Originally published August 19, 2010 at 03:22p.m., updated August 20, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Pick the pick: Sophomore from Dodge City will be KU starting QB

Kale Pick runs drills in spring practice on March 28. Pick is in a quarterback battle with Jordan Webb.

Kale Pick runs drills in spring practice on March 28. Pick is in a quarterback battle with Jordan Webb.


Kale Pick named as starting KU quarterback

Pick got the coveted spot, and Toben Opurum will be switching from running back to linebacker.

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KU coach Turner Gill announces Kale Pick as the starter

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Toben Opurum on Tuesday, Aug. 17, discussed whether he'd be interested in switching to linebacker. On Thursday, Aug. 19, KU coach Turner Gill announced Opurum would be switching to linebacker this season.

The quarterback on the roster who spent the most time with Todd Reesing will get the first crack at replacing him.

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Thursday that Kale Pick would be the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback when they take the field this fall.

Pick, a third-year sophomore from Dodge City, beat out red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb to earn the starting job, ultimately by being the more polished of the two.

“He separated himself in a couple of different aspects,” Gill said. “Ball security was huge. He didn’t really turn the ball over. That was a big separation between the two. And then also the intangibles; I love his demeanor. Kale Pick’s been a little bit better in the huddle, outside the huddle, when plays are going well, when plays are not going well. I like how he’s handled himself in that aspect of things.”

The decision to go with Pick, 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, came after nearly 30 practices of evaluation that went through spring drills and into the first two weeks of fall camp. Gill informed his quarterbacks of the decision as a group on Thursday. He then met with each one individually. It was at that point that Pick allowed himself to celebrate.

“I definitely had a smile when I received the news,” he said. “It’s definitely exciting. I’m glad that they made that decision, and I’m definitely looking forward to our season. I think we can do some pretty big things if we stay on the grind and keep working hard every day.”

Although Webb will begin the season as the backup, Gill stressed the importance of both QBs.

“I feel very good about our two quarterbacks,” Gill said. “Webb and Pick are very good football players. We’re going to need them both.”

Asked if he had spoken to Webb much in the hours following the announcement, Pick said he had but that he was trying to give his friend and teammate space to deal with the decision.

“I talked to him. He’s obviously not happy,” Pick said. “But I wouldn’t be either. It’s tough.”

Everything about Pick drips college quarterback. The son of a former college football player — dad, Mark, played at Iowa State — Pick was a standout two-way player at Dodge City High, setting 12 passing records before heading to KU. An injury during the first game of his senior year cost him his final season, but he has more than made up for that missed experience in his two years at Kansas.

During his red-shirt season in 2008, Pick was named the Jayhawks’ offensive scout team player of the year. Last year, as the immediate backup to Reesing, Pick appeared in seven games, completed four-of-five passes for 22 yards and rushed 14 times for 167 yards. Though he has some experience, Gill is a lot more interested in seeing how he performs in his new role, with all eyes on him.

“The next thing is Kale has to prove it on gameday,” Gill said. “He has to prove it in a game.”

Gill continued: “Until (he’s) the guy and (he’s) underneath that center and it all revolves around (him), you don’t know how he’s going to respond. But all the things are set there that he will be able to handle that in a very good way and he will be able to lift the play of all of our players.”

Pick’s teammates agree.

Said senior center and team captain Sal Capra, “Kale’s a great guy. He’s a great player. I think he can lead our team to great things this year.”

Added senior Justin Springer: “Kale’s got good confidence out there, he’s out there running the show. Your quarterback’s a leader out there on the field, too, and I think he’ll be a good leader for us. On and off the field, he’s just a great guy. He’s a great friend to all of us. Out there on the field, he carries himself really well and he can throw the ball really well, too. I think it’s a great fit.”

In other news Thursday, Gill announced a pair of position changes for the upcoming season.

Sophomore running back Toben Opurum, the team’s leading returning rusher, was unable to play his way onto the depth chart at running back and has been moved to linebacker. When asked if the move was because of the Jayhawks’ need at linebacker — KU has lost three linebackers from its roster since camp opened — or because of Opurum’s performance as a runner, Gill was direct with his answer.

“All of the above. All of the above,” he said. “There’s a need at that position and then playing time at the running back position will be very limited if we had to play today, therefore we sat down and chatted with him about it and tried to put a scenario out there where he could get onto the football field and maybe help our team this year.”

