Saturday, October 5, 2013

Notebook: Tony Pierson injured; Weis not upset KU fans left early

Kansas trainers attend to injured running back Tony Pierson on the sidelines. PIerson left the game during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas trainers attend to injured running back Tony Pierson on the sidelines. PIerson left the game during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Memorial Stadium.


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Charlie Weis talks after loss to Texas Tech

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talks after his team's 54-16 loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 5, 2013.

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As if the numbers on the scoreboard were not bad enough, the worst news for the Kansas University football team after Saturday's 54-16 loss to No. 20 Texas Tech may have come in the form of an injury to one of its top players.

Shortly after junior Tony Pierson made the play of the day, a juking, jumping, 39-yard gain midway through the third quarter, KU's leading receiver, who tallied 118 yards on six receptions, was momentarily motionless on the KU sideline with an apparent injury.

After teammates, trainers and coaches huddled around Pierson to see if he was OK, the KU speed back eventually got to his feet and walked back to the bench. KU coach Charlie Weis said seeing Pierson moving around on the sideline and in the locker room was a relief, but added that the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) may be without Pierson for a while.

"His head hurts. I'm sure that he took a good knock on the head and has a concussion," Weis said. "Probably (he) will miss some substantial time would be my guess."

KU quarterback Jake Heaps, who knelt by Pierson's side and looked visibly shaken by the incident, also was relieved that his buddy was OK.

“Tony's such a great person,” Heaps said. “Regardless of all the football stuff, he's just such a great person and it wasn't looking good. You see injuries happen all the time, but it really hit me personally. We missed him out there on the field, but I'm just glad that he's healthy and OK.”

Oh, snap

Weis said after the game that KU's trouble with the quarterback-center exchange — an ongoing problem so far this season — took the Jayhawks out of a lot of what they hoped to do offensively.

“The quarterback-center exchanges alone killed us,” Weis said. “And we'll throw some false-start penalties on there, too.”

Heaps agreed with his coach that the snaps were an issue and said KU had to find a way to fix it.

“That's a pride thing,” Heaps said. “We've gotta be able to do that. That's a fundamental thing. We'll work out the kinks, we'll work out the mistakes and we'll look to improve on 'em.”

Weis said he and offensive line coach Tim Grunhard already were brainstorming ideas for future weeks in the fourth quarter.

Understandable exit

Asked about playing in front of a mostly empty stadium in the fourth quarter, Weis did not seem one bit upset by the KU fans' early departure.

“If I were at the game I probably would've left, too,” Weis said. “The product they were seeing wasn't worth (staying) around (for). (The people who stayed) should get combat pay just for staying to the end.”

Moment of silence

Before Saturday's game KU observed a moment of silence for Shawnee Mission West senior Andre Maloney, a KU commitment who passed away Friday after suffering a stroke during West's game Thursday.

After the loss, Weis expressed his sorrow about the loss of the 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back.

“On behalf of the whole Jayhawk family, we want to send our condolences to the Maloney family, friends, everyone from the high school after what has just transpired,” Weis said. “It's a nightmare. It's just a true tragedy.”

This and that ...

The Jayhawks lost Saturday’s opening coin toss for the fourth game in a row and Texas Tech chose to receive the game's opening kickoff. ... Junior Connor Embree recorded his first career reception in the second quarter. ... Junior Ben Heeney led KU's defense with 12 tackles, 11 of them coming in the first half. ... Texas Tech now leads the all-time series with KU, 14-1, and is 8-0 in Lawrence. .... Temperature at kickoff was 55 degrees, under partly sunny skies with winds of 11 mph out of the west.


jahawker2004 9 years ago

If you can't execute a simple snap, you've got some really big problems.

DanR 9 years ago

Yep. Fundamental problems all over the place today after the first quarter.

troutsee 9 years ago

We will lose the rest of our games by more than 14 points.

Alex Berger 9 years ago

I'll take that bet! What a ridiculous comment. One game against a ranked team and the sky is falling.

Don Everett 9 years ago

No the sky isn't falling. This team just doesn't have the talent to compete with teams in the Big 12. Admit it. I totally agree that KU won't be within 14 of anyone here on out. Can Weis and go get someone like Bobby Pertrino. He's a train wreck but he also wins.

troutsee 9 years ago

No ALBERG, the sky started falling with a poor performance in our first game against a terrible team, SDU. Yeah, I know we beat them 34-14 but the game was much closer than that and that was the first sign. We have not played well in any game and were lucky to beat another terrible team (La Tech). Heaps has almost zero time to throw and we are not blocking well on the run. TT will not be ranked by the end of the year.

