In just two years as Kansas University's starting quarterback, Todd Reesing has moved to the top of a number of lists - passing yards and touchdowns in a KU career, to name a few.
Unfortunately for the junior from Austin, Texas, this season he's also found himself atop a far-less desirable list: Interceptions among Big 12 quarterbacks.
In Saturday's 45-35 loss to Nebraska, Reesing tossed his conference-worst 10th interception of the year when he was picked off by Huskers defensive end Zach Potter late in the fourth quarter.
Normally, 10 interceptions wouldn't be much cause for concern - especially from a quarterback on pace to throw for 3,530 yards and 28 touchdowns this regular season. But after a 2007 season in which he threw just seven total interceptions, fewest among Big 12 starting signal-callers, this year's total has raised some eyebrows.
"He's 2-to-1 in touchdowns-to-interception, which I would say most people would take," Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said last week. "But for him, it's a little bit higher than we would like. ... But we've just got to be smart and not take too many chances and not try to force things."
Part of Reesing's miscues can likely be attributed to the inexperience of the team's offensive line. While the interior three remained the same from last year's 12-1 team, the team features a pair of red-shirt freshman tackles in Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch.
Against Nebraska, Reesing was sacked a season-high five times, and for much of this season, he's enjoyed far less time to work in the pocket.
On Monday, however, Kansas coach Mark Mangino insisted that Reesing's recent struggles - specifically, last week's season-low completion percentage of 50-percent - isn't exactly keeping him up at night.
"We can live with it because he makes plays for us, and that's really the bottom line: making plays," said Mangino. "If you saw any of the Nebraska game, you could see where he just flat out was just being a great competitor. ... You would always like to see the completion percentage higher, but I think in this case, it doesn't speak to his productivity.