Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Back on his feet: Senior Jeremiah Hatch healing, hoping for one last go against K-State

Kansas offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch is taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half of Kansas’ game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Hatch returned to the Kansas sideline late in the second half.

Kansas offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch is taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half of Kansas’ game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Hatch returned to the Kansas sideline late in the second half.


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You’d never know from watching him at Tuesday’s football practice that Kansas University senior Jeremiah Hatch recently had been strapped to a stretcher and forced to wonder if he’d ever walk again.

As a cool wind blew through Memorial Stadium and the Jayhawks got ready for another week in the competitive Big 12, Hatch bounced around the field fulfilling his role as a team leader.

“It’s K-State week,” he yelled repeatedly to his teammates. “Let’s go.”

KU coach Turner Gill said Tuesday that the senior center from Dallas officially is listed as questionable for this week’s game against No. 12 Kansas State. The fact there’s even a chance he might play after suffering a neck injury that required him to be taken to the hospital for evaluation during last week’s loss to Oklahoma makes Hatch feel as if he’s already recovered.

“You go through something like that, it makes you appreciate the little things in life,” Hatch said. “You start thinking about the smaller things that really mean a lot to you, not just football. You start thinking about everything like just walking and being able to move around.”

After Saturday’s game, Gill said Hatch temporarily lost feeling in his arms and legs and could not move them on his own. That function had been restored by game’s end, and Hatch even returned to the sideline in street clothes to support his teammates in the final minutes.

Upon his return, Hatch said he saw relief in the eyes of his teammates and answered several questions about specific situations on the field. He welcomed both.

“I was eager to see my teammates compete out there,” Hatch said. “Just being back on the sideline felt good.”

Hatch wasn’t the only one who thought that way.

“It was definitely scary to see him out there like that,” sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb said. “He’s one of our biggest leaders, and you never want to see somebody taken off on a stretcher. It kind of does something to you mentally.”

Like Webb and many other Jayhawks, Hatch admitted to fearing the worst when he first went down. But the 6-foot-3, 299-pound O-lineman never has made a habit out of letting things he can’t control get the best of him. With Hatch, it’s always been about taking life as it comes and doing the best you can with it. Although he seemed to be the same happy-go-lucky team leader he has developed into during Tuesday’s practice, Hatch is a long way from being cleared for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff. While he waits to see if he will be allowed to face K-State for the final time in his career — he’s 2-2 against the Wildcats — Hatch tries to pass the time by helping the rest of his team get ready, with or without him.

Asked if he wanted to play, Hatch answered without hesitating.

“Of course,” he said. “It’s my last year. I want to get out there. I’m doing everything I can. Two games you can’t miss: K-State and Missouri.”

Should Kansas be forced to play without him on Saturday, Gill said the offense would use the same five players it did when Hatch went down last week. Left guard Trevor Marrongelli would slide into his spot at center. Left tackle Jeff Spikes would move into Marrongelli’s spot at guard. And reserve Riley Spencer would fill in for Spikes. Although it took the new-look line took a little time to work out the kinks against OU, the group earned plenty of praise from the KU coaches. Marrongelli was named the team’s offensive player of the week and the rest were applauded for fighting through a tough situation.

“I want to commend our guys for the switch we had in the OU game,” offensive coordinator Chuck Long said. “We had three changes along the offensive line and to have that against the No. 1 team in the nation, I thought they did a nice job. I was proud of what they did.”

Hatch agreed with Long’s assessment.

“They did pretty good,” he said. “I think they held their own. When we came in on Sunday and watched the film, they did better than I expected.”


Dirk Medema 6 years, 7 months ago

It will be nice when the clydes grow so that we have enough tru depth so 1 player down means 1 change and not the majority of the line.

KState_Wildcats 6 years, 7 months ago

Glad you Jayburds will be at full strength.

We are reading each one of your articles and noting your fan comments. You are a laughable football fanbase. Get ready for your stadium to be full of purple because we bought nearly all of your tickets. Get ready for some national TV football Lawrence!

Our loyal Cats can't wait til Saturday! KU is awful in the 3rd and 4th quarter! Awful! No halftime adjustments! LMAO! Dont you worry Snyder will make his. Will be a lot worse than 59-7 this year! EMAW!

texashawk10 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm really am disappointed you don't have enough balls to use your normal screen name ahper. It's also sad that you've resorted to copying and pasting the same thing over and over again. You used to be a good hater with original material in every post, but now you're just a washed up hack with nothing original to say. I think some time down in the minors would do you some good so you can come back strong and ready for the Border War, you're now nothing but a shell of yourself.

nuleafjhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

yeah - last week you were OklahomaSooners - haven't heard from you for a while buddy.

2005grad 6 years, 7 months ago

As a fan of both Universities, I find it disappointing that you would not only post such an arrogent comment about a rebuilding program, when just 2-3 years ago it was KSU being beat by 30-40 points, but also because you did so on an article that was written to describe the heart and will of one KU player that wants to go on Saturday even though he sustained such an injury during the last game.

Luckily not all K-State fans are like you. Please, explain what weird pleasure you get out of downgrading a program that has already been through such struggles this season?

Frankly I'm more worried for K-State this weekend than KU. KU has nothing to lose, another big loss will prove nothing. A close game/loss for K-State would drop them pretty far. Be careful, Wildcats.

Enjoy the game, all.

jayhawkfirst 6 years, 7 months ago

EMAW has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Sounds like something from the show Hee Haw. Oh wait, it is KSU so that's probably where they got it. Somebody please educate your female fans that they shouldn't wear shirts saying "EMAW" on them, since women can't be Mildcat fans.

2005grad 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm not following what that has to do with my comment... Just sayin'..

squawkhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

Yeah it's right up there with Rock Chalk. Just sayin'.

