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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Turner Gill suspends freshman DE Ja’Qwaylin Arps

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Kansas University red-shirt freshman Ja’Qwaylin Arps, a defensive end from Denison, Texas, has been suspended, KU coach Turner Gill said after practice Wednesday.

Arps, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, has not played this season and missed the 2010 season because he was red-shirting.

Gill said Arps had been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. However, it was not clear whether Arps was still a member of the football team.

One indication he may not be comes from Arps’ Twitter feed. After not Tweeting once since July 30, which was around the time Gill implemented a team-wide Twitter ban for the season, Arps has been very active during the past week.

Tight end Ted McNulty returning home to take on Cyclones

Kansas senior tight end and native Iowan Ted McNulty is looking forward to traveling back to his home state to take on ISU.

Road matchups tough in the Big 12

After a big loss to Texas in Austin, Kansas defensive coordinator Vic Shealy and the Jayhawks face another test on the road against Iowa State.

His first Tweet since July, which came last Monday, said: “I’m back but not a great reason to say why...”

During his red-shirt season, Arps was named the compete team defensive player of the week for his efforts in practice prior to KU’s game at Southern Miss. In high school, he earned all-state second-team honors his senior season at Denison High.

KU practices indoors

In preparation for its upcoming road game at Iowa State — 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Ames, Iowa — KU took a mini road trip Wednesday.

Instead of practicing in their usual spot, the Jayhawks loaded up the buses and traveled to Anschutz Sports Pavilion across campus.

Gill said the team went inside because of cold and rainy weather outside.

“It worked out pretty well for us,” he said. “We don’t anticipate Saturday to be this kind of weather. It’s going to be probably partly cloudy and a little bit cool, but we’re not anticipating (the rain). So it was good for us just to be able to go in and get some quality work. That was the reason to go in, to be able to get some quality work and have our guys good and focused on our game plan and what we’re trying to do against Iowa State.”

Gill said moving inside did not limit the Jayhawks in any way other than in the kicking game.

Back off the blitz

Last week, in a 43-0 loss at Texas, the Jayhawks faced one of the most tenacious blitzing teams in college football.

This week, the Jayhawks will get a break — at least in that department.

Offensive coordinator Chuck Long, who called Texas the most blitzing team he’d ever seen, said Tuesday that Iowa State was at the opposite end of the spectrum when it came to pressuring the quarterback.

In watching film of the Longhorns, Long said he and his staff identified 211 different blitzes. This week, while preparing for Iowa State, Long discovered 36. Taking that a step further, Long said UT liked to blitz about 50 percent of the time. The Cyclones? They bring the heat about 15 percent of the time.

“They’re gonna play coverage. They want to keep everything in front and make you go the long field and see if you make a mistake along the way,” Long said. “They play hard. They’re very solid in what they do. They’re very similar to Kansas State.”

Bottoming out

It took nine weeks, but KU now is a member of the ESPN.com feature “The Bottom 10,” written each week by college football reporter Mark Schlabach.

Kansas (2-6 overall, 0-5 Big 12) is ranked ninth on this week’s list, one spot worse than Maryland (2-6) and one spot better than Indiana (1-8). New Mexico (0-8) owns the top spot for the seventh straight week.

Of the Jayhawks, Schlabach writes: “Help Wanted: The Bottom 10 keeps waiting for the Jayhawks to show some signs of improvement under second-year coach Turner Gill. It is yet to be seen... Gill needs help or the Jayhawks might be hanging a ‘Help Wanted’ sign of their own.”

KU had been on The Bottom 10’s “waiting list” for the past three weeks, but cracked the big board this week after last week’s 43-0 loss to Texas in which the offense gained just 46 yards and the defense surrendered 590.

Comments

roller_blader 2 years, 5 months ago

The suspension of Arps was the right thing to do because he broke the team rules. Turner Gill banning the use of Twitter was a great thing to do because it can help the team concentrate on their playing. Also it is not all Turners Gills fault for KU doing badly; it is everybody on the football team. Turner Gill just came in when everything was going downhill in football.

