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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

Cmill1221 1 year, 1 month ago

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

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 1 month ago

Word is he's back with El Camino College. He changed his facebook profile photo to a pic of him at ECC in practice gear, and a former teammate commented on it saying expressing that it was good to have him back.

eastcoasthawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Guess they want as much time to pass as possible so it is further out of our minds before they make an announcement. Sorry to hear this.

eastcoasthawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually am starting to wonder if maybe there was a mistake on the credits he had for transfer? Everyone was originally recruiting him for 2014.

namohcan_99 1 year, 1 month ago

That would make no sense since Weis already stated he left due to a family emergency.

This whole situation needs to be looked at by the NCAA.

BringBackMark 1 year, 1 month 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......

KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

They're still practicing. I don't think learning stops during game prep.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes, I believe that part of the plan was to teach them how to prepare for a game - which seems relatively important. Since most teams will have already done it, Weis wants to make sure his team also know how to do it.

jhox 1 year, 1 month 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.

KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

He's got a tough path. Berry and Lewis seem healthy. They drafted Commings, and Demps is a return threat. Then there's Abdullah. Brandon has played well enough to make a team, it just may not be this one. Hope I'm wrong. If nothing else I'd lock him in on the practice squad cuz that's an injury prone bunch.

KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

LOL, I can’t concentrate posting from a phone. I’m terrible at it.

akgjenkintown 1 year, 1 month ago

Hopefully both can make the Chiefs' practice squad.

KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

I think Opurum makes the final cut. It’s not unreasonable to carry two fullbacks in that offense.

sports4life 1 year, 1 month ago

The fullback from KSU (Wilson) was cut this weekend. Seeing as Wilson was drafted in the 6th round this year, I'd say Opurum has a fair chance to make the team.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

There is some satisfaction in Tobin at least surviving longer, tho gotta really hope that he just makes it and adds to the overachieving legacy we're developing.

KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

In all honesty, if Reid sees what we’ve seen from Opurum, he’ll probably surpass Sherman at some point. He’s easily the more athletic of the two and probably has better hands. I know Sherman has been a tank on special teams and he appears to be a good blocker, but those are the only two things holding off Opurum, IMHO. I think TO just needs to get his offensive mindset tuned up after 3 years away. Then get up to speed with the NFL game, figure out how to pick up an NFL blitz, get used to throwing blocks into NFL bodies, etc. If he made the first cut at FB after three years as a pass rusher, the sky’s the limit.

Bryce Landon 1 year, 1 month ago

Why is the season even starting this week anyway?

TxJyHwk 1 year, 1 month ago

It always starts Labor Day weekend...just that Labor Day is early this week.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 1 month 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?

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

We have one, Jake Heaps. There are currently 23 guys in the country listed as 5-star, so the odds in any given year of getting 5-star guys is pretty slim.

The key in football is depth. We need a bunch of good players, not a few great ones.

Dave Roberts 1 year, 1 month ago

They need to be able to play Big12 football, regardless of the number of stars that Rivals or anyone else assigns to their name. Yes, it would be nice to have a team full of 5 and 4 commits, but there are very few teams in that situation. And our most successful team, the 2008 Orange Bowl winning 11-1 team, functioned just fine without a single 5 player, and very few 4's too.

Dave

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

"It would be nice to have a team full of 5 and 4 commits, but" I'm not sure I could handle the disappointment as well as the short horns.

:-)

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

Smith, Goolsby, and Newell.

That would be the top 5 in KS / Rivals, and pretty huge!

Any thoughts on Deron Thompson? Is it just a matter of not offering more than 1 RB, grades, or a matter of something else? He seems to have adequate talent, but not a lot in the way of major offers.

Lance Meier 1 year, 1 month 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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