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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Quigley returns to RB

KU soph won't move to wideout after all

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Add another horse to the Kansas University football team's intriguing backfield.

KU coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday that sophomore Angus Quigley will enter the preseason as a running back, not a wide receiver as originally planned.

"We have visited with Angus, and we have looked at our depth chart," Mangino said. "Angus said he'd do whatever he needed to do for the team, but he felt much more comfortable going into two-a-days as a running back."

The coaching staff obliged, meaning the backfield could be an interesting mix-and-match with a number of capable weapons, specifically Quigley, sophomore Jake Sharp and senior fullback Brandon McAnderson. Incoming freshmen Carmon Boyd-Anderson and Steven Foster will be shooting for early playing time, as well.

In addition, quarterbacks Kerry Meier and Todd Reesing continue to battle for the starting job, meaning the lineup behind center is an interesting puzzle - one with multiple solutions, perhaps.

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Quigley, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound Texas native, was recruited as a running back and expected to back up Jon Cornish a year ago. His season was derailed, though, when he suffered a torn muscle in his thigh during preseason and had season-ending surgery. Sharp ended up being the backup for Cornish, who rushed for a school-record 1,457 yards in 2006.

In the spring, Quigley was moved to wide receiver to help shore up KU's depth. In the spring game, he caught two passes for 17 yards and was listed on the post-spring depth chart as a second-team wideout.

That has changed. Sharp probably remains the front-runner to start at running back, with McAnderson locked in as the starting fullback. Quigley, though, will be striving to make the decision-making difficult before the Sept. 1 opener against Central Michigan.

"He can help us at wide receiver, and there's concerns about depth at both positions," Mangino said. "We feel at this time, this will be best for everyone."

Comments

homewood 6 years, 10 months ago

I think Quigly could make a great dual threat RB. We haven't had much of a passing game with our backs in recent history and if these guys can catch a ball we'll have an added dimension to the offense that opposing defenses will have to contend with. I'm still pumped to see Sharp and B-Mac taking handoffs this fall, and I think our backfield will be less of a question mark after a game or two. Go Hawks!

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justanotherfan 6 years, 10 months ago

Quigley could provide the rest and change of pace a smallish back like Sharp needs.

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Wickedson 6 years, 10 months ago

A backfield with multiple solutions = a bad one...

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sevenyearhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

Who said if you have more than one starting QB, then you really have none?

But multiple backs, now that's good ... people get banged up, worn out during games.

I think I once heard RBs compared to pitchers, if you can bring in a reliever late in the game ...

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Ferd Magellan 6 years, 10 months ago

Quigley, Bean and McAnderson all used up their redshirt. Sharp is projected to start (and you don't often have someone redshirt a year later). Carmon Boyd-Anderson and Steven Foster are the only potential redshirts (out of the backs).

I had a feeling this would happen with Quigley. We finally have experience at WR, so I didn't really understand the move in the first place. It obviously had to do with his problem of running upright (leading to fumblitis), but I just didn't see him as a wideout. He has great size to be a power HB (was reported this spring that he was up to 6'1 225, and all muscle), and came make some nice catches in the flat. I wasn't sold on Sharp as an every down guy, so I prefer the "committee" approach to the running game. If someone stands out in the first few games, then they'll get the most carries.

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fabio 6 years, 10 months ago

We have so much depth at running back we should look at redshirting a couple of those guys.

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Purposive 6 years, 10 months ago

Is it great news? We're now going to have a Quarterback-by-committee AND a Runningback-by-committee.

Talk about setting the stage for low morale (again). I just hope a few kids step up and become consistent starters (my guess is Meier and Sharp)

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