Wednesday, May 11, 2011

KU releases post-spring depth chart; Lewandowski back to DE, Patmon 2nd team

Kansas University head football coach Turner Gill watches over spring workouts at the practice facility on Friday, April 1, 2011.

Kansas University head football coach Turner Gill watches over spring workouts at the practice facility on Friday, April 1, 2011.


The Kansas University football program released its first official depth chart of the spring this week, and more than a couple of things popped off the page about the new pecking order.

First, red-shirt freshman Pat Lewandowski, a 6-foot-6, 248-pound defensive lineman from Blue Valley West High in Overland Park, has been moved back to defensive end.

Lewandowski came to KU as a defensive end prior to the 2010 season but spent the majority of spring drills trying to bulk up and playing inside at defensive tackle. Lewandowksi looked good throughout the spring game, finishing with three tackles and generating consistent pressure up the middle. However, KU coach Turner Gill said Wednesday that further evaluation of Lewandowski’s skillset led the Jayhawks’ coaching staff to determine that Lewandowski would best serve the team at his original position.

“He did participate at defensive tackle all spring but it has been decided that he will be moved back to defensive end, where he will play this fall,” Gill said.

Lewandowski’s size likely played a role in the decision. After the spring game, the Blue Valley West alum said his goal weight for the season, in order to play defensive tackle, was in the 275-280 range. That would’ve meant adding 20-30 pounds in the next three months. As it stands now, Lewandowski’s size puts him in the ideal range for a defensive end, a position in which the Jayhawks are lacking proven performers.

Though he’s been in town for just a year and has yet to play a down, Lewandowski already has proven himself to be the kind of player who just wants to play, regardless of position.

“Take all the reps you can,” he said after the spring game. “No one wants to be sitting on that sideline.”

Another note of interest from the post-spring depth chart came at cornerback, where sophomore Tyler Patmon, one of the team’s top defenders down the stretch during the 2010 season, was listed as a second-teamer behind senior Isiah Barfield.

Patmon entered the spring as an almost-certain first-stringer, but when the depth chart came out, he was listed with the second team. Asked to explain Patmon’s placement, Gill said nothing more than, “He is where he is.”

One area in which Barfield has the edge over Patmon is experience. The senior from Haven High has started 14 games during his three seasons and appeared in countless others. Patmon made nine starts a year ago.

Barfield missed the early portion of spring drills while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but was able to participate as the spring went along, though not always at full-speed.

Offense officially features fullback

In recent years, KU’s depth chart has included three slots for wide receivers. That’s no longer the case. The latest depth chart includes just two spots for wideouts — Christian Matthews and Daymond Patterson are listed as first-stringers — and two spots for running backs, a tailback and a fullback. This is in line with what Gill wants his offense to become, a power-running product that controls the clock and features the team’s most talented position. The presence of first-team fullback Nick Sizemore, a transfer from Buffalo, certainly made going this route easier. Sizemore had a great spring and should be a difference maker for the KU running game.

Julius Green not listed

He opened spring practice with a bang, being cited early on a couple of occasions by Gill for strong play at defensive end. But since then, freshman Julius Green has fallen down the depth chart. Two things to remember here. First, Green’s still a freshman and even though that 6-foot-7, 270-pound frame leaves people wanting (and perhaps expecting) more, it’s going to take time for him to get used to the college game. Second, Green, who came to KU as a grayshirt, did not play organized football last year. He was enrolled at a community college, where he took one class and worked out on his own. He added weight and seemed to remain in good shape, but being in Big 12, playing shape is a different animal and that, too, is going to take some time.

The ever-popular “OR” pops up again

The post-spring depth chart features three instances in which the word, “OR” is used, something first seen last season with Gill’s depth charts. The first and most notable is at quarterback, where sophomore Jordan Webb is listed first but only separated from senior Quinn Mecham by the infamous O-word. This, according to Gill, does not mean that Webb is the starter. It merely means that the battle is still on and that both guys — along with incoming freshmen Brock Berglund and Michael Cummings — are still in the running for the job. The other areas where “OR” is used are at tight end, where Ted McNulty OR AJ Steward are listed as the backups to senior Tim Biere and wide receiver, where Chris Omigie OR D.J. Beshears fall in line behind Matthews.


hailtoku 2 years, 11 months ago

QB is not a position where the word "or" should be used. We need to name a starter and get him as many reps with the starting offense as possible. It's called chemistry, and it's impossible to achieve when no one knows who the offensive leader is.

Gill needs to man up, name a starter and tell the back up to work harder to get that spot.


Ethan Berger 2 years, 11 months ago

I was looking at the depth chart and on QB, I didn't see the "OR" word. Does this mean Webb is officially the starter?


KGphoto 2 years, 11 months ago

Whoever plays the most snaps at tight end is going to be the best blocker.


rolo2383 2 years, 11 months ago

I bet Mundine gets a lot of PT. He'll probably play the Z position when they use it but they aren't showing it on the depth chart. They only showed 2 WR positions but I'd but we'll be in 3 or 4 WR sets a lot.


Ashtin Meerpohl 2 years, 11 months ago

I figured Jimmay Mundine would be in the mix at TE. There's been a lot of talk about him. Am i the only one surprised by this?


pigballin 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't see how any Ku fan can get excited yet about this team next year or the year after because of Mangino's recruiting. Following KU football is to realize there will be anywhere 500 plus or minus wins about every season. Playing more South teams will make it even more difficult. If Gill is successful after a couple of years in the saddle he will likely move on.

A state with not much pop. and two Big 12 teams competing for the talent does not go well for either school. Sadly will always be unless he state grew 3 times in pop. which will never happen.

I was reading last night where North Carolina grew from 5m. to 9m. in 20 years. While Kansas grew only 300,000. No local talent pool and with no spring high school football,like other states, just compounds the problem.

So i go to occasionally get see some beating up on teams KU is suppose to win,,except the NDSU disaster.


Andy Hess 2 years, 11 months ago

where's the hybrid TE/z-back position for Jimmay Mundine?


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 11 months ago

We are going to win 1 OR 2 games this year!

Is this guy freaking kidding! A fb! In today's college football a fb is like shooting free throws underhand.

And for the love of gawd pick a qb so the boys can work together in the off season. With two heisman level qb's as coaches they sure are having a hard time developing one to lead the team. And don't give me the incoming freshman crap! One is coming of an injury, the other is having a hard time being out if the womb, so neither will be ready for next year!

Tait! Love ya man.


Jayhawker111 2 years, 11 months ago

I guess Tate did not watch the Spring game.

Tate does not even mention the Redshirt Freshman QB (Yablonsky #17) as being in the Qb mix???

From my seat #17 looked to be the best QB on the field.

If #17 is not under consideration before the untested incoming freshmen mentioned in Tate's article, then something is strange in Rock Chalkland!


drewsmith84 2 years, 11 months ago

This roster shows how one off recruiting year and a coaching change can hurt your program. Only 6 of the 25 starting spots are filled with Seniors, and only 11 of the 50 names listed are Seniors. Play the best guys, we'll take our lumps this year, and then we'll have a roster loaded with experience. We might go 3-9 this year, but we'll go bowling in 2012.

Patmon being 2nd team corner doesn't surprise me, his strength is as a nickelback. If he isn't a good enough coverage guy to be a starting corner, then he should play on the slot and rush the passer opposite of Opurum. We gotta have someone with some speed to disrupt the other team's pocket.


Robert Brock 2 years, 11 months ago

If Lewandowski wants to gain 30 pounds in the next three months, he should move to the feedlots in Garden City - OR he could just hang out with me. I am used to gaining that kind of weight.


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