Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook


KU defense surprising with strong play

KU football's defense is running in sync, allaying preseason concerns about its effectiveness.

Onyegbule earns defensive honor

Kansas University defensive lineman Maxwell Onyegbule was named the Big 12's co-defensive player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

The senior from Arlington, Texas, headlined an impressive performance from the team’s defensive line in Saturday’s 34-7 victory over UTEP, finishing with two sacks, a tackle-for-loss, a pass breakup and six total tackles against the Miners.

He shared the award with Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston.

Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts was selected as the Big 12 offensive player of the week, meanwhile, and Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant was named special-teams player of the week.

Lewis still Blue Devils’ starting quarterback

Despite the emergence of red-shirt freshman Sean Renfree, who came off the bench to complete seven of eight passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a come-from-behind Duke victory last weekend, Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said this week that senior Thaddeus Lewis is still the team’s starting quarterback.

“Thad will be our starting quarterback,” Cutcliffe told on Monday. “He fought all fall long (through) some issues trying to stay at practice. He missed a lot of practice. He was one of the guys with the flu, and then he came up with an ankle (injury).”

With the exception of Saturday’s performance — he completed just five of 16 passes for 60 yards before being replaced with Duke trailing Army, 10-7 — Lewis hasn’t played terribly this season. He has thrown for 410 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in two games this season, but Cutcliffe said that Renfree most likely will play as a backup against Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence.

“Thad is our quarterback,” he told the Web site. “But we are certainly not going to be afraid to play Sean.”

Duke working through kicking woes

Until the Blue Devils correct their recent kicking struggles, Cutcliffe has decided to pick his starting kicker on a week to week basis.

So far this season, two Blue Devils kickers — Nick Maggio and Will Snyderwine — have combined to go 0-for-3 in field-goal attempts, and Cutcliffe told that is the reason he’s hesitant to name a permanent starter.

“I would like to do that,” he said of naming a permanent starter. “I don't like to be wishy-washy. But for obvious reasons, we have been working through this.”


Ben Kane 11 years, 2 months ago

the amount of whining that goes on in these comments never ceases to amaze me.

Ben Kane 11 years, 2 months ago

holy smokes... some national respect, from Tim Griffin:

Kansas: A. More than solid running game and the strong return of Dezmon Briscoe showed the Jayhawks’ offense at its strength. But the biggest surprise was how the defense was able to dismantle Trevor Vittatoe and UTEP. It was a strong performance of a team deserving to be in the top 20.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 2 months ago

Isn't it beneficial to know what's going on with our next opponent? Useful info Dugan.

Omari Miller 11 years, 2 months ago

Dugan, a local tie-in... One of those Duke kickers is from Johnson County and went to St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park.

hdhntr 11 years, 2 months ago

isn't it a concern for ku fans that they will go from playing the little sisters of the poor and then smack into a buzz saw of a schedule? shouldn't AD schedule at least a couple of good teams that will test the team to see who they are? forget polls they are meaningless till KU can match up against the very tough south teams they will play.

Ben Kane 11 years, 2 months ago

Hdhntr, KU does have those games, they are called Colorado and Iowa State.

Personally, I believe that KU has a very good chance and will indeed beat OU at home this year (with or without Bradford) rolling up a 10-0 record. What happens after that is anybody's guess, but we will be ranked high and hype will be huge.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 2 months ago

Since KU was the last school to have a Final Four Team, win a bowl and put a team in the College World series all in one year, for 2009/10, let's win two National Championships and a College World Series!!!!!!!!

Lance Hobson 11 years, 2 months ago

Duke is going to get crushed. Too bad it's not going to be in basketball, but this works, too.

As for the schedule, I think TT will be pretty tough to win. You never know about KState, either. Other than that we should be ok, although S. Miss is no gimme.

actorman 11 years, 2 months ago

"the amount of whining that goes on in these comments never ceases to amaze me."

Hear, hear! I think it's come to the point where some people live for the opportunity to nitpick and find something wrong no matter how well-written an article is. Giving us info. on an upcoming opponent?!?!? Oh my God, the horror! What could possibly be worse than that?!?!?

Jeffery Barrett 11 years, 2 months ago

"You never know about KState"?????? Have you read/heard/seen anything about them this season? They are HORRIBLE!!! It's going to be a Sunflower Showdown A** Whipping of gigantic proportions!

actorman 11 years, 2 months ago

And by the way, LHS1980, you ignorant sl*t (channeling Saturday Night Live), this was not strictly about Duke. It also mentioned Onyegbule getting co-defensive player of the week and listed the other players of the week for the Big XII.

Ryan Shelton 11 years, 2 months ago


A) Let's not get ahead of ourselves. This week's opponent is Duke. I wonder if OSU was looking past Houston.

B) KSU is still our in-state rival, and anything can happen in a rivalry game, especially at their house. Was it '93 when we almost beat Nebraska at our house? You never really know.

C) While your enthusiasm is encouraging, take a lesson from the Sun Tsu: when strong, appear weak. In this case, humbleness is in order. We know how good we are. Stepping on KSU when they are down may be fun, but it is better to do so after we've played them.

Rivethead 11 years, 2 months ago

omar1911....UNoCo's punter was from Overland Park (Blue Valley HS) and duggie didn't mention that either......

8808 11 years, 2 months ago

Oakville Didn't UNC match our feat last year with a NC in hoops, bowl game and college world series appearance? They may have lost the bowl game but they did win the NC...However, it still is the coolest accomplishment that you rarely hear mentioned.

waywardJay 11 years, 2 months ago

Funny he mentioned the Kicking game missing 3 field goals.... but the reason Army lost that game was really two interceptions for touchdowns in one quarter by the same defensive back...... and he left that out.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 2 months ago

Maxwell has turned a corner and is going to be a beast the rest of the year. About time.

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 2 months ago

Southern Miss is expected to have a good season and are currently 2-0. Don't take them lightly. UTEP was expected to have a good season but it remains to be seen whether they rebound. Both are/were expected to be good test but these games are scheduled so far in advance you never know how it will turn out.

Rivethead 11 years, 2 months ago


Sun Tsu never had 64 dropped on him at his house. We still owe our purple pussies to the West some payback.

At least that's my opinion.

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