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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wilson makes name for himself

Wideout often mistaken for teammate Briscoe

So far, so good for Todd Reesing and the Kansas football team. The Jayhawks improved to 1-0 in 2008 by knocking off FIU by a final score of 40-10.

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2008 KU-FIU Football Postgame

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Spodcasters Postgame: FIU

The guys (Tom Keegan, Dugan Arnett, Jesse Newell) analyze KU's 40-10 victory over FIU from the press box at Memorial Stadium. The guys talk about Daymond Patterson, Tom's swami skills and whether KU fans should be concerned by the team's struggles in the running game.

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Johnathan Wilson grins when talking about that day last year at the movies.

Right after walking in, he was stopped by a young boy.

"Hey Dezmon Briscoe, No. 80!" the boy yelled out to him.

Wilson just smiled, waved and kept walking.

"During the year, I get about four to five (of those)," Wilson said with a laugh. "We really don't look alike. I don't know why."

It happened again after KU's 40-10 victory over FIU on Saturday.

After walking into the media room, a few reporters asked him questions as if he were Briscoe. He smiled and quickly revealed his true identity.

"I would kind of like to own my name," Wilson said, "but it's all in fun."

Wilson looks as if he might make a name for himself soon enough.

The sophomore - making his first start as a Jayhawk - came away with five catches for 60 yards.

Last year, in nine games, he had just three catches for 52 yards.

"He made some really good plays today," Briscoe said. "I believe that he's progressing."

While it couldn't top Briscoe's three-touchdown effort, Wilson - who shares Briscoe's mohawk hairstyle - remained pleased with his first-game contribution.

After defining himself earlier this week as a "sleeper," he might have stepped out of that role Saturday.

Wilson helped the Jayhawks to their second touchdown with a 24-yard catch in the first quarter, then snared a 15-yard reception on a high pass from quarterback Todd Reesing to keep a drive going early in the third quarter.

"Hopefully a few (people) know my name," Wilson said. "I just want to try to come out next game and contribute."

Much like Wilson, running back Angus Quigley also performed well despite having big-name players at his position.

Quigley - who only played in the fourth quarter - led KU with 47 yards on six carries.

Wilson believes he and Quigley will receive more attention as time goes on.

"We're not forgotten," Wilson said. "We've just got a lot of talented guys on our team. Our day's going to come. I think we'll step up - both of us - and be ready to contribute."

Comments

Kevin Millikan 10 years, 9 months ago

Why is the video so bad? It cuts in and out, and is not watchable. (is that a word?)

JBurtin 10 years, 9 months ago

I knew Quigley could run, but his blocking was also impressive last night. As impressive as Jocque Crawford was in his few carries, Quigley's performance was even more impressive. He's going to be hard to keep off the field this year.

rolo2383 10 years, 9 months ago

I would like to see Quigley get more opportunities. During last years spring game I could tell this guy new how to find holes.

King_Kaun 10 years, 9 months ago

LHS1980-sorry, but that must be a problem with your computer. I just watched the entire video just fine with no cut outs or anything...

troutsee 10 years, 9 months ago

Yes, Quigley did block well. He is a very hard runner, keeps his legs churning, a la Cornish. We have had no long TD runs since Cornish left. This guy Quigley impressed me last year in the ISU game. To me he looks like a gamer and that he has the tools to break some long ones.

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