Friday, November 23, 2007

Mayer: QB’s ankle the key



The Border War 2007

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Reader poll

Personnel-wise, who do you think creates the the biggest matchup problem for KU's defense?

  • QB Chase Daniel 35% 1656 votes
  • RB Tony Temple 1% 72 votes
  • TE Martin Rucker 9% 463 votes
  • TE Chase Coffman 6% 289 votes
  • Do-it-all Jeremy Maclin 44% 2045 votes
  • Someone else 2% 114 votes

4639 total votes.

If Todd Reesing has 100 percent of his physical faculties and can go the route, Kansas is going to defeat Missouri in Saturday's football showdown.

If "Sparky" is still hindered by that dinged-up ankle that had him limping the past two games, MU is likely to prevail.

Nobody has said much about the Reesing gimp, what caused it and how bad the source might be. Kansas certainly isn't going to broadcast that Hot Toddy could be a bit sub-par. Missouri will do its best to rag-doll the brilliant Kansas quarterback if he's wholly healthy. If there is an ankle glitch for Tiger raiders to exploit, his exit from the game might be hastened. The formula for tigers in the wild is C-A-K-E, chase, attack, kill and eat. These Tigers are on the prowl for one of the tastiest victories in their history.

But, don't you think KU's defenders will focus their spotlight on any perceived weakness of MU quarterback Chase Daniel? That's the way the game is played. When the stakes are as high as these are, every glitch and gap will be exploited.

Reesing didn't appear hindered, despite the limp, as he led KU to victories over Oklahoma State and Iowa State. He could be completely healed and ready for further feats of a Heisman Trophy nature. KU fans hope so. If he's full speed, rack up a 12-0 record.

The bottom line is that Reesing is more important to Kansas than Daniel is to Missouri, for all Chase's heroics and potential therefore. Beyond Daniel, MU has in Jeremy Maclin an athlete who's better than just about any guy KU can throw at him. The supporting cast, with running back Tony Temple, tight ends Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman and receivers William Franklin and Tommy Saunders, is as good as any in the country.

But then there's Sparky of Kansas, who recognizes what must be done and transmits that to his teammates. The KU coaching staff is not exactly a coven of dummies and has had time to devise some "specials." If Reesing is at his best, get packed for a Big 12 title game trip.

We saw Oregon's promising season go south with the loss of its ace quarterback; ditto ballyhooed Oklahoma. The loss of Reesing and Daniel could hare-lip KU and MU. If both teams should lose their starting QBs, KU's second-stringer, Kerry Meier, would be more likely to lead his club to victory than MU's backup - Chase Patton (lordy, another Chase?).

Meier has seen battle, has ratcheted up his psyche, is no longer so mechanical and seems to relish combat.

To me, the saddest aspect leading up to the most significant game in this 115-game series is that too much attention has been paid to the "hate" element and bloodiness of the past. This supposedly has fostered the ugliness by fans, many of whom have no deep interest in the actual game. I don't know if you read about that 64-year-old judge in Kansas City who's likely to show up at the next Quantrill Family reunion. On his office wall is a print of the sacking of Lawrence and a plaque: "1863, Missouri vs. Kansas, Missouri 183, Kansas 0".

How'd you like to run a stop sign and appear in this dolt's court room with a Kansas license plate?

KU's fabled Don Fambrough sometimes carries the "hate" angle too far even though he has good reasons for abhoring MU.

How about more of us abandoning mean-spirited stuff and appreciating the players, theirs and ours, for a magnificent extravaganza with national title overtones? Forget the hate; play football.


Robert Brock 12 years, 2 months ago

Fambrough carries the hate angle too far? NAH! Bring it to them, Fam!


100 12 years, 2 months ago

Let's forget all the KU-MU predictions. Doesn't do anybody any good. We know many outlets have picked us to lots of games earlier this year, and look what's happened so far. But we FANS can control little things... So for tomorrow, let's keep it simple... KU FANS: Show up at Arrowhead as early as possible! Let's have that ESPN Gameday background be as BLUE as possible! Load the stadium as early (as they'll let us) and get it respectfully rocking. KU PLAYERS: Enjoy every second of the game, but STAY FOCUSED ON THE TASK! Worst case scenario, this is preparation for Bowl atmosphere. Best case scenario, this is preparation for next week against the South. It's one or the other, nothing is decided yet, so make the best of it. You guys have put in the preparation, and even overprepared. Get a good night of sleep tonight, eat well tomorrow, and be ready for a very good football team. Regardless of the outcome, Missouri deserves a bunch of respect. Win or lose, all across the nation, we are so proud of you guys. And most importantly, shake their hands after the game -- they're a bunch of hardworking good guys, just like you. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

wow, another great piece from Mayer!