As for the other move, Keeston Terry, a four-star receiver from Blue Springs (Mo.) High, is moving from wideout to safety. Gill said the move was made to find Terry some playing time.

“We looked at him as a safety or wide receiver when we recruited him, so this is not totally out of whack for us,” Gill said. “We just thought that he would give us a little bit more speed (at safety) and that he was somebody that would want to take a chance to have a chance to play. And this gives him an opportunity to play and go from there.”

Gill said both Opurum and Terry would have to prove that they could play 15-20 snaps per game at their new positions in order for him to put them on the field. If they can’t, red-shirting is a possibility for both.

In notable depth chart news, sixth-year senior Angus Quigley was listed as the No. 1 running back, with red-shirt freshman Deshaun Sands and junior Rell Lewis behind him; the offensive line was listed, from left to right, as Tanner Hawkinson, Duane Zlatnik, Sal Capra, Trevor Marrongelli and Brad Thorson. Junior Jeremiah Hatch, a former starter on the O-line, appeared as Capra’s backup; Johnathan Wilson, Daymond Patterson and Bradley McDougald were listed as the top three receivers; Chris Harris and Isiah Barfield were the starting cornerbacks, with Olaitan Oguntodu and Lubbock Smith as the top two safeties; Tyrone Sellers was the top name at defensive end opposite Jake Laptad and Richard Johnson and Patrick Dorsey were slated as the top defensive tackles.

Gill said evaluations still were ongoing at several positions.


KUBlue0809 10 years, 6 months ago

Great Choice by Turner Gill and staff ! Being an inexperienced quarterback in a new system, it's great that he has some wheels !

Jaminrawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Soooo how long before Opurum transfers to play runnig back somewhere else? Granted, we need backers but he chose KU because he wanted to run the ball. Hmmm.

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

You tend to want your best athletes on the field as much as possible. We have a lot of depth at running back and wide receiver, but we are seriously lacking on defense.

Quigley is a senior and an every-down back. Sands is much shorter and is a different type of back. Lewis also brings a somewhat different dynamic from either of those two. Meanwhile, Opurum is the same type of back as Quigley, but he hasn't been fully healthy yet.

I suspect that they will continue to have Opurum practice at running back in addition to the switch to linebacker. I also suspect that he will be back to playing running back next year when Quiqley leaves or this year if Quigley gets injured. I also wouldn't be surprised if the staff uses him as a short-yard/goal line specialist this year. In the meantime, he can help the team substantially by playing on the other side of the ball, given our lack of depth and talent at linebacker.

As for Terry: He's a four-star rated true freshman. We have significant depth at receiver, but not at safety. His speed will be a huge asset at the position and it means that we can get him on the field consistently rather than having him only see the field on occasion.

Overall, the two changes mean that our defense just got faster and gained some much needed depth. The depth chart at those positions will probably be changed in a week or two, once they practice more at their new positions.

JHawkEddy 10 years, 6 months ago

I understand our LB core is depleted, but move Quigley back to LB and let Opurum continue to run over fools. Quigley already has a year of LB experience under his belt anyway. Why make Opurum sacrifice a season if he's just going to be switched back next season.

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I'm not so sure that Quigley would continue to play if he was kept at LB. As far as I understand from what he has said since Gill was hired, he returned in order to have that one last chance to play running back - the position he held during the '07 season. Keeping Quigley as a running back also adds leadership to the position.

As for Opurum: Listen to the interview with Gill. He said that Opurum and/or Terry may redshirt if it seems likely that they won't see many snaps.

GridironHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

The idea of having Toben redshirt is a devastating blow to this team. He has way too much talent not to get on the field at KU. If he truly is going to redshirt then why move him to the LB position. If he plays the whole year at LB on the scout team you can bet he will be transferring...

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

The staff is taking the chance that he will be a quick learner at the position and be able to contribute by the time we get to conference play.

If not, then redshirt so that he has three years of eligibility left wherever the staff see him fitting in best. If the staff still wants him at LB next year, then perhaps he'll transfer, but I'm not so sure of that. We'll see what happens this year and after a year with this staff.

rolo2383 10 years, 6 months ago

I don't think it's devastating. Gill wants speed and Opurum is by far our slowest RB. We have plenty of fullbacks on the team so moving there isn't logical. Opurum has the size and speed to play MLB. I hope he uses this as an opportunity. I think he will.

jhawk314 10 years, 6 months ago

I like what Gills doing but moving Opurum to LB is stupid IMO. I think Opurum should be starting running back. he showed me more than more potential and talent than Quilgly did when he was RB. I just hope Opurum doesn't transfer

rolo2383 10 years, 6 months ago

How can you say Quigley didn't show any potential? First off, MM never gave him a chance. Second, if you look at the numbers when Quigley did get a chance he had the highest YPC average on the team. Give the guy a chance to get into the game and I bet he becomes very productive.

