Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook


Teammate hoping to get Reesing recognized for Heisman

Nationally, Todd Reesing winning the Heisman Trophy still seems like a long-shot, but a grassroots effort may get underway for the Kansas quarterback thanks to one of his teammates.

B-Mac's big season a surprise to many

When Brandon McAnderson was recruited, he was brought in as a fullback - a player to block for the running back and to gain extra yardage here and there. However, the senior has excelled at the running back position and is only 61 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing this season.

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More Heisman talk

A letter from the Heisman Trophy Trust showed up in the mail on Tuesday at KU, detailing what might come in the next six weeks if quarterback Todd Reesing fares well in the voting.

A Heisman spokesperson said "20 or 30" candidates received the letter.

"He's got my vote," KU linebacker Joe Mortensen said Tuesday. "I'll vote for little Doug Flutie."

The Heisman was talked about plenty at KU's news conference, with tight end Derek Fine - Reesing's roommate - sharing the best stories.

"I haven't told him yet, but I'm going to get one of those shirts. One of those 'Reesing For Heisman' shirts," Fine said. "I haven't told him yet, but I've got to go get it."

Actually, one has been hanging around Fine's crib recently.

"My sister bought one for Todd, and we had it hanging up in the house for a while," Fine said.

Talib on list

KU cornerback Aqib Talib is one of 15 "Players to Watch" for the 2007 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award.

Talib is the only defensive back and one of two Big 12 Conference players on the list, joining Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel. Five finalists will be named Nov. 27.

The reigning Big 12 defensive player of the week, Talib has 48 tackles, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups this season.

Nobody's perfect

A couple of statistical errors from KU's 43-28 victory over Oklahoma State were corrected this week.

Reesing was credited with 10 more yards passing and had 318 in the game. Kerry Meier was given 10 more yards receiving and had 27 for the game.

The victim was Brandon McAnderson, who had 10 rushing yards taken away and finished with 25 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Players of the game

Marcus Henry's 199 receiving yards, not surprisingly, were enough to get him selected offensive player of the week by the KU coaching staff for the OSU game. Joe Mortensen and Darrell Stuckey split defensive honors, while Scott Webb was cited for special teams.

Free State High product Ryan Murphy was named offensive scout team player of the week.

Audio clips

2007 KU Football Press Conference Nov. 13


100 12 years, 6 months ago

An Iowa State fan has predicted a "one sided beating" of Kansas this weekend at Memorial Stadium. It is on a CBS message board -- one of the last comments at the bottom of the attached page -- his username is ISU-MAN94

Alan Halvorsen 12 years, 6 months ago

I thought Mangino said Brian Murphy, not Ryan. Maybe I just heard him wrong.

Alan Halvorsen 12 years, 6 months ago

I want to talk about this article. 1 part of it, is fiction. This article, embarrases me to be involved with KU sports...tremendously. Here is all Brian (Murphy) does...he goes to class, he's respectful to the media, he's respectful to the PUBLIC, and he's a good kid. He doesn't deserve to be mistaken for his brother every time he does something good. You (Wood) obviously don't have a child. If your child goes down the street, and somebody makes fun of him, cause he doesn't have AS MANY STARS (from rivals). And he comes home crying to his coach, You'd understand. If you want to go after an athlete, one of OUR athletes you make sure you get their first name right. You don't downgrade him because he doesn't have all the stars out of high school, and he doesn't have the potential to play as well coming out of high school. But you should let the coaches make that decision. THATS WHY I DON'T READ RYAN WOOD'S NOTEBOOK. BECAUSE IT'S GARBAGE, AND THE EDITOR THAT LET IT COME OUT IS GARBAGE. Confusing a KU athlete cause he doesn't have as many stars. Where are we at in society today!? Come after me, I'M A FAN, I'M 19!!! I'm don't have any stars, write something about me. Don't confuse a kid who does everything right on the scout team. A kid who's heart is broken cause of the lack of stars. And then say that the coach's said he was Ryan. THAT AIN'T TRUEEEE!!!! So get your facts straight. And I hope someday you have a child, and somebody confuses his name, and you have to look him in the eye and say, "you know what, that's okay. There are supposed to be accurate writers, but they're really not." Thats all I got to say. Makes me wantta puke.

KUFan90 12 years, 6 months ago

Waiting for the knee jerk reaction post missing the sarcasm and questioning why Jimmy Dean is so upset about a name mix up.

BTW - nice effort Jimmy.

Drew Bender 12 years, 6 months ago

OMG... LMFAO... go to youtube and look up the Coors Light remake of that press conference... Hilarious

seattlehawk_78 12 years, 6 months ago

Good one JD. You had me going until half way through your post.

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