Cliff’s Notes: Charlie Weis press conference, 10/30/12


Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas football coach Charlie Weis' comments at his press conference today.

Full audio has been posted.

Just a few changes on the depth chart, including tight end Jimmay Mundine, right tackle Aslam Sterling and fullback Brandon Bourbon moving into starting positions.

Weis says Baylor's offense is unique in that coach Art Briles uses the entire field from sideline to sideline. The splits of Baylor's receivers are wider and closer to the sideline than Weis has seen anywhere else.

• Weis says the only reason Baylor has lost games is because of turnovers. Baylor has 16 giveaways in its last four games.

KU defensive coordinator Dave Campo loves the game of football. He hasn't enjoyed going against the Big 12 defenses, but it challenges you, trying to take your personnel and limit the damage against an opposing offense. Weis thinks Campo's knowledge of the game has earned respect of KU's players. Weis also thinks Campo is a great teacher.

Receiver Daymond Patterson will be back this week. KU will work him back in following his head injury. He's one of the most experienced guys KU has at the receiver position. Those experienced guys know the tricks of the trade.

KU defensive lineman Toben Opurum should be in good shape for Saturday's game. Linebacker Jake Love passed his concussion test. That bodes well for his chances of playing this week.

• Weis says Love had a little bit of a "psycho" coming into KU. He was a wrestler in high school, and he has that kind of mentality. Weis said linebacker Ben Heeney also plays like a "wild man."

Weis says watching tape on Sunday is worse than living it on Saturday. You have to relive it. You never see a lot of mistakes when you watch the game. Many more of those show up on film.

Weis says he talks to tight end coach Jeff Blasko in his headset when he's on the sideline during games. Blasko basically gives Weis the down and distance and where the ball is spotted to help him with play-calling.

• Left guards Damon Martin and Duane Zlatnik will be listed as co-starters on the depth chart again. Offensive line coach Tim Grunhard will determine who goes in when.

• Offensive lineman Aslam Sterling will start at right tackle. He has as much talent as anyone on KU's line, but he's had highs and lows. He has to make sure that mentally he stays sharp so KU doesn't turn anyone free. His effort has been great. He's changed his body as much as anybody at KU this year. This is a cerebral game. He just needs to stay on top of things mentally.

Michael Cummings is starting at quarterback again this week. Weis thinks he's making progress. Weis said he didn't look too good at the end of the spring. He just keep on working. Cummings gave Weis another option at QB, and when that happened this year, Weis put him in there.


jgkojak 5 years, 7 months ago

I think we're 1 kicker away from being a 4-5 win team.

David Leathers 5 years, 7 months ago

Although I believe that Weis is the man for the job and will most likely turn this program around I can't help but think that he was lying when he said that Cummings gave him another option. I remember just two weeks before he decided to finally put him in, Weis was quoted as saying how big of gap there was between the first and second guy.

I think we're getting a bunch of hind-sight from the ol' ball coach here.

Dave McClain 5 years, 7 months ago

I am wondering why the focus of questions isn't more with the kicking game. I agree with jgkojak, give us a field goal kicker of "common" talent & we have at least 2 other wins, if not 3. It is sad to have the ball just outside the red zone, and go for a first when it is 4th and a mile just because we don't trust anyone on the team can kick it between the uprights. Why is this not a priority??

MoralVictory 5 years, 7 months ago

As frustrated as everyone was with Dayne Crist, let's be cautious in trashing Weis too much. Cummings was 3 for 9 vs. Texas. I like that he is more mobile, that he seems calmer in the huddle and that he seems to have brought a spark to the team. No doubt that a change needed to happen. However, Cummings has yet to distinguish himself. Let's hope that he continues to grow and eventually excel as the new QB-1.

Phil Leister 5 years, 7 months ago

To be honest, it doesn't much matter. Heaps seems to be the heir apparent, and this season with Cummings or Crist is already lost. Granted, we heard the same things about Crist that we did about Heaps, and competition for Heaps from Cummings would be great, but it looks like the BYU kid will be the guy next year. Point being, I don't think Cummings has to distinguish himself. He's just gotta go out, throw the ball 10 times, and hand it to Pierson or Sims.

Cody Riedy 5 years, 7 months ago

Really, Cummings hasn't shown that much speed or mobility. He looks quicker because he's smaller and he's definitely more elusive in the pocket, but he hasn't really been part of the run game so far. Maybe the biggest difference between him and Crist is that there hasn't been some really obvious play that he's blown that could have made a difference in the game. Not saying it was wrong to go from Crist to Cummings nor that we should go back, just chiming in that Cummings hasn't really been asked to do much yet.

Micky Baker 5 years, 7 months ago

I have to say, that fumble in the first quarter in the red zone that caused the series to end up with a 4th and goal from the 20 was huge. If we would have scored a TD there, no telling what happens from there. I do agree, he isn't being asked to do much, at least in the last game, but I think Charlie has to put some more plays in the short passing game to keep the line backers from stacking the box against the run. It's definitely moving in the right direction though.

bad_dog 5 years, 7 months ago

I believe the fumble you refer to was actually a very high snap from center. I'd start with Marongelli before Cummings if you want to try to blame someone for the outcome...

Savion Havon 5 years, 7 months ago

When I looked at the game and 3-9 I saw 4 smart throw aways and a ball that went thru a wr hands in the. End zone. The play calling has been very vanilla for Cummings compared to what was being called for Crist. That was the case even in the spring game. I am glad he's a red shirt freshman we get to see him grow up in this system. I'm hitting 35 to Waco this weekend there's going to be a Jayhawk victory and I want to see it live. RCJH

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