Sunday, September 20, 2009


Pick shows flashes of bright KU future


Podcast episode


Postgame: Duke

The guys (Tom Keegan, Jesse Newell) tie up loose ends from KU's 44-16 victory over Duke. The two talk about Todd Reesing's solid performance, the improvement of the offensive line, areas of concern for the Jayhawks and the correct etiquette when playing golf.

Download podcast

Audio clips

KU-Duke football


KU vs. Duke

video thumbnail

Highlights from KU's 44-16 victory against Duke.

Reader poll

Who was KU's MVP against Duke?

  • Todd Reesing (338 passing yards, 3 TDs) 44% 881 votes
  • Dezmon Briscoe (6 catches, 117 yards, TD) 5% 119 votes
  • Toben Opurum (120 combined yards, 2 TDs) 24% 495 votes
  • Maxwell Onyegbule (47-yard interception return for TD) 15% 303 votes
  • Darrell Stuckey (11 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss) 8% 179 votes
  • Other 1% 24 votes

2001 total votes.

Upperclassmen at Kansas University who like to take in sporting events are no strangers to late-game, garbage-time novelty acts producing freakishly phenomenal statistics as the parking lots begin to jam up.

Early in KU’s 2007-2008 national-championship basketball season, freshman walk-on Conner Teahan made them screech with an uncanny three-point shooting touch. In his first eight games, Teahan made 10 of 13 three-pointers and became something of a cult hero. He has made four of 24 since then, fading back into the background.

The outlandish stat compiler entertaining those who stay seated late in blowouts now is backup quarterback Kale Pick, a red-shirt freshman who has looked like a guy trying to get the heck out of Dodge every time he had tucked the ball and run.

The difference between Teahan and Pick, of course, is that the future of the Kansas football program hinges on Pick having more staying power and becoming much more than a novelty act.

Pick ran the ball once in Saturday’s 44-16 victory against Duke and didn’t stop running until he gained 18 yards, the key play in a drive that ended with freshman Toben Opurum crashing in from the three-yard line.

For that one run, Pick made himself the object of playful jabbing from his mentor, senior quarterback Todd Reesing.

“Todd was giving me crap after the game,” Pick said. “He said, ‘You brought your average down today. What’s up with that?’ ’’

Reesing, who would have had outrageous Heisman-worthy numbers Saturday if not for drops from Johnathan Wilson and Dezmon Briscoe, knows his stuff. Pick’s yards-per-carry dropped from 26.8 to 25.3. He has gained 152 yards on six runs. He sees openings and has the speed to take advantage of them.

Can he pass well enough to keep the Kansas program from falling back into the past once Reesing is gone and Pick takes over? Based on game action, there is no way to answer that. He is 3-for-3 for 16 yards, but when he enters the game the object is more to take seconds off the clock than it is to put points on the board.

“He can throw the ball very well,” Kansas coach Mark Mangino assured. “In fact, he’s thrown the ball better in the last two weeks than he ever has here, and I’ve been really excited with the way he’s been sitting in the pocket and getting his reads and throwing the ball. It’s good to know you have a guy who can run with it, but he can throw it. He’s not a one-dimensional player.”

Pick stands 6-foot-2, weighs 200 pounds and is from Dodge City. And he’s fast.

“I didn’t run much in high school,” he said. “I always knew my speed and quickness, but where I really improved my running game was these last two-a-days during training camp. My running game has improved a lot since high school.”

A broken thumb in the first game of his senior year limited him to two games of action and denied him a chance to play in a game against Wichita East on ESPNU the second week of the season.

The spotlight will come calling again next fall. What he does under its glow will go far in determining the program’s near future.


lv_jhwk 12 years, 1 month ago

The analyst for today's game on Versus (Kelly Stouffer, former pro qb) was talking about how impressed he was with Pick's passing in practice this week, especially his arm strength. If so many other top schools can replace proven qbs with good replacements, why not KU? That will be yet another sign of the improvements made under Mangino.

Waylon Cook 12 years, 1 month ago

Pick is great and all but Jordan Webb is the next Reesing!

Ryan Richey 12 years, 1 month ago

Pick is a Kansan. Webb is a Missourian. I'm for whomever helps us win the most games...but I'd rather see a Kansan playing.

gardenjay 12 years, 1 month ago

Well, but Kansas is not New England. Let's not banish people from where they hearken from 'just because'. Keep it on the field.

Dirk Medema 12 years, 1 month ago

PK - You're sounding like a divisive tigger. Pick & Webb are both Jayhawks! Let's stay positive and united about our team, regardless of where their parents live.

I'm half with onlyoneUinKansas - "Pick is great and all but Jordan Webb is the next Reesing!". Maybe Pick & Webb are the next Meier & Reesing, or maybe they are the next Harrell & Potts. Either way, you gotta like the glimpses of the future we've gotten to see.

JayViking 12 years, 1 month ago

How spoiled are we? We have one of the most exciting, eluding quarterbacks to play the game of football. And then we've got his potential replacement for next year who could be just as good in a little bit different fashion. Things are great.

Ryan Richey 12 years, 1 month ago

I'm not saying that at all. Both are Jayhawks. I confident in both of them. All things being equal...I'd rather see Kansas kids on the field. But if Webb is the better qb, then I will gladly cheer him on.

Brett Gaul 12 years, 1 month ago

Who gives a sh!t where the guy comes from. If he can play, and we win, I'm all for it.

Rick Arnoldy 12 years, 1 month ago

The fact that Webb is from Missouri just shows he had the good sense to get out when he could.

bradt1719 12 years, 1 month ago

there is a reason pick is number 2 right now. im so glad he is getting a few reps.

Sean Rodger 12 years, 1 month ago

Brandon Rush was from the Missouri side of K.C. - doesn't matter where they come from - only matters is that they are a Jayhawk and we win. Wins over losses any day!

Commenting has been disabled for this item.