Thursday, October 23, 2008

Contest winner now TTU’s kicker

The Kansas football team prepares for one of the most explosive offenses college football has ever seen.


A Texas Tech student who earlier this year won a field-goal kicking contest during a Red Raiders game could see time at place-kicker when the team travels to No. 19 Kansas for an 11 a.m. matchup Saturday, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Matt Williams, who won a month of free rent after connecting on a 30-yard field goal between quarters of Tech's Sept. 20 game against Massachusetts, was later contacted by members of the team's football staff about the possibility of walking on.

"(Red Raiders coach Mike Leach) happened to see it, and he sent one of our staff members running up the tunnel after the kid," said Texas Tech assistant athletic director Chris Cook, who described the kick as "smooth and beautiful."

The addition of Williams, who has been declared eligible even though he is a transfer to the school, provides the team with a much-needed extra leg. Kicking has been a significant problem for the eighth-ranked Red Raiders this season, as two kickers have combined to miss six PATs and connect on just 4-of-8 field goal attempts.

Told of the story following Wednesday's practice, Kansas coach Mark Mangino chuckled, but assured that he wouldn't avoid a similar move if he felt it could help his program.

"Hey, in this profession, this business, you do what you gotta do," Mangino said. "If there's a couple of guys running around our stadium here that could cover (Texas Tech all-American receiver Michael) Crabtree, we would invite them to come down."

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Crawford family reunion: When Kansas University running back Jocques Crawford lines up against visiting Texas Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, there's a good chance he'll find a familiar face looking back at him.

His brother Aaron Crawford is currently a running back for the Red Raiders, who enter this weekend's game 7-0 (3-0 Big 12 Conference). Aaron was Texas Tech's starting running back for part of last season, finishing with 54 carries for 214 yards and four touchdowns for the pass-heavy Red Raiders, although he has been used mainly in a reserve role this fall and could be unavailable Saturday due to injury.

Jocques, who initially committed to Texas Tech out of high school and again following a two-year stint at Cisco (Texas) Junior College, ultimately decided against the Red Raiders partially because he didn't want to compete with Aaron for carries.

"I just felt like he needed as much opportunity as he can to get the ball in his hands," said Jocques, who has played both running back and kick returner for the Jayhawks since arriving in Lawrence this summer. "So I didn't want to go there and just be in a competition with him. Even though I'd love to play with my brother, that wasn't a situation I wanted to be in."

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Blakesley questionable against Red Raiders :Kansas defensive tackle Caleb Blakesley, who left the team's game against Oklahoma last week with an undisclosed injury, is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas Tech, Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday.

"He wants to (play)," the coach said. "But we can't put him out there unless we really feel that he's capable of playing and there's no chance of making the injury worse."

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KU QB Club to hold meeting: The Kansas Quarterback Club will hold its weekly meeting today at 5 p.m. at the Paddy O'Quigley's located in the Holiday Inn Holidome.

Highlights from the Jayhawks' game against Oklahoma last week will be shown at 5:20, followed by "Hawk Talk" with Kansas coach Mark Mangino from 6-7.


KUFan90 12 years ago

How can Jocques "line up" and find his brother "looking back at him" when they are both running backs?

Ben Kane 12 years ago

KU getting some respect as a 2.5 point favorite...Didn't see that coming...

bmcmich1 12 years ago

Maybe they are both on special teams...?

Marcia Parsons 12 years ago

I think "looking back at him" was just an expression meaning they will be on opposite sides, not a game plan.

troutsee 12 years ago

KU should be favored. I think we will win by > 7. Our defense will be ready.

jtsmith012 12 years ago

Ku's defense will be ready for texas tech

KU 12 years ago

Tech is the most overrated team in the Top 10. They will come back down to reality after Saturday's game.If you thought KU had a bear of a schedule down the stretch, look at TT's schedule: KU, Texas, OSU, OU and then finally a breather against BU.

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