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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weis sets earlier start to KU spring football practice

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis signs an autograph for Ivan Valdivia, Shawnee following the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Kivisto Field. At left is Eric Smith, also of Shawnee.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis signs an autograph for Ivan Valdivia, Shawnee following the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Kivisto Field. At left is Eric Smith, also of Shawnee.

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Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis will waste no time in moving on to his second season in charge of the rebuilding program.

Instead of kicking off spring practice in the last days of March, as KU has done for the past several years, Weis is moving up the Jayhawks from one of the latest starts in college football to one of the earliest.

KU will begin spring drills on March 5 and will practice five times before taking a week off for spring break. Following the break, the team will return to the practice fields for three straight weeks of drills which will wrap with the annual spring game, which is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff on April 13 at Memorial Stadium.

NCAA rules allow teams to have 15 practices during the spring session, with the spring game counting as one of them. As a safety precaution, players are required to go through two days of helmets and shorts and a third day of helmets and shoulder pads before suiting up in full pads.

KU will enter spring football with 35 returning letterwinners, including 12 starters, from the 2012 season. In addition, the team is expected to welcome 11 mid-year transfers, 10 junior-college players and one early high school graduate. Those players are planning to report to campus throughout this week and should be in Lawrence in time for the beginning of the spring semester next Tuesday.

Other spring dates announced Tuesday were: Hannah and Friends Football Clinic with Charlie Weis and the Kansas Football Team (March 9), Kansas Football Coaches Clinic (April 5-6) and the Train Like a Jayhawk Kids Clinic (April 13). Times and locations for these events will be provided at a later date.

KU pro day on March 15

With spring practice on a one-week hiatus, a handful of former KU football standouts will get the spotlight all to themselves on March 15, when NFL scouts descend upon Lawrence for KU’s annual pro timing day.

Any former Jayhawks hoping to catch on with an NFL team will go through a series of tests and drills similar to those the prospects experience at the NFL combine in late February.

This year’s event figures to attract more attention and more participants than any in recent memory. Eight different Jayhawks have been invited to participate in postseason all-star games, safety Bradley McDougald and offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson have been invited to the NFL combine and five to seven others have pro aspirations.

In addition, the NFL backgrounds of KU coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Dave Campo may attract a larger number of scouts than normal.

Koehler update

Four-star offensive line prospect Reeve Koehler, of St. Louis High in Honolulu, offered his reaction about a recent in-home visit with Arkansas coaches with Danny West of HawgSports.com.

Koehler, an offensive guard who remains at the top of KU’s wish list to round out the Class of 2013, said his family made a strong connection with Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman.

Koehler plans to visit the Arkansas campus this weekend but told West that the Jayhawks remain in the mix.

“It’s still KU and Arkansas, yes,” Koehler told West. “I will know my decision after the Arkansas trip, after I get home and talk to everybody about it.”

Comments

Brian Leiker 1 year, 3 months ago

It's all over once he sees Arky's facilities.

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CrystalJones 1 year, 3 months ago

Couldn't agree more with all the positive comments!

Dr. Z is finally turning KU into a first-class athletic operation. Basketball excellence, obviously. But now FOOTBALL! I know the Reesing years were nice, but looking back that all now seems like a flash in the pan. But with Charlie "Three Super Bowl Rings" Weis, I truly believe we're headed for unprecedented heights.

I've said it several times in the past few weeks: With the combination of the hands-down best head coach in college football, the best overall coaching staff in the Big XII, the best running back unit in college football, the best new quarterback in the Big XII, one of the best recruiting classes in KU history, and one of the most scenic venues in college football, things are looking up for KU football...way up. 2013=Big XII title. 2014=national championship contention.

(And by the way, we will clobber KSU this year. They return NOTHING, including a completely inexperienced QB. Not a good situation for them at all.)

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kay_you 1 year, 3 months ago

Dear Reeve:

I like bacon as much as the next guy but do you really want to go to a school that has a pig for a mascot. Just think about it before you sign.

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JayhawkBigXII 1 year, 3 months ago

This is an intersting page about the recruitment of Reeve Koehler from an official Arkansas web site. The comments after the article are entertaining... Sounds like Jethro and Uncle Jed get into an argument about "culture". It's worth a look!

http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2013/jan/11/friday-recruiting-tidbits/

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vd 1 year, 3 months ago

. As a safety precaution, players are required to go through two days of helmets and shorts and a third day of helmets and shoulder pads before suiting up in full pads.

How does this make the fourth day safer??????

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741hawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Hopeful, but not optimistic about Koehler.
Bret Bielema at Wisconsin was known for big, strong linemen. However, Charlie's NFL experience and more pro-style offense may win out.

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Annette Lee 1 year, 3 months ago

I saw on a recruiting show that Tex a&m had 34 commitments, how can they sign 34?

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Lifelong_Jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

After bad records the last few years, KU needs all the practice time they can get.

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 3 months ago

"Koehler, an offensive guard who remains at the top of KU’s wish list to round out the Class of 2013"

Matt, I thought we had two scholarships left: one for Koehler and possibly one for a receiver or whomever. Does this mean we filled the other scholarship or did you use the phrase, "round out" in a general sense? I hadn't heard anything so this really caught my eye.

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Jonathan Allison 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm glad that so many of the newcomers are going to arrive in time to take part in Spring practices. That will be a big payoff for the those guys and for the team as a whole.

Sounds like Reeve may be slipping away. I'm sure that the coaches are still in touch with him regularly though. I'm sure that the Arkansas coaching staff is selling him the SEC>Big 12 shtick and telling him that he'll get more exposure playing against Alabama, LSU, Florida, etc... And he may be right, but Arkansas doesn't have Charlie Weis!

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Jason Keller 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for the Koehler update. I think this kid could be a game changer as far as running the ball.

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