Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rice O-line coach, former KU aide John Reagan sees promise in Jayhawks’ D-line

Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue scrambles from Kansas buck Ben Goodman during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue scrambles from Kansas buck Ben Goodman during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.


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— Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan, offensive line coach at Kansas University under Mark Mangino, was on the winning side against his former employer, 23-14, Saturday night in Rice Stadium, but he left impressed with the unit against which he coached.

“You know what, I think they can be really good up front,” Reagan said, “and I think their linebackers run really well. We had a hard time moving it inside, and when we tried to get it going on the perimeter, their linebackers were running it down. It really stuck us with the option and we were able to do that pretty decently and then at the end we got it going on the inside too.”

Rice senior running back Charles Ross rushed for a career-high 157 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 27 carries. KU’s defenders made him earn the yardage, according to the Owls’ offensive coordinator.

Reagan said he was particularly impressed with reserve defensive lineman Tedarian Johnson.

“We struggled with him inside,” Reagan said.

Reagan’s preparation for the game led him to believe “we might have favorable matchups at safety.”

Thanks in part to pressure and hits delivered by the KU front, Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue had an off night and frequently missed open targets in attempting to exploit the secondary.

Rice became the 23rd consecutive KU opponent in a game played outside Lawrence to come away victorious. The Owls have two of the 23 consecutive victories by FBS opponents of Kansas.

“There are lot of people who think because we won last year, this is a team we should beat, but they’re still a Big 12 team that has more athletes and bigger kids than we have, so it’s a huge win,” Reagan said.

Former KU players Adrian Mayes, A.J. Steward and Ryan Cantrell work as assistants under Reagan, so all four men can enjoy bragging rights for the night’s result and will go back to wishing their old home well.

“I hope they’re able to get it back on track,” Reagan said. “Obviously, there are a lot of good people there. I hope they can get it going where they want it to go.”


Roman Castillo 8 years, 11 months ago

So we have better athlete's and bigger kids? What's the issue here then?

Dirk Medema 8 years, 11 months ago

more and bigger. He didn't say better.


Adam McEwen 8 years, 11 months ago

well, our big athletes can't catch the ball if their lives depended on it, and our offense has about as much rhythm as traditional chinese music. Forget about breaking down LA Tech film and preparation, these guys need to spend the week running and attempting to complete simple screens, five yard outs and crosses.

Brad Avery 8 years, 11 months ago

Gee, if KU only had safeties who knew what their responsibilities were in the run option, receivers who could catch a football, a quarterback who could run and receivers who could block the edges on bubble screens, and, oh yeah, a guy who could kick field goals, the Jayhawks be in great shape.

Robert Brock 8 years, 11 months ago

Some of those are things which we may improve as the season moves along. With the exception of our receivers catching the ball - it ain't gonna happen this year!

milehighhawk 8 years, 11 months ago

Classy comments after a career-high rushing effort.

Al Martin 8 years, 11 months ago

Oh, puh-leeeze. The Rice offensive line pushed us around all night. Physically, they simply had their way with us. This is what we've come to: pity praise from a mid-major assistant coach.

flyingfinn 8 years, 11 months ago

The Rice offensive line pushed Texas A&M around all night. Our defense played well the offense needs to improve vastly!!!!!

Al Martin 8 years, 11 months ago

Yes. And saying that the defensive line was awful is not contradictory.

I'll explain again: we have playmakers in our linebackers and defensive backs. The defensive line got no pressure on the quarterback and got mauled all night.

16 points reflects a tremendous, standout effort by the defensive backfield. The d line remains poor.

leonard 8 years, 11 months ago

"Reagan sad. “Obviously, there are a lot of good people there. I hope they can get it going."

The talent and physical play of this year's team is way ahead of last year's squad. However, we're still a long way from where we need to be to compete successfully in the conference...and many of those deficiencies have been addressed by the writers and fans in this forum.

For me, the biggest challenge so far has been the subpar passing game. Last year's team had a QB that couldn't throw it into the ocean and receivers who couldn't get open or make the tough catch.

This year? An improvement at QB but still a real question mark at the receiver position in getting open and catching the ball. OK, I haven't said anything earth shattering...but I will posit this:

Just like last season, our receivers are having a hard time creating any separation...which means too many passing plays result in a tough catch situation (yeah, I'm also aware of the wide open drops) for the receivers. Is it really a lack of talent at wide receiver or a poorly conceived offensive scheme?

After watching 14 games of Charlie's offensive system...I'm beginning to think the real problem in the passing game is Charlie's system...making it hard for receivers to get open.

We've got enough horses available on offense...but Charlie needs to take a hard look at his system and play calling.

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