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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Keegan

Opinion: Kansas football still needs help at wide receiver

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It appears Charlie Weis, motivated by a miserable first season as Kansas University football coach, is in the late stages of a remarkable recruiting haul on the junior-college front.

Provided all the players who have committed to Kansas honor their words and take care of remaining academic requirements, Weis appears to have upgraded the defensive line, the linebacker depth and secondary. It looks as if he has gone a long way toward filling the giant holes created by three departing multi-year starters on the offensive line as well.

All season, Weis has preached that available playing time would result in luring junior-college players to Lawrence. He was right. Strangely, however, wide receiver, the second-least-productive position (behind quarterback) for the 1-11 Jayhawks still doesn’t look strong on paper.

Weis built his coaching reputation as an NFL offensive coordinator who brought the best out in quarterbacks. Wide receivers want to play with quarterbacks who make them look good.

One lousy season of quarterback play does not a coach’s reputation destroy. Or does it in the minds of recruits easily persuaded by negative recruiters preying on athletes raised in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately culture?

It’s not tough for the negative recruiters to zero in on an alarming statistic to pack in the briefcase they pop open in living rooms during recruiting visits.

That stunning statistic illustrates better than any other the ineptitude of the passing game. As everybody with a passing knowledge of local football must know by now, Kansas wide receivers did not catch a single touchdown pass in 2012.

Quarterback Dayne Crist, a fifth-year transfer from Notre Dame, ranked last in the nation among the 116 quarterbacks who threw enough passes to qualify for passing-rating leaders. He was hyped to the moon and fell far short of the clouds.

Now it’s Jake Heaps’ turn. He won the starting job at Brigham Young early in his freshman season and lost it early in his sophomore season. He’s the object of hype now the same way Crist was a year ago. Negative recruiters could use Crist’s season against Kansas in trying to woo receivers, but anyone who believes that comparison is more shallow than KU’s kicking depth was this season.

Crist had two serious knee injuries, and after Kansas opened its season with a victory against South Dakota State of the Football Championship Subdivision, Weis touched on a concern he had coming into the season.

“It’s actually good that he got hit a couple of times,” Weis said of Crist. “You’ve been injured a whole bunch, and sometimes quarterbacks get a little gun-shy, but that certainly wasn’t the case tonight. I think that was a good first step for him.”

One good step followed by the thundering sound of footsteps. Crist looked gun-shy. It very well could have been the central issue in his disappointing season without Crist even knowing it.

The only injury Heaps had at BYU was a broken rib, and he threw four touchdown passes with it in a 52-24 victory against UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl as a freshman.

Nothing suggests wide receivers should be anything but salivating when picturing running under Heaps’ passes. He threw 24 touchdown passes for BYU, and 23 were to wide receivers: Cody Hoffman (eight), Luke Ashworth (seven), Ross Apo (six), McKay Jacobson (one), J.D. Falslev (one). Tight end Matthew Edwards, grandson of former BYU coach LaVell Edwards, was the only non-wide receiver to catch a Heaps touchdown pass.

Heaps finished his freshman season with a hot hand, throwing 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions in his final five games.

He also performed well at the end of his sophomore season. Riley Nelson, the since-benched QB who beat out Heaps, suffered an injury in the first quarter of a 42-7 victory against Idaho, and Heaps completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The following week, Heaps led another 42-7 victory, against New Mexico State. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns and threw one interception. He threw just one pass in the remaining two games and decided to transfer to Kansas.

Negative recruiters can’t point to Weis’ Notre Dame teams to try to say his offense doesn’t highlight wide receivers. In Weis’ first season heading the Fighting Irish, wide receivers Jeff Samardzija and Maurice Stovall combined for 26 touchdown catches. They had a combined seven career touchdown receptions heading into that season.

Three wide receivers are among the 23 players to commit to Kansas, but the list of schools pursuing them isn’t as impressive as the schools who tried to land KU recruits who play other positions, most notably defensive linemen.

Comments

David Leathers 1 year, 8 months ago

Other than a week closing sentence, this was a great read. I completely agree that we would all like to see some more talent at WR come and play next season. Hopefully we get 1 or 2 more receivers in this class. Hopefully some of the ones who have committed end up panning out nicely. But I think McKay, Ford, Turzilli, and Parmalee aren't going to go down too easily. With the exception of McKay (transfer rules), those guys didn't see the field too much because of their lack of playbook knowledge. I'm not going to predict a ridiculous amount of wins next year, but I have no doubts that our offense won't be so one-sided anymore.

