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Originally published August 29, 2009 at 02:31p.m., updated August 30, 2009 at 12:00a.m.

KU football releases updated depth chart

Thorson’s boost highlights changes

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The Kansas football team released an updated depth chart Saturday, one week before the season-opener against Northern Colorado.

Offensively, junior Brad Thorson ascended to the starting left guard spot and true freshman running back Toben Opurum and sophomore Rell Lewis are listed as co-No. 2 running backs behind starter Jake Sharp. Opurum, one of the gems of the Jayhawks’ 2009 recruiting class, picked Kansas over Notre Dame and Florida and spent at least part of last Wednesday’s open practice working with the first-team offense.

Red-shirt freshman quarterback Kale Pick, meanwhile, has been named the team’s No. 2 quarterback, although KU coach Mark Mangino has said that, as a precautionary measure, receiver/backup quarterback Kerry Meier will continue to work at quarterback on a limited basis.

Defensively, Mangino has juniors Justin Springer and Drew Dudley and senior Arist Wright listed as the starting linebackers. Angus Quigley, who made the switch from running back late last season, was listed as the starter at strongside linebacker earlier this summer but has fallen off the two-deep depth chart completely.

In addition, junior receiver Dezmon Briscoe is listed as the team’s starting kick returner after returning kicks for 219 yards and a 27.4-yard average last season — and sophomore Daymond Patterson is currently penciled in to handle punt return duties. Last season, Patterson averaged 11 yards per return and recorded an opening-week touchdown against Florida International.

Comments

rasta_meta 10 years, 4 months ago

I like this depth chart. It is good to see that Springer might be fully recovered from his injury. Also, we only have three or four true freshmen listed, which is a good sign as well. I am looking forward to seeing how our defense plays next Saturday.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 4 months ago

No Angus Quigley at linebacker? that was one thing I was most looking forward too...

Jeff Worthington 10 years, 4 months ago

Where is Chris Harris? Has he fallen off that much in 2 seasons?

yovoy 10 years, 4 months ago

it is disappointing not to see quigley at lb. he's been one of the unsung hero stories since he got here.

i DO like that while we look young, the youngsters are mostly names we've heard before. i'm hoping that it doens't turn out that we don't have enought talent/experience to do what we need to do on both sides of the ball.

Joe Joseph 10 years, 4 months ago

Good news that Kale Pick is the official #2??

rockchalks7 10 years, 4 months ago

Great news that Pick is number 2. that means he has officially established himself and now Kerry can concentrate on receiver full time.

Also Chris Harris is the starting nickel back so he hasn't fallen off. He was making plays all over in the scrimmage last week. Guessing once big 12 plays Nickel is going to be the package we are in most of the time.

hometownhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

Quigley as an "unsung hero"... that's a new one. If anything, he's been an oversung non-hero throughout his career. If you look at what he's actually accomplished compared to his physical gifts and the amount of talk about him, you can't possibly conclude that he's an unsung hero.

Vic Janeway 10 years, 4 months ago

I want Quigley as running back, like a one two punch, remember "07? dang dang dang! come on coaches do the right thing!

KGphoto 10 years, 4 months ago

Quig will get his shots. Just because you aren't listed as the starter doesn't mean you can't make an impact. I personally still want to see him in there on a special blitz package so he can blow up the QB. I don't mind if Mangino and staff keep him under wraps until, oh let's say Oklahoma.

But my main satisfaction from this list is Opurum. Lot's of talk about a shirt with all the depth at RB. Now it looks as though he'll be the thunder option I've been hoping for. Except now it's lightning before thunder, which is scientifically correct.

So theoretically the defense gets tired of chasing Sharp around and then Toben starts breaking arm bones. Just hold onto it rook.

BlueUmbrella 10 years, 4 months ago

Honestly, we are lucky that Quigley isn't listed on the depth chart. A top 25 caliber team/program and we put a guy with 3 months PRACTICE experience in the rotation for reps at LB? Not if we're lucky. Maybe down the road at ksu but not in Lawrence, not this year.

sdoyel 10 years, 4 months ago

Woods, Greene, and Parrish.... Not starting? Interesting....

gardenjay 10 years, 4 months ago

Really exciting to look at the wide receiver corps. If the OL can give Todd just a little time, they'll be having to figure out ways to stay on the field long enough to give the defense a break!

sdoyel 10 years, 4 months ago

Going to be nice to see such a youthful O-Line grow together.... Should help Pick's numbers over the next few seasons.

Justin Diederich 10 years, 4 months ago

Where is Prinze Kande? Is he redshirting or what?

CrodieBroyle 10 years, 4 months ago

Briscoe returning kickoffs should provide some excitement on special teams this season. I'm surprised Chris Harris isn't on there.

Kevin Long 10 years, 4 months ago

I'm tired of hearing about Angus. Okay, the guy knocked out that Texas guy that was sweet, but are we going to keep making him out to be a talent that he is not? He has had every chance to prove himself and hasn't! End of story!

jhawk23 10 years, 4 months ago

Why don't you guys plese bring the criticism of Quigley down a notch?

Even if he hasn't achieved your subjective opinion of "success," he graciously agreed to change positions (and sides-of-the-ball) for his senior year. Let's all just remember to appreciate that selflessness and team-first deference, even if he doesn't play a single minute this year.

On another note . . .

It's very exciting to see the true depth HCMM is starting to develop. To me, this is an encouraging sign that KU now has a football program--not just a football team--and a good one at that.

number1jayhawker 10 years, 4 months ago

I doubt they redshirt parish, since he is listed as the backup RT.

Does anyone else find it strange that Justin Springer was a Middle (Mike) (M), linebacker before camp and now is listed as the SLB?

