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Towering titan

Hawkinson beefs up in vital move to left tackle

The plump kid with the curly hair was sitting in the back of the room, talking about food. This was Tuesday, and Tanner Hawkinson, the newly minted left tackle for the Kansas University football team, was explaining how, exactly, a recently lean college freshman had managed to transform himself into a nearly 290-pound titan.

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Reesing, Briscoe named to Maxwell Award watch list

Senior quarterback Todd Reesing and junior receiver Dezmon Briscoe were both named Friday to the 55-member watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football's most outstanding player.

KU plans Band Day for Sept. 26

Bands from 25 Kansas high schools will converge on Memorial Stadium Sept. 26 for Kansas University’s football game against Southern Mississippi.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Manhattan

Just 90 minutes from Lawrence, Kansas State’s home has always been an in-and-out destination, although I remember eating at the Hibachi Hut in Aggieville many years ago.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Columbia, Mo.

Always the most dreaded trip of the year. Why? Because you have to drive to the home of Missouri University on I-70.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Norman, Okla.

Honestly, I’ve never done anything in Norman but cover football and men’s basketball games. I’m sure Norman is full of wonderful places to visit and terrific eateries, but Oklahoma City is about 20 minutes north and Oklahoma City has Bricktown.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Stillwater, Okla.

During the summer in Oklahoma, rare is a day when you don’t see someone wearing an Eskimo Joe’s T-shirt.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Lincoln, Neb.

Year after year when headed for games at Nebraska University, we would stay at the Lamplighter Motel because it was the only motel in the south part of town. We called it the State Pen Inn because it was located across the street from a Nebraska correctional facility.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Ames, Iowa

There’s little doubt Hickory Park Restaurant is the iconic eatery in the home of Iowa State University. But I’ve been there only once or twice, mainly because I prefer to stay 30 miles or so miles south in Des Moines.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Boulder, Colo.

Rare were the times I stayed in a motel in Boulder. Why stay at the home of Colorado University when Denver has so much to offer? And with the new — but expensive — turnpike from the Denver airport to Boulder, the trip now takes only about 40 minutes.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Austin, Texas

As far as I know, the state capital of Texas is still booming. It seems like every time I was there, I drove through road construction. And, even if all that road work is over, I’m sure Austin still has a traffic problem, particularly on the inadequate stretch of I-35 that runs near the UT campus.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Lubbock, Texas

You do not go to the home of Texas Tech University without having your picture taken next to the Buddy Holly statue. You just don’t.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: College Station, Texas

High air fares preclude flying into the Bryan-College Station aerodrome so we usually flew to Houston Bush Airport and made the drive — a little more than an hour and a half — to the home of Texas A&M.

Woodling's Word to the Wise: Waco, Texas

How do you get to Waco? Let me count the ways.

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Towering titan

Hawkinson beefs up in vital move to left tackle

The plump kid with the curly hair was sitting in the back of the room, talking about food. This was Tuesday, and Tanner Hawkinson, the newly minted left tackle for the Kansas University football team, was explaining how, exactly, a recently lean college freshman had managed to transform himself into a nearly 290-pound titan.

Jayhawk pioneers deserving

Next time the sports masterminds at Kansas University turn out a football media guide, they should correct an error on page 184 of the current brochure. It does an injustice to two Jayhawks who deserve big-time credit for their roles in integrating the modern KU program.