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Lash 1 year, 8 months ago

Is anyone tired of hearing Crist getting thrown under the bus. Who called who first? CW to DC. How many times was the offensive line singled out as not able to give good pass protection? Only the Chiefs ran worse routes. It's hard to complete passes to receivers who can't get open and can't catch a cold.

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

The fact that Heaps + McKay practiced against a miserable defense means that there can be no determining factor in how well they actually did. I have no doubt they tore up our secondary. When they play against someone real, it may well be a different story. We need help at WR in a big way.

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Suzi Marshall 1 year, 8 months ago

We need an O-line. I'll be worried about our passing game until an O-Line comes around. We loose alot off that line this year. Fix that....and we will all be Rock Chalking all Fall.

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JayDocMD 1 year, 8 months ago

Is there a page 2? Where's the rest of the story? Surely you break down the returning receivers (including at least a mention of McCay.) I'm not saying you're wrong bout the need for help at WR, but finish the article. Running low on space/words? Cut 75% of that paragraph talking about Heaps' stats at BYU. This article is, after all, about the need for WR's, no?Mention the incoming WR recruits by name and talk about how Heaps has been one of KU's best recruiters.

Or not.

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Mike Barnhart 1 year, 8 months ago

Not Keeg's fault. Editor provided a lousy headline for the article. "Recruits and Red Shirts Will Fill Big Holes" - that's better.

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Kent Wells 1 year, 8 months ago

We need that Bedore-esque headline: "Wide Receiver Taps Kansas"

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Casey Gee 1 year, 8 months ago

That BYU paragraph was my favorite part. Sometimes I lump Heaps and Crist into the same boat because they committed the same way, but comparing past statistics makes me optimistic that Heaps won't be statistically the worst QB in division I football.

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JayDocMD 1 year, 8 months ago

not saying it's bad info - based on the title and intro it's in the wrong op-ed piece

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 8 months ago

You would have thought the article was about our qb situation. Keegan, could you go into detail about our current receivers, and the current recruits? Just when I thought he was going to have a good article, he strikes again.

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KJD 1 year, 8 months ago

Keegan’s headline and article match fine for me. From following recruiting last week I can see how people were expecting different content. I am having a slow pre-holiday week so my curiosity led me to evaluate the WR’s on paper as best as I could. I read this article as Keegan identifying for himself what the next greatest need KU should fill in this recruiting class and he sees it at Wide Receiver. The secondary is my next big question mark. Hopefully a few from that big Offensive Line class that Gill signed a couple years ago are ready to contribute next year, especailly if we don’t land OT St John.

There IS an opportunity for a blue chip/4-star WR to sign with KU due to Heaps as clearly explained in the article. The D is going to improve with the quality of those 11 new JUCO players. The improved D talent/depth will allow Weis to ‘open up the offense’ more next year to access the WR talent that we do have. Looking at the returnees plus the signees ‘on paper’ KU lacks the proven explosive combo at the position we most recently had with Briscoe and Meier.

WR RETURNEES with RECEPTIONS

Turzilli (17 rec / 16.9 avg); Parmalee (7/11.3); Omigie (4/15.5)

As a group a decent average yet obviously a lack of overall production. Turzilli was given the opportunity to be the number 1 receiver early in 2012 then proceeded to fall on the depth chart though he was still getting targets late in the season. Omigie was also given an opportunity yet he seemed to drop as many accurate throws as he had receptions on the year. Parmalee was the one out of the three that seemed to keep progressing most in a positive direction and as a True Freshman he beat out all of the other WR’s below for targets.

WR RETURNEES with NO RECEPTIONS (Personally Noticed Contribution)

Ford (regular on special teams); Matthews (had some opportunity taking snaps in the Jayhawk formation)

In the middle of the season Charlie Weiss let Bowen use as many starters on Special Teams due to poor execution and play. Ford was the one that I personally noticed that kept his playing time and was showing up around plays. Matthews had good contributions in the Jayhawk formation when KU was searching for offense early in the season though it seemed like he disappeared when Weis turned to Cummings at QB.