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AzNHawk 2 years, 5 months ago

The cloud around this football program just keeps getting darker. Bash the coach, bash the staff, then now bring in race and making a joke out of the name of one of the players. (shake my head)

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jhwkfan162515 2 years, 5 months ago

Wow, Gill actually disciplined a player?

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smartjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

I figured he was from Jamaica with a name like that.

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smartjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Oh my gosh!! He really is white. LOL I was just being facetious. What a trip.

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kesmithstl1 2 years, 5 months ago

how dare he bring embarrassment to the program!

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Ray March 2 years, 5 months ago

"Ja’Qwaylin Arps"? Is that name for real? I think it's made up. Is that even a human name?!

Sounds like a Star Wars character...

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

Should also be noted that buffalo is not iin the bottom ten. Maybe we should replace gill with their coach!

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smartjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

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Joe Joseph 2 years, 5 months ago

I heard Ja'Qwaylin refused to eat his vegetables.

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smartjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Does anyone think that Gill deserves a pay raise?

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bville_hawk 2 years, 5 months ago

In case you missed it on another thread, check this out. Start listening at about the 22:30 mark:

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=26&c=374&f=259701

Apparently Lew had Jim Harbaugh ready to sign, Harbaugh wanted to coach Stanford in their bowl game before it was signed / announced. Lew said no, that that was a deal breaker. Lew then turned around and offered the same contract to TG. Explains a lot... and makes you alternately want to cry then go out and kick the dog.

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smartjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Gill does not like his name. Gill should suspend Gill and the whole coaching staff after a 46 yard performance against a mediocre TX team.

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smartjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

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johnnyhrdwd 2 years, 5 months ago

Too bad we can't play Idaho 9 times a year.

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JayDocMD 2 years, 5 months ago

Just saw this quote under "Blast from the Past" on the LJW Sports homepage:

"I’m still here to get this thing turned around. How long it’s going to be, I don’t know, but we will get this thing turned around. We have a tremendous staff, like you always hear me talk about, so we’ve got the right people here, and we will get this thing turned around. It might take a little longer than we expected, but we will get this turned around."

— KU coach Turner Gill, talking after KU's 59-7 loss to Kansas State on Oct. 14, 2010, in Lawrence.

For those counting, he turned around 4 times. That's 180 degrees 4 times. Or two 360's. Two thoughts on that:

  1. Its sort of like that game where you put your forehead on the bat and spin around and then try to run in a straight line. That's us as a football program. Staggering, repeatedly falling, and everyone is standing around laughing at us.

  2. Assuming we were going the wrong way when he came, turning around 4 times leads you the same direction we were going in the first place. He should have said "turn this around" one more/one less time. The moral of this story? Count the number of times you say "turn around" VERY carefully.

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

The bottom 10 list is week to week. It is one man's opinion and it's a goofy approach at that. He had 6-1 Georgia Tech listed at #5 after their loss to Virginia in week 7.

His "Waiting List" tells me all I need to know about the credibility of the column.

Waiting list: Arizona (1-5), Boston College (1-5), Colorado (1-6), Florida's punt returners, Georgia's special teams, Grown men behaving badly at Vanderbilt, Hawaii's turnovers, Idaho (1-6), Kansas (2-4), Kentucky (2-4), Middle Tennessee (1-4), Minnesota (1-5), Ohio State's passing game, Oregon State (1-5), Steve Spurrier's street cred in Vegas, Tulane (2-5).

