Jayhawk Flashback: Colorado, 10/28/06
I noticed that we received one comment on last week’s Jayhawk Flashback YouTube video.
This was from the user jfalbe06:
“next flashback should be the cu game where we pulled reesing redshirt.”
Sounds like a plan to me.
This week’s flashback takes us back three years to the game that perhaps changed the entire complexion of the KU football program: The game when KU’s fans were officially introduced to Todd “Sparky” Reesing.
The highlights are below.
• From watching this video, we all should take a moment to appreciate just how far the KU offense has developed under offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. The boo-birds were out early on Adam Barmann in this game (:45), and KU fans went bonkers at the 1:42 mark when Reesing completed a 5-yard out (which, really, should never receive a cheer that long).
Not too long ago, KU labored for completed passes and points in general. The Jayhawks, at times, were painful to watch.
That’s not the case any more, and the KU coaching staff deserves credit for turning things around so quickly.
• Though Reesing received rave reviews after the game for his performance (and deservedly so), it still was far from perfect. The first interception at the the 1:10 mark is ugly, and his fumble at the CU 12 gave a struggling Buffs offense six free points. He also fumbled another time earlier in the second half, though that muff was covered up by Anthony Collins.
Still, in one half, Reesing had 106 passing yards, 90 rushing yards and three combined touchdowns.
• Nice call by Kevin Romary at the 2:30 mark on the quarterback keeper. How did he know?
• Reesing’s run at the 3:30 mark is the highlight I’m sure most KU fans remember from this game. It also seemed to open up the imaginations of KU fans: This kid can run and scramble and throw?
Funny thing is, he might have even turned out better than any KU fan could have hoped on that day.
• Our own Tom Keegan needed just one game to label Reesing as the starter: “What Reesing did in the second half of Kansas University's season-saving 20-15 victory over Colorado at Memorial Stadium killed any notion of a quarterback controversy. The job is his until someone can steal it from him. Period.”
• With the victory, KU improved to 4-0 with its red jerseys.
• Aqib Talib never was one that was shy with his words. After intercepting two passes against CU, the sophomore was his normal outgoing self.
“They gave me a lot of balls,” he said of CU. “They gave me a lot of opportunities to make plays today. I got at least eight or nine balls. I feel like, if a team gives me that many opportunities to make plays, I’m going to make plays.”
“That's on their coach,” Talib added. “It's smart to me. If you ask me, that's very smart. Teams should keep doing it.”
• Quarterback Kerry Meier didn’t play because of a shoulder injury. Darrell Stuckey also made his first career start at safety.
• CU coach Dan Hawkins summed up his team’s performance in four words: “Good defense, no offense.”
• Todd looks kind of young there at the end of the video, huh?