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KJD 1 year, 8 months ago

WR INCOMING

McCay (transfer from Oklahoma); Coleman (JUCO, former Cincinnati signee); Hyman (High School); Thomas (JUCO)

Weis and staff spent a lot of energy trying to get McCay eligible last year and during that time Weis expressed much optimism about his talent along with his potential to contribute, to make an impact. Coleman and Thomas are JUCO guys that should add to the competition at the position by the tone of KUSports reporting. From last years recruiting class I was hoping that Ford and the TE Charles Brooks would make an impact out of the JUCO ranks and neither of them got meaningful reps in the offense nor did they get a reception. It would be wonderful for Hyman to Red Shirt for future impact and that opportunity would be much greater if KU signed a recruit that was closer to making an impact in Big XII play. Maybe Hyman is ready though ‘on paper’ it does seem that one more impact WR would be beneficial.

WR RETURNEES on BENCH

Owens (SR transfer St Marys); Embree (JR transfer UNLV); Herod (JR); Jones (JR); Hentges (FR/SO)

The class behind the names are what they will be next year. I don’t remember any of these guys taking reps on Offense or noticed them on Special Teams (does anyone know?). I looked on three different sites for information on these guys and saw no stats for them in 2012. Herod played little for Gill. Are these some of the guys that had an opportunity to play Special Teams and could not find a way to contribute? Hentges is the biggest mystery to me because he is a Freshman and might have been taken a Red Shirt for future playing time.

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KJD 1 year, 8 months ago

That would be 14 WR on the roster next year and that seems like plenty. Maybe room for one more if the right talent, like Keegan suggests, is interested in signing with KU for 2013. Only 3 WR’s return who actually caught a ball. Comparing returnees by position group HBs had 38 receptions in 2012, the WRs had 28 and the TE/FB group had 24. These numbers make a lot of sense from following the games/commentary on last years Quarterback situation, the expressed concern of the D talent matching up with Big XII offenses, and the game plans to shorten the game by mostly running the ball while throwing to more shorter, high percentage routes to HB/FB/TE.

It is essential that Heaps will need to make the most out of this positions potential through decision making and accuracy. After listening to the Weiss press conference after the West Virginia game, it does sound like Heaps through his texting to the Coach during the game has his head already wrapped around the offense and the game situations.

The remaining question for me is what happened to the Tight End Charles Brooks last year? I do remember him early in the season though that might have been from a fall scrimmage or one of Tait’s practice write ups. Did he Red Shirt or did he simply get beat out for playing time? He seems like a big body that could split out and take some hits over the middle. Some people are expressing interest at Pierson playing the slot though his stature is to small plus Weis has said that he wants to limit the hits the Pierson takes per game so that his ability to hit the home run like he did against Iowa State late in the season is preserved. Pierson's speed in the backfield puts a lot of pressure on the front 7 especially when he is in a formation with Sims and out of play action. A tough guy like Meier or a bigger body like Pick in 2012 or Brooks would be better for the shorter underneath routes out of the slot.

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Jim Stauffer 1 year, 8 months ago

I have to agree with the other comments. This article ends abruptly and without the satisfaction of exploring the actual possibilities of already committed and signed guys.

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Matt Kenton 1 year, 8 months ago

Could it be that we are targeting high school players for WR?

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

I think we'll be fine at WR next season with just McCay, Ford, Mark Thomas (who runs a 4.4 40) and Rodriguez Coleman. I can see McCay being a bit of a disappointment, but Ford will finally have the playbook down and Thomas and Coleman will be better than people think.

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Eric Dawson 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't forget Ishmael Hyman, the HS WR from NJ. The kid had just 53 receptions his junior and senior years, but 14 were for TDs, and he averaged 26 yards a catch. ESPN describes him as a "very fluid and smooth player" who is "is very good at plucking on the move on underneath routes" and hits the seams well. Yeah, he'll be a freshman who needs time with S&C, but with his sub 4.5 speed, the 3* 6 footer is gonna get his chance to show he can play sooner rather than later.

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Kman_blue 1 year, 8 months ago

Just to add to your Ishmael Hyman post, he was recently selected for the USA Under 19 National team to play in the International Bowl this February 5, which will air on CBS.

He's 1 of only 45 high school players nation wide and 1 of only 7 WR's nation wide to be selected for the National team, so he's got some skills for sure.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

WR's who run a 4.4 but can't run routes are worthless. I'll take a WR who runs 4.6 but runs great routes and can find holes in zone defense all day over WR's who can only run go routes. Go routes are easy to defend, but slants, curls, posts, and corner routes are tougher to defend and receivers who can rub those riutes well are harder to defend.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree, and I think he'll be able to do that because why would Weis use a scholarship on a JUCO WR who doesn't run good routes?