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

Let us not forget that we were on the bottom 10 list last year too

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rcjallday 2 years, 5 months ago

How hard is it to root for a team when they're winning? I'm disgusted as a KU alum by the things that alleged KU "fans" post as comments. Times are tough, obviously, but being a fan when the team isn't good is what true loyalty is. You may not agree with Gill, but he still is the head coach at KU and will always get my support regardless of the outcome or until he isn't anymore. None of you are the A.D. and I doubt Zenger is perusing the LJW website for hiring tips. A win vs. ISU would be huge, and they're prime for a letdown after their TT upset. Also, as crazy as it sounds, KU still has a shot at a bowl game. Sure, they need to win out, against some quality teams, but the rest of the teams are still beatable. Baylor, T A&M, Mizzpoo haven't looked good and all it takes is one game to build confidence, get some momentum, and turn the season around.

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Ferd Magellan 2 years, 5 months ago

Turning our program into one of the worst FBS schools out there should be a violation of team rules.

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coolhand357 2 years, 5 months ago

TG should have never been hired, especially for a 2 mil a year, iron-clad 5 yr contract. Insanity = using the same process and expecting different results... which makes me live in fear of who they will hire next.

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hihawk 2 years, 5 months ago

I have to go a long with the ISU 45, KU 17 thing. But, remember jaybate says " Bring them in gill", which it looks like he really did. What do we have left, IST., Baylor, Texas AM and then Missouri, and I hope that is the end of the season with gill and company. Mr. Zenger, please, please find the money!!!

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mustlehustle 2 years, 5 months ago

You have possibly the most non-athletically minded President of your University, who selected a "Search Committee" based on some criteria other than knowledge of football, realignment, raising alumni dollars, State government influence, etc....

Coupled with a new Athletic Director who of all the Assistants from the big relevant programs, and all the Athletic Directors from Top 50 teams, your crack Recruiting Committee, when shunned by an Athletic Director from of all places, "Tulsa," panics and offers the job to him, An A.D. who supposedly apologists claim is a "football man" but never was able to influence any of that supposed wisdom while at Illinois State. Finally, whose roots are more planted in Manhattan Kansas then Lawrence, exception being some little house he lived in when he was still in short pants.

Finally if that wasn't enough, you have a Head Coach, who has only recruiting ties and whatever success he's had, in Upstate New York. Who, by all measures, is way over his skis on coaching at this level.

Are you beginning to understand, this isn't just a coaching problem?

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

"Offensive coordinator Chuck Long, who called Texas the most blitzing team he’d ever seen, said Tuesday that Iowa State was at the opposite end of the spectrum when it came to pressuring the quarterback."

Which means we'll see a slew of new blitz packages from Iowa St. and our coaches won't be prepared for them.

ISU 45 KU 17

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 5 months ago

So not only are we not recruiting d linemen, we are kicking the ones we have off the team...

Coach'em Up!

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hihawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Ku has a track record of hiring upstanding people such as the people with the ticket scandal, Perkins, gill, and Bonnie. I hear that KU is looking into hiring Bernie Madoff as their finance advisor for investments as they like to throw their money away.

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Joe Ross 2 years, 5 months ago

KU’s Gill suspends freshman DE Arps

In related news, KU's Zenger suspends head coach Turner Gill.

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tis4tim 2 years, 5 months ago

"Gill said moving inside did not limit the Jayhawks in any way other than in the kicking game."

So, the best facet of our team didn't get to practice full tilt. I guess this week we'll suck at that too. Top 5 Bottom 5 here we come!

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Are there REALLY eight other teams worse than us?

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 5 months ago

If you've been around KU football for a while, this isn't uncharted territory...but it still sucks!!!

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Chris Condren 2 years, 5 months ago

What if it is cold and rainy at the ISU game? I guess we postpone it.

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minipman 2 years, 5 months ago

are you serious, you have practice inside because of a little rain.. no wonder our tean sucks.. the coach treats them like little kids..

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willie_fu_fu 2 years, 5 months ago

We could go up but sideways seems more likely.

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gardenjay 2 years, 5 months ago

Bottoming out can be a good thing - no where to go but UP.

Come on 'hawks, I still believe more than the average fan - give 'em a game, I'll be watching as usual and cheering you on!

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