Sunday, November 1, 2009


QB playing hurt, and it clearly shows

Kansas University quarterback  Todd Reesing (5) loses the ball after a big hit by Texas Tech’s Daniel Howard. The Jayhawks lost four of five fumbles in a 42-21 loss to the Red Raiders on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing (5) loses the ball after a big hit by Texas Tech’s Daniel Howard. The Jayhawks lost four of five fumbles in a 42-21 loss to the Red Raiders on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.


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— Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino has his reasons for keeping injuries a secret. Knowing a player is hurt can change the way the opposition prepares its game plan. Dirty players might even want to aim for the injured guy’s aching body part.

But there comes a time when the whole truth has to be told, and that time arrived after the Kansas offense performed so horrifically Saturday in a 42-21 loss to a Texas Tech team that looked oh-so-vulnerable and gift-wrapped two touchdowns for the Jayhawks.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing threw balls into the dirt, fumbled a snap, had passes batted at the line and, most puzzling, lost his ability to scramble. Reesing played so poorly that Mangino removed him and replaced him with unproven red-shirt freshman Kale Pick.

Without Reesing’s normal spark, which for the second week in a row was nowhere to be found, KU couldn’t do anything right offensively. The young line had its worst performance of the season. Veteran receivers Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe had a rare case of the butter fingers.

Mangino was asked if the removal of Reesing was performance-related or injury-related, the coach said Reesing wasn’t able to get anything moving so he turned to Pick. A few minutes later, when asked, “Are you healthy?” Reesing revealed he suffered a groin injury against Colorado. He also said it’s no excuse. Not coincidentally, the two worst performances of Reesing’s career came after the injury, against Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

To keep the injury a secret would leave Reesing’s teammates and the Kansas fan base wondering if he had checked out mentally, forgotten how to win, how to scramble, how to throw such accurate passes. Now that there’s an explanation, the burden shifts to teammates needing to lead Reesing, who has led them to rare heights since taking the starting quarterback job as a sophomore.

If Reesing can’t regain enough mobility during the week, the best option for the Kansas State game lies with putting Meier under center, not such a bad fall-back position. Meier’s team-first spirit made his transition to receiver a seamless one, but he still views himself as a quarterback, too, a very confident quarterback. His running ability would give Kansas State a little something extra for which to prepare. His superior experience to Pick makes him the easy choice, if Reesing can’t get loose enough at least to resemble himself.

It’s obvious how much a healthy Reesing elevates teammates by the way they never quit on plays because they know he can keep them going for so long. When he’s not right, neither are his mates.

“The last two performances we put up have just been terrible, honestly,” Briscoe said. “We’ve just got to bounce back. We’ve got a big game against K-State next week.”

Briscoe said he was “clueless” as to why Reesing was removed from the game and “very surprised” at his poor performance.

“As receivers, we didn’t help him out much with the dropped passes we had, which is something we don’t do often,” Briscoe said. “It’s part on us and part on the O-line as well.”

Largely, it’s on Reesing’s injured groin. He’s playing hurt.


JayhawkHoosier10 11 years, 4 months ago

wow... weakest excuse i've ever seen.... If he was so injured, why call 5 QB draws. Tom had to find a way to keep his man crush alive! Tell that to Peyton manning last year, who played 3 months after having knee surgery and went on to win his 3rd MVP.

JayhawkHoosier10 11 years, 3 months ago

injuries are a part of sports. The Texas Tech lineman played the whole game with a pulled hamstring.

Mike Blur 11 years, 3 months ago

Well JayhawkHoosier know it all, if Reesing had 3 months to recuperate from his pulled groin, I'm sure he'd be performing pretty well also.

Don't let your blind, petty hatred of Keegan divert you from the facts of the matter. Or, wait. Go ahead and let it. You are the know it all. How long did it take you to recover from your last pulled groin?

JayhawkHoosier10 11 years, 3 months ago

i dont hate Keegan. I am just saying a pulled groin is a weak excuse.

JayhawkHoosier10 11 years, 3 months ago

the groin is a heck of a long way from the heart.

FlaHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

A pulled groin muscle can be aggravate by throwing motion very easily. This may explain why Reesing does not roll out as this technique would strain the groin even more. Rest is the only soluton to a groin pull. Maybe it is time to Kery Meier back under center. The option with Meier is in the play book, but KUrarely uses it with Reesing, especially the last few weeks where Reesing has shown no desire to keep the ball on the option.

