Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Iowa Western Community College QB Zack Stoudt has KU football atop his list


Inexperience at the quarterback position posed a problem for Kansas University’s football team throughout 2010, but the KU coaching staff has been busy chasing a solution.

KU is one of seven schools to have extended a scholarship offer to junior-college standout Zack Stoudt, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound, pro-style quarterback from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In October, KU coach Turner Gill drove to Iowa to watch Stoudt play. Stoudt returned the favor by making a visit to Lawrence the weekend of Nov. 20 for the Jayhawks’ game against Oklahoma State.

Stoudt admittedly knew very little about Gill and his program before his visit. But according to, that changed quickly.

“The first thing that stood out was the coaching staff, and that’s important because you deal with them every day,” Stoudt said. “Coach Chuck Long was great and very nice. We watched film and got to know each other better. He’s the type of coach I would want to play for. Coach Turner Gill is the same way.”

Stoudt’s father, Cliff, is a former NFL quarterback who was the back-up to Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw for six seasons before starting for one. His younger brother, Cole, recently committed to Clemson.

Other than KU, the only BCS school to offer Stoudt is Mississippi, which got in on the process fairly late. Stoudt told last week that KU was his leader.

“I will make my decision based off of playing time and the coaching staffs,” Stoudt said. “Those are the two biggest things I will be looking for. Right now, Kansas is my favorite. Those other schools are going to have to beat them out.”

Stoudt, a three-star prospect according to, also received offers from Akron, Louisiana Tech, Toledo, UTEP and Wyoming.

Stoudt, who committed to Louisville out of high school before choosing the junior-college route, is listed as the No. 2-rated junior-college quarterback in the country and has thrown for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Iowa Western will play its bowl game Saturday, and Stoudt will graduate in December, making him eligible to attend classes at the Div. I school of his choice in January.

Beshears cracks record books

With 54 kick-return yards in the season finale against Missouri, KU sophomore D.J. Beshears finished the season with 922 yards and broke KU’s single-season record, previously owned by Marcus Herford, who recorded 888 yards on kickoff returns in 2007. In 36 returns, Beshears averaged 25.6 yards and added one touchdown, a 96-yarder in a Week 4 victory against New Mexico State.

Buoyed by the return-yardage totals, Beshears finished the season as KU’s leader in all-purpose yards. His 1,210 total yards — 922 on kickoff returns, 213 rushing, 69 receiving and six on punt returns — were 334 more than KU’s next highest finisher, freshman running back James Sims, who logged 876 total yards.

Finishing touches

The 2010 KU football team featured a handful of anonymous stars. Here’s a look at the Jayhawks leaders at their respective positions:

James Sims led KU in rushing with 742 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 67.5 yards per game.

Red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb led the Jayhawks in passing. Webb started seven games for KU and completed 121 of 214 passes for 1,195 yards and seven touchdowns. He also tossed eight interceptions and averaged 132.8 yards per game.

Junior Daymond Patterson was KU’s top receiver, in both yards (487) and receptions (60). Patterson also tied for the team lead among wideouts in touchdowns, with two.

Tight end Tim Biere (19 receptions for 228 yards) led the Jayhawks in touchdown receptions, with four.

Defensively, junior linebacker Steven Johnson led KU with 95 tackles, 62 unassisted. Johnson tied for second in sacks — he and senior Chris Harris each had two — while senior Jake Laptad (4.5 sacks) led in that department for the third straight season.

Red-shirt freshman Tyler Patmon and junior Isiah Barfield tied for the team lead in interceptions, with two apiece.


newjayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Hell, how many choices does he really have? Good greif....If he was that good____ he'd have a few more than that. But I guess we could use all the help we can get.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Programs prefer to recruit through incoming freshman. They tend to go after juco players only when they need to fill that hole immediately or in the rare occasion that the juco player is absolutely incredible.

We definitely need to fill the QB spot, and I don't care how we do it as long as it is legal and not an NCAA violation.

Geekinout 7 years, 4 months ago

I've watched some of his tape. He moves his feet pretty well, has good mechanics, and a strong arm. His pro-style would be a solid fit "IF" KU could ever get something of a power running game. Until then, I'd rather see a Qb with speed.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

That too with Cummings, tho you rarely see true freshmen starting, especially at QB.

Brad Avery 7 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if KU even looked at Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 247 pound quarterback at Butler County Coomunity College? He is a kid who has thrown 31 touchdown passes in 11 games, completed 59 percent of his passes and oh, by the way, is going to play for the JUCO national championship in Pittsburg, Ks. this weekend.

