Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook


Hawks make history in Husker match

Saturday's KU-NU game changed football history for both teams: the 76 points the Jayhawks hung on the Huskers were the most KU has ever scored in any conference game.

Wefald a fan

Add Kansas State University president Jon Wefald to the growing crowd on the Kansas University football bandwagon.

Wefald phoned KU coach Mark Mangino on Monday morning to offer his congratulations about the Jayhawks' 9-0 start.

The gist of Wefald's call was that KU's ascension to national football prominence has been good for the entire Sunflower State. At the same time, Wefald was congratulating an old friend.

Wefald and Mangino have known each other ever since Mangino was an assistant coach at K-State under Bill Snyder from 1991-98.

ABC picks Kansas

Kansas University's Nov. 17 home football game against Iowa State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by ABC, it was announced Monday.

It assures that all eight of KU's Big 12 Conference games this season will be televised. Saturday's game at Oklahoma State will be a 7 p.m. kickoff on ABC, and the Nov. 24 Border War game against Missouri will kick off at either 2:30 or 7 p.m. and be televised by either Fox Sports Net or ABC.

Shut out

The Jayhawks dropped 76 points on Nebraska last week, yet it wasn't enough to make anyone Big 12 Conference player of the week.

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel edged KU's Todd Reesing to win offensive honors, while Iowa State cornerback Chris Singleton won on defense and Texas kicker Ryan Bailey won on special teams.

Gundy on Reesing

It's not the first time Reesing has been compared to former NFL great Doug Flutie. But add Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to the list of those who see similarities between the two undersized quarterbacks.

"It's kind of a name from the past, but a very effective player that moves around and makes plays," Gundy said of the two. "(Reesing is) accurate when he throws the football, and he runs the ball well enough to be a threat running. He's just a good football player."

Collins questionable

Oklahoma State starting linebacker Chris Collins left the team to attend his assault trial in Texarkana, Texas, putting his status for Saturday's game in doubt.

Collins was accused of aggravated sexual assault stemming from an after-prom party in 2004, according to the Associated Press.

"If he doesn't show up in a couple days, we're not going to play him in the game for two reasons," Gundy told the OSU media Monday. "The first reason is he wouldn't be effective. The second reason is it wouldn't be fair to the team."

Collins has 31 tackles in five games this season. He has missed four games with turf toe, weakening the depth of an already-thin linebacker unit at OSU.


Drew Alan 12 years, 6 months ago

wow... dealing with assault charges from an after prom 3 years ago... that is a swift justice system.... oh well, if it helps us in this case, thats fine with me!

troutsee 12 years, 6 months ago

Our wide outs are really blocking well down field. Keep it up guys.

Displayhawk 12 years, 6 months ago

Don't forget to vote for Todd Reesing for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback award and for Coach Mangino for Coach of the Year! Please vote every day!

John Percival 12 years, 6 months ago

Please do not use the headline "Collins Questionable" for either football OR basketball if it's about an opponent!!! Pulling my heart out of my stomach.

OPJayhawk 12 years, 6 months ago

"Game Ball - Ryan Wood for using the phrase Border War"

Ditto. Nice job.

Michael Leiker 12 years, 6 months ago

I asked this yesterday, but am having a hard time finding the 2:30pm abc link.

Anybody know a good place to watch the game in Los Angeles? Preferably in Pasadena or relatively close driving distance from the Rose Bowl?

rolo2383 12 years, 6 months ago

Two things:

1.) I think it's safe to say Mangino shouldn't sweat over whether he'll be back next year or not.

2.) I was wrong about Kerry Meier playing at wideout. I was totally against it when he came in during that one game but the more I watch him play the more I'm convinced he's a threat. I actually see this becoming a full time position for him. Next year He may be our third string QB.

rockchalks7 12 years, 6 months ago

i agree rolo... meier has the size and speed and now is showing he also has the hands to be a wideout and in this offense wideouts are needed who can make plays. kerry meier is a playmaker.

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 6 months ago

Keep voting for Sparky!!!!

Reesing's slight lead over Tebow is becoming ever so slight. Vote everyday!!!! Pass it on.

12 years, 6 months ago

leikness, check out the info here:

One of the chapter officers should be able to provide some helpful info as to which watch site would be the best / closest to where you'll be.

63BC 12 years, 6 months ago

Really encouraging to see how concerned Gundy is about his player's indictment for "aggravated sexual assault."

A real leader of men.

Michael Leiker 12 years, 6 months ago

63 - I thought the same thing first time i read the quote, but after reading it again, is he saying that it wouldn't be fair to the team to play a guy w/that kind of indictment?

justanotherfan 12 years, 6 months ago

That whole situation confuses me with the Chris Collins indictment/trial thing. Typically, if you are indicted and awaiting trial you cannot leave the state, which Collins clearly has to go to OSU with the trial in Texas. Further, if you are allowed to leave, you typically have to stay in one place (i.e. Stillwater) until you are cleared or sentenced or whatever. Once again, that hasn't happened as Collins has apparently travelled to OSU's road games in places like Troy (Alabama) and Nebraska. Not sure what's going on there. Then you throw in the whole three year delay on these charges and that makes me triply baffled. If this was an after prom party this has been pending since between April and June of 2004. That's three and a half years. Something is amiss here.

Rick Arnoldy 12 years, 6 months ago

Reesing reminds me of a young Brett Favre - both in looks and play.

Kirk 12 years, 6 months ago

He's just a Reesing, his own thing. The Reesing we're so damn good.

Reesing for President. (Really.)

Revise the age thing.

prairie_dog 12 years, 6 months ago

Ditto jayhawk 909...

After watching Anthony COLLINS cave in whole sections of the NU D-line on some of BMac's short TD runs, to put it mildly, we need him in every game.


Roger Tobias 12 years, 6 months ago

RE: Meier

Have we even utilized his QB skills from the receiver position yet this year? I think the time may be appoaching.

speedy 12 years, 6 months ago

herb street? just showed why hes paired w/ lee corso. he just voted w. virginia ahead of ku. his reasoning " w. virginia is playing better football than kansas. ku just laid 76 pts on neb. and is undefeated. how stupid can one person cont. to be. stupid stupid stupid.

seattlehawk_78 12 years, 6 months ago

He did however say that KU was a good team so I don't feel like he was dissing us. Just curious, but has Lee acknowledged us yet?

Quote from Fox Sports.

"The scoreboard read 76-39 at the end of the game, but the contest wasn't really even that close. Kansas had those 76 points with 11 minutes remaining in the game. If Mark Mangino wanted to put on his Bill Belichick hat (or hooded sweatshirt, if you will), KU could've scored 100. Easily."

I know this is nitpicking but if we had connected on that extra point as well as the field goal try we would have scored 80. Just like the sound of it. 80 sounds exponentially better than 76.

seattlehawk_78 12 years, 6 months ago

I gotta think the maestro has a trick play involving Meier up his sleeve but probably won't use it until he needs it.

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