Mark Mangino on Media Day: Cliff Notes version


For anyone who's interested, we have posted the full audio of KU football coach Mark Mangino's press conference at media day.

For anyone who is in a hurry, here's a Cliff Notes version of what Mangino had to say.

• The linebacking position still needs a lot of work and still needs a lot of attention. Some of the young guys are putting heat on the veterans.

• One or two of the freshmen receivers will probably be in the rotation this fall.

• The team has a chance to be really good and deep at the running-back position.

• The Jayhawks will have more than five quality offensive linemen.

• Defensive lineman Duane Zlatnik has made lots of improvement, and Mangino is hoping that he will be in the rotation to help the team.

• On linebacker Angus Quigley: “His growth at that position has not been nearly as fast as I’d like for it to be.”

• On the switch to offensive tackle for Darius Parish: “Darius had offensive line written all over him from Day 1.”

Mangino said the team didn't have the defensive line depth to move Parish to O-line last year, but the coach thinks Parish has found a home at offensive tackle.

• On junior-college linebacker Vernon Brooks: “I can’t tell you what impact, if any at all, that he’ll have.” Brooks left camp today to attend to a family emergency, and the coach said he didn't know when the linebacker would be back.

• Junior-college defensive end Quintin Woods is not just a pass-rush guy, but he can also be a good run-stopper, too. He still needs to get stronger, though.

• The coach said that his teams needed to take the next step and win against the OUs, UTs and Texas Techs of the world. “I didn’t come here to be 6-5, 7-4 every year, and everybody just think that’s good.”

• KU's base defensive set is 4-3 (not a 4-2-5), but the team has modified its nickel package.

• On freshman linebacker Huldon Tharp: “He’s going to be out there playing. He has been impressive as a freshman. I think it’s a matter of time before he wins a job. I think we’re just counting the days.”

• Junior linebacker Drew Dudley has done nice things and is improved.

• Linebacker Justin Springer has not gotten a lot of work because of injuries, and the coach can’t tell what he will be able to contribute this year.

• Offensive lineman Ben Lueken had medical considerations, but ultimately decided to leave the program because he wanted a fresh start.

• On punt returns: Daymond Patterson has looked good, Bradley McDougald also will get a chance.

• Dezmon Briscoe will probably do kickoff returns. The coach wants to keep Dez healthy, but if he’s best guy at the position, the team will need him there.

• Cornerback Anthony Davis is much improved and is understanding his position better. He's right there battling for a starting position, and there's a good chance he’ll be one of the starting corners.

• Junior-college running back Daniel Porter has a good attitude and is super serious. He's quick, has good speed, and the coach doesn’t think he will struggle with the transition from junior-college to a Division-I tempo.


truefan 10 years, 8 months ago

Most of this is good news. I am really worried about those linebackers though with a 4-3.

kw11b2p 10 years, 8 months ago

Pretty sure Darius Parish is actually moving from offensive line to defensive line. As I recall, was playing offensive line last year.

kw11b2p 10 years, 8 months ago

maybe I'm wrong, but I thought that's what I heard

Romary 10 years, 8 months ago


Darius has definitely moved from defense to offense. He said today that it was something he had been thinking about for a while. However, the coaches were the ones to approach him about it last week. He was fun to talk to. We'll have more on him in the coming weeks.

William James 10 years, 8 months ago

truefan- I share your concern. 5 big games we have this year (CU, OU, NU, UT, and Mizzou) are all likely to test our run D. I'm very concerned about our horses and depth at LB. On a bit more positive note, I like our chances against the UTEPs and Texas Techs.

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 8 months ago

"The coach said that his teams needed to take the next step and win against the OUs, UTs and Texas Techs of the world. “I didn’t come here to be 6-5, 7-4 every year, and everybody just think that’s good.”


chezlog 10 years, 8 months ago

The comment about Vernon Brooks sounded pretty bad. I was hoping that guy would help us a lot. Also, the quote about Angus Quigley is discouraging. I've been waiting to see Quigley down under take a shot at some quarterbacks and mak'em say ow! (like Seau)

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