Robert Brock 7 years, 4 months ago

He wouldn't answer the phone calls from KU staff. He has Caller ID.

combes50 7 years, 4 months ago

Mettenberger is a stud. My brother is the tight end for Butler and from what I have seen this season we could really use a guy like him (minus the sexual assault charges). He already has offers from bigger schools though, Arizona and LSU are the ones you don't have to be an insider to see on

Michael Pannacciulli 7 years, 4 months ago

I'd be happy to get him. He's ready to play. If any of you can personally find a better prospect and have him sign I suggest you tell Gill to hire you to his staff ASAP. Its easy to tear a program down but a b*tch to build it back. Ask Michigan or Notre Dame. We have our work cut out, but guys like this aren't a negative.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

Allow me to not get too excited that Beshears breaking the kick return. All that really meant was that the opponent was kicking off way more than we wanted.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Agreed. The other thing that stuck out at me is the receiving TDs. Biere led the team with 4?? The wideouts tied with 2??? That got me thinking: I'm sure there is a stat out there someone that ranks FCS teams on TDs per game (as opposed to PPG). We have to be near the bottom. Aside from the 3 wins, we rarely reached the end zone.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

"I'm sure there is a stat out there someone..."


ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

Excuse me if I don't do a backflip, do you see the other schools that offered him! Hahahahahaha! If ndsu enters the picture we are going to be screwed.

Dyrk Dugan 7 years, 4 months ago

these are the kinds of QBs that Chuck Long likes.....if we can land him, it would be great. we can start to build the kind of offense that Long likes to play....definitely more pro style and hitting receivers on the move.

we just didn't have the horses this year to run it....but Stoudt would be a fine colt to lead it.......tee he.... c'mon Zack! come be a Jayhawk!

bigtex 7 years, 4 months ago

With Chuck's 3rd and Long play calling,and a Pro style Qb that can't move spells failure. KU never has done well in that system. Gill will have to do what Mangino did and hire a new OC-Qb coach. Hire Ed Warinner quickly!!

Ryan Gerstner 7 years, 4 months ago

I hate to break it to you novices, but generally juco quarterbacks aren't that highly recruited. Teams have to have a hole at the QB position. Plus, not a lot of teams are looking for pro style QBs. The kid's Dad is a NFL QB and this kid has a good arm. We'll be really happy to get him. It'd be great to get a kid that has game experience because he should be able to adjust more quickly.

jaydee909 7 years, 4 months ago

hawkfan has it right. Juco players at any position for that matter are recruited to fill immediate needs.

With the lack of patience with Gill and his new staff that some our "fans" seem to have, it makes sense that he is going after a juco QB. However, the main reason is that Gill knows we need help at the QB position. This kid has been around the game of football all his life, due to his dad. Should have a high football IQ. His younger brother is going to Clemson to play QB. I hope we get him.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 4 months ago

Wasn't Mecham a highly rated Juco QB, and although he came in on a few games, he wasn't a rockstar.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Gill was probably trying to redshirt Mecham but wasn't able to because of injuries. The team played better under Mecham than under Webb or Pick.

newjayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

amen to that! Mecham is not a bad QB at all! I like this guy. I hope that he is getting a lot of reps next season

Saguaro_Jayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Saturday, Dec. 4th, in Sandy, Utah No. 6 Iowa Western Community College (9-1) will take on No. 13 Snow College, Utah (9-2) in the seventh edition of the ZIONS Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl.

For the third straight season the game will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium, which is home to the Real Salt Lake Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS).

The Reivers of Iowa Western had an unbelievable showing in just their second season of NJCAA football. IWCC captured the Midwest Football Conference - West Division regular season championship and was ranked in the top five of the NJCAA poll for eight weeks.

The Snow Badgers will be playing in their eighth consecutive bowl game and their seventh in the Top of the Mountains Bowl. Snow claimed a share of the Western States Football League crown with a 7-1 mark in the league, marking the fifth straight season the Badgers have won or shared the league title.

For more information on the event visit

Layne Pierce 7 years, 4 months ago

People I would dare say that all positions except maybe Steve Johnson and Opurum are up for grabs. Meecham is accurate, but lacks arm strength, Webb is mobile, but makes bad decisions, and does not seem to bring out the best in his teammates. Pick is history as a QB here.

Still right on that without better lineplay, it does not matter a whole lot. It is, however, a source of optimism for a very negative situation. Incorporating a fullback into the gameplan would also make a big difference. We need play action. Our receivers do not seem to be able to get open without it. That is, unless the QB gets a lot more time from our very offensive line.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

I would have to say that James Sims is pretty safe. At the very least he'll get several carries a game. And he should.

flyingfinn 7 years, 4 months ago

Another wasted scholarship on a cc QB want-a-be come on Gill where in the heck is your supposed 4 and 5 star recruitment ability

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Our season is done. Gill can focus his energy entirely on recruiting now.

justanotherfan 7 years, 4 months ago

Let's not forget, we have a QB coming in that is an incoming freshman as well.