Remember Jon Cornish? MM didn't give him a chance until he absolutely had to when he was a senior. It turned out pretty good. I think Quigley has the same production this year. I could be wrong but Quigley is a good runner.

David Meredith 10 years, 6 months ago

Yeah I wonder how this sits with Opurum, he seems like a quality guy though, and lord knows KU needs a linebacker or two, or three.... I think I like the move of Keeston Terry to defense.... KU seems to have a lot of young recievers, need the talent and athleticism on the defensive end....

Dirk Andrews 10 years, 6 months ago

I really don't know about moving Opurum to the Linebacker spot. Last year, as a true freshman, this guy came in and did a phenomenal job replacing SR. Jake Sharp when he went down with injury. I loved watching Opurum run last year, made me think of Brandon Jacobs. Why switch him? This is giving me deja vu of last year when Mangino had people switching from one side of the ball to the other.
I will say this though. I trust that Gill is making the right decision, because he is our coach. If Opurum is cool with the move, then I say get after it and knock some heads off. We know he has great athleticism for such a big guy. This must also mean that Sands and Quigley are looking good at RB.
I would just hate to lose such a great talent in Opurum, if this decision does upset him and he chooses to transfer.

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Given the staff, I'm guessing that they discussed the situation with him at length - and got his okay.

I think the switch is a temporary thing that will change either sometime midseason or else next year.

jaymar74 10 years, 6 months ago

I believe the key factor in the Opurum move is Sands. I think Gill likes what he has in Sands and he wants a break away back to go with Quigley and not another power back. Look for Sands to be the biggest surprise of 2010.

JBurtin 10 years, 6 months ago

That's an angle I hadn't thought much about. Sands must be doing something pretty impressive to already be up to second string.

Gotta love the dedicated legacy.

Annette Lee 10 years, 6 months ago

Look LB is the weak link and TO is really bright so maybe he requested the move because he could pick it up fast and this is temporary.

Tribehawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Moving Terry is a huge surprise as well. 4 star receiver being moved to defense? I wonder if he really has a nose for safety or if he was such a poor receiver (relative to our depth there) that Gill wanted to keep him satisfied and threw him a bone by suggesting he try defense.

Jeremy LeMaster 10 years, 6 months ago

There are a couple of errors on the Depth chart that is posted.

  • Sellers or Young or Woods is listed opposite of Laptad at DE.
  • Sands or Lewis are listed as second string RB.

The Keeston Terry move surprises me, butwe are loaded at WR and need some defensive playmakers. I was thinking abou Opurum to LB earlier today thinking that if he still hasn't cracked the Two Deep that it might be imminent. Like everyone else, I hope that he does not choose to transfer as he seems to be a stand-up young man. Good future at LB position with Tharp (next year) and Opurum. If he isn't going to play much this year I hope they RS him so that he doesn't waste a year getting into the rythm. The other surprise was Lubbock Smith has overtaken the top spot at FS from Phillip Strozier. I saw some talen in him last year near the end of the year but it is still a surprise.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 6 months ago

we have no LBs basically...past our starters of Dudley, Johnson and Springer....everyone is either hurt or ineligible. somebody has to play there....and Quigley tried to make the switch last didn't work out, he gets a sixth year...and now he has one last shot at glory at RB. Toben still has a RS year plus, three more years of eligibility...he could still play RB at KU.

Terry is a good athlete, he'll be a fine DB. we're pretty loaded at wideout so he again, still has plenty of time to make his mark.

Pick was the inevitable choice...he's athletic, with a strong arm. he's the dual threat QB, the likes we haven't seen at Kansas in some time. (Chip Hilleary anyone?)

i'm cautiously optimistic on the season. we need a bit of luck to avoid injuries during the season...because we're thin at best right now across the board. but we have talent.

HawkDigestCom 10 years, 6 months ago

I love AQ at running back, but he'll be gone in a year. Another year of shared experience in the backfield for TO and he would have been ready for a monster year in 2011. Put me down as a no vote for this move.

