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Column: ‘Fish’ proof of KU’s depth

Nobody has to tell Kansas University sophomore safety Anthony “Fish” Smithson that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KISS and tell: Ex-Jayhawk Joe Mortensen relishes TV role

He owes his very existence to KISS, so it’s no surprise that Joe Mortensen withstood punishing hits on behalf of the quirky rock band. By Tom Keegan

Column: Running backs' lost carries might be least of Kansas' worries

It’s possible Taylor Cox and especially Brandon Bourbon actually could be missed more in the passing than running game. By Tom Keegan

Column: Kansas assistant AD Grant helped Tiger, Seals

In his seventh season as the KU football team’s head athletic trainer and his fifth as the university’s director of sports medicine, Murphy Grant and the rest of the Big 12 athletic trainers have pooled their brains and research to find better ways to detect and treat sickle cell anemia, cardiac issues and heat illnesses. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Kansas junior RB De'Andre Mann plays for family

De’Andre Mann, either No. 1 or No. 2 on the depth chart at running back in the wake of injuries to seniors Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox, wears No. 23, and it has nothing to do with Michael Jordan. By Tom Keegan

Column: Dineen follows family tradition

Fifty years ago, Ron Oelschlager was the guy blocking for the guy everybody wanted to watch. Today, he’s the grandfather of the Kansas University running back in the news, former Free State High star quarterback/safety Joe Dineen. Column by Tom Keegan

Column: Tackle knows Cozart’s health critical

It becomes more important now than ever for quarterback Montell Cozart, a big-play threat as a runner and potentially as a long-ball thrower as well, to stay on his feet. That’s where Larry Mazyck, a 6-foot-8, 360-pound left tackle in his first season at KU after two years of junior-college football, can help. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Thin blue line: Kansas better, but building O-lines takes time

For a Kansas University football team that looks better on defense and so much better at wide receiver than in Charlie Weis’ previous two seasons as head coach, the state of the offensive line stops me from believing those gains will add up to a bowl bid. By Tom Keegan

Column: Weis sees positives at camp

Corey Avery might be the newcomer Charlie Weis has enjoyed watching the most, but he’s far from the only one who has caught the attention of Kansas University’s third-year head football coach.

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Column: Enough football negativity already

I’m sick and tired of naysayers who are sick and tired of anything nice written or said about any aspect of the Kansas University football program. By Tom Keegan

Column: Fearless signal-caller can hoop, too

Montell Cozart didn’t say anything that could revive the ill will that existed between the basketball and football teams a few years back. His words were all in good fun, but he did want to let everyone know he can hoop. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Mitchell, Campo opening doors in recruiting

It didn’t take the Kansas University football program’s best recruiter, Reggie Mitchell, long to see how another member of Charlie Weis’ staff could be used to open doors. By Tom Keegan

Column: Avery latest RB talent sold on Kansas

Kansas University football coaches for years have said landing commitments after visits is not the difficult part; it’s getting recruits to visit. Column by Tom Keegan

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Column: Montell Cozart right fit at QB for KU

If the Kansas University football team had the Hogs, the famous line of the 1980’s fielded by the Washington Pigskins, then Jake Heaps might have emerged from the spring as the starting quarterback. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU offense's recent woes warrant closer look at hype

The average Kansas University football fan brings healthy skepticism to any conversation regarding the offense. Let’s look at the most common sources of suspicion and label each one fair or unfair. Column by Tom Keegan

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