Andy Hess 10 years, 4 months ago

it's not surprising. don't forget, Mike Rivera was recruited as a MLB and JoeMo was recruited as an OLB. Mangino switched their positions and I think that worked out well for everyone!

Rivethead 10 years, 4 months ago

Angus Quigley has another year of eligibility after this one (if he wants it), so let's not give up on him yet. He was battling guys who had a LOT more experience playing LB than he.

To me, the biggest surprises on this depth chart are:

1) Caleb Blakesly back at the #1 spot and, 2) AJ Steward not in the two deep

yovoy 10 years, 4 months ago

"Quigley as an "unsung hero"... that's a new one. If anything, he's been an oversung non-hero throughout his career. If you look at what he's actually accomplished compared to his physical gifts and the amount of talk about him, you can't possibly conclude that he's an unsung hero."

quigley has endured lots of stuff since he's been here. he seems to be the type of "team" guy that usually gets all kinds of praise on this board. where's the love? he's the kind of guy that's helped build this team.

being critical of his onfield success is somewhat warranted, i think most of us would like to see him have MORE success since he has the tools to help the team in lots of way.

sure he runs too upright for coach, and he seems to put the ball on the turf too often, but he's exciting to watch, especially when he runs his smashmouth style. he'll be on the field. i'm thinking he'd work well on special teams.

are you sure he's got another year of eligibility? it'd be nice.

do a search on here and read what this guy's done for the good of the team.

i stand on by my original comment.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 4 months ago

Angus had some really serious health concerns as a true freshman, so I'm pretty certain he used his RS. He also switched to LB prior to the Insight Bowl last year, so he has actually had 8 mo of practice at LB. That being said, it is a huge switch with plenty to learn. He hasn't learned as quickly as Mangino had hoped. I like the thought of him on ST running down punts and KO's. Not a whole lot to learn, just opponents to blow up. We can definitely use the help on the coverage teams.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 4 months ago

Pick at 2 does not mean that Kerry is out of the picture. Kale will get the mop up duty, and hopefully a lot to start the year. Maybe if he gets enough and does well enough, Kerry will be phased out completely, but Mangino has made it known that Meier @ QB w/ McDougald at WR is better than Pick @ QB w/ Kerry at WR - but only if worst case scenario/No Todd.

byoung88 10 years, 4 months ago

i think tyler patmon should get some playing time

ShazzyD 10 years, 4 months ago

The move of Thornton back to safety is what moved Prinz Kande off the chart. Kande probably won't play unless there is an injury. The fact that Thornton jumped Strozier and is the starting FS again is very interesting to me.

Chris Harris was listed as a safety on the last depth chart, was he not? I think he has become a bit of an odd-man-out because of the two redshirt freshman Lubbock Smith and Greg Brown. Calvin Rubles was a junior college transfer and apparently earned the backup CB spot. I hope Chris Harris keeps working hard because I could still see his experience helping us.

ShazzyD 10 years, 4 months ago

By the way, I found it interesting to look at last year's depth chart at this time and the comments that were left for it.

http://www2.kusports.com/football/depthchart/2008/

http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/aug/25/ku_football_releases_depth_chart/?football

Its hard to make a case that this team hasn't improved.

yovoy 10 years, 4 months ago

dagger, thank you. quigley just has to know run down there, smack into someone, get up, and keep pursuing that ball. his size, speed, and physicality, AND all-around experience (4+ yrs in our prog) make special teams a no-brainer for him. i hope. he shirted as a frosh, so he's done after this year, unless he got some sort of exemption. not likely.

just because meier isn't the "official" number 2 doesn't mean that he's not the backup. ourMangino is a shifty, clever guy that's not afraid to play angles. if he's not officially the 2nd string guy, teams wont' look for him to be. w/ pick at number 2 and meier not showing up, who do you prepare for after reesing? even if meier doesn't line up there, there's no guarantee that he's not going to throw it at some point. some teams have dual-threat qb. we have a triple-threat in meier.

Kman_blue 10 years, 4 months ago

Quigley has a medical redshirt if he wants it. At least that's what has been said in earlier articles I've read. So, even though he used a "normal" red shirt already, if he wants it, he has 1 more year of eligibility after this one.

labbadabba 10 years, 4 months ago

"BlueUmbrella (anonymous) says...

Honestly, we are lucky that Quigley isn't listed on the depth chart. A top 25 caliber team/program and we put a guy with 3 months practice experience in the rotation for reps at LB? Not if we're lucky. Maybe down the road at ksu but not in Lawrence, not this year."

Shhh. Don't tell Tanner Hawkinson...

Dirk Medema 10 years, 4 months ago

Quigley was part of the recruiting class of 2005, and as such is in his 5th year. It is possible to gain a 6th yr of eligibility (see Shipley at Texas this year), but it must be applied for and approved by the NCAA which is not an automatic. He would at least have to meet the normal qualifications of a redshirt this year or another year besides his first (medical) year. If he wants, he can request a 6th year. Then it is the NCAA's decision.

KGphoto 10 years, 4 months ago

Haha. Seriously labbadabba! That is so true. And Tanner is the friggin LT.

Tanner is the unquestioned starter on the line's most important spot. And he's never even played in a college game yet.

Other notes on the chart:

-McDougald listed as the backup at both kick and punt returner. Look out!

-Cornerbacks. I don't know yet about Patterson. And we know even less about the rest of them. This appears to be an experimental group at best.

-Kerry Meier is listed as WR, QB, P, H. I would also put him on the list at TE since that's likely where he'll play on Sundays. And personally after seeing the Kerry Meier gun show this year, I'd like to see him take a series or two at LB or even DE. This guy is such a throwback he should be given an honorary leather helmet.

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