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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Graduating KU football players accept invites to all-star games

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist (10) celebrates a Jayhawk touchdown with defensive end Toben Opurum (35) against Rice during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist (10) celebrates a Jayhawk touchdown with defensive end Toben Opurum (35) against Rice during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

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Another sign that the outgoing Kansas University football class may include some NFL talent came Tuesday, when the NFL Players Association confirmed that five Jayhawks had been selected to participate in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19 near Los Angeles.

Quarterback Dayne Crist, offensive linemen Trevor Marrongelli and Duane Zlatnik and defensive ends Toben Opurum and Josh Williams have committed to play in this year’s game, which will be held on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.

These five Jayhawks bring KU’s all-star total to eight, joining teammates Tanner Hawkinson and Bradley McDougald, who will play in the East-West Shrine Game on the same day, along with Greg Brown, who, along with McDougald, was invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game in early February. Crist also has been tapped to play in Friday’s Casino Del Sol All-Star Game.

The eight former Jayhawks participating in postseason showcases is the largest number the KU football program has produced in one season in years and seems to be yet another strong indication that the presence of former NFL coaches Charlie Weis and Dave Campo on KU’s coaching staff has opened doors for the Jayhawks despite the team’s 1-11 season.

As for the Collegiate Bowl, former NFL players and coaching legends will work with the potential draft picks. Former Kansas City Chiefs coaches Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams in this year’s game. They will be joined by player ambassadors Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.

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741hawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Glad I have company. Was not impressed by what I saw in Koehler's all-star performance. (But I'll trust Charlie's evaluation.)

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55jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Regarding Reeve Koehler, I didn't a lot in the football game other than a lot of action without much speed. There must be something there that our coaches see and hope it is the initial step and stick he puts on someone is what they like in him. He's big and strong I just hopes he gets better balance.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 3 months ago

Also, great coverage on last nights vote for Rock Chalk Park. What's the word???

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 3 months ago

The only thing I can figure with Crist is this "all star" game is one of those where a team of "all stars" takes on local media, area celebrities, and community leaders in the name if charity.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Same thing with #1-rated Selby, who I saw play in high school (legit, legit, legit!), yet had a snake-bit college year. Gets some leeway, considering his situation, and shines in the NBA workouts...and makes an NBA roster--I wish his dream comes true (its in his hands). I really do hope Crist is being given similar consideration if someone wants to actually look at the adversity his college career took. Before he ever got hurt the first time at ND, he posted several 300+yd games, and looked every bit the 5star recruit that he was. And we all saw that same standing-tall pocket poise even with KU. But you cant stand back there forever, that will get collapsing pocket down on your knees and get you hurt. That's what happened. Injuries & poor defense killed Weis at NDame, cost him his job...and new coach tried Crist, who got hurt again, then the new starter looked better. Dayne maybe a little gun shy, also. Understandable. So now, finally judge his ku year: Dayne comes in poised, healthy, but has had a total of 11 starts in his entire pre-ku college career. Due to multiple KU 1st string receiver injuries (out for multiple games)--the same WRs he put the most reps in during the preseason, they are out...and now go play real ftball with KU's 2nd string guys, which, sadly, aint sayin much. So, as someone posted regarding evaluating game film: about equal parts hit-em-in-the-hands drops by WRs, bad-qb-throws, and pocket collapsing-poor decisions (o-line better at run blocking compared to pass-blocking). There's about 2 losses (didnt get critical downs conversion) on WR drops. Blame 2 losses on Dayne. Blame 2 certain losses on 1 defensive play: Rice, TX.. But I 100% wish Dayne Crist the best. If somehow, god willing, he is able to look the part at some pro combine & earns a chance...I will root for him 100%. (Just like I root for Selby 100% to win).

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 3 months ago

So do we have any idea how both of these "All-Star" games went about their selection process?

I mean...did they go down an alphabetical list of players blind-folded and randomly point to people? I'd assume one committee went by first name; the other by last.

"D" and "C" are both pretty high up in the alphabet. That would be the only explanation as to how Dayne Crist was "selected" by both of these events.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 3 months ago

Hank Baskett??? is Kendra going to be there?

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swunruhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

With Rob Ryan out as DC in Dallas, is anyone worried about Dave Campo going back the Cowboys? He has been such a great addition to the KU football program. I'd hate to lose him.

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Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 3 months ago

"Dayne Crist" and "all star" are 4 words that should never be mentioned in any football related conversation.

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

If the "PA" in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl stands for "Potential Ability", then by all means, invite Dayne Crist.

If it stands for anything else, he should be at home watching the game on the couch (if it's even televised) like the rest of us that can't hit a wide open receiver.

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Matt Bowers 1 year, 3 months ago

Any word on Reeve Koehler? I thought he was supposed to announced during the Army All American game? I hope that young man is still in the mix and that our coaching staff can get him to KU.

Rock Chalk

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Larry Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

It bothers me that there are 8 "potential " NFL players and that "The eight former Jayhawks participating in postseason showcases is the largest number the KU football program has produced in one season in years" were only able to win one game.

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