Dan Harris 6 years, 7 months ago

Yeah just the #1 chant in all of college sports named so by countless sports experts and mags. Go ahead and stick with emaw though it suits you!

texashawk10 6 years, 7 months ago

That's not a KState fan, he did the same thing last week pretending to be an OU fan and is really a KU bashing troll. Most of the regular posters on here already know who it really is.

David Lara 6 years, 7 months ago

pfffft! That's an f-ing riot! It doesn't get any lamer than a dork in a cat head dancing in front of a screen saver!! LMFAO!

Mike Kendall 6 years, 7 months ago

Really scary when Hatch didn't get back up. Get well soon. I know you want to play against the Mildcats but there is life after football. Rock Chalk Jayhawk--Beat KSU!!!

Ethan Berger 6 years, 7 months ago

Luckily for us the K State offense is poor. Unluckily for us, their defense is very stout.

texashawk10 6 years, 7 months ago

KState's defense has given up 27.5 points and 436.5 yards per game over the last 4 games against average or better offenses and KU's offense is better than Miami's offense. Their defense isn't as good as the rankings say it is as they gave 580 yards to Texas Tech which is more yards than KU gave up to Texas Tech. From what I've seen, the biggest difference between the KU and KSU defenses is that KSU's defense hasn't faced the offensive firepower KU has yet and is much more proficient at forcing turnovers as they have forced 13 turnovers and is +6 on the year as opposed to the 5 turnovers KU has forced and is -4 on the year in turnovers. One thing I will point out that KU could take advantage of is that KSU has fumbled 13 times on the year but have only lost 4 of them which means that KSU is putting the ball on the ground about 2 times per game which will come back to bite them at some point (hopefully Saturday).

KState_Wildcats 6 years, 7 months ago

LMAO texashawk10! It'll be Cats 49, Jayburds 0 at halftime. Since your 500 fans will depart to drink at halftime that leaves the rest of your Manhattanpacked stadium full of purple EMAW shirts for the entire second half. With your halftime adjustments it can only get worse in the second half. We have Bill Snyder! Who do you have on your coaching staff? Professors? What kind of middle school kids are on your team that lost to us 59-7 last year? Who do you have for fans? Rhetorical questions no need to answer any of these. LMAO!


Ethan Berger 6 years, 7 months ago

By stout I mean they tighten up. Tech gets yards on everyone. They have forced alot of turnovers since big 12 play began. And did a good job on holding RG3 from getting touchdowns.

Kirk 6 years, 7 months ago

The article says Hatch is still "a long way from being cleared" to play. And I don't doubt it.

I'm always happy when an injured player turns out fundamentally okay, especially when it's so obviously an awesome guy like Hatch.

I'm guessing he sits this one out. Oh well. There's no way KU can beat KSU without him, but in the grand scheme of things, I can live with that.

Kirk 6 years, 7 months ago

To "KState_Wildcats" --

Much respect. Not to KSU, but to you yourself. We all know that you're not a KSUck fan, but a disgruntled "hater" of Gill.

All good. To be a sports "fanatic" is pure entertainment and escapism.

You're getting the most comments in return. You and Keegan piss off so many people, they just can't resist telling you about it. How dumb you are!

But really it gives people something to do, which is totally fine.

Hats off.

KState_Wildcats 6 years, 7 months ago

13-1 KSU vs KU last year. 59-7 in football.

The entire big 12 is laughing at your quiet stadium, your football team and your 2nd half adjustments. Mark my words we will take over your entire stadium in purple. And your Jayburds will be slaughtered on national TV just like Snyder did to you last year. Why is it so hard to go to a football game in Lawrence, Jayburds???? LOL!

Looking forward to Saturday!


jaymar74 6 years, 7 months ago

Cats would be 3-3 if they had played KU's schedule. Losses at GT, OSU and against OU.

Extremestunts 6 years, 7 months ago

I wanna know who the hell says jayburds? jailbirds...gayhawks...ok

I have never seen a cat fan say jayburds....

What kind of insult is that? makes sense...

your just weak sauce....

Extremestunts 6 years, 7 months ago

As a K-State fan...I personally have a good dose of respect for Hatch and his abilities on the offensive line. I am glad that nothing serious is going on with Hatch! I am a football fanatic but it is just a game and how sad would that be for Hatch to have questions about simple things like walking. scary stuff! Glad he's not there anymore.

Also said I want KU's best shot and while the other lineman performed...this team is much better with Hatch.

so good luck to both teams this week. Let's keep both squads healthy because let's face it. If you wish injury on any players you are a low low human being.

I know their are times I SELFISHLY wish their recovery to be a little slower so my team doesn't face a superstar.

Benjamin Piehler 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for keeping it classy. Have fun on Saturday.

babyjay1 6 years, 7 months ago

Nice post from Extremesports! Glad to see someone who is actually a true K-State fan and not just someone who wants to be nasty toward my Hawks. The posters who can't spell and just do their best to think of ridiculous things to say are almost too funny!! Let's see... didn't OklahomaSooner also promise they would have 50,000 fans at the KU vs OU game? Didn't see that.... I'm sure that KState will bring their share of fans, and I'm also sure that KU fans will turn out to support our Hawks! Looks like a great day for a great rivalry game... ROCK CHALK!!!!

KState_Wildcats 6 years, 7 months ago

"I have a feeling this Saturday will be the turning point."


okchawks24 6 years, 7 months ago

i think its funny that all the ksu mildcats fans are talking trash yea your 7-0 but who have you played nobody and ku has played the 3rd toughest schedule in the country trust me on saturday kansas will be ready to play and the 7-0 will be gone and kansas wins 28-21 over the mildcats

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