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Monday, August 26, 2013

Charlie Weis: Early bye nice

Jayhawks get extra week to get ready for opener

Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis goes over his depth chart and other changes to his team with an audience of media members on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis goes over his depth chart and other changes to his team with an audience of media members on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

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Whether they start Friday night, like Kansas State and Texas Tech, or Saturday like seven other league teams, nine of the 10 Big 12 Conference football coaches made the transition from offseason to game week on Monday.

And while each of them talked on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference about upcoming opponents, probable starters or the outlook for the 2013 season, Kansas University coach Charlie Weis shared his team’s plans for an unusually early bye week.

“Normally, I wouldn’t like the extra week,” said Weis, whose Jayhawks will open the season a week later than most other college teams, 6 p.m. Sept. 7 against South Dakota at Memorial Stadium. “But because we have so many guys that we’re counting on that were juco guys that just arrived here, it’s given us an opportunity to take this week and go through a simulated game week as if we were playing this Saturday.”

Frequently, teams use bye weeks to get healthy, recharge their batteries and catch their breath during the grind of the college football season. But with KU getting its first of two bye weeks (the other is Sept. 28) during the opening week, Weis has no need for such a strategy. He said last week that his squad emerged from fall camp almost fully healthy and, therefore, plans to use this week to plot the course ahead.

“That way, when you get to game day,” he said, “they’ve already gone through it once, which should definitely help us next week, when we’re actually getting ready to play.”

For the most part, that means meetings, film study and, because class began Monday, classes and tutoring at their regular game-week times.

When Saturday arrives, instead of waiting until 6 p.m. to practice, Weis will get that part out of the way early so the rest of the day can be devoted to watching the season begin.

“We’ve been simulating the 6 o’clock at night deal for the last week,” he said. “So we’re gonna come in at 6 (on Saturday), practice from 7 till 9:30, take a shower, come in and watch the tape, go eat some lunch, and then we’ll sit there and watch college football games to see if we can’t get a jump-start on some of our early opponents.”

Although the week off gives KU seven extra days of preparation, Weis said he viewed it as a one-year bonus that he does not want to get used to.

“There’s definitely advantages to playing right from the start,” he said. “Everyone’s antsy, school’s in session, everyone would love to be playing the first week. But in our case, because we have so many new guys that are transitioning, I think in this isolated incident it really plays to an advantage for us.”

Depth chart almost set

While most of the week will be spent simulating game week, Weis and his coaching staff also will be looking to etch a few first- and second-string names on the depth chart in permanent marker instead of pencil.

“There aren’t very many major battles left at this point,” Weis said. “There’s a couple battles for first team and a couple battles for second team, but I’d say 90 percent of the issues are resolved.”

And how does that depth chart look as Weis heads into his second season in charge of the Jayhawks?

“I think that we’re deeper with guys that can compete in the Big 12 by a large margin than we (had) last year,” he said. “Last year, you were hoping for things to happen, and now you’re expecting things to happen, and that’s the major difference.”

Special guests

Sunday was “KU Day at The K,” and Weis and his football team were among the hundreds of Jayhawks in attendance as the Kansas City Royals snapped their seven-game losing skid with a 6-4 victory over Washington.

While the win gave the fans in the stands plenty to cheer about, one family had an unforgettable day that had very little to do with the outcome.

Ryan Bresette, his wife, Heather, their sons, Tyler, Joe and Sam, and daughter, Anna, were invited to the game by Weis as guests of Kansas football. The invite came with the opportunity for Tyler, 6, to throw out the first pitch to Joe, 13, and was Weis’ way of trying to help bring joy to a family that lost their son, Luke, when a sign at the Birmingham, Ala., airport collapsed in March, killing him.

“There’s good days and there’s bad days,” Ryan told KMBC-TV in an interview at the ballpark. “Today is definitely a good day. Emotionally, we’re hanging in there. Physically, we’re getting healed. We’re just so thankful for the people of Kansas City, Birmingham and across the country that have provided support to us.”

Opurum, McDougald survive Chiefs cuts

Former Jayhawks Toben Opurum (FB) and Bradley McDougald (S), undrafted free agents who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after April’s NFL Draft, survived the Chiefs’ first cut this weekend.

The cuts dropped the Chiefs roster to 76. It will need to be trimmed to 75 by tonight and to 53 by opening day.

Comments

Lance Meier 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Was out last night with a few friends that came down from NEB, one of them was complaining about Bo Polini (HC NEB) how he can't get over the 10 win mark... I had to stop him and say, "I can't wait to make that statement bout KU FB"!!! I told them that it's not a two year swoon when gill was here that's hurting KU FB, it was the years from the Terry Allen time, the last two years of Mangino (did not recruit his last yr here) and then stack on those two "HORRIBLE" years from gill How far (in years) did that set back KU FB, 10 years, just in recruiting, alone. Allen was recruiting DIV II players, at best??? Nobody outside the confides of Memorial Stadium believes that KU can have a successful FB program, "AGAIN"!!! It's taking those lumps and still moving forward, CW is trying to get the Damn train back on the tracks, I think he's got it going in the right direction... ROCK-CHALK-JAYHAWK!!! GO KU!!!

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Chris Bailey 7 months, 3 weeks ago

All this is old news that was posted on Jayhawkslant yesterday. I hate reading the same things twice. Almost word for word. Why would Slater leave?? Seems odd. Does that mean he's gone not to return? Hope he comes back. Hope even more we get commits from the 4 star OL for Kansas Braden Smith. Dude is a beast. Not sure where we stand on him. Hope Newell signs with us as well. Really hope we can lock up the state. Even if KState gets some of these kids it's better than losing them to OU or MU. Fairchild an OL picked MU. I hate seeing that. We gotta get a top 30 recruiting class this year. Hopefully 15 or so high school and 10 JUCO the JUCO kids gotta be elite like this year and we need the high school guys to be 3 and 4 star I wonder if we'll ever pick up any 5 star guys?

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Bryce Landon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Why is the season even starting this week anyway?

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akgjenkintown 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Hopefully both can make the Chiefs' practice squad.

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jhox 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If the Chiefs cut McDougald they would be making a big mistake. I believe he has the tools to be a very good pro and have a nice NFL career.

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BringBackMark 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Coming off an eleven game losing streak, just knowing we can't lose this weekend is refreshing. Seems like with all the new transfers this week would be better utilized to continue to learn rather than pretend its game week and then go through game week next week......

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Cmill1221 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Pearce Slater update? Slater?? ...Anyone? ...Anyone?

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