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At Big 12 Media Days, Kansas HC Charlie Weis said teams playing without a mobile QB means they are playing with 10 men versus 11.

It is an interesting idea and something that many college teams are definitely implementing, in some cases sacrificing passing ability for mobility. It really is up to what the team's head coach and/or offensive coordinator wants to implement. We think there are different types of mobile quarterbacks. For example, Jameis Winston is not an agile ball carrier, but he is very aware and evasive in the pocket. Obviously it is ideal to find a quarterback that combines both skills, but the Andrew Lucks and the Cam Newtons are rare.
Jul 21 - 11:54 AM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis must do better than last season's two-win campaign or face dismissal, notes NFL.com.

"What, exactly, has Weis done on the college level to lead anyone to think he can get this program going in the right direction?" wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. "He has a five-year contract, but another two-win season may lead KU administrators to pull the plug. There are two eminently winnable games in September. But another 0-9 Big 12 mark looks possible." The Jayhawks will open the season with a victory against Southeast Missouri State, and should be favored a few weeks later when they host Central Michigan. Other than that, they travel to play an improved Duke program and then embark on a treacherous nine-game Big 12 schedule. Weis' time as a major collegiate coach looks to be drawing to a close, unless he can pull a rabbit from his hat.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 3:38 PM

Former Kansas basketball player Tarik Black has thus far rejected a chance to try out for the NFL in favor of pursuing an NBA career.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers went to a Jayhawks game in January and asked the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Black to try out as a tight end for the Packers after the season. "I've been looking into it because when you're presented something like that, you can't just turn it down. It's a blessing. I've been talking to Aaron Rodgers a little bit," Black said. "But I'm in Denver, not Green Bay. I want to be a basketball player. That's my passion. I'm not going to give up on it now." Black will try to make the Nuggets, but he doesn't have the skills to play in the NBA. He should strongly consider taking Rodgers up on his offer.
Source: Nuggets.com
Jun 17 - 9:49 PM

Kansas senior RB Darrian Miller and senior WR Andrew Turzilli have both left the program.

Miller bolted campus for what head coach Charlie Weis described as "personal reasons." The top high school recruit, brought in by former coach Turner Gill, had a turbulent history with Weis, who dismissed him after the 2011 season only to welcome him back prior to the 2013 campaign. Turzilli, who graduated in May, would be eligible to play immediately elsewhere. He collected 27 catches for 491 yards and two touchdowns over the past three seasons for the Jayhawks. "I am extremely proud to have earned my degree," Turzilli said. "I am thankful for all of the relationships I have made during my time at Kansas and I wish the entire program nothing but the best in the future."
Jun 14 - 9:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Kansas redshirt senior WR Justin McCray has a chance to emerge as an "impact talent" this year.

McCay has had a star-crossed collegiate career. The ballyhooed prep star, a former five-star recruit, signed with Oklahoma but ended up appearing in just three games over two years. He transferred to KU, sat out a year, and then started seven games in 2013, tallying only nine catches in the Jayhawks' anemic, 117th-ranked passing offense. "McCay was a highly-regarded recruit a few years back due to his frame, athleticism and natural ability and 2014 might be the year he emerges as an impact talent," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 9:38 PM

Kansas senior WR Nick Harwell is one productive year away from attracting NFL attention as a draft pick, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Harwell transferred to Lawrence from Miami (OH) prior to last season after he was dismissed due to off-field issues. NCAA rules forced him to take a redshirt in 2013, coming off 229 catches in three seasons with the Redhawks. "He has ordinary size and speed and doesn't have the most natural hands, but works well out of the slot, using the middle of the field with a veteran field sense," Brugler wrote. "Harwell displays quickness in his breaks and smooth redirection skills, creating a cushion in coverage with his short-area route quickness. While the measureables aren't ideal for the NFL level, he is proven and if he can be productive in Kansas' suspect passing attack, Harwell will attract attention as a possible NFL Draft pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 9:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that if Kansas junior S Isaiah Johnson takes the "next step in his development, the NFL will take notice."

"Johnson shows a versatile array of skills on tape, playing in the box as an impact run defender and also lining up as a single high safety and covering both sidelines. He also covers the slot receiver in man coverage, showing good quickness in his breaks and the route anticipation to click and close and make plays on the ball in front of him," Brugler wrote. Johnson transferred from the JUCO level to Kansas and made instant waves in his first year. Johnson was named the 2013 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year by the conference coaches, leading the team in interceptions (5) and was the second leading tackler with 73 tackles in 2013. The Kansas prospect should be one of the safeties to watch this year in the Big 12.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 4:06 PM

CBS Sports'Dane Brugler notes that Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney "has the mental make-up and competitive nature needed for the position."

"Heeney has the mental make-up and competitive nature needed for the position and he will make it tough for a NFL team to cut him next year," Brugler wrote. The Jayhawks' prospect lead the team in tackles for the last two years, while being the heart and soul of the defense. Look for Heeney to be one of the team leaders for the Jayhawks in 2014. Brugler is a fan of Heeney's "try-hard motor" and notes that he "leaves everything he has on the field."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 2:39 PM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis was paid $2.1 million by Notre Dame in 2012 as part of his separation agreement.

Weis, now the coach at Kansas, will continue to cash checks from the Fighting Irish through 2015. Vice president and chief investment officer Scott Malpass is the only Notre Dame employee -- including coach Brian Kelly, who earned $1.5 million in 2012 -- who earned more from the school than Weis in 2012. Weis went 35-27 at Notre Dame.
Source: USA Today
May 21 - 6:09 PM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis named sophomore Montell Cozart starting QB.

The mighty sure have fallen, as former No. 1 QB recruit Jake Heaps will spend his senior year holding a clipboard. Cozart sealed the deal in the spring game, completing six of 10 passes for 58 yards, adding 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. It's been three years since one of the top two QBs on KU's depth chart completed more than half their passes. The pressure won't be on Cozart, in other words.
Apr 18 - 1:29 AM

Kansas RB James Sims "looked good catching the ball in position drills" at Kansas' pro day, according to NFL.com writer Gil Brandt.

Jayhawks HC Charlie Weis said during the 2013 season that Sims was a pro back. Brandt counters that Sims will