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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gill not revealing starting QB

Kansas University quarterback Quinn Mecham (8) works on taking snaps, alongside Jordan Webb (2), Jacob Morse (16) and Conner Teahan, far right, on April 19 at a spring practice at Memorial Stadium. Turner Gill has options but has not named a starting quarterback for the game against Colorado.

Kansas University quarterback Quinn Mecham (8) works on taking snaps, alongside Jordan Webb (2), Jacob Morse (16) and Conner Teahan, far right, on April 19 at a spring practice at Memorial Stadium. Turner Gill has options but has not named a starting quarterback for the game against Colorado.

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Kansas University football coach Turner Gill might have picked a starting quarterback for today’s 1 p.m. kickoff against Colorado, but he isn’t letting anyone in on the secret.

Asked Friday night if he had selected a starter, Gill declined to reveal the answer.

Gill’s options include junior Quinn Mecham, who started last week against Iowa State; red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb, the team’s No. 1 quarterback when healthy; and sophomore Kale Pick, the Week 1 starter-turned-second-stringer who missed last week due to a concussion.

Gill said all three had practiced this week, though not necessarily at 100 percent.

“On and off they (have been) practicing,” he said. “We’re just trying to get some different reps for some different guys. On different days (we’ve been) doing different things just to see what we’re trying to get done, making sure who’s the right guy.”

The only real indication given by Gill about this week’s starting QB came after Saturday’s 28-16 loss at Iowa State when he said, “If Jordan Webb’s healthy, he’ll be our starting quarterback.” Webb has been dealing with an injury to his non-throwing, left shoulder.

However, Gill said he was not disappointed by what he saw from Mecham against the Cyclones. In his first start as a Jayhawk, Mecham finished with 149 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 22-of-33 passing.

“He showed good poise,” Gill said. “I like the way he handled himself in the huddle, and I like the way he handled himself on the football field. There are a few more plays he needs to make, but, overall, I like the way he played.”

In starting at ISU, Mecham became the third starting quarterback for the Jayhawks in eight games this season. Gill said Thursday that he had been through similar seasons in the past. During one year at Buffalo he started three different quarterbacks, including one who started just one game. As an assistant at Nebraska, Gill also saw NU coach Tom Osborne go with three different starters in the same season.

Although he has been slow in making this decision, Gill said gaining a competitive advantage against the Buffs was not his motivation.

“I guess, as an underlying deal, that’s part of it,” he said. “But we’re trying to find out who’s the best guy that gives us the best chance to win. That’s No. 1. And if (Colorado doesn’t) know for sure who’s going to be the guy, then I think that might help us to a certain extent.”

Comments

Janet Scott 4 years, 1 month ago

There is absolutely no doubt that not revealing a QB is a profound advantage for KU over CU in this game. I'm sure this "non-revelation" has forced CU to over-prepare all week for all three KU QBs. Brilliant move by the KU coaching staff.

I'm sure too GIll's announcing earlier this week that both Pick and Webb will play on the defensive line (at nose guard and defensive tackle) this week further baffled the CU coaching staff, and sent them into a tizzy. And the announcement that Jake Laptad will see some action at QB in the CU game was the apex of coaching brilliance for the KU "football" staff. Crazy, you say? Who's to know who's playing where on the field, with no names on the KU player's jerseys? Brilliant indeed.

NebraskaJayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

I do hope Coach Gill puts the names back on the jersey's next season. I understand why he did it, but don't think it's really that necessary. As fans, we do like to be able to learn the players names on the team and associate them with their numbers. Much easier to do that throughout the season if they have their names on their jerseys. Please consider putting the names back on the jerseys next season, Coach Gill.

ku_tailg8 4 years, 1 month ago

I agree with putting names on the back of jersey's. I want to know the name not just the number of the guy who made (or didn't make) a great play. Does it really matter as far as the qb goes? We can't score so if that guy was any good he would've starting (probably injured by now) in the first place.

Marc Frey 4 years, 1 month ago

Glad to see Teahan back in the mix! Or am I reading the pic the wrong way?

Ashwin Rao 4 years, 1 month ago

So far you are the only one who knows... Teahan is red shirting in basketball this year so he can take over the QB position... :-)

Marc Frey 4 years, 1 month ago

I was just kinda joking. But thought, what harm could he do compared with the other QBs we have thrown out there? I am still puzzled how Pick was recruited by and signed with an SEC team and he can not start at KU.

ahpersecoachingexperience 4 years, 1 month ago

Ah man what to wear? What to wear? Guess I'll being all three jerseys to the game.

ahpersecoachingexperience 4 years, 1 month ago

Speaking of "wear" I say today is the day we break out the Nebraska unis.

KGphoto 4 years, 1 month ago

Hehe. Oops.

I meant he deserves a shot at home.

Actually he may deserve a shot at hoe too, but it will have to be before 10pm.

Mike Bratisax 4 years, 1 month ago

I was beaten to the Conner Teahan prediction. Would really like to send Colorado out with a nice butt kicking but I'm not holding my breath.

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