Ben Kliewer 10 years, 6 months ago

Off topic... I just moved to Los Angeles... Any other 'Hawks fans out here? I was in Wichita, and now I won't be able to get...well, any Jayhawk football...that I know of. What can I do? Is there an online broadcast? Please help...

jesusisajhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I have a couple of friends that live in LA and I know they get together and watch the games with the alumni club there. Sounds like a good sized crowd. Both of my friends there are actually from Wichita. If you get on the KU alumni website you can look up the names of the bars/ watch sites. Hope that helps!

JBurtin 10 years, 6 months ago

-ESPN 360 should carry a few games in that area. is a good source. -justintv picks up live feeds and broadcasts them as well.

The message boards are full of people in the same boat, so if you have trouble finding a game just post the question in there on game day and somebody will typically have a link. The quality on some of the links is a bit sketchy, but they'll certainly do in a pinch.

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Here's the direct link:

KU alumni (and KU fans in general) tend to be among the most loyal in the country. Get in touch with the Alumni chapter and you shouldn't have any problem finding a place to watch the game.

Mind you, getting to the location if you don't have the game at home is quite another story. Being a regular at a nearby bar may also help.

Ben Kliewer 10 years, 6 months ago

Update... Thanks guys, I got hooked up with the Alumni Ass'n and I've been invited to be part of the official watch site group! Thanks for all your help!

hawksince51 10 years, 6 months ago

I'm happy for Kale and believe he will do very well for us at QB. He appears to have all the OB tools and also because Chuck Long is on the coaching staff. Some of the other position changes are a little surprising but I will trust the coaching staff's judgment, at least until we have played 3 or 4 games.

jesusisajhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I wouldn't be surprised if Opurum still gets in the game during goal line and short yardage situations. I like Angus and have always kind of rooted for him, but nobody drags a pile like Toben.

truefan 10 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully it will be a long season, as long seasons usually indicate that the team made it to a bowl game.

hawksince51 10 years, 6 months ago

I didn't watch the ESPN show but am very aware of how we compare--same goes for OU and TX in the Big 12 But I am too old to expect to see us catch up with them. I would be happy to get to the level of a TT and OSU where we would almost always have a winning record and go to a bowl game; and then a season like we had in 2007 every once in awhile when the stars line up. Also, I know how much better our FB program is now than it was 10 years ago in all aspects--coaching, recruiting, financially and facilities. Continuous small steps in the right direction are what we need. And even though we were just painfully reminded that BB does not carry anywhere near the importance of FB, I take some pleasure in knowing how Alabama fans feel when they watch an ESPN show on KU BB

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 6 months ago

I don't think that we need Keeston Terry at safety the same way that we need Toben Opurum at linebacker.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Terry take a red-shirt season.

David A. Smith 10 years, 6 months ago

We'll wave at ya when you take off at half time.

KU_FanSince75 10 years, 6 months ago

mulaza, mulaza, mulaza-----trufan--Amen to that! Long season means going to a bowl. Any bowl would be Sweeeeeeeeeeeet. Oh, mulaza, did I use too many e's?

As far as, moving TO to linebacker--it seems like a brilliant move on Gill's part. Like hawksince51 said, "See what happens after 3 or 4 games. Sometimes these kinds of moves work okay in high school football but not so much in college football on the D1 level. Like the saying goes--- "Gill looks like a genius, if this works; or, he could look like a billy goat, if this fails." I am still excited for the season! Rock Chalk!

drum1984 10 years, 6 months ago

Why on earth would you take your best returning skill position player and make him a linebacker. Did we not just see how stupid an idea this was last season with Quigley?

Aaron Carpenter 10 years, 6 months ago

I am a vote for no on this, but then that is why i do not coach for KU. Also, Perkins is a turd. Thanks You.

JayViking 10 years, 6 months ago

1000000 pts for using the word turd. Lovely.

honk_for_hawks 10 years, 6 months ago

Am I the only one that kind of likes the TO move? I mean, we saw last year that he loves to hit people, so why not make that his job while we are incredibly thin at LB. Quigley is the same, but he isn't as fast or athletic as TO. I think this will actually work out pretty well.

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

Not as fast or athletic as TO? You are high!!

He's much faster than TO, and he hits like a train from North to South. Harder than TO. With all the depth at RB, it's a gutsy but sensible move. Don't forget Angus was a quality recruit at RB 5 years ago. It's his natural position. TO was mostly recruited as a FB and got a chance to run it with KU. He's a blocker. And probably a tackler. Gill must see something.

