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Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On the day that Charlie Weis introduced his three new transfers to the Kansas football team, the Jayhawks also bid farewell to ten others.

The school announced on Monday that six players had been dismissed from the program, including quarterback Brock Berglund, running back Damian Miller, wide receiver Keeston Terry and defensive end Tyrone Sellers. The players were all dismissed for academic or behavioral issues.

"You can't make decisions on how good they are. You have to make decisions on doing the right thing," said Weis.

There were also three players who are no longer a part of the Kansas football team, but remain enrolled in school. The list includes starting quarterback Jordan Webb. Webb started all 12 games for the Jayhawks this season, throwing for 1,884 yards and 13 touchdowns. His decision to leave the football team likely had a lot to do with the fact that two of the three transfers being introduced on Monday were quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps.

While Heaps has to sit out the 2012 season due to his transfer, as a graduate student, Dayne Crist will be eligible to play right away for the Jayhawks next season. Which relegates Webb to the role of backup.

It's possible that Webb could plan on finishing up his degree at Kansas this spring and then transfer to another school to play next fall just like Crist.

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Dayne Crist to visit Kansas, consider transfer

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The Charlie Weis hire could pay immediate dividends in the transfer market for the Kansas Jayhawks.

According to reports from both the New York Times' Pete Thamel and the Chicago Tribune, former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will visit Kansas over the weekend to meet with Weis and discuss a possible transfer to join the Jayhawks. Weis originially recruited the former five-star prospect to South Bend and was Crist's coach for the first two years of his career.

Because Crist is set to graduate at the end of this semester, he will be a single-season "free agent" in the style of Russell Wilson and will not be forced to sit out a penalty year for his transfer. Crist could follow in Wilson's shoes in more ways than one, too, as Wisconsin is another strongly rumored destination for his services.

But Kansas also has to be viewed as a serious contender to land the 6'4" pocket passer. Weis and Crist enjoyed a close bond during their shared years in South Bend -- the Tribune recollects that Crist committed to Weis "basically on the spot" when Weis visited his high school -- and Crist is of course already familiar with Weis's system and terminology. It won't hurt that the Jayhawks' incumbent starter, sophomore Jordan Webb, struggled through a 2011 season in which he ranked 69th in the FBS in pass efficiency and left the Jayhakws 101st in passing yardage. 

A reunion with Weis is also far from a done deal, as Crist will likely have no shortage of suitors. But Weis will no doubt do everything he can to bring Crist aboard--slotting a player of Crist's experience and potential under center would make for an overwhelmingly positive start to a coaching tenure already regarded with widespread skepticism.
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 11:07 am
 

Keys to the Game: Kansas vs. Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS WILL WIN IF: The Sooners somehow get lost on their way to Lawrence and miss the game resulting in some kind of a forfeit. Barring that, it's not likely to happen. Still, if there's anyway that a Kansas defense that's allowing an NCAA-worst 49.4 points and 556 yards per game is going to slow down the Oklahoma offense, it will be by getting pressure on Landry Jones. The most trouble Oklahoma has had this season came on the road against Florida State, and it was because the Seminoles defensive line was in Jones' face all night long. The Jayhawks offense has been able to put points on the board this season, so if the defense can somehow find a way to get to Jones consistently, Kansas might have a shot.

OKLAHOMA WILL WIN IF: The Sooners just keep doing what they've been doing. This will be only the second time this season that Oklahoma has played a game outside of Norman that wasn't a neutral site, and Bob Stoops' teams have had trouble on the road the last few seasons. That being said, Oklahoma has a lot more talent on both sides of the ball than Kansas does, so as long as the Sooners take care of the ball there's really no reason that they should lose this game.

X-FACTOR: Most of the focus with Kansas this season has been how horrible the defense has been, and understandably so. What's been lost in the shuffle, however, has been the performance of quarterback Jordan Webb. Through five games Webb has completed nearly 70% of his passes for 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 172.0, better than Kellen Moore's 171.6. If the Jayhawks can keep Webb on his feet, he could make enough plays to keep the Jayhawks in the game and possibly pull off one of the biggest upsets we'd see this season.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:50 am
 

Two Big 12 QB battles settled

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the most discussed quarterback competition in the Big 12 is the one at Texas, two other Big 12 schools settled their quarterback debates over the weekend. Both Iowa State and Kansas named starting quarterbacks.