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

No...he's not way off. This is the position we need a big time player to come into. Maybe McCay will be that guy, but I wouldn't count on it. We need a good pick up at WR.

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, if you guys want to hang your hat on a couple of decent receivers, that's just great. The fact is, that position (and defensive backs) you need a slew of good guys and we don't have a slew. We have a couple of guys that look like they may or may not pan out. I too see Turzilli as a guy that is progressing nicely and could have a huge season. I've been saying that. McCay? He's really an unknown until we see him in a few games. Honestly these Juco guys are just Juco guys until they play in the Big XII and prove they can play at this level. I'm thrilled we're beating out K-State for some of these guys. Combs (DL) could be a huge get for us, but these receivers we're getting don't have near the credentials or the interest from top tier programs like Combs did. So counting on them to come in and be big playmakers...I'm not buying it until I see it on the field. I would like to see us continue to go after some big time receivers.

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Casey Gee 1 year, 8 months ago

And honestly, Parmele and Turzilli both impressed me at times last year. Hopefully they can both improve in the off season and help improve our receiving core.

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BayPark 1 year, 8 months ago

How can you say they're an upgrade when you have yet to see them play? (Ford playing special teams doesn't count.)

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Aaron Carpenter 1 year, 8 months ago

Keeg- While I agree that Potter lake is beautiful, especially in the fall, nothing tops when we soiled it with goalposts after defeating Oklahoma. Oh what a day. I really miss the donuts at Joe's, those were great. I'm sorry I must have gotten off track, weren't we supposed to be talking about wide receivers? Look Russ, no lines.....whew, what happened there?

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jhox 1 year, 8 months ago

Personally, I'd like to see Pierson used more in the slot. That would get him more one on one opportunities, where he really shines.

I appreciated the stats on Heaps. That just reassures me that my eyes were not lying to me at the spring game.

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Robert Brock 1 year, 8 months ago

That is a good idea. Pierson will actually catch the ball - something our WRs were incapable of doing last season - and he is a threat to take off like a jet once he has possession of the pigskin.

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Jeff Suther 1 year, 8 months ago

We need more talent at WR but I don't think it will be as big of an issue as many would think. Most if the problem was the QB play. How many times this season was a WR open right up the middle on a post for a TD and crist over threw him by 10 yards? I also would like to see Pierson in the slot. Even get bourbon involved in the passing game more. We have the athletes for the receiving game!

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VaJay 1 year, 8 months ago

So then are you changing your handle to "Opti"? ;)

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Dale Stringer 1 year, 8 months ago

I have to say the blame for our bad passing game was an even split. One QB was too busy trying to be too perfect cause by the preseason hype instead of just playing catch. The other was a coin flip between beautiful and the 5th row. The receivers seemed to be too busy watching the ball hit their helmet (hands, chest, etc), playing alligator arm, or telling themselves that ball is too far away to even try for it. That or they were hurt all year. There were a couple (still not many) 10yrd overthrow passes, that the WR had kept running and put their hands up, could have gone for big TD plays.

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texashawk10 1 year, 8 months ago

The WR's sucked also. Even when Crist and Cummings did make good passes, the receivers had a tendency to drop them. KU's WR situation is bad and Heaps won't look very good unless the WR's can help him out next season.

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Micky Baker 1 year, 8 months ago

Rodriguez Coleman looked real good in the highlights that I saw of him. He ran good routes and has good hands. Mark Thomas, speed. McKay big and they say he's a possession receiver. I haven't seen much on Hyman.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Coleman in particular has me excited (highlights show a bunch of catches on tough passes), and there are several possibilities, but TK has a point (even if he does little to validate it) that we do still need more options. It would be nice to get a couple of Hunter Jarmon, Jatavius Stewart, Jaelen Strong, or Ricky Jeune, and Durham Smythe at TE as well.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 8 months ago

Isn't the title of this article stating the obvious....just a little?

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't forget about Parmalee. He showed a few flashes and I think he will continue to improve and hopefully see the field a little more.

