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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Teahan serious about playing football for KU

Conner Teahan turns to throw as he works out with the quarterbacks during the Jayhawks’ practice in this file photo from March 31 at the KU practice fields.

Conner Teahan turns to throw as he works out with the quarterbacks during the Jayhawks’ practice in this file photo from March 31 at the KU practice fields.

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Conner Teahan arrives at Kansas University’s spring football practices early.

He leaves late.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior basketball guard’s attendance record the past two weeks indicates his attempt to resurrect his gridiron career is no publicity stunt.

“I mean, I am coming out here serious,” Teahan, a former two-sport standout at Kansas City Rockhurst High, said after Friday’s spring football practice at Memorial Stadium. “I know what I want, and I am going for it. I am not trying to play around, honestly.”

He’d just trudged off an otherwise-deserted field with Rockhurst grad Patrick Schilling, a 6-1, 187-pound third-year sophomore wide receiver.

“He said he needed to work on his hands. I said, ‘Hey, you need to call me. Any time you want to do anything (extra), I’ll be ready,’’’ Teahan said.

Teahan — he turned down a football scholarship offer from Tulsa to walk on KU’s basketball team — said he has had a blast the past couple weeks.

“I like it a lot. The guys have been really nice to me,” Teahan said. “When I chose basketball (to play in college), I was like, ‘I don’t know how much fun I would have had playing football.’ This kind of proves what I felt was wrong.”

He said his rusty right arm has felt fine during drills.

“It was definitely sore after the first couple practices, and there was a little soreness after yesterday. I was throwing more balls than I have been,” Teahan said. “It doesn’t take you very long to get back since I’ve been doing this a lot. Once I get it stretched out, everything is all good.”

He’d had more problems with his feet.

“I worked on my footwork all yesterday. It was one of the bigger things holding me back,” Teahan said. “The biggest thing is I’m kind of understanding what the routes are and what kind of speed they are developing at.”

Teahan said he has learned a lot studying the likes of KU QBs Jordan Webb, Kale Pick and Quinn Mecham.

“I mean, I go last in pretty much all the drills. I just watch their footwork and watch what they are doing,” Teahan said. “They are very good quarterbacks. They’ve all been here. They know what they are doing. Whoever gets the job is going to be qualified, lets put it that way,” Teahan said.

None of the QBs have been hit by defenders yet this spring.

“That’s the last thing on my mind. I am going to get hit. I know that and if I get hit, it’s going to hurt, but I mean if you are playing football, that’s the contract you sign right there,” said Teahan, who has taken a shot or two in hoops the past three seasons.

“I mean when you get a blindside screen ... my freshman year I wasn’t very big and strong and Darnell Jackson, Sasha (Kaun) would come hit me, knock my neck out of place. I’m sure these guys bring it a little bit harder.”

He’s hoping KU coach Turner Gill sees enough potential to ask him to continue as a member of the football team into the summer and fall.

“I am obviously a couple quarterbacks back,” Teahan said. “Probably reps and stuff will be a big factor. I’ll probably know what my situation is when spring ball is over. I have to talk to coach Gill. He’s the man, so he calls those shots.”

Gill’s take? “So I think the biggest thing is we’re just trying to see what he has skill-wise. He’s not going to learn all the terminology because these guys have been involved, really, for the last month, with our terminology.

“We’ll just kind of see if we see at the end of spring football practice, can he be at the top of the list as far as challenging for a starting job?”

Dooley nets offer: KU assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley on Friday was offered the head coaching position at UNC-Wilmington, the Wilmington Star-News reported Saturday. UNC-Wilmington athletic director Kelly Mehrtens is a former assistant AD at KU. The newspaper indicated that Dooley has been offered a five-year contract “up to $300,000 annually.” Dooley makes $234,000 base salary at KU.

If Dooley declines the offer, UNCW will likely turn to College of Charleston associate head coach Mark Byington, the Star-News reported.

Woolridge update: Future KU guard Royce Woolridge scored 11 points in the United States’ 79-68 loss to Germany’s Under 17 team in the consolation game of the Schweitzer tournament on Saturday in Mannheim, Germany.

The 6-foot-3 Phoenix native scored three points in Friday’s 64-59 semifinal loss to Germany’s Under 18 team. The U.S. placed fourth in the 16-team tourney.