I'm with you. I like the move. But I like it more because I think TO is a potential nightmare at LB, and Angus is a natural runner/nightmare out of the backfield.

honk_for_hawks 10 years, 6 months ago

eh. you caught me. I wasn't really thinking that one through. I still like the idea though. And whoever said TO showed more than Quigley ever has forgets that two seasons ago, quigley was the leading rusher and starter before Sharp had that amazing 2nd half against iowa state. And he wasn't there just by default. He is a good back and I've always pulled for him.

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

Totally. He had the highest ypc of any back in recent memory. If I remember, it was in the 5.5 range.

justinryman 10 years, 6 months ago

Could the move of TO be in part because of his hip injury? I mean getting hit as a RB and getting all twisted in a pile is different than putting on a hit, he won't get twisted at the hips as much either. Just thoughts.

But as stated above, I doubt that this staff just moved him over to LB without having more than a few talks with him and getting his input? Maybe he pulled a #10 and asked to do it and to be a "team" player??

Who knows?

That's why they coach and we watch!!

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

A staff member may want to do a quick fix on a typo in the article - "going" instead of "goign"...

'I feel very good about our two quarterbacks. Webb and Pick are very good football players. We’re goign to need them both.'

Sam Constance 10 years, 6 months ago

Not to mention the generally poor writing.

When the article begins talking about Terry, not only does it fail to mention his first name (Keeston), but it starts discussing his position change as if the writer had already mentioned it earlier in the article (which it wasn't):

"As for Terry, a four-star receiver from Blue Springs (Mo.) High, Gill said the move was made to find Terry some playing time."

The writer refers to "the move" without having told the reader WHAT "the move" was. The closest they get is including a quote from Gill that talks about how Terry was recruited with WR or S in mind, which implies that the move was to safety, but fails to say so explicitly.

Matt Tait 10 years, 6 months ago

Good call. Bad oversight by all of us. I wrote three different versions of that story yesterday (two for the web and another for print) so it kind of all got jumbled together in my mind.

Not a good excuse for the miscue, just an explanation of how it happened.

Thanks for pointing it out. And thanks for reading! - Matt

Kyle Rohde 10 years, 6 months ago

Ironic that our two highest-rated (or at least two of the) recruits of the past couple years, Terry and Bradley McDougald, played WR and S in high school, respectively, but get to KU and switch to opposite positions. Hope Terry does better than Bradley has so far.

Jonathan Briles 10 years, 6 months ago

Actually McDougald played both S and RB in HS. He played very little WR. He actually came to KU mostly because of his opportunity to play on offense. Terry on the other hand played both WR and S and was always a swing type player. His father played for KU back in the 90's? If I'm not mistaken it was at DB also. Please correct me if I'm wrong though. I think its a great move to have him on Defense. I am however surprised when they talk about him having speed. According to his profile he runs around a 4.7. I personally would want faster players in my secondary, but I do love his athletic ability and nose for the ball.

David A. Smith 10 years, 6 months ago

I'm waving from the stands. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 6 months ago

There is an audio clip posted above that was made on Tuesday. Toben was asked how he would feel about switching to linebacker, and he said he's be fine with it--anything to help the team.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

Congrats Kale! 2 weeks to really get the 1's cranking on O.

Toben's switch could have as much to do with a couple freshmen coming up behind him as anything. Coach Gill has also comment over and over again about wanting to increase team speed. Terry's switch to S is not about depth, b/c we have plenty of DB's. Again, I would suspect it is more about team speed, and Keeston just not being as fast as the other receivers.

Kip Reiserer 10 years, 6 months ago

I think we all agree that we are not sure about the Toben move and possibly Keeston, but I have to think that Turner Gill knows what he's doing and what will help the team. I honestly was looking forward to seeing Toben run this year, but whatever makes us stronger I'm all in for.

DevilHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Switch for at least this season so that he may have an opportunity to get on the field other than during clean-up or redshirt.

Gill said that when all is said and done, they may both redshirt depending on how things pan out. Toben was a true freshman last year and Terry is a true freshman. Given our depth at their positions, it would not be unreasonable for them to redshirt this year and come out strong next year when we have an established and experienced QB, a deeper o-line, and slightly less depth at their positions. Also, Toben has been injured almost this entire time.

