Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook


Fields to miss South Florida game

Receiver Dexton Fields, who missed Kansas University's game against Louisiana Tech after an injury in Week 1, won't be available for Friday's 7 p.m. game at South Florida, KU coach Mark Mangino said Tuesday.

"Dexton's not going to play this week," he said. "We've tried, and that's not going to happen. We expect him back pretty soon, though."

Fields, who led the team in receptions a season ago, appeared to hurt his left foot or ankle in the first quarter of Kansas' 40-10 victory over Florida International. He was replaced in the lineup last week by true freshman Daymond Patterson, who caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Friday night game not ideal for Jayhawks

Truth be told, Mangino wasn't giddy about the prospect of a Friday night game this week, which would leave the Jayhawks with a shortened practice week.

However, the trade-off - a chance to play on national television - made it worth his team's while.

"To tell you the truth, we have to take opportunities as they come," Mangino said Tuesday. "There had been talk about Thursday night, (and) there had been talk about Friday night. There was no talk about the game being televised on Saturday, so our options were Thursday or Friday."

After discussions with both South Florida and ESPN, it was agreed that the game would be held Friday and broadcast on ESPN2.

And despite the crammed preparations, Mangino is well aware of the benefits that come with a national audience.

"It helps in many ways," Mangino said. "It helps recruiting. It helps with people that make decisions about rankings later in the season. So there are a lot of positives with playing a game that will be watched by a national audience."

Harper hospitalization cautionary decision

The hospitalization of Kansas cornerback Kendrick Harper following a head-first collision in Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech was done largely as a precautionary measure, Mangino said Tuesday.

"They don't take any chances," said Mangino. "And I don't want them to. If it was my son, I wouldn't want a medical staff or a coach taking a chance.

"But it worked out pretty good in this case."

Harper, who came off the field on his own power but later began displaying undisclosed "symptoms" that led the KU medical staff to call for an ambulance, was released from the hospital Sunday night and was doing fine, according to the coach.

As of Tuesday, Mangino didn't have a timetable for the player's return, although he said Harper would be back in uniform "not too far down the road."


Jonathan Allison 13 years, 8 months ago

I think the media know that our top offensive player is obviously Todd Reesing.As far as a top defensive player, I don't know that anyone thinks that a team needs a standout player on defense. Typically we tend to focus on offensive starpower, but think of great defenses as groups who function as a single unit.

Dirk Medema 13 years, 8 months ago

Plastic - reasonable points. Please note though that I did not say that Fields was the leader or the best player, but rather a top player. I believe you'll find that he was the leading pass catcher on last year's team, which would be a reasonably valid arguement (IMO) for him beng a top player.A bit more substantiation to the valid point that you were making tho comes from the Davey O'Brien Award people. The top billing for KU & Reesing ahead of USC, OSU, and OU. Nice.FORT WORTH, Texas (September 10, 2008) - The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Match-ups for week three feature six O'Brien Watch List candidates. Throughout the season, The O'Brien will highlight weekly match-ups featuring O'Brien candidates as they compete for the prestigious award honoring the nation's best quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Marquee Match-up: University of Kansas at University of South Florida - Friday, September 12 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN2Todd Reesing and the Kansas Jayhawks head into Tampa to face Matt Grothe and the USF Bulls in this premier quarterback match-up, marking the first time in history that the Bulls of the Big East host a Big XII team at home. Reesing completed 32 of 38 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Louisiana Tech and looks to carry the momentum from the Jayhawks shutout victory into this week's game. Grothe completed 23 of 40 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, the last of which clinched an overtime victory against the University of Central Florida last weekend. Both teams enter Friday's contest with a 2-0 record, and the junior quarterbacks will fight to maintain their undefeated status as they continue their bid for The O'Brien. Head-to-Head O'Brien Match-ups (based on start times)These O'Brien Watch List quarterbacks will clash in this week's game.University of Oklahoma (Sam Bradford) at University of Washington (Jake Locker)Saturday, September 13 at 6:45 p.m. (CST) on ESPNThe Ohio State University (Todd Boeckman) at University of Southern California (Mark Sanchez)Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC

Dirk Medema 13 years, 8 months ago

Hopefully, the national media will make a point of KU being without a top O & D player, so that our victory will be all the more impressive to the national audience, pollsters, etc

Todd 13 years, 8 months ago

Thank goodness Harper is ok. Regardless of football, you don't like to see someone carted off with that brace around their head and neck. Here's hoping he's well enough to play soon and also that Fields returns after the USF game as well

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