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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Saturday’s KU football game vs. Oklahoma State finally it for running back Angus Quigley

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You’ll have to excuse Kansas University running back Angus Quigley if you see him shaking his head or taking a little extra time to soak up the scenery during Saturday’s home finale against Oklahoma State.

The game will be Quigley’s last at Memorial Stadium, an emotional milestone to be sure. But it actually will be the second “last game at Memorial Stadium” of Quigley’s career.

See, last year, during his fifth season with the program, Quigley participated in all of the customs and traditions associated with Senior Day, but never really felt like he belonged out there.

“I just felt like I was another guy,” he said. “I was a senior, but I was just another guy. Now, though, guys look to me and coaches look to me to be a leader, and it actually feels like I’m a senior now.”

So cue the balloons, get the flowers ready, hand a tissue to mom. Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against 10th-ranked OSU, without question, will be the sixth-year senior’s final home game as a Jayhawk.

“We’re always joking around with him, saying, ‘Dang, Angus, you’ve already had one of these. Did you get tickets again?’” fellow-senior Chris Harris said. “I think the Oklahoma State quarterback (27-year-old Brandon Weeden) is older, but Angus has to be one of the oldest players in the NCAA.”

Asked if he thought Quigley might find a way to finagle a seventh year of eligibility out of the NCAA, Harris was honest.

“No, man. He’s done,” he said.

Quigley did not disagree and said the weight of his lengthy career finally coming to a close all had begun to sink in.

“It’s very much real,” he said. “I participated last year in Senior Day, and I remember thinking, ‘There’s always a fallback plan; I still could come back.’ Now, it’s just like two games and college is over for me. I’ve already graduated, and, when December comes, it’s all done.”

Will Gill play seniors?

With just two games remaining on the schedule, the 3-7 Jayhawks have no chance of qualifying for a bowl game this season.

And with Saturday’s home game against Oklahoma State being Senior Day, it might be easy to conclude that KU coach Turner Gill will do what he can to make sure all 20 seniors who suit up Saturday will hit the field in their final home game.

Gill said after Wednesday’s practice that he’d do what he could to get all 20 seniors in. But he stopped short of guaranteeing it would happen.

“I think at the end of the game, if, for some reason one way or the other, we can get them in, then we’ll do that,” Gill said. “But, again, the bottom line is we’re gonna play to win the football game and do the best we can. If we can still get those guys in, then we’ll do that, too.”

Mecham quietly cracks record books

Though he completed just three passes during last week’s loss to Nebraska, KU quarterback Quinn Mecham’s first two completions of the game landed him in the Kansas record books.

Mecham’s 17 straight completions during KU’s win against Colorado, combined with the two completions to open the game at Nebraska, gave him a string of 19 straight. That stretch broke the old mark of 14 in a row set by Todd Reesing against Minnesota in the 2008 Insight Bowl.

Mecham, a junior from Provo, Utah, will make his fourth consecutive start Saturday vs. OSU.

Comments

Jonathan Allison 4 years ago

Thanks for coming back for year 6 Anguschristopher Quigley. We all wish that it had turned out better for you. You deserved it! Enjoy your final two games, make the final month of college matter. These memories will last forever.

Good work on the record Quinn. Keep your head up. We've all see what you're capable of. So go take care of business, and maybe you'll send the seniors off with a 'W'. We believe in you.

FSUJHAWK 4 years ago

I second that Plastic....

AQ, thanks for all the love and dedication you've shown towards our university. Continue to give it your all and have as much fun as you possibly can in your final two games. Happiness is contagious and who knows, it might even bring us a W against Mizzery. Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors!!!

RCJHGKU!!!

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

And thank you Lew for giving us a program players want to play for an extra year.

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

Note to the editor: Just because it wasn't reported a week ago does not mean that Quinn didn't break Todd's passing record. Therefore, he didn't break Todd's record with the 2 passes against NU, he just increased his own record that he had set the previous week.

Matt Tait 4 years ago

Good call. In fact, that's why I pointed out that he had 17 in a row against CU before the final number settled at 19.

Sorry if it was confusing. Either way, I find it fascinating that Mecham broke one of Reesing's records.... no matter how big or small.

Thanks for the note! - Matt

OPJayhawk 4 years ago

Just wondering if there is another site out there anywhere with worse headlines.

jayhawk1996 4 years ago

Three words: Search engine optimization

bennettcl 4 years ago

I agree it is a pretty ridiculous headline. Maybe keep it simple with something like Angus Quigley Will Play His Last Game in Memorial Stadium Saturday. The current heading makes it sounds like he has taken his last stand and won't be playing Saturday. Like when a kid throws food at you too many times you say "that's it, i've had enough" and give the kid a whack!

Joe Ross 4 years ago

It's one thing to disagree with a stance a journalist takes. It's another thing altogether to say he's guilty of the worst headlines. If you want a view to sensationalism, you'd do well to start with your own comments!

troutsee 4 years ago

You have always been one of my favorites, Angus. Good luck in the your future endeavors.

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