JayViking 11 years, 3 months ago

Going back to Meier is idiocy -- the guy doesn't even take snaps in practice any longer. Keep going with Pick. The kid can play so long as we call something other than QB draws.

leedavid 11 years, 3 months ago

If he had a pulled groin....why call running plays for Ressing? And how was he able to do that at full speed? I see more problems in Ressing's decision making, like throwing into double coverage, not getting rid of the ball, and trying to force the ball into a favored receiver. Teams have Ressing's number. After four years they know to put pressure on him and block the passing lanes. I love the guy but for three weeks he has had that deer in a headlight look and just played poorly.

Steve Brown 11 years, 3 months ago

put me in idiocy camp. Play& practice Meier & Pick this week, while TR heals. Meier has senior experience thus value.

Have TR back healthy for arrowhead game which we'll need to win to be bowl eligible for the wheat bowl or less.

KU 11 years, 3 months ago

So Reesing is hurt and last week aTm's QB ran all over TT. We have a QB sitting on the bench that is a really gifted runner. We could have optioned TT to death if Pick had played.

Frankly, I'm getting sick of all the turnovers Reesing is giving up. The defense played lights out most of the day yesterday and Reesing does the same thing as the CU game: two turnovers that essentially gave TT 14 points with a very short field.

I'd like to see Mangino play Pick until Reesing is healthy. At least that way we are playing for the future. We would know what we've got at the QB position for next year. As many have argued in the past, Reesing may not have had such a great year in 2007 if he hadn't gotten experience late in 2006.

Robert Brock 11 years, 3 months ago

Is Reesing's pulled groin the reason Briscoe dropped that easy pass that would have gone for at least 35 yards?

Christopher Hauser 11 years, 3 months ago

I think you play Pick at quarterback to get him experience. It just depends on if HCMM is selling out for next year yet. It seems like to me this season may be close if not already in the crapper (5-3 would have had us talking good about the team not many years ago).

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 3 months ago

if he's truly hurt, which i don't doubt, it would explain a great many things. his mobility is definitely not what it was.....although he made some nice scrambles vs. OU. but it's his quick start elusiveness in the pocket that is missing. he's getting sacked when he doesn't normally.

all that being said, our offense still is stagnant. we seem to be predictable....the other D knows what we're doing. and we still can't run the ball, (although Sharp had 5 yards a carry yesterday in limited numbers.)

it's still a mystery to me. obviously, we're not as good as we all thought we were. but what's truly amazing is, the tap has just been shut off. we've rushed the ball for a total of 160 yards the last 3 games....that's almost mind blowing. we cannot generate a drive to save our soul.

and if it's all because of a groin injury to our senior QB, then that's pretty sad.

Bill Kackley 11 years, 3 months ago

I feel the choice should be Kerry at QB if Todd is injured to the point he can't perform. At this point in the season we can' go with an unproven QB, who may not even be the starter next year. Jordon Webb, a redshirt freshman is pretty darn good.

troutsee 11 years, 3 months ago

I don't think he has a groin injury, at least not a significant one. He does not run like he has a groin injury. The only hint of a groin injury yesterday was when he did an awkward looking slide after a QB draw. But, he is taking a pounding this year. Put that on the O-line.

brett conrad 11 years, 3 months ago

The coach has had 3 wks to find a running game and has done nothing, reesing is just an average qb without a ground game. The offense is too predictable. a loss at KSU there will be more Nebraska fans at Memorial stadium than Jayhawks.

troutsee 11 years, 3 months ago

Hold on skipper. Please, please, please KU nation, do not let that happen. I DETEST NEBRASKA!

hawksince51 11 years, 3 months ago

I choose to believe that TR's problem is a groin injury. Now, I have to wonder when he got hurt during the CU game because he started out awful and finished pretty good, but I will allow that after suffering the injury early it got better in the warm sun we had that day.
Anyway, it follows that if the groin injury is causing TR to fumble, throw interceptions, take sacks, short-arm balls, etc. then Coach needs to rest him until he is healed. Pick is the number 2 QB so we have to go with him. And that means a full O game plan--maybe not a complicated one but certainly a lot more than just QB draws.
If that means losing to KSU and NU while TR heals, so be it. But, hopefully he would be ready for the game that really matters in Arrowhead. Maybe by then Pick will have won the job for good.

swkhawk24 11 years, 3 months ago

does anyone else think todd's fumble on 4th and 1 yesterday was because he never takes snaps under center? when have you ever seen todd take a snap under center in a game?

