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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hot-lanta reunion: Kerry Meier expected to attend KU-Georgia Tech rematch

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Kerry Meier (80) takes off after catching a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason game from Aug. 19 in Jacksonville, Fla. Meier, a former Kansas University receiver, is expected to be on hand when the Jayhawks take on Georgia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Kerry Meier (80) takes off after catching a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason game from Aug. 19 in Jacksonville, Fla. Meier, a former Kansas University receiver, is expected to be on hand when the Jayhawks take on Georgia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta.

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When the Kansas University football team invades Atlanta this weekend for its highly anticipated rematch against Georgia Tech, the Jayhawks are expected to get a boost from an old friend.

Kerry Meier, a former KU captain and the school’s all-time leader in receptions in a career (226), season (102 in 2009) and game (16 vs. Iowa State in ’09), is expected to be on the KU sideline pulling for his alma mater.

Meier, now in his second year with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, told KU receivers coach David Beaty via text message the other day that he planned to attend the game. That was not the only time that Meier and Beaty exchanged texts in the past couple of years.

“He texts me pretty much before every game,” said Beaty, the only member of the KU staff to coach Meier. “He always just says, ‘Don’t let those boys be complacent, you better be workin’ ’em, coach. You get after ’em.’” You know how Kerry is.”

We all do. During his four seasons at KU, Meier transformed himself from the team’s clear-cut quarterback-of-the-future into one of best wide receivers the Jayhawks have ever seen. After starting his freshman season at QB, Meier lost the job to Todd Reesing prior to the 2007 season. Rather than sulk, Meier found a way to become a factor and caught 26 passes for 274 yards and two TDs while splitting time between QB and wide receiver. He also helped lead the Jayhawks to one of the best seasons in school history as they finished 12-1 and topped Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. During the next two seasons, Meier worked and willed himself into becoming one of the top receiving targets in the nation. It’s that kind of work ethic that led to him being drafted in the fifth round by the Falcons in the 2010 NFL Draft, and it’s one element of the game that remains a priority for Meier.

“He’s always asking, ‘Who’s staying after practice, who’s getting extra throws,’” Beaty said. “He still wants to know because that’s how he built himself. We used to have to run him off the field after practice.”

Although his NFL career got off to a slow start because of a knee injury that cost him his entire rookie season, Meier’s back on the field and working to become an important part of an explosive Falcons’ offense. Meier played in last week’s season-opening loss to Chicago but did not record a reception. During the preseason, the Pittsburg native caught four balls for 48 yards and was targeted nine times.

While his numbers have yet to make him the rock-star fan favorite in Atlanta that he was at KU, Meier already has earned respect from coachess.

“You need a guy who can go out there and do what Kerry can do, because he catches the football really well,” Atlanta coach Mike Smith told The Associated Press last month. “He’s a tough cover. He’s a big, strong kid and he can run and do a lot of good things. I’m just happy he’s getting his chance to show what he can do. I hope he has a lot of success this year.”

Smith’s not the only one pulling for such an outcome. Toss Beaty into that category, as well. Big catches or not, Meier remains that standard for Beaty two years after they last worked together.

“He is my favorite,” Beaty said. “Everybody will be compared forever to Kerry Meier.”

Comments

100 8 years ago

Refuse!!!!

To!!!!

Lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

onlylookin2score 8 years ago

I'm going to be there Kerry! Look for me in Section 28 Row 17!!!

Rock EM, Chalk Em and Hawk Em!!!!!

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years ago

I just had an idea. We should call our lame uniforms...wait for it....

No Combat Uniforms

Ben Kliewer 8 years ago

Those lame uniforms that Mangino came up with...

Matt Bowers 8 years ago

Speaking of lame, check out what Brett McMurphy of cbssports.com had to say about our Jayhawks.

Kansas at Georgia Tech: Former Georgia Tech linebacker Steve Mooney also just happens to be the attorney of Kansas coach Turner Gill and admitted he will have mixed emotions during the game. "I think I'll just have a stiff drink and sit back and watch," Mooney told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Actually, that's the same strategy Jayhawks fans have used on game day since Gill was hired last season. Georgia Tech -15

What a tool. I'm looking forward to the upset.

Rock Chalk

Ben Kane 8 years ago

off topic for the article but check out the rankings in this article by lunardi.

http://insider.espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/6973180/ncaa-conference-realignment-re-mapping-college-football-basketball

We jump from being around the 60th ranked team as just a football power house to being the 21st ranked when looking at football and basketball combined. with that kind of score i believe we would have to be a hot commondity.

blackhawkjayhawk 8 years ago

A win tomorrow could be much bigger than many of us would have imagined. Timing is everything. Go KU.

danmoore 8 years ago

Kerry is right up there with Danny as one of my all time favorite Jayhawks. That catch against miscue in the 08 border war is priceless.

Keven Courtney 8 years ago

Let's suite Kerry up. Rock chalk hawks. Show these lil yellow jackets Thayer mean business and last year wasn't an upset.

danmoore 8 years ago

Kerry is right up there with Danny as one of my all time favorite Jayhawks. That catch against miscue in the 08 border war is priceless.

dtownhawkfan 8 years ago

I literally screamed and jumped off my couch for that one! Very memorable indeed.......ah the good 'ol days.

kranny 8 years ago

I about killed my wife by hugging and jumping up and down with her after that catch. Orange bowl win was fun, but the 08 mizzou game is the one we watch every year when we want to relive old memories. Reesing to Meier-so many classics. The Iowa State comeback was a gem also which was a pivotal game that year. I still think about how the Hawks would have fared in the Big 12 that year if Talib and Collins wouldn't have left.

Dan Harris 8 years ago

Kerry is by far and away my favorite Jayhawk of all time. He is the epitome of what hard work and a positive attitude can do for you! RCJH go KU!!!

Tech_Nut 8 years ago

Keep dreaming guys: we have a QB that can throw the ball now to guys "in stride" so think about that while you worry about the "full back dive" into your depleted defensive line. We chalk another easy win.

justinryman 8 years ago

Another easy win??? Like last years? Oh wait you'll got beat last year.

Joseph Kuebel 8 years ago

Ya, well be worried about that full back dive. That's a pretty fearsome play? Another easy win... like last year?

Gotta love people that try and harass on other teams sites and talk about fearing a fullback (not to be confused with a full back dive, like an Olympic diver)... That gt education paying off!

Fear the full back dive! Or the fullback dive, they may get a first down on their way to "another easy win", just like last year...

Joke!

Dan Harris 8 years ago

I would bet my house that we don't see your sorry, trolling piece of worthless crap life back on here after we upset your sorry ass for the second year in a row!!!!!

Andy Hess 8 years ago

As a KU fan AND a UGA fan, I'd just like to say congratulations on being the K-State of Georgia. Rock Chalk! Gooooo Dawgs!!

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