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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

QB Brock Berglund’s status popular topic of discussion

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One of the most popular questions surrounding the Kansas University football team this summer has centered on the status of freshman quarterback Brock Berglund, a three-star, dual-threat prospect from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Berglund, who graduated early from Valor Christian High and enrolled at KU in January, missed spring ball for personal reasons that required him to return to Colorado. He was in Lawrence, off and on, during the spring, but did not participate in spring drills.

On June 5, Berglund reported to a meeting of all incoming freshmen and was in town for workouts the following day. Since then, it has been confirmed that he also attended picture day, on June 15, when the Jayhawks had their mug shots taken for the 2011 media guide.

Repeated inquiries about Berglund’s status from various media outlets have yielded the same answer from KU officials — Berglund is enrolled in classes at KU and is expected to be here when practices begin in August.

There’s really no need for them to say more than that. For starters, all of the summer workouts and seven-on-seven sessions the players go through are voluntary. That is to say the coaches cannot require a player to participate. What’s more, KU’s coaches are not allowed to work with their team until preseason practices begin in August.

With that in mind, it’s safe to conclude that the first time we’ll know for sure whether Berglund will be with the Jayhawks this fall is by seeing him on the field when practices begin.

Until then, he’s free to be here as much or as little as he likes.

Chuck Long chats

Tuesday, KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long joined ESPN.com for a 20-minute live chat. In it, he talked a lot about his playing days at Iowa, some about his coaching days, both as an assistant and a head coach, and a little about the current state of the KU program.

Here are the highlights:

Asked about a potential running-back-by-committee approach, Long said, “We’re not talking red-shirting at this time. With the physicality of the Big 12, we’ll need the guys. We’ll let it play out. We do plan on running the football.”

On returning quarterbacks Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham: “The QBs have been progressing very well. I think they’ve made some steps forward from last year. They had some rough experiences at times, but experience is experience.... We are starting to develop a better foundation there. We feel good about where they’re at.”

Asked about the importance of KU’s offensive line: “Our O-Line is better. We were going in cold last year. We had some experience, but not much. We really have that lined up. We know what they can do.... We feel, with a good run game, we’ll be able to have better pass protection.”

DP & AJ Take On KU Part II

If the second episode of “DP and AJ Take On KU” is anywhere near as entertaining as the first, KU seniors Daymond Patterson and AJ Steward could be staring at legitimate celebrity status.

On Tuesday, Patterson and Steward went head-to-head with KU basketball stars Thomas Robinson and Travis Releford in a game of HORSE. The episode is expected to hit the web on Friday and it’s fair to estimate that thousands of Jayhawk fans will watch.

DP and AJ made a splash a couple of weeks ago with the debut of the summer reality series shown on the Internet. In it, they took on — and defeated — members of the KU women’s soccer team in a penalty kick shootout.

As they celebrated, Steward bulldozed a camera man and sliced up his forehead in the process. The gaffe made it all the way to the desk of ESPN’s College Football Live, where analyst Mark May engaged in a back-and-forth war of words with the two KU football players.

The squabble ended with May inviting the two Jayhawks to Bristol, Conn., for a live debate on ESPN. After initially accepting the challenge — in less than a second — Patterson and Steward opted out, choosing, instead, to remain in Lawrence to focus on preseason conditioning and, of course, future episodes of their hit series.

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 7 months ago

plenty of room below to admit i was right and you (everyone!) were wrong about this kid

squawkhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Is this dreamland or what? Last year KSU kicked our butts up and down the field and finally gave us a mercy touchdown late in the game. And you think it will be any different this year? OMG! In fact, I just saw some stats from LY and KSU beat KU in head-to-head competition (men's and women's programs) 13 to 1. Yes, we beat them once in BB LY and that was it. I don't think we should be making any kind of bold predictions like a football blowout. The real world.

Larry Smith 8 years, 7 months ago

Squawk,

Seriously??? You don't know what this number represents? You must be a real die hard KU football fan.