David Robinett 11 years, 3 months ago

I'm an idiot too!

Screw "the future" We gotta win now. that means Meier at QB and Opurum at starting RB. that also allows Todd to heal (and pull his head out). I suspect he'd provide a hell of a lift coming off the bench 2 games from now.

David Robinett 11 years, 3 months ago

The #2 QB position is for mop-up and temporary injury to the starter. Even Mangino was thinking this in pre-season. That's why Meier took ANY snaps then. The idea was that if Todd went down for an extended period, KU would have an experienced QB. So I'd say the situation has arised that calls for going with the experienced QB (Meier), since we need to allow Todd to head - physically and mentally.

Jay_Z 11 years, 3 months ago

If Todd is injured and cannot play, I say play Pick. Pick is the QB for the future....get him out there and let him obtain some experience. Keep Meier out there as a WR so that Pick will have two great receivers to throw to.

rastameta 11 years, 3 months ago

Extremely awful attempt at an excuse. Others are correct, why do you run the QB draw if he has a serious groin injury? I have had a serious groin injury and trust me, you can't do the things Reessing was doing with it. He might have a strained groin, but that is about it. I could see it affecting his throws where he might not be able to get his legs/hips into the throw as much and it might affect his ability to cut, but seriously this is a lame excuse. I am loosing any respect I had for him by even mentioning a groin injury because it is just an excuse.

grandpa 11 years, 3 months ago

We have some very good posts here. I especially agree with Daverinoku. I was at the game Sat. in Lubbock and we saw a very poor performance from Reesing. Coaches have a meeting Monday and announce the starting quarterback will be Meier. Mangino announces we will have a new offensive coordinator(possibly only temporary}Mangino accounces we will have a new defensive coach for the secondary(possibly only temporary. Something has to be corrected if we hope to win these last games.

hawk82 11 years, 3 months ago

Ed W. is an extremely difficult personality for players to cope with. I have this on authority. I suspect that goes for his colleagues on the staff as well, i.e. they likely have gotten fed up with his approach - whiner with a proclivity for demotivating those he works with. He is an ex-line coach who attempts to motivate skill position players the same way linemen are traditionally motivated. The offense's decline can likely be attributed to this coaching problem. The stagnation problem on offense will continue until Ed moves on.

truefan 11 years, 3 months ago

All I can say is that Ressing's recent play has been completely out of character. The entire reason he won the starting spot is because he made short passes look easy enough for one of us lazy-boy quarterbacks to throw and he did exciting things with his running ability. Since the Colorado game he has been 1 hopping out route passes or way over throwing receivers while standing in the pocket and taking sacks that he would normally dodge. All of these can be explained by a leg injury. The 1 hopping comes from not having both legs to power threw the throw. The over throws come from throwing off of 1 leg instead of following threw with both legs. The lack of scrambling is obvious. I hate excuses but I was wondering if he was playing hurt long before this story broke.

Beak 11 years, 3 months ago

Poor excuse + Why is HCMM discussing injury so much with this player...? Why so many qb draws if groin injury?

GridironHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

How many people that are complaining of a poor excuse have every tried playing even backyard football with a groin injury? It can most definitely affect your whole game. The sacks Reesing is taking is because he can no longer escape (both do to the injury and defenses collapsing the pocket outside-in). He hasn't thrown the ball away for 3 years and that is what has made him so special... why would he start now? Keep blaming Reesing but remember that he is the only reason you fair weather fans are even complaining in the first place. Now that doesn't give him the right to continue to play injured especially if it continues to affect his play. Give the ball to Meier (not that Pick isn't capable of beating KSU but the team will definitely rally around Meier). Meier will give it back as soon as Reesing is healthy... Also, Toben needs to start until Sharp is fully healthy. Not saying that Sharp does play or even have the majority of the carries but we need to change how we start games and that begins with the RB...

PenguinHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Rule #1 when throwing/passing a ball of any kind is that the longer you stride, the lower the throw is. The shorter the stride, the more it will sail. Has anyone else noticed that most of Reesing's passes have been on target but either high or low? If his groin injury is affecting his stride, or how he plants his foot, this EASILY explains about half his incompletions the last two weeks. I don't doubt for a moment that the kid is playing hurt. As for who should be starting on Saturday, however, I have no idea.

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