larson and kicker Scott Webb.

Matt Mann, Sadiq Muhammed, Mike Rivera and Jake Schermer made the second team.

¢ Players of the game: As expected, running back Jon Cornish was named KU's offensive player of the game for the Kansas State game after rushing for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensive honors were split between Brorsen and tackle James McClinton. No one was chosen for special teams.

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