What caught my eye at Wednesday's practice: Nov. 7


Wednesday's KU football practice was moved indoors to better prepare for warm temperatures expected in Lubbock this weekend.

Wednesday's KU football practice was moved indoors to better prepare for warm temperatures expected in Lubbock this weekend. by Matt Tait

Another quiet one at Kansas football practice today, as the Jayhawks ran through this afternoon’s drills without the aid of music to entertain them.

The more I think about it, the more I’m wondering if the no-music policy for this week lines up with KU coach Charlie Weis mentioning on Tuesday that he’s not in the best mood right now.

I know some of you think that the music is just Bon Jovi or Springsteen, but the majority of the tunes that blare are songs that the players would like and not having them could make it tough to get going. Just a hypothesis.... I love that word!

Anyway, here’s a quick look at what caught my eye during Wednesday’s practice. As has happened in the past, because there were just two members of the media present, Coach Weis allowed us to observe (but not necessarily write about) three extra periods today. Great stuff that will come in handy for future coverage and questions.

• Practice was moved indoors to Anschutz today in an effort to better simulate the conditions that the Jayhawks will face this weekend in Lubbock, Texas. The heat was cranked up and it definitely was warm inside. The forecast calls for sunny and 78 for Saturday’s game, but I also noticed that high winds are expected. This isn’t ground-breaking stuff, but I do like how Coach Weis tries to prepare for particular situations in this manner.

• There were several players who caught my eye throughout the extended time today, but one guy who continues to look better and better every time I see him is cornerback JaCorey Shepherd. With just three games remaining, it wouldn’t surprise me if the coaches started working Shepherd into the defensive gameplan more and more. Might as well get him those reps and see what you've got.

• I know I’ve mentioned this with regard to the senior transfers, but I think it’s important to point out that KU’s longtime seniors, guys like Greg Brown and Daymond Patterson and Bradley McDougald and Lubbock Smith and Toben Opurum — and several others — continue to work like they’re playing for an 8-1 team and not a 1-8 team. Some of them have pro futures to consider and that, of course, keeps them motivated. But I think another big factor is pride. These guys have been through a ton and they’ve been quality players and people every step of the way. They’re not about to change that now. That’s just one of the reasons to point to when thinking about how big a win in the final three games of the season would be. If these guys get one — and that’s definitely a big if — they’ll celebrate it like nothing before. And, you know what, they’ll deserve to.


Mulder07 5 years, 6 months ago

You might as well write about women's rowing. They have a better shot of being competitive this year.

tical523 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm (still) interested in KU football, not women's rowing. Good read, I liked it.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Women's rowing is interesting too, tho not as much to write about. Maybe one of the ladies could stuff an oar up ... no, they wouldn't waste their time.

rtwngr 5 years, 6 months ago

Why don't you stick an oar up your ........nose.

Micky Baker 5 years, 6 months ago

I just watched an interview by of Justin McCay. The relationship that McCay and Heaps are developing this year is good. He also alluded to Heaps ability to make decisions and little signals that lets Justin know to maybe cut off a route or look for a back shoulder pass. McCay's spirits seem to be up, and he said that Heaps works real hard on everything and pushes McCay. McCay appears anxious to show what he can do next season and that is a good thing. He seems really excited and he does not regret transferring to Kansas and he seems okay with the expectations that some of the fans have for him. I think he'll be fine and I think Heaps will be fine.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

I aexcited to see JaCorey Shepherd at cornerback. There is so much upside there, but I think it also is advantageous for Patmon as well. It would allow him to play the nickle - I believe he played there last year, which would put a better coverage DB on the field even if not the best CB. It could be a double upgrade and help a lot against the pass happy attacks we'll face 2 of 3 weeks remaining.

Also, any word on Marquis Jackson? He's been lost in the Pierson then Sims shadow? Will he be redshirted to save that much more eligibility for the post-Sims era?

KGphoto 5 years, 6 months ago

I think Jackson has been lost in Bourbon's shadow. They are both listed at FB, along with Trent Smiley. A red shirt sounds likely to me. He's only recorded 1 rushing attempt and 2 kick returns, and I believe all of that was in the first game. I hope he gets the extra year. He looked strong in the spring game.

lv_jhwk 5 years, 6 months ago

Unless he's injured and thus eligible for a medical redshirt, those few plays on the field burned any chance for a regular redshirt.

KGphoto 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, yeah. I wasn't thinking. Actually I was thinking of Patterson playing and then redshirting, but of course that was an injury.

Seems like a terrible waste of a physical talent to burn a redshirt over 3 yards of offense. If I'm Jackson I"m probably a little pee'od. I wonder what happened.

KGphoto 5 years, 6 months ago

Matt, if we beat Tech on Saturday, will you find the iPod and crush it? Thanks.

Doug Roberts 5 years, 6 months ago

Why is it some kind of entitlement for them to listen to music during practice? Shouldn't they be concentrating on learning their positions?!? I understand the role of music to pump you up, but we're talkin' bout practice. It's time to work! I'm sure being college kids they're listening to music all day long anyway. GET TO WORK!

Matt Tait 5 years, 6 months ago

The music is just played at the beginning while they're warming up and stretching... Obviously, when it's time to go to work, they go to work.

Doug Roberts 5 years, 6 months ago

Gotcha. I feel a little better. Thanks Matt!

W Keith Swinehart II 5 years, 6 months ago

Matt, I appreciate your continued observations and comments. I think we have the right people and attitude. I'm sure early expectations have not been achieved. However, nothing good ever comes easy. Keep up the coverage and support.

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