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  • 1:30 p.m., April 30, 2011
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Christian Matthews, Toben Opurum highlight spring game in Blue team's 17-6 victory

Christian Matthews hauled in a 53-yard touchdown catch, and Toben Opurum provided consistent pressure during the Blue team's 17-6 victory at the Kansas football spring game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

KU coach Turner Gill after the game said that if he had to give an edge to one of his quarterbacks, he'd give it to sophomore Jordan Webb over Quinn Mecham.

Gill also said he thought his offensive line and linebackers stood out during the spring game.

Final Statistics

Rushing — Jordan Webb 3 rushes, 39 yards; Darrian Miller 4 rushes, 23 yards; Deshaun Sands 6 rushes, 15 yards; James Sims 5 rushes, 11 yards; Josh Smith 2 rushes, 11 yards; D.J. Beshears 1 rush, 9 yards; Quinn Mecham 1 rush, 7 yards.

Passing — Jordan Webb 8-for-14, 108 yards, TD, INT; Quinn Mecham 6-for-11, 102 yards, TD; Blake Jablonski 8-for-13, 76 yards.

Receiving — Christian Matthews 2 catches, 56 yards, TD; D.J. Beshears 2 catches, 39 yards, TD; Kale Pick 4 catches, 38 yards; Chris Omigie 1 catch, 33 yards; Erick McGriff 2 catches, 35 yards; Jimmay Mundine 3 catches, 31 yards; Connor Embree 3 catches, 19 yards; Ted McNulty 1 catch, 13 yards; Ryan Burton 1 catch, 7 yards; Trent Smiley 1 catch, 3 yards; Deshaun Sands 1 catch, 3 yards.

Kicking — Ron Doherty 3-for-4 FGs (made 21, 37, 28; missed 42); 2-for-2 PATs.

Tackles — Malcolm Walker 7, Ray Mitchell 5, Bradley McDougald 4, Greg Brown 4, Steven Johnson 4, John Williams 4, Prinz Kande 3, Dexter Linton 3, Huldon Tharp 3, Chea Peterman 3, Pat Lewandowski 3, D.J. Marshall 3, Corrigan Powell 2, Tyler Hill 2, Anthony Davis 2, Toben Opurum 2, Shane Smith 2, Lubbock Smith 1, Keeston Terry 1, Dexter McDonald 1, Tyler Patmon 1, Josh Richardson 1, Darius Willis 1, Brandon Hawks 1, Tyler Hunt 1, Steve Mestan 1, Jake Farley 1, Brandon Esposito 1, Ed Fink 1, Keba Agostinho 1, Julius Green 1.

Sacks — John Williams 2, Toben Opurum 1, D.J. Marshall 1.

Interceptions — Anthony Davis 1.


Mark Lindrud 11 years, 5 months ago

Just seeing who people liked from today.

79ictjhawk 11 years, 5 months ago

Over too soon, not as much offense as hoped for. Still good to see some action.

Jesse Newell 11 years, 5 months ago

Baldjedi — First-team defensive line looked good. That includes Pat Lewandowski, Toben Opurum, D.J. Marshall and John Williams. Jordan Webb, other than his interception, looked good and confident. Christian Matthews had a highlight-reel catch. Darrian Miller looked elusive in his extremely limited carries. On second team, tight end Jimmay Mundine made some tough catches. Blake Jablonski made a lot of good throws as third-string QB as well. Bradley McDougald made some nice tackles on run plays. Anthony Davis made a good play to get his interception.

Mark Lindrud 11 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Jesse. We are developing young talent. It seems to me we will be better than our record this year. This team is much better than last year. Definite steps are being made in the right direction. Guess we will wait to see, but I am excited about the prospects of this season.

Cmill1221 11 years, 5 months ago

A former RB turned LB/DE was a stand out today. What does that say about our o-line? This will be a long season.

Ethan Berger 11 years, 5 months ago

um if you have any knowledge of college sports, you would know that this is no where near the first time an running back went to defense, and was a huge success.

Cmill1221 11 years, 5 months ago

BLAH BLAH BLAH. just like quigly. although i give more credit to Toben. why dont you point out how nick reed was recruited as a QB and ended up Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Doesnt matter, gill cant coach so we will have another 3 (if we are lucky) win season and go 0-9 in the big 12(10)

Ethan Berger 11 years, 5 months ago

So in your argument, you prove yourself wrong? I'm so glad you can judge a coach completely after 1 year. You should think about being an AD. Not many people can make a complete accurate judgement after one year, when the team lost its Starting QB, RB, two WR, Safties, Lbs... A team that only won 5 games. You would make one heck an AD sir(or lady).

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

We should just give every arrogant know-it-all the Athletic Director position, I mean, Certainly their expertise in all things athletic is why they are typing on Mactop,and playing angry Birds.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

I think it just speaks to Toben's athleticism.

Toben is a beast. plain and simple.

Jim Pendleton 11 years, 5 months ago

Saw on live game discussion that they estimated crowd at 6000. That seems a little low to me as a good part of the west stands were filled in by the time we got inside. We had to sit higher up. Not that I thought it was a huge number, but I would have guessed some where between 12-15K. Any one see this differently?

At some point it would be good to get this game's up attendance figures up. We had one year that the game was on Easter weekend (should never happen). I think having it later is a good thing, better chance of decent weather. Obviously it will help in the future if we can start winning a few more each season.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 5 months ago

11 comments after the game. Way to kill a program Turner!

Poll question. After 2 years at Kansas will Turner have more wins or number of millions in the bank?

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

Hey Persey,

Bite me.

Your Friend, Azalum.

Mark Lindrud 11 years, 5 months ago

He isn't killing the program. It was a rough year and people just need to believe and show up. if I could make it I would, but I plan to be there next year. This team will be better and I can see us with 5 wins. It doesn't sound great, but a step in the right direction.

Brad Avery 11 years, 5 months ago

Blake Jablonski is not the next Brett Favre, but he had the most composure and made the best decisions in the pocket of the three quarterbacks. He made one bad throw and had several dropped, but most of the time he was exceptionally accurate, fit his passes into tight spaces and managed the offense well. Jordan Webb throws best when he is on the move, but he isn't Cam Newton or Michael Vick. He needs to stay in the pocket or he will get pulverized by B10 defenders.

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