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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Reesing gets nod

Former backup unseats incumbent Meier

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing talks with media members on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 following a morning practice at Memorial Stadium. Head coach Mark Mangino announced Reesing as the Jayhawks' first-string quarterback to media members after the practice.

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing talks with media members on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 following a morning practice at Memorial Stadium. Head coach Mark Mangino announced Reesing as the Jayhawks' first-string quarterback to media members after the practice.

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Todd Reesing had to have seen it coming.

But the Kansas University sophomore didn't get the official word until Saturday morning, when offensive coordinator Ed Warinner told Reesing he would be the football team's starting quarterback.

"Obviously, that's pretty exciting to hear that and find out two weeks before the first game," Reesing said after practice Saturday. "I came out today excited to get out and get to work. It's a good feeling."

KU head coach Mark Mangino officially announced that Reesing beat sophomore incumbent Kerry Meier in a competition that has lingered since the offseason began. By all accounts, the race was close going into the preseason camp, but Reesing pulled away and made the decision an easy one for Mangino and Warinner to make.

"We've known for a while here, but we wanted to wait," Mangino said. "We decided about two weeks out we'd make a public comment on it."

Reesing has worked exclusively with the first team this whole week while Meier, it was revealed, had been hobbled by a "nagging" leg injury.

"But that doesn't detract from the job that Todd has done," Mangino said. "The job was won because Todd was the best quarterback and earned that position."

Reesing will lead an offense undergoing a minor face lift with Warinner in his first year as the Jayhawks' offensive coordinator. Though Mangino insisted that both quarterbacks can thrive in KU's system, Reesing said he's especially comfortable in it because it's similar to the offense he ran to huge success during his high school days in Austin, Texas.

"I think it's more similar what we're doing this year than last year," Reesing said. "With the offense we have, it allows me to use the skills I have and play to that and : try not to make the offense do something it can't do.

"Because of that, we can do a lot of things by rolling out, spreading the defense out and throwing the ball, which I did a lot in high school. It's a lot more relaxing and natural to me."

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2007 KU football practice Aug. 18

Reesing played in three games as a true freshman last season, sparking a come-from-behind victory over Colorado before playing sparingly in games against Iowa State and Missouri. He attempted just 24 passes on the year and completed 14, throwing three touchdowns and three interceptions.

At 6-foot-3, Meier is much bigger than the 5-11 Reesing and has noticeably more speed. But Reesing has carved his niche in the passing game and proved a dangerous thrower even when flushed out of the pocket. That sort of improvising may come in handy in KU's offense, particularly if an aerial attack becomes more of a go-to method to move the chains.

"Reesing came out of the blocks ready to go," Mangino said. "He had a great deal of retention from last spring. He showed good presence in the pocket. He handled the huddle very well, he's thrown the ball well, he's managing the game very well. He's just a guy that went out and won the job."

Mangino stressed more than once that nobody has lost faith in Meier, calling the competition "at a high level."

Reesing to start for KU

After weeks of debate, KU head football coach Mark Mangino announced that Todd Reesing will be the starting quarterback for KU instead of Kerry Meier.

But all along, KU's sixth-year coach wanted one quarterback to take control of the race in time to prepare for the Sept. 1 season opener against Central Michigan.

That's exactly how it will go down.

"Reesing earned that spot," Mangino said. "You've got to earn it around here, and he did it."

Comments

FlaHawk 11 years, 10 months ago

I hope a more "wide open" offense means some more points on offense! My concern is giving the defense time to rest!

I don;t see the KU offense even with the "great o-line" doing more running than passing this year based on this selection of QBs.

Meier is a better runner and scrambler, but he can not throw the ball like Reesing or does not have the intellegence of Reesing based on his time last year. Meier ws jurt a lot, but he carried the ball and paid the price. He appears tobe injury prone with the the style of offense that requires he run alot of plays himself!

greatabu 11 years, 10 months ago

FlaHawk,

The team scored 29 points a game last year. They scored more than 30 seven times and were held to 20 or less only 4 times. Oddly enough, we went 3-2 when scoring 21 or less and 3-4 when we scored more than 30. The offense's problem last year was predictable and poor play-calling, which hopefully has been taken care of with the new OC. I can't tell you how livid I get when seeing a 3rd and 1 and we come out with a single back and 4 WRs. You would have thought that Quartaro had never heard of a fullback. The offense couldn't keep the D off the field because they couldn't get first downs when they need them. I'm irked by football coaches who think that they are so clever that doing the simple basic thing is beneath them and their cleverness will trump the ol' tried and true everytime.

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