This is all good and well, but we have on thing that Missouri, and most other squads lack ...


This could be all the difference this year, folks!

troutsee 12 years, 2 months ago

Good article, Mayer. Agree with all of your points, including letting the players settle the issue. Let's stay sober and keep the boxing gloves at home.

kranny 12 years, 2 months ago

Horrible article. Mayer is basically saying that if Reesing goes down the Hawks are sunk because we have no backup QB, no running backs, the receivers won't be able to catch any more passes, and we have no defense to stop Mizzou. Geez Mayer, why don't you just throw armageddon in there too. I'd like to think that Mangino will have the crew a little better prepared than Mayer gives him credit for.

Kirk 12 years, 2 months ago

Mayer's dead on. Reesing is by far the biggest difference maker. We need him at 100% to beat a team like Missurah.

speedy 12 years, 2 months ago

showdown? how about flag football? lets not hurt them. having been rearended over in k.c. i called the police because the other driver refused to. of course he lied to the police, they went to him first, and i got to go to jail. i had a kansas tag and a tex. lic. the other guy had no ins. so the above article is no fantasy. no love for anything east of kansas

Dirk Medema 12 years, 2 months ago

Reesing is very important for KU, but the ankle won't be 100% in a week. They don't heal that quick, but it won't slow him anymore in this game than either of the last. Kerry is fully capable of carrying the 'Hawks if Todd goes down.

But the biggie is that even with the starting QB's, our receivers are as good as theirs, and our RB's are far superior. No one seems to be commenting on the change in turf either. I'd definitely take BMac and Sharp over any of their guys, especially if the field gets torn up during the game. The whole thing slooooows doooown. Advantage KU ground game.

Rock Chalk!

Sparko 12 years, 2 months ago

Have to say it; Meier might be the best quarterback for either team and he is in reserve. He has been fantastic even in limited minutes and is 100%. Compare Kansas to Oregon--when Dixon went down, there wasn't just a drop off, there was a met-down. Meier is why Kansas deserves its ranking. New England would be in a world of hurt without Brady, and I would hate to see Todd out, but Kansas has an experienced and athletic back-up. It is like having Nolan Cromwell (with a better arm) in reserve.

Sparko 12 years, 2 months ago

Make that "melt-down, but after what the Mets did this year? Both are right. . .

actorman 12 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the link, 100. And good point, dagger, about the running game. A lot of that credit, of course, goes to the offensive line, and seattle's point about Collins is important; he might be almost as meaningful to the KU offense as Reesing.

seattlehawk_78 12 years, 2 months ago

I'd hate to lose Todd but having an experienced backup keeps us in the game. Truth is we're pretty deep at most positions but we can't afford to be at anything but our best for this game.

What's the status of Collins?

CasperCorps 12 years, 2 months ago

It would be a bigger blow for Misery to lose their Qb then it would be for us.. Reesing is a stud but at least Meyer has some experience and has been shown by Todd how to run the offense.. Rockem Hawks!!

troutsee 12 years, 2 months ago

Meier is a treasure for sure. I was very impressed with his passes against ISU. Well timed and right on the money. If Daniel goes down, MU is screwed big time. If Reesing goes down, we won't miss a beat.

seattlehawk_78 12 years, 2 months ago

True troutsee and casper but right now that is a hypothetical scenario. As far as I know Daniels is not hurt and though we don't know to what extent, Todd is at the very least a bit dinged up.

Chris Bohling 12 years, 2 months ago

Agreed about Meier - Mizzou fans accuse KU of "running up the score" against teams like Iowa State in order to look good, but KU wasn't running up the score - their backup QB is just that good!

tdub 12 years, 2 months ago

"The loss of Reesing and Daniel could hare-lip KU and MU."

Mr. Mayer, welcome to the 21st Century. In this century we no longer use physical disabilities to form metaphors. Get with the times graybeard.

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