First we'll start in Ames where Paul Rhoads named Steele Jantz the Cyclones starting quarterback. Now, while Rhoads maintains that Jantz won the battle in practice, it should also be pointed out that Jantz's main competition, Jerome Tiller, has been ruled academically ineligible. Which makes the competition a bit easier to win.

“Steele Jantz will be our starting quarterback when we open up the 2011 season Sept. 3 here in Jack Trice Stadium against UNI,” Rhoads said on Saturday. “Steele emerged from a group of three quarterbacks, as you know, by displaying the three qualities we were looking for most consistently. That’s decision-making. That’s throwing accuracy and that’s getting things done with his feet.”

Still, besides having an awesome name, Jantz seems to have a nice arm as well. The junior college transfer threw for 3,075 yards and 23 touchdowns last season at City College of San Francisco.

Meanwhile, at Kansas, in an announcement that wasn't much of a surprise, Jordan Webb will start the season atop the depth chart for the Jayhawks. Webb played in nine of Kansas' 12 games in 2010, throwing for 1,195 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Numbers that are going to have to improve in 2011 if the Jayhawks don't want to finish the season as one of the worst offenses in the country again. 
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Kansas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice  . So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers . Today, we look at Kansas, which starts spring practice on Friday.

Spring Practice Question: Can Turner Gill find a quarterback worthy of keeping the job this season?

Turner Gill's first season at Kansas was not a success. In fact, it was something that most Kansas fans have probably spent the last four months trying to completely erase from their memories. While the players did their best to adjust to the new lifestyle choices that Gill was instituting -- how does a college kid survive without a cell phone and girls, anyway? -- the results on the field showed that this is a process that is going to take some time.

It was a season that began with a 6-3 loss to North Dakota State at home, and was followed by eight more losses and only three wins. Of those eight losses, five came by 20-point deficits or more. To put that in perspective, Kansas couldn't even manage to score 20 points in nine of its twelve games.

The offense finished 111th in the country in points per game with 17.1, while the defense came in at 103rd with 34.4 points against per game. Not exactly a winning formula.

So, clearly, if you are expecting some great turnaround with Kansas this season, you should share whatever drugs you're on with everyone around you. Your world seems like a wonderful place.

Instead of focusing on winning the Big 12 this season, Turner Gill will be best suited looking to improve his team, and finding answers for the future. The first position he'll be looking to improve, however, is usually the hardest one to get right.

The Jayhawks had a bit of a quarterback carousel through 2010. Through the season, Kale Pick, Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham all got time at starting quarterback. Gill does not want a repeat of that in 2011, and he's answered part of the question a bit by moving Pick to wide receiver this season.

Unfortunately, even though spring practice hasn't even begun, the Jayhawks have already had a setback at the position.

Quarterback Brock Berglund was the biggest recruit that Kansas landed in its 2011 class. There was some thought that the 6'4 dual-threat quarterback from Colorado could come in and start his freshman season. He even graduated from high school last December so he could enroll early at Kansas. Sadly, due to what the school referenced as "personal circumstances," Berglund has returned home to Colorado and won't be around for spring practice.

Which means that April will be a two-man battle between Webb and Mecham. Neither player was fantastic for the Jayhawks in their time, but given the fact that Turner Gill is focusing on the future, I'd have to give an edge to Webb.

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He'll be a sophomore this season, while Mecham will be a senior. Normally the experience of a senior might mean something, but Mecham has thrown less passes in his first three years (102) than Webb completed in his freshman season (121).

Webb also played pretty well at times for the Jayhawks. In a four-week stretch following the opening day loss against North Dakota State, Webb completed 67 of 110 passes (61%) with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. It's just after that nice start, Webb only completed 48 of 93 passes (52%) with 1 touchdown and 5 interceptions. Which is the kind of swing you'd expect to see from a freshman playing in the Big 12 for the first time.

So, in that sense, while Kansas will not have its quarterback position settled by the time spring practice ends, I think the next month of practices will be very important for Webb. If he can show improvement and a greater grasp of the offense, he'll enter the summer on top of the depth chart.

Which will give him an advantage over Berglund, who will be in Lawrence this summer, and will have to make up some time if he hopes to wrestle the job away before the season starts.
 
 
 
 
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