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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mangino raves about true freshman McDougald

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It didn't take Bradley McDougald long to win over the Kansas University coaching staff.

Less than two weeks after the start of summer training camp, Kansas coach Mark Mangino indicated that McDougald would not only contribute as a true freshman this season, but that the receiver from Dublin, Ohio, has performed better than any true freshman he's had in the program.

"I have not really had a true freshman come in and do what he could do since I've been here," Mangino said Wednesday. "He will play, he'll be in the mix, he'll be out on the field — both on the line of scrimmage and on special teams."

McDougald, a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, originally committed to play at Ohio State last summer before opting to sign with Kansas. Previously listed as a defensive back, a position he played along with running back in high school, Mangino indicated in the spring that McDougald would play receiver for the Jayhawks.

And apparently, he's picked the new position up quite nicely.

"(He's) just had a phenomenal training camp," said the coach, who also singled out true freshman cornerback Tyler Patmon.

Meanwhile, Mangino added that senior cornerback Justin Thornton has been moved back to safety, the position he played during the Jayhawks' 2007 Orange Bowl season. Thornton was shifted to cornerback last fall as part of the team's massive secondary overhaul.

"The reason we did that is because he kind of directs the traffic, he's an old hand back there," Mangino said. "He's been in a bunch of big games at that postition, and we're starting to feel more comfortable with him there because the corners are starting to develop really well."

The coach also said Wednesday that Julian Jones, a true freshman linebacker from Lawton, Okla., did not report to training camp and is no longer with the team.

"We talked to him and he wanted to just go somewhere to college close to home," Mangino said. "And I think he made a good decision."

Comments

TaCityHawkFan 4 years, 8 months ago

Patmon was a 3 star recruit according to Rivals. We only had 4 four star recruits (Quentin Woods, McDougald, Opurum and another DB in Prinze Kande).

5'11" 180lbs with no 40 time listed. Rated number 63 CB of the class. We beat out Utah, Colorado St and Iowa St.

Kande is listed as the number 16 Safety but I am not sure where Mangino and staff are planning on using him if at all this year.

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Dirk Medema 4 years, 8 months ago

Wilson's spring game was all the prodding Dez needed, as if the suspension wasn't enough. If McDougald is that good, the O could be really scary.

That also might be part of the reason for keeping Kerry's hand in the QB mixed at least a little. Kale should still get most of the 2nd string reps in order to prepare him for '10, but Kerry will switchh if this season is at stake, and he'll still have numerous quality targets to throw to.

It is also real encouraging to see Justin moving back into the middle. We need the extra depth at safety in a 4-2-5, but it also means that Coach likes what he's seeing out of the current group of CB's. Patmon wasn't even one of the highly rated DB's right?

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KUPROUD 4 years, 8 months ago

What is the chance that part of the reason Coach is raving about this kid is to prod Briscoe to try harder to earn the "top receiver" label? Can't wait to watch this team on the field.

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Kman_blue 4 years, 8 months ago

KU62, Yes, it was intentional on my part.

LOL at labbadabba.

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sevenyearhawk 4 years, 8 months ago

labbadabba (anonymous) says...

Or it could be a Mario Chalmers/Darell Arthur incident for that matter...

(for the Jayhawk fans that don't speak football)


This literally made me laugh out loud! :D

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labbadabba 4 years, 8 months ago

Or it could be a Mario Chalmers/Darell Arthur incident for that matter...

(for the Jayhawk fans that don't speak football)

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esteshawk 4 years, 8 months ago

I love seeing KU players that we beat out Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, etc. Shows the 180 degree turnaround Mangino has given this program to be able to compete with the Big Boys on the recruiting field. That translates to competing on the football field. Can't believe I am actually excited about start of football season . . . still feels weird.

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MinnesotaJay 4 years, 8 months ago

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.

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tcass420 4 years, 8 months ago

He said if you know what he means, and i think the majority of people knows what he means...

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John Randall 4 years, 8 months ago

""Rumor is he had an off field incident during his senior year of high school and tOSU backed off him. The rumor also suggests it was an Aqib Talib type off field incident if you know what I mean. Again, this is the rumor that seems to be the most believed.""

Kman_blue, is that intentionally obfuscatory, or you just having trouble saying what you mean?

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Kman_blue 4 years, 8 months ago

Rumor is he had an off field incident during his senior year of high school and tOSU backed off him. The rumor also suggests it was an Aqib Talib type off field incident if you know what I mean. Again, this is the rumor that seems to be the most believed.

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jeffmaher 4 years, 8 months ago

He was an early commit to OSU and they dropped him- anyone know why?

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Kyle Crenshaw 4 years, 8 months ago

thats good considering briscoe was a true freshman and mangino was raving about him then

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MitchumMan 4 years, 8 months ago

I love that he speaks so high on this kid. I'm seeing some good potential for the future! Rock Chalk!!!

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