Series record: KU 65 KSU 39

squawkhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Got it! But that still makes no difference. What has KU done against KSU the last 20 years? Outside of 4 or 5 wins they have dominated us. Series records mean nothing...or, if they do, then we should not boast about BB so much because KSU's record agains KU in BB is pretty close.

haydenhawkco 8 years, 7 months ago

Give the kid a chance ahper. He might have a lot of things going on in his life and sometimes it's best to just sit back and see what happens. He could fit in really well at KU.

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 7 months ago

not to get off topic but in spirit of the womens world cup i just thought everyone might be interested in some girls soccer notes i came across. if you think back there was a young lady from BB's same high school that was to be signing with our soccer team in feb ( http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2011/02/national-signing-day/#13 ) however it looks like there has been a change of heart and she decided to go to uga ( http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/051011aaa.html ). just thought you guys would find that interesting.

ps, someone remind me to clear my search and internet history before my wife finds out i'm checking out high school girls soccer.

100 8 years, 7 months ago

Clear your search & Internet history.

Oh... By the way, ahperse.... Turner Gill called....

"Brock Berglund is officially a Jayhawk!!!!!!!!!!!"

Matt Herrera 8 years, 7 months ago

And when you say wife, do you mean your inflatable doll ?

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

It's interesting that she decided to go with her high school teammates, and play soccer in Georgia? Dude, what in the hell is your point? You're reaching.

100 8 years, 7 months ago

Brock is a stud. Watch his clips. Watch his clips. Watch his clips. CU was extremely upset he changed allegiances & guess why, ahperse? Because.... He. Is. A stud.

Ahperse, will you please just let the young man tie up his personal details back home? Of course we want him here but as many of us have seen in life, not everything goes exactly as planned. He'll be here in August. Ahperse did you show up & take summer school your freshman year?

Didn't think so, & even if your excuse is that you didn't play D1 football in the Little Apple (39-65 if you're counting), guess what?

A lot of kids don't always make it that early, that's why it's college! These kids are getting moved out of their house for the first time.

Ahperse if you're gonna single him out, how about singling out the other 1,000 D1 freshman football players who are doing THE EXACT SAME THING Brock is doing?

Typical college football teams NEVER have their entire freshman class on campus during the summer.

Ahperse, did someone at some point in your life tell you that your life destiny in Manhattan would be to be a BETTER person than Turner Gill AND Brock Berglund?

I'm not one to judge... But you might visit Mass on Sunday with John Calipari & see your latest scorecard....

squawkhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Bock is a stud but unfortunately I don't think Gill is the coach to get the most out of him.

justinryman 8 years, 7 months ago

It's a good thing Gill isn't working with Bock, and he will be working with Brock.

Don't forget Gill worked with Tommy Frazier, Scott Frost and Eric "the quitter" Crouch. Two national title qb's and a heisman trophy winner.

Not saying that this offense is the same the Nebraska ran way back then or that KU has the level of athlete at QB, but he his a great qb coach and I do believe between him and Long good things will come from the KU qbs in the years to come.

justinryman 8 years, 7 months ago

And Im only plain when I made mention of the name thing since so many people blow it out of proportion on here. I miss spell and mis type things all the darn time.

Just wanted to have a little fun is all.

yovoy 8 years, 7 months ago

I know we're excited to see our FB team in action, and that we want the best players we have at any/all positions. That said, it is really none of our business why the kid went back. It's not that I don't care. It's not that I'm not curious. I am an adult, and I know that it's none of my business.

As for Patterson and AJ taking on the hoopsters: Patterson's dad was a good BB player in high school. He was small, but fast and mighty. He was a lefty if I recall correctly. He was at least 3-5 years ahead of me, but I remember watching him play. He has an aunt that was as beautiful a woman as you'll ever see. I think she was an athlete too. So see, it's not weird that this kid is doing what he's doing.

Andy Hess 8 years, 7 months ago

Let's be clear Matt. According to DP and AJ on their twitter accounts, they very much wanted to go to Bristol, and still do. The call to opt out was clearly made by either someone within the football program or from the Athletic Dept in general.

panalytic 8 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. That was good to hear.

