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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New-look KU offensive line takes shape

Kansas offensive lineman Pat Lewandowski (61) works through a drill with the other linemen during a spring practice on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas offensive lineman Pat Lewandowski (61) works through a drill with the other linemen during a spring practice on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

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Positional battles continue nearly everywhere on the field as Kansas University's spring football game approaches, but the Jayhawks’ offensive line, which lost three multi-year starters from last season, is coming together.

“There’s been movement and there will continue to be movement,” KU coach Charlie Weis said of the O-Line. “Going into camp, we know where everyone’s gonna be, position-wise.”

During Tuesday’s final spring session with the media before Saturday's scrimmage, Weis said that junior-college transfer Mike Smithburg had moved to center — his more natural position — and likely would stay there.

Weis said the top options at both guard spots include juco transfer Ngalu Fusimalohi, sophomore Damon Martin and senior Randall Dent. All three have received first-team reps this spring, with Dent the most recent lineman to make the leap.

“We have a chance of throwing a pretty physical offensive line out there,” Weis said.

As for KU’s depth up front, Weis said senior tackle Riley Spencer had worked his way back into contention behind junior Pat Lewandowski at left tackle and that red-shirt freshman Brian Beckmann had looked better than expected behind starting right tackle Aslam Sterling.

Receiver update

Early this spring, Weis said senior Christian Matthews and junior Justin McCay would start at wide receiver if the Jayhawks had to play a game this spring. The same message rang true Tuesday.

“If we had to play today, they would start,” Weis said.

Both began the spring as second-string players before moving to the first unit in the first week of practices. One wideout who took a major step forward during the past week was sophomore Tre’ Parmalee.

“We challenged him,” Weis said. “He’s young, and a lot of times when you’re young, you’re not real physical, but he’s been significantly improved over the last week and change.”

Comments

JHWKDW 1 year ago

Well with Grunhard in charge of the offensive line, I feel very comfortable. Look at how this team ran the ball under him.I think they protect well. The problem is a lack of a good passer and a lackluster passing game and the absence of big play receivers.That is not on the offensive line.Get some play makers in the passing game and we will see what happens.

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spenc1324 1 year ago

Yeah not getting blown out 60-10 every week like we did under Gill its not hard to get better than that. Unfortunately all the alumni looks at is W and L. And our L far out weigh the W as of late even worse on conference. They wanna see W this year even if it is only 2 with 1 coming in conference that would be considered an ok season.

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kay_you 1 year ago

Has Mangino been paid off? What about Gill?

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spenc1324 1 year ago

I definitely don't want this to happen BUT if we lay another egg in conference play his seat will be on fire and the alumni already proved they will fire and payout a coach just like gill. All we need is 1 win in conference and the alumni will be ok. I think we will get at least 2 in conference wins and at least 2 non and we win at least 4 this year making this conversation moot I am definitely glad to see everybody excited about football as I am. Lets go get em this year. ROCK CHALK!!

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texashawk10 1 year ago

The trenches are the key to every good team. A good line (on either side) can mask a lot of weaknesses on a team (not all) and a bad line can make quality players behind them look average to awful. Play mean, play nasty and don't take crap from anybody on the other side of the ball.

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spenc1324 1 year ago

Yeah that would have been nice unfortunately with the state of our program we don't have the luxury to red shirt our best players. If wies don't win at least 2 games this year mainly 1 in the conference he may not be our coach next year which I think would be a tragedy.

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spenc1324 1 year ago

Tre is gonna be a beast yall just watch keep that Kansas chip on your shoulder Tre and show this country what your all about!!!

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