“I had a great time. It was a great experience,” Woolridge told Stars and Stripes.

Knight to announce Wednesday: Brandon Knight, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Pine Crest High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will announce his college choice at 3 p.m., Wednesday, on ESPNU. Kentucky is believed to be the favorite. Others on his final list: Kansas, UConn, Florida and Syracuse. Knight averaged 31.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game his senior year at Pine Crest.

Rutgers restricts Rosario: Rutgers University will file tampering charges against the University of Southern California regarding the potential transfer of sophomore guard Mike Rosario, according to MyCentralJersey.com. A source told the Web site that Rutgers officials will restrict Rosario from transferring to USC, Florida and Kansas.

The newspaper’s attempts to interview Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti were unsuccessful. It is not known what, if anything, he has against KU and Florida. Rosario’s high school teammate Jio Fontan last winter transferred from Fordham to USC. KU’s Tyshawn Taylor also was a prep teammate of Rosario.

Zagsblog.com had reported that Rosario was considering a transfer to either USC, North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia Tech or Michigan State.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 11 months ago

If Teahan continues with the BB team they may give him harder screens. Thought it funny he would say Sasha and Darnell don't hit as hard as FB guys. He should be careful what he says or he will alienate himself.

milehighhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

I don't think he said anything out of line really.

He probably got a question from Keegs like "hey, you've been roughed up in hoops before, right?" and had to respond to it. At least he finished by showing deference for the sport he's playing now & giving them credit saying they hit harder - probably true anyway, given D-Block and Sasha were standing still.

Kye Clark 6 years, 11 months ago

Congrats to Dooley on being offered a head coaching job. Not sure if that's the kind of job he'd want to take, or if that kind of job is pretty much where he'll have to start his head coaching career. If he does accept, best of luck Joe.

If he does leave I wonder who we will get to fill the vacant asst. coaching position. There will be a lot of scholarships available after next year - Brady, Tyrel, Mario for sure. Add to that if anyone transfers or leaves early for the NBA. We could be looking at 5 openings, so recruiting for the 2011 recruits will be huge, and from what I understand Dooley was an excellent recruiter. Replacing him will not be easy, but could be crucial to ensuring that we continue to re-load with top flight talent.

Kye Clark 6 years, 11 months ago

Well, so much for that. Just read that Dooley says he's not a candidate for the job nor was it offered to him. That's good for KU. You'll get your shot sometime Joe, and hopefully it will be at a better job than UNC-Willmington

Kye Clark 6 years, 11 months ago

Off topic, but did anyone see the article on foxsports about Calipari being out on the recruiting trail? That is the central theme of the story, however there was something else that caught my attention:

"Calipari took a brief break from recruiting on Friday morning to sign 1,200 commemorative bottles of Maker's Mark bourbon at Keeneland Race Course. The special bottles are covered in blue wax and feature a white silhouette of Calipari's face."

The article didn't have a picture of the bottle, but if you google "makers mark john calipari" you will be able to find some images. It looks absolutely ridiculous. The question I had was...what exactly were they commemorating? Has the bar been lowered so much at UK that a trip to the elite 8 and turning over nearly half of your roster with OADs is now cause for celebration? I guess it's not surprising, remember UK printed up t-shirts to celebrate being ranked #1 in the polls...in January...for one week.

*I should note that as ridiculous as goofy, silhoutted faces on liquor bottles is, Maker's Mark is donating the proceeds to the UK Symphony Orchestra and the School of Music's outreach program.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Conner could throw a football through the hoop from the three point line?

stravinsky 6 years, 11 months ago

Maybe we can get some Bill Self endorsed things for the KU school of music. We could use the cash.

Bill Self's face on barbecue sauce maybe? I'd buy that. I mean, I'd buy it with or without Bill Self's face. But definitely with the face of Bill.

Odd that the player from Rutgers is being prevented from transferring to Kansas. I don't really think we're looking for a transfer player, but... thanks for the shout out, I guess?

TopekaHawk33 6 years, 11 months ago

The real question is why would they prevent him from transferring in the first place regardless of where it is.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 11 months ago

The difference beween Kansas fans and Kentucky fans is simple.

Kansas fans are just nuts about the Jayhawks.

Kentucky fans are just nuts, period!!!

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