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Originally published September 22, 2009 at 12:00a.m., updated September 22, 2009 at 08:01a.m.

RB Lewis could see time against Southern Miss

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing hands off to running back Rell Lewis during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 at the practice fields adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Lewis could see playing time in KU's game against Southern Miss.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing hands off to running back Rell Lewis during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 at the practice fields adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Lewis could see playing time in KU's game against Southern Miss.

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With the availability of injured running back Jake Sharp uncertain, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino said Monday that third-string back Rell Lewis likely would see an increased role in Saturday’s game against visiting Southern Mississippi.

Speaking during the Big 12 coaches teleconference, Mangino said that Lewis would be the likely backup to true freshman Toben Opurum if Sharp is unable to play.

“We’re sitting in meetings now working on how we should proceed with (second- and third-string),” said Mangino, whose No. 20 Jayhawks are 3-0 this season. “I think two right now would be Rell Lewis, and the third guy, we’re deciding.”

In limited action this year, Lewis has rushed just five times for 17 yards, but showed flashes during last April’s spring game, when he was the game’s leading rusher.

Options for the No. 3 running back spot would appear to include junior-college transfer Daniel Porter and true freshman Deshaun Sands, current members of the scout team who haven’t recorded a carry yet this season.

KU officials announced Monday that Saturday’s game is officially a sellout.

Comments

KU_Alumn_2000 4 years, 11 months ago

The southern miss game is an intriguing matchup. They have some really good skill athletes in their offense...including a 6 ft 6 NFL caliber wideout along with a running back who's had a lot of success. With southern miss leaning on an 8 game winning streak, we're gonna see what our defense is really made of.

Let's get them fired up Coach Bowen !

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jbrownjib 4 years, 11 months ago

I look forward to these games versus teams from the south. There is a lot of talent in the south in general which makes it a great area to recruit. This should be a good test like the Duke game but at a different level. I think Southern Miss will be tougher and this is the type of team that can suprise with an upset. However, KU is well coached and I think Mangino will have them prepared.

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Ben Kane 4 years, 11 months ago

Well I think it's great that Lewis will get some time. I mean, we'd all rather have Jake in there but I think we all agree that the extra rest over the next two weeks is the right move. Lewis getting some time and Opurum getting the bulk of it will do wonders for us down the road and into next year.

I'm getting a little nervous about this matchup, but we are in week four now and there is no reason why this team shouldn't be firing on close to all cylinders. If we can do that I don't think it will be close.

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Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 11 months ago

Sharp should get the week off, and then with the bye week, he should be close or ready for ISU.

Toben and Rell should be just fine in the backfield.

the Golden Eagles are a decent football team, but they haven't played a road game yet. and they had pull it out of their tail to beat Virginia, who is not good. If we don't win this game, it's our fault. I expect us to put it all together this week.

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Dirk Medema 4 years, 11 months ago

Rewatched the first half of Duke yesterday during lunch, and noticed the black wrap on Jake's left calf. You could see he was still antsy to get in the game, and know that he'll be itching to play this week even more.

That being said, I'm with MV and would love to see him rest all the more. It would be great to see the other backs, and Rell in particular get some more carries before things get that much more important and difficult.

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Phoggin_Loud 4 years, 11 months ago

More interesting info:

Southern Mississippi (23). Record: 3-0, with victories over Alcorn State, Central Florida and Virginia. Sagarin ranking: 54. When the first loss will come: Saturday at Kansas. Verdict: Contender in Conference USA, not elsewhere. The Golden Eagles are much more potent offensively under second-year coach Larry Fedora and feature an underrated gem of a running back in Damion Fletcher. But if Southern Miss can give up 312 passing yards to Virginia's scatter-armed Jameel Sewell, they might give up 1,000 to Kansas' Todd Reesing and Houston's Case Keenum.

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kvskubball 4 years, 11 months ago

Phoggin...

Are you quoting someone? Or is this your take?

"But if Southern Miss can give up 312 passing yards to Virginia's scatter-armed Jameel Sewell, they might give up 1,000 to Kansas' Todd Reesing and Houston's Case Keenum."

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Phoggin_Loud 4 years, 11 months ago

Actually, it was looking at unranked, undefeated teams. Not Non-BCS. My bad.

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