Brad Avery 8 years, 7 months ago

A freshman quarterback missing summer workouts and expecting to play and contribute this fall is significant, for two reasons: 1) D1 conditioning 2) fitting in. Neither process is quick or automatic.

squawkhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

If Brock sees the field at all this year it will be an indictment of the sad state of the QB position. Brock needs to redshirt and get a year of college under his belt and adjust to D1 level football. I won't even think about him again until this time next year.

KU_Alumn_2000 8 years, 7 months ago

Doolindalton - it can be quick and automatic when we don't have any better options at QB.

squawkhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Nicely stated and unfortunately, true.

Jayhawker111 8 years, 7 months ago

Let me see if I have this straight...

Burglund leaves high school early, shows up for a week at KU. Does an interview stating that his abilities are a mixture of Manning, Vick and Tebo, shows up for one workout and leaves town.

Berglund misses all of the spring drills.

Berglund then comes back to KU in June to have his picture taken and stays for one workout before leaving town again for the summer.

One has to question Berglund's dedication.

The Colorado Buffs must have seen this lackadasical attitude in Berglund and that is why they let him go.

Marcia Parsons 8 years, 7 months ago

A bit harsh to indict this kid when no one has any idea of why he is leaving. Maybe he has a family member, relative, or dear friend dying from some terrible disease and this is his last chance to be with them. And I didn't realize that Colorado "let him go." Didn't he choose to leave? When you find out that he is going home for some frivilous reason I may agree with you. Until then I will continue to think he should be given a little slack.

newjayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Quite a few people have said that there is a family member that is ill. If so, God bless him and his family. The coaches will just have to work with who is actually here now and deal with Berglund when and if he comes back. The show must go on. Coach Gill has 2 million reasons why he BETTER get KU football in a winning direction. The other two incumbent QBs have a year under their belt[plus a healthy OL] and should be better this year. KU will survive. Let Coach Gill and staff worry about this situation and just let us cheer the present jayhawks on.

beebe1 8 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like a cousin of mine -- had an autocratic girlfriend then wife. Seems to me she wanted him home. If she enrolls at KU this fall, maybe B will stick around. If she doesn't, no one will get him.

Michael Maris 8 years, 7 months ago

Here is my question for Matt or other people that might know the answer to my question, when did Todd Reesing arive on Kansas Campus (in his freshman year)? Did he graduate from highschool in December and arrive @ Kansas in January, 2006 and enroll early and begin working out with the Football Team before the fall of 2006(where he ended the that freshman season as the starter)?

Or, did he arrive in the summer of 2006 and begin his collegiate career at Kansas?

I can't remember. So, I would like to know (for a comparison between Reesing and Berglund and when they actually arrived at Kansas).

I'm willing to bet that Berglund was handed a copy of the playbook to take back and study and work on (while he was back home in Colorado).

beenahawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Reesing graduated HS early and came to KU and participated in spring drills. I still remember seeing this chubby little guy wearing # 5 at the scrimmage held in Topeka that April..............

Michael Maris 8 years, 7 months ago

Thanks RockChalk1990 and beenahawk for the information. So, it shows that Reesing getting to school early and working out with the team and learning the offense paid off for him. Even Tim Tebow enrolled early at Florida and didn't take over the starting QB position in his freshman year. He played significant minutes. But, he was still a back-up in his Freshman year.

So Brock, your assessment of the talent at KU (as far as the QB situation) means that you can show up for Fall Classes and learn the KU playbook and beat out the competition to run the KU Football Program? Otherwise, Red-shirting looks to be the case in your freshman year and run the scout team. Seems to have paid off for Darius Willis (even though he was a transfer student and not an incoming freshman).

Just some food for thought.

Rock Chalk.

Kenny Terry 8 years, 7 months ago

I don't know but by looking at the schedule its going to be tough to get some wins. I just hope to see improvement with both offense and defense. The way the schedule is now playing the south teams every year will definitely be a challenge

hawksince51 8 years, 7 months ago

I agree with those who say there is no sense in speculating but rather wait and see what happens when real practice starts in August. I also agree with those who say that any freshman who expects to see the field should be at the "voluntary" summer workouts. I have read that Brock patterns himself after Tim Tebow and, in Tebow fashion, has said he will work harder and longer than anyone else. I guess he'll have to in order to catch up from his late start.

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