KCHawk81 10 years, 6 months ago

Opurum was asked Tuesday about a possible switch to LB. His reply: "If they ask me and I think it will help the team, then so be it."

If Terry shines at safety, he (and we) will be very happy with the switch, and the 'Hawks will get some more depth in the secondary. If not, he'll red-shirt--which he would have done anyway--and break into the depth chart at wide-out next season. Having trouble seeing how this is anything but a win-win decision.

NinjaJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

For those of you questioning the Keeston Terry position switch, he actually played safety in high school. Many college coaches thought he graded out higher at that position. He did want to play receiver, but we have so much depth there that his best chance of contributing is on defense were we lack depth at every position. I think this is a good move.

meremy 10 years, 6 months ago

Chris Tucker: He got knocked the &$@& out!

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

LMFAO! Am I bad for saying that? I can't help it, I watched it a hundred times the day after the game. I must have watched it twenty times again, already, and it just keeps getting better.

In that back of my head, I wonder, is that some sort of sick payoff for the ghost interference call that handed Texas a win in 2004? I hope so. That's a long time to wait for some redemption.

You gotta think the opposition will be showing that while studying Kansas film during the week.

Watch out for 22! He's looking for you!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

What I love and am amzed about is that AQ laid him out with 2 or 3 steps worth of momentum. Imagine if he hadn't stumbled coming around the corner.

waywardJay 10 years, 6 months ago

I just have a feeling this is going to wokr out on all three counts.

Toben may not be ready full on for the transition until conference slate, but I have full confidence in his abilities both mentally and physically for this move.

This shows that McGriff, Omigie and Matthews are Serious threats on the Second string. If Pick can throw, depth at the receiver position must be 3 deep.

As For Pick, he's got wheels, and what appears to be a solid line. He has a veteran ( I think he was in 'Nam ) in Quigley an a slew of other runners to move the chains and as i mentioend earlier a fleet of toys to get the ball down the field.

I think this is excellent news, most of all because the kids seem to be willing about the moves.

Lindsey Buscher 10 years, 6 months ago

“I talked to him [Webb]. He’s obviously not happy...”

Um, why not? I understand being disappointed but you've got to be happy that (1) a decision has been made and (2) you've got to be supportive of your teammate.

We have seen situations before where a coach goes into the season refusing to settle on a starting quarterback, and that never works out. This is a good thing.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

It's understandable not to be happy. You'd have to question the guys competitiveness if he wasn't.

Thank being said, I certainly hope he's also mature and motivated enough not to cry about it, and continue to work and push to be the best and be ready to help whenever his time comes.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I'll give the staff the benefit of the doubt. They've been doing this for a long time. But TO's 4.2 yards per carry last year seemed to bode well for his future IMO. I do like that he has no qualms about moving guys to positions he thinks they would perform better at. Maybe we'll look back at teh end of the year and realize Opurum is the bast linebacker on the team. I can only hope.

Brak 10 years, 6 months ago

So I am assuming that all of you naysayers that are knocking HCTGs decision to move TO and Keeston to D went to every practice and spent time observing them in the weight room and know something that a former elite football player and d1 head coach doesn't know. If TO was better than AQ he would be playing PERIOD. Bottom line is that AQ outplayed TO and most programs would say to TO, "Sorry but you suck and you'll be ridin' the pine", so the fact that HCTG is giving these guys an opportunity to get some playing this year is commendable and if things work out on D thats great if not they will certainly have the option of returning to their given positions next season.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 6 months ago

trying to get excited about the team.... i sorta dont care who won the qb battle. the running back that replaces TO better impress me if turner gill wants to earn my respect.

KCHawk81 10 years, 6 months ago

Eh--I doubt he's laughing much harder than opposing coordinators were when they saw Quigley taking the field as a linebacker. If he can hang on to the ball, he'll do well. I don't think AQ would have rejoined the team to play any other position than RB, so if having him practice there gives us one more player--I'm all for it. And if he's the best of the bunch, then get him on the field.

hawksince51 10 years, 6 months ago

That would take literally decades of laughing---and no pasta!

OCJHAWK 10 years, 6 months ago

He also went to Rob Johnson's QB camp in SOCal. Who tutored heisman QB's and only takes on the best prospects.

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

Why didn't you just post the link to the article you stole this from?

It's a good article.

