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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kansas football moves forward

James Sims (29) pushes into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of KU's 30-23 loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.

James Sims (29) pushes into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of KU's 30-23 loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.

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After taking its normal day off Monday, Kansas University’s football team will get back to work today even though the Week Five bye leaves the Jayhawks without an opponent this weekend.

Heading into their off week with their minds full of thoughts and visions from Saturday’s disappointing loss at Northern Illinois was not the way the Jayhawks hoped to spend the week prior to their match-up with Kansas State. So instead of dwelling on the loss, KU coach Charlie Weis plans to move forward.

Unlike a normal game week, Weis said the Jayhawks would get a couple of days off this week. KU will practice today, Wednesday and Thursday before using Friday and Saturday as days to recover and regroup.

“(Today) and Wednesday will be a combination practice of us-against-us for development purposes,” Weis said. “And (we’ll also work on) Kansas State first and second down.”

Although preparing too far in advance for the next opponent could be a gamble, the schedule allows Weis to begin game-planning for K-State because the seventh-ranked Wildcats, who upset No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman, Okla., also have a bye this weekend.

“Because they don’t play any more games between now and when we play ’em, we’ll treat it as if we were playing ’em this week, preparation-wise,” Weis said. “We’ll spend half the practice practicing against each other and half the practice practicing on Kansas State.”

That’s today and Wednesday. On Thursday, Weis said he planned to have a full-on scrimmage, complete with officials, a game clock and special teams.

“What I’ll do is I’ll scrimmage the guys that don’t play as much,” Weis said. “Full-speed scrimmage.”

While having two weeks to think about a loss is hardly ideal, KU running back James Sims said he hoped the team would use it as motivation.

“It’s tough,” Sims said. “But this is a loss we gotta build on. It’s gonna be with us throughout, but we have to move on from it. It’s over and done with. We just didn’t come through like we were supposed to.”

Kickoff set for K-State

The Kansas-Kansas State football game will start at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6 in Manhattan and will be televised on FX, the Big 12 announced Monday morning.

Both KU and KSU will be making their second appearances of the season on FX. The Jayhawks fell to TCU, 20-6, in their first game on the network this year.

K-State has won three straight in the series by a combined score of 135-38. KU’s last win against the Wildcats came in November of 2008, when Todd Reesing and company clobbered KSU, 52-21.

The Gridiron wins another Emmy

For the second year in a row, former KU football player Micah Brown, who most recently served as the producer of the KU football Internet series “The Gridiron,” recently accepted an Emmy on behalf of Kansas Athletics for his work on the behind-the-scenes football series that ran during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Brown, who played wide receiver at KU from 2007-08, since has left KU and founded his own production company, Second Wind Creative, which is focused on the development of documentaries and features for Internet and television. Already this season, Brown has done productions at Notre Dame and Michigan State and has plans to do work at Iowa and Ohio State. “The Gridiron” is no longer a feature at KU.

NFL update

With seven former Jayhawks currently playing in the NFL, Sunday afternoons have become a little more interesting for KU fans. Here’s a quick update on a few of them.

Former KU All-American Aqib Talib was Tampa Bay’s defensive star of the game during Sunday’s loss to Dallas. Talib recorded seven tackles, a pass break-up and an interception, his first of the season.

After missing Week Two because of injury, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris returned to action and recorded four tackles and one pass break-up during Denver’s 31-26 loss to Houston.

Former KU wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe played in his second game with Washington but is still looking for his first catch with the franchise.

Comments

RogersState80 1 year, 6 months ago

THANK YOU ADMINISTRATORS FOR FIRING MARK MANGINO. THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN THE ORANGE BOWL BECAUSE I CAN STAY AT HOME AND SAVE MY MONEY INSTEAD ON GOING TO MIAMI.

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beebe1 1 year, 6 months ago

Offense:

Many people know these problems. They should be readily correctable.

  1. Crist gets too excited and overthrows the receivers. He overthrew #20 in the end zone vs SDS. The Blitz's got him. He tried to overcome the Blitz by throwing over to #3. Too low,and too hard; #3 couldn't handle it. He over threw #20 twice in the en d zone. He hit the mark every time in the spring game.

  2. Again, he threw twice to #20 and hit him in the hands; both times the pass bounced back in the direction of the passer. Ga Tech game, the ball passed thru the receiver's hands, hit him in the helmet, bounced way high, and was intercepted. There needs to be some coordination between the passer and the receiver! He hit the mark every time in the April game!

  3. Crist 'telegraphs' the receiver he is using, and the defenders congregate. He threw 3 times in a row to the left side of the line, the area defended by #2, their best receiver. He successfully defended. The receiver on the right end of the line ran right at me -- Crist NEVER looked over there. He thought he was wide open. If to do nothing else he needs to look over the field to 'stop telegraphing' his receiver.

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beebe1 1 year, 6 months ago

Why doesn't anyone suspect the Defense scheme? Our Defense Scheme is NO GOOD!

In SDS game Weis mentioned a kickoff return to the 24 yd line. That was their Worst return. Typically they got to the 38 yd line +-! Either Rice or TCU got to the KU 48 yd line. Everyone did well against us. How much evidence do you need to understand Bowen can't coach DEFENSE!

Our kickoff return --TCU kicked it to about the 4 yard line, three times in a row -- right in front of me! We ran it back -- all the way to the 11-16 yd line! How much evidence do you need to understand Bowen can't coach Offense either!

Bowen/Campo concede 5-8 yds on Every Pass. Well, it is about 5-10 yds better than the last two years. It takes about 3 to get a first and 10.

Campo claims to understand "The Notre Dame Defense", but he worries about them catching the ball behind you. Wrong. The ND Defense is man-to-man, an 'adjustment' of the Self Defense. Except it was 'invented' before any of you were born -- maybe Campo may have been 8 or 9. You CAN'T defend a pass from behind the receiver! You have to be in the passing lane -- a line from the ball to the receiver. When you are in his face, intercept, deflect, bat down the ball BEFORE it gets to the receiver!

The DC callls out each man's opponent by the Defensive play called -- unless he was smart enough to line them up the week before the game: our best defender against their best receiver -- for all 4 receivers. There are 6 players eligible to carry/receive the ball. That leaves the QB and his protector with 2 more assignments to make, depending on the play.

The problem with the other guy coming from behind is NOT tiring players. What did the DC call to protect our lead? Cover 2? Prevent? Whatever it was was no daxx good. The DC's calls have been bad news for about 9 years.

We haven't had a good DC since Mangino came, maybe before. Mangino intervened when Bowen and our other guy were co-coordinators. He improved thing some. But we hoped you would bring in an expert. No luck.

Zenger was a great supporter of Weis - many were. But you have blown it -- BIG!. Discuss it with Zenger. Get a solution. Solve the problem NOW! We can't afford another financial disaster in less than 3 years!

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Terry N Tom Denner 1 year, 6 months ago

I like Charlie but I really hope he does not put the game in Crist hands and hope he can pass the thing to get a win. if KU has to start passing to make up ground their screwed !!! Run game and short passes will keep the D in check. I pray they at least beat the spread. KST fans are getting as bad as some MU fans lately. Rude, arrogant & down right A$$HOLES with this up coming game.

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manginorh00lz 1 year, 6 months ago

KU RECRUITING SINCE 2002:

2002: 58

2003: 39

2004: 96

2005: 48

2006: 38

2007: 50

2008: 40

2009: 31

2010: 55

2011: 34

2012: 74

2013: 74

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