Michael Cummings, 6-0, 200 Killeen Texas. He is a dual threat QB, runs a 4.5 in the 40. He will likely be the QB of the future, but trying to throw him in next season would be setting him up for failure. Better to get a QB in to start the next year or two, then turn it over to Cummings when he is ready, either as a redshirt freshman or sophomore after he has learned the system.

As for linemen, Gill already has verbals from 3 tackles, two guards and a center. He has basically remade his entire O-line this recruiting season.

He has also signed four safeties and a corner, although two of those safeties are probably going to slide up to LB (which fills a need anyway).

Areas with work still to be done are defensive line and linebacker. It probably wouldn't hurt to grab another offensive lineman and another athlete that can fill in anywhere.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

I still think you'll see a couple of those linemen move to the other side of the ball.

drnater 7 years, 4 months ago

Cummings tore his ACL this season, so to expect him to be able to come in and start right of f the bat would be asking a lot. I imagine he'll be red-shirted and have a chance to start his rs fresh/soph if Stoudt ends up signing.

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 4 months ago

ugh PLEASE figure out the QB stuff before the season starts. We read all summer about a QB battle; which we ended up seeing during the regular season as a "who sucks the least" battle that nobody ever won.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 4 months ago

I bet Pick looked great in practice, but when the game started, he just couldn't seem to get rid of the ball. I honestly am not sure I've ever seen a QB that looked as undecided as to what he wanted to do EVER, and I've seen some pretty bad QBs over the years.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

As it stands currently, we are 104th of 120 FBS teams in terms of points given up per game. It stands as a reasonable conclusion that our defense did not act as a good scout defense to practice against.

We are also currently 112th in terms of points scored per game, so our offense did not act as a good scout offense for our defense to practice against.

Familiarity with the system will help us out - and the film collected from this season will definitely help. It still may not transition well to the field next year, but it should transition a lot better than it did this year.

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago


At least they can spend this off-season improving their technique and perfecting the offense rather than learning to implement it for the first time.

Switching quarterbacks the entire season meant that no consistency developed on offense other than making bad plays because the pass was off-target, the pass was short, or reads weren't made quick enough.

kureignman 7 years, 4 months ago

McLemore or Stoudt? If you could only get one of these recruits, which one would you want?

DevilHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

McLemore. There is greater certainty about how a basketball player will impact the team than there is about how a football player will impact the team. Hypothetically, even a great QB can only mask so many problems on a team.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

Based on what I've seen with gills ability to evaluate, recruit, coach I'd take mclemore to be our qb next year. Ya see??? Ya see what I did there??? I crack myself up!!!

kureignman 7 years, 4 months ago

Ah, everyone laughs at you. But this time you're right because McLemore might actually be an upgrade at the QB position. McLemore is the obvious answer because he is a stud, but he will be one on an entire team of studs. Stoudt is a much bigger question mark, but he could be an improvement at a significant position and so could have a bigger impact. I'd still take McLemore though.

Joe Ross 7 years, 4 months ago

Brilliant (and correct) answer, DevilHawk! Hit the nail squarely on the head...

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 4 months ago

i can't wait to text all my friends that went to la tech when we win this recruiting battle.

Christopher Hauser 7 years, 4 months ago

The schedule only gets tougher for Gill and company next year. Even if we are a better team next year, our record may not reflect it. I am usually a cup half full guy but it is tough when looking at this schedule.

Sat, Sept. 3 McNeese State at KU
Sat, Sept. 10 No. Illinois at KU
Sat, Sept. 17 KU at G. Tech
Sat, Oct. 1 TT at KU
Sat, Oct. 8 KU at Okla. St.
Sat, Oct. 15 Oklahoma at KU
Sat, Oct. 22 KSU at KU
Sat, Oct. 29 KU at Texas
Sat, Nov. 5 KU at ISU
Sat, Nov. 12 Baylor at KU
Sat, Nov. 19 KU at Texas A&M
Sat, Nov. 26 Missouri at KU

Lance Cheney 7 years, 4 months ago

Brutal. You're right, we may be looking at another 3 or 4 win season again next year. Maybe only 2 wins. But shouldn't the KSU game be at Manhattan, since it was here this year?

Christopher Hauser 7 years, 4 months ago

No, they have to come to Lawrence. We have to go to Aimes for the second straight year though. I guess it is the only way that the Big 12 could make the schedule work out for everyone. The No. Illinois game is a home and home with us returning to their stadium in 2012.

Jamaal25Chiefs 7 years, 4 months ago

This kid has a GUN. . . He remind me of Blaine Gabbert! . . .Has a CANNON. . . If we land him we will have something too look forward too!

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