Terry N Tom Denner 9 years ago

KU has a good chance to win five games this year so do not give up with this lose.

Jake Waddle 9 years ago

I don't understand why, after racing out to a 10-0 lead, we didn't think to hand the rock to James Sims ALL DAY... How does a RB as talented as him get only NINE carries?! That diamond formation is about as dumb as the "Jayhawk" formation. You make it easy for the defense to stack the line of scrimmage and come with basically all-out blitzes when you have 4 guys standing in the backfield right by each other. Just a baffling game in sooooo many ways... In other news Ben Heeney is a FREAK! Love watching him play...

KU 9 years ago

So if you start handing the ball to Sims "ALL DAY" with a 10-0 lead, the box is stacked with 9 or 10 like it was with the ridiculous diamond formation and Sims gets 1.9 yards/carry. Yeah, that's a winning game plan.

troutsee 9 years ago

This O line has demonstrated that it does not run block well or pass block well. Our best offense will come from the spread and quick passes.

KU 9 years ago

Exactly. The spread is the only way to equalize our poor talent on the O-line with Big 12 defenses. What did we run when Reesing was here? Spread. We didn't have great personnel. We had a gamer at QB and gamers at wideout and a nice change of pace duo at running back.

Combine that with a bend-but-not-break defense and we were respectable.

With the once-in-a-generation GIFT of a schedule break in 2007 coupled with some pretty decent talent, we were able to win the Orange Bowl.

texashawk10 9 years ago

That formation you speak of is how KU was able to gain so many yards on the ground last year. It doesn't work this year because the OLine sucks.

gorilla10 9 years ago

No, I don't uderstand why we went to Cummings with a 10-10 tie when Heaps and the spread had them off balance.....

JayHawkFanToo 9 years ago

You make it sound like KU could have hired anyone it wanted. We are talking about the FBall not the BBall program. Leach was not interested.

gorilla10 9 years ago

Or Fedora right? He looks good at UNC....ha

Tom McPhillips 9 years ago

Why would he after the treatment Mangino got.... Say what you want about his style of coaching but he did lead KU to within a game or two of playing for a national championship and coached them to a BCS bowl game win!! This school is NOT serious about competing at the level of an Alabama or Texas so whats the point?

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years ago

Weis is worthless. There is nothing about this squad that gives me hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Damn. Texas Tech just scored again.

Michael Johnson 9 years ago

I've lost faith in Weis. This team is poorly coached and undisciplined. 2 bad personal fouls set the tone.

BringBackMark 9 years ago

All of the players and coaches talk like if we fix a few minor things we'll be just fine. THIS WAS A 54-16 DRUBBING! There's a total lack of mental toughness and discipline on this team. That's not the players fault but the coaches don't seem to be doing anything about it. More transfer players won't correct the fundamental problem we have.

We got a gift in the La Tech game. Big 12 teams won't hand wins to us. If we go winless the rest of this season we have to look at this year as being every bit as bad as last year. That means we're not seeing improvement and its time to make a change. Especially considering we'll be losing a bunch of key players by the end of next year.

kay_you 9 years ago

According to the depth chart we are losing 4 players to graduation.

Andy Godwin 9 years ago

After 17 games (3 and 14), I think it is very clear the the "pile of crap" Weis refers to resides in the head coach's office. More importantly is was a relief to see Pierson walk off. He is an excellent talent and seeing him motionless was a reminder of the work and effort expended and risk these players take for a coach who fails to take blame for the outcome.

63Jayhawk 9 years ago

and...Charley Weis is an upgrade from Turner Gill? Who recruited Pierson, Sims, Bourbon, Miller, Heeney, etc. etc?

90sHawk 9 years ago

Who recruited Pierson, Sims, Bourbon, Miller? Reggie Mitchell, who Weis retained on staff after Gill's firing.

Robert Brown 9 years ago

I think Sims was recruited by Mangino but you still make a good point. Gill's only recruiting class was very high rated, higher than any of Weis's classes. Gill has become a convenient scapegoat for Weis apologists. Those who claim we need to give Weis more time were probably calling for Gill's ouster after two years. While I think that both Gill and Weis were bad hires, I also believe that football coaches need at least four years to give them a chance to succeed.

Terry N Tom Denner 9 years ago

Oh and by the way Charlie, some will not be upset if you leave early either if you fail to call for a better game plan. Get off your high horse and put someone up stairs to call the offensive plays to run at the defense. You are doing a HORRIBLE JOB CHARLIE !!! Stop being mister I KNOW IT ALL !!!

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