Sunday, November 22, 2009

Game balls and gassers


Candidates for Game balls

• Dezmon Briscoe, a match for the Texas talent, had 101 receiving yards and returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown.

• Johnathan Wilson had three catches for 64 yards, including a 47-yard reception.

Candidates for Gassers

• Cornerback Anthony Davis was burned by about a Texas county by James Kirkendoll for a touchdown.

• Kicker Jacob Branstetter, with a chance to show he should have been trusted to execute an onside kick against Texas Tech, couldn’t capably execute one when given a chance late in the first half.


FlaHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Jonathan WIlson deserves a gasser for not running his route on the backward pass to Meier, where Kerry got almost decapitated looking for WIlson, would did not run ANY route! KU coud have had a long gain when they were still within strikig distance or even a TD.

crimsonblueblood 11 years, 3 months ago

I was at the game and it looked like Briscoe didn't run a route on that play either.

Doug Merrill 11 years, 3 months ago

What is a "gasser"? Is it a situation in which a player made a bonehead error or where an honest attempt to execute failed? It seems like the staff mixes these together and that makes no sense.

Should the category include both Branstetter - who by all accounts written by this set of reporters for the past two years is the most bestest and amazing team player - simply can't get his foot to do what he wants in a rarely attempted situation and also Davis, who got burned by a superior athlete who has been burning cornerbacks all year AND a player given the task of running a route frequently practiced and performed, who instead completely loses track of the planned play?

Two guys worked hard and did their best, two guys didn't understand the play call. I don't know the value of making a big deal of either situation (particularly this week, for crying out loud, kick the dog why don't you?), but if you feel you have to, then trying hard and failing isn't the same as 'screwing up'.

murph 11 years, 3 months ago

AMEN, dougmd!! There is a HUGE difference between those two situations. To lump them together is not only lazy, it's unfair.

grandpa 11 years, 3 months ago

J. Wilson made a mistake in not remembering the play. Who deserves a gasser when Wilson ran his perfect route dozens of times this year and when he was wide open, the ball was thrown to a receiver who was double and tripled covered. How many times has the ball been thrown into the dirt to him? In the first half, overthrown to Briscoe, bad pass to Briscoe, bad pass to Meier, pass into the dirt,overthrown to Meier.

Dirk Medema 11 years, 3 months ago

It might be considered piling on this week, but I think a gasser needs to go to Mangino all the more for calling for an onside kick early in the Texas game when he wouldn't even attempt it in a very appropriate situation weeaks ago - and then defended his call by blaming his kicker. Is it the kicker's fault for attempting the play that was called/not called, or the coach's for calling it?

Dirk Medema 11 years, 3 months ago

While we're at it, how about another hindsight gasser for Coach. This time for using Rell Lewis late in the game (looked good even if just against UT's 2 string), but not earlier in the year when Jake was injured and he instead chose to run/work Tobin to the point of exhaustion.

Dirk Medema 11 years, 3 months ago

Rojas deserves a game ball for the half tackle on the punt return. Most punters don't even get a hand on the guy, tho Branstetter would have body slammed him :-)

Blake Post 11 years, 3 months ago

I was at the game. Definite gassers for the referees. Looked like Meier had a TD and I don't think they took the time to review it. Looked like interference not called on the next drive or two. Looked like interference knocked Meier down so UT could intercept. The kicker did the worst onside kick I have ever seen. Some of you blame the coach? The onside was a complete surprise, which you are going to need if you want to beat UT or compete. And yes, no receiver ran the route when Meier was trying to pass the ball. Wilson did not. Inexplicably, Reesing is throwing some balls low. Perhaps he believes the ball has to be low to avoid intereception at times. I don't know. I sure like all of these players, and I sure hate referees.
Mostly, I think at this point, upon reflection, the timing of this so-called investigation stinks. Telling the media about it stinks. Gasser to KU for that. Several commentators echo that. Seems to me that someone is out to get the coach. Of course, I don't know for sure what he said to anyone, just that some guys who are not playing are talking. I don't know what will come out of it, although I am afraid the writing is on the wall, but I have seen situations where the media takes something and runs with it... and then were terribly wrong. Which leads me back to wonder whether someone was out to get coach, and why tell the media about it right now. It had the feel of bad intent and worse timing.

grandpa 11 years, 3 months ago

hawkman1031--Wilson was thrown 3 passes this game and he caught 3 passes, the last one was for 47 yards. He has been open numerous times this season as our videos show and no pass to him. Reesig has thrown numerous high passes, passes out of reach and passes into the dirt all year.

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