KCHawk81 10 years, 6 months ago

Plagiarism?! Kansas grads cite their sources.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

good knowledge, and even better link. Thanks.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

Good knowledge, research, or whatever, and wherever you got the info.

rolo2383 10 years, 6 months ago

I like all of the moves the staff has made. They gave everyone a chance to play the position they wanted to. Very few players have been moved from those positions.

Terry was a stud playing DB in high school so the move should be seamless.

slowplay 10 years, 6 months ago

Good move both ways. I'll leave it to the coaches to decide the talent levels at each position and hold any criticism until the end of the year. As for Opurum, this is his best shot at making it to the next level (NFL). He didn't have chance at FB, but his size and toughness could give him an opportunity at LB. The only intangible I'm not sure of is his reactive speed.

hawksince51 10 years, 6 months ago

A few years from now, it would be great if Kale could be mentioned in the same sentence as some of our past in-state QB's i.e. my classmate John Hadl and later Bobby Douglas and David Jaynes.

jaymar74 10 years, 6 months ago

Isn't it a positive when our best running back from last year cannot crack the two deep this year? Isn't is a positive when the new Freshman running backs behind our best back from last year are predicted to pass him up in ability in the near future? Why should we all have hoped the best we had last year would be our best this year?

Tony Bandle 10 years, 6 months ago

If Kale gets a slight injury, will it be called a Pick Nick?

Does Kale have a peck of pickled peppers in his locker?

Has anyone ever met anyone named Kale or Pick, much less both names together?

Will the Kansas S.I. department come up with a different slang term for an interception?

Is Kale lucky at the lottery or just fast [Quick Pick]

Is his major mining engineering? [Pick and Shovel]

Or is it Cooking? [Pick and Roll]

yovoy 10 years, 6 months ago

terry played db in hs, his dad played db here, and played for the chiefs too. i'm sure that move isn't a "tough" transition for the kid. he'll know what he's doing.

as for moving opUrum (it's a 'u', not an 'e' between the 'p' and the 'r'), i'm okay-ish with it. i was really jacked to see quigley and O beat teams up. i've praised his wisdon and maturity above his athletic ability, so it comes as no surprise to me that (publicly) he's okay with it. he's a smart kid, a great athlete, a HUGE body, and i'm mostly sure that we haven't seen the last of him carrying a football (for us). i hope we haven't because i love the kid's demeanor.

i've seen and heard that pick has won lots of awards, that he's been to "elite" camps, that he's a phenom, and that he's a kid of a former qb, but he just didn't look comfortable to me last year. were the plays where he gained so many yards busted plays or were they designed "one-look-then-run" type plays? i'm asking because i don't know, and i just never have really seen his passing ability.

i realize there's been considerable complaining that it took so long to decide the qb. i also realize that it would be nice to have a situation at THIS university that other schools (like OU/UT/TT, etc) have: a situation where if one guy goes down, you have a plug-and-play qb at your disposal. do we have that? i mean, do we drop waaaay off if we lose pick? we were spoiled with sparky, he wouldn't be denied being on the field. would we have been okay with pick had we lost him?

JBurtin 10 years, 6 months ago

I didn't really see that it took a long time for the staff to pick a starter at QB.

-They only had sixteen days in the Spring and got a group of six prospects narrowed down to the best 2.

-Then it took them another 19 days or so to choose a definite starter.

If this had been an incumbent staff then things might have been different, but there's a lot of evaluating to do when you're coming into a whole new team.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

All that, and Coach said they actually graded out equal. They had to evaluate the intangibles to choose one over the other.

That also is very encouraging with respect to the back up, and even the heir apparent in 3 years. That being said, the new recruit is suppose to be highly regarded by at least our staff.

"Recruit, recruit, recruit" and all the rest could result in significant upgrades on an annual basis for quite some time.

jhawk314 10 years, 6 months ago

This is complete BULLS***!!!! Opurum should be the starting RB, pound the ball with Opurum then pound the ball again with Angus and with Picks good running ability KU's running game would be top 3 in the big 12. Opurum to LB is just stupid

gardenjay 10 years, 6 months ago

Why all this focus on the offensive side of the ball? I for one am glad to our best athletes on the field for the other half of the game.

Randy Bombardier 10 years, 6 months ago

Is Toben still practicing on offense? Used to be a lot of players played both sides of the ball, back in the dark ages. So, him playing defense before he breaks through on offense means little. The real issue seems to be whether he is still getting the opportunity to play RB. I think that is what is really important.

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