Thursday, October 26, 2006

Barmann back behind center for KU

Meier 'not functional' after reaggravating shoulder injury against Baylor


Put in the coin and start the merry-go-round once again.

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced Wednesday that Adam Barmann would start at quarterback Saturday against Colorado. The decision was forced because an injury Kerry Meier suffered against Baylor last week isn't healing as quickly as originally thought.

"We tried to work him a little bit (Tuesday)," Mangino said of Meier. "He doesn't feel good."

On the last play of the third quarter against Baylor, Meier was hit near the KU sideline and landed on his right shoulder. He didn't return, and though Mangino was optimistic Sunday that Meier might be ready, practices on Tuesday and Wednesday confirmed the freshman out of Pittsburg won't be.

"He's just not functional," Mangino said.

Meier has no structural damage, but his shoulder still isn't healthy enough to take on a four-quarter football game. Earlier this season, Meier missed three games because of a similar injury to the same shoulder after getting hit in the second half against Toledo. Barmann filled in admirably, but Kansas did go 1-2 with him under center, including close losses to Nebraska and Texas A&M.;

A senior who's started at least two games every season at KU, Barmann - who was not available for comment Wednesday - has thrown for 837 yards and three touchdowns this season, including a 405-yard effort in an overtime loss to Nebraska.

Meier certainly presents more of a running threat than Barmann does, though Barmann has half the interceptions in about the same number of pass attempts.

Still, a valuable dimension to KU's offense - utilizing both Meier and tailback Jon Cornish as running threats - has been sliced in half with Meier's injury. Cornish's legs - and Barmann's arm - will take center stage.

"We're going to run the ball a little bit differently," Cornish said. "Less read game and more straight-ahead stuff."

Added Mangino: "We as coaches have to put together a good game plan that features the things that Adam does well. That's probably the biggest thing."

It's another in a long line of injuries plaguing KU's quarterbacks under Mangino the last five years. Kansas has used 10 quarterbacks and started eight in Mangino's four-plus seasons.

Meier alone will nearly miss more action than he's played in after this week.

The barely-believable stability has made Mangino manage the most pressure-packed position on the fly more often than any coach in America since he became KU's coach in 2002. This week only adds to the list.

"Unfortunately," Mangino said, "I'm starting to get a handle on it."


Damian Glaze 12 years, 9 months ago

One thing is for sure, the offensive minds on this team need a labotomy. Their incompetence in the second half of football games is well documented and needs no further mention. However, coaches are there to develop and instruct talent. If they haven't incorporated the QB slide into the playbook or practice by now then they truly are as stupid as we all have said. Meier will continue to be known as potential until he can play consecutive meaningful games. Somebody needs to sit him down and tell him that running out of bounds and/or sliding when there are no more yards to be had are good for him and the team. I'm sick of this QB BS. We are THE ONLY team in the world that has had this many problems at this position year in and year out. ENOUGH!!!

With Barmann at the helm the defense had better learn to stop somebody because we won't score enough to beat teams. I have always thought the 'Hawks would be good enough to lose close with Barmann but the coaches sure make it tough to continue with this line of thinking. We could score 10 with a good effort and lose 11 to 10; or we could run up 50 and lose 51-50. This season should be so much better and I'm not going to let Mangina and the boys off the hook because there is no excuse for so many late game collapses. One, "shucks"; two, "unlucky"; three and four times "ARE YOU EFFFEN KIDDING ME?!!!

jehillia 12 years, 9 months ago

LJ World says "Meier has no structural damage, but his shoulder still isn't healthy enough to take on a four-quarter football game. " I say...When was the last time KU played four quarters of football? just a thought

mariofan11 12 years, 9 months ago

any chance we can just cancel the rest of the season?

shelleysue 12 years, 9 months ago

I think we can win Saturday, even with Barmann leading the offense. It's Colorado after all and at Memorial Stadium - I would certainly hope we could do it. The coaching staff needs to get more aggressive and time is running out. Playing it safe just doesn't get it done at this level. I hope Mangino and company AND the players really go after it the rest of the way. I have to say too that I'm disappointed to be making yet another trip to Lawrence in which I won't be seeing Meier. I've been trash talking about him since day one because I know he'll be a great quarterback once he's healthy. But I love my Hawks and I always have a great time at Memorial Stadium.

jhawk84 12 years, 9 months ago

Don't count on it. Coaching is NOT the strength of this team.

William James 12 years, 9 months ago

Are you joking me? Did Wood watch the same three games I did? Look, Barmann seems like a real good kid, but to say he filled in "admirably" is not the word I would choose to describe it. The only game he won was against USF and he put up a woppin 13 points! At Nebraska all his 1st QTR receptions were to Nebraska jerseys! Against A+M the special teams and defense played there best game of the year. An admirable QB would have beaten A+M by 3 TDs. The offense didnt get any of the points in that game. All D and Special Teams.

What fantasy world are you living in Wood?

StarHawk92 12 years, 9 months ago

I think 3 of the last 4 and a bowl game. You heard it here first; starts this Saturday.


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