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W Keith Swinehart II 1 year, 8 months ago

From what I've seen our coaching staff seems to be bringing in the right talent. Last game roster (2012) shows 11 WR coming back in addition to three we have coming in. True, we didn't have performance from WR in 2012. I don't think it was strictly from the lack of capable bodies. I'm comfortable that our coaches know what we need and are addressing same.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 8 months ago

In my opinion, the biggest disappointment this season was Daymond Patterson and DJ Beshears. Those two showed such potential, and I had high hopes for them. But in the end, they were truly worthless.

I suppose you can blame that on quarterback play, or lack thereof. But I had seen flashes of brilliance in them earlier in their careers. They went out on a low note.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 8 months ago

I might add that, obviously, Dayne Crist was arguably the biggest disappointment. But he was a transfer and had a problem career at Notre Dame. Even though we wanted to believe, we couldn't be 100% sure what we were getting.

But we should have had a good idea what to expect from Patterson and Beshears.

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BayPark 1 year, 8 months ago

Beshears was a good player prior to this year, but other than 3 or 4 exciting plays over his career, I never felt Patterson was an effective receiver.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

DP started well as a freshmen, then switched to D for the remainder and next year. He started again real well at WR as a Jr, then unfortunately went out with an injury, so he had 2 promising O years cut off just as they were starting.

Weren't both also injured for at least part of last year? Many one or both will become the next Chris Harris.

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beebe1 1 year, 8 months ago

Crist telegraphed his receiver --everyone and anyone could/did gang up on him. He also got excited and over threw the receivers; he never looked for an open man. How could anybody expect a better performance from WR's?

Recruiting is surprisingly good, Our biggest need now is Defensive coaches who can teach tackling, coverage, and defensive reponsibility to our players.

Sometimes our commenters baffle me -- what are they seeing? Not even the pro's have good Defense. GB exhibition 2012 -- San Diego wideout caught a pass to the right, behind the scrimmage line. He took two little steps to the left (not ahead), and the GB corner back rushed past him, not even touching him, and fell flat on his face, behind him. The wide receiver had a clear field to the 6 yd line. We're talking about a pro? He made all three of the mistakes a so-called tackler can make. Hell, they taught tackling in high school.

In LSU vs Old Miss -- they both had Saban trained coaches. Did you see the defensive backs lined up on the goal line, 6 yds apart? The LSU receiver caught a pass crossing the goal line, 3 yds separating him from the nearest Defenders. The Defenders hadn't even moved. What were they defending, it certainly wasn't the goal line? They were all out of position and doing NO covering.

Our coaches are nice guys --but we need coaches that can teach Defense.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 8 months ago

Patterson and Beshears did better with Webb at the helm....sadly enough.

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 8 months ago

What does a bad play by Green Bay in an exhibition game and a play in the LSU/Old Miss game have to do with our coaches? If anything, it just goes to show that no matter how well coached a player is sometimes he will make a mistake.

As for OUR defensive coaches, I don't want to change anyone right now. The defense improved by light years over last year's team. Campo knows what he is doing and it showed for most of the year. With several new players, we will hopefully continue to see improvement. If you think the current defensive coaches weren't teaching defensive responsibility then go watch some games from Gill's last season. Many of the same players, much improved this past year in assignment football.

Maybe I'm missing your point, but point out some plays with OUR defense (there were definitely some throughout the year) when you are (apparently) criticizing our coaches.

With regard to Crist, I agree with you completely.

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Dale Stringer 1 year, 8 months ago

And if Crist threw it harder, Turzili/Omigie (can't remember which) could have catch with their facemask. You can't blame it all on the QBs when it was both positions.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

Omigie seemingly dropped everything.

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Layne Pierce 1 year, 8 months ago

while crist left much to be desired Omigie dropped 3 or 4 passes in his hands at crucial times.

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

Interesting piece by David Ubben at ESPN, running down the Big 12's best offensive performers and their high school scout info.

As he states... "There wasn't a true superstar blue-chip recruit in this bunch, but what's even more interesting? Not a single juco recruit in this bunch, either."

What scares me about this, is that most of these guys are coming from the high-powered, spread or option attacks that equal the playing field for lesser talented players, and we don't have an offense like that.

I really hope Jake Heaps is the real deal, because in a pro-style offense, if he isn't playing at a 4 star level or above, it's gonna be tough for any new WRs to make much of a difference.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

With few exceptions, the players were upper 70's.

It makes me also wonder how many higher rated players did they beat out for top honors? It also makes me wonder if this is a reason why the top conference teams weren't quite elite this year. The players making up those teams were also very solid, but not quite elite either.

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Jake Waddle 1 year, 8 months ago

McCay/Turzilli = Big Wideouts to go up and make plays, Turzilli both impressed and disappointed me at times. I think he's got a TON of potential tho. He seemed to get open downfield a lot, but at times didn't make the catch jumping over the smaller DBs. If he can do that, he'll be a big time threat. Parmalee will be a good slot guy with speed and Pierson needs to be a slot option also! Sims/Cox in the backfield McCay/Turzilli/Pierson in at WR... I like the skill spots. This doesn't account for any of the new guys making an impact. Hopefully 1 maybe 2 can give us 15-20+ catches.

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BayPark 1 year, 8 months ago

Neither Turzilli nor Parmalee proved themselves to be anything but below average Big-12 receivers. Perhaps that will change, but I'd be surprised if they turned out to be the guys to take us to the next level.

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machinegun 1 year, 8 months ago

When I spoke to Charlie Weis before the season started he never mentioned anything about having a problem with his wide receivers. Keegan is all wet as usual. He thinks he knows more than Charlie Weis. Now, is Heaps going to be the answer at QB? Who knows? But let's give him a chance and hope that he will succeed.

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

I remember Weis saying it was possibly his deepest group during spring practice. Coachspeak? Possibly, but I don't remember him saying anything good about the Dline. Besides Weis isn't much for coachspeak so I think he liked his receivers going into the season, just fine.

For all the talk we hear about "If this talented QB could just get some help at WR, he'd be All-Pro". ala Sam Bradford, Matt Cassell the list goes on and on. I don't buy it. It's the other way around to me. A WR will never be great without a great QB. Well, he may be great, but he won't have great stats and he won't have a great impact on the game.

The WR needs help at QB. That's where we're at.

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

Kind of a poor example. You and I both know he didn't get a shot because he has Flutie syndrome.

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MoralVictory 1 year, 8 months ago

Dumbest post in the history of the internet? You win!

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

Not as good as Flutie but Briscoe and Meier are hanging on for their NFL lives now, instead of breaking records. Surely Reesing had something to do with their success.

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BayPark 1 year, 8 months ago

Did you watch any of the games this year?

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Brak 1 year, 8 months ago

First he trolls the comment section now he is stalking Charlie Weis, sounds like you might give Ahperse a run for worse poster of the year.

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Micky Baker 1 year, 8 months ago

There are two four star WR's uncommitted that have KU on their list, but there is another one from Waco that I like a little better because of his size, and he runs a sub 4.5 40. KU will probably land at least one more WR, I only got through 1/5th of the pages and found 5 with KU on their list.

With that said, we also need to add some depth along the Defensive line and in the Defensive backfield, but the guys coming in are certainly faster and I've watched some video on some of them. They are also more physical and can play press coverage that will give the DE's and the DL another half a second to get pressure on the QB. A 1/2 second doesn't sound like much, but that's a lot of time in a game this fast.

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DerekR25 1 year, 8 months ago

According to Hyman, they may not be taking any more WRs... Here's a quote from an article on Rivals where he talks about his commitment.

"One reason that I committed today was because they got another receiver also," said the 6-foot, 169-pound Hyman. "They were only going to take three receivers in this class. It's honestly where I felt most comfortable. There's no reason I would want to not go there."

Here's the full article: http://kansas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1449322

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budsitz 1 year, 8 months ago

The college game requires both an excellent punter and an outstanding Field Goal Specialist.
The punter gets a struggling offense out of holes. And, a quality Field Goal kicker, someone that is consistent inside 45 yards, wins alot of close games! Currently, I do not see anything in this recruiting class that has helped KU in either of these 2012 critical weaknesses.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't believe in Eric Kahn and Trevor Pardula?

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Micky Baker 1 year, 8 months ago

Eric Kahn is already on the roster. There is kickoff/punter in this recruiting class.

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Boouk 1 year, 8 months ago

I think we MUST land at least one more safety capable of starting immediately alongside Isaiah Johnson. I don't want us to be relying on Tevin Shaw, Dexter Linton, or Ray Mitchell starting next season. What really concerns me is that we don't appear to be recruiting any safeties right now.

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KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

I think Tevin Shaw could be the next Darrell Stuckey. Maybe even a little better athlete.

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Micky Baker 1 year, 8 months ago

It has been confirmed by Rivals, Ty McKinney is committed to KU and was affirmed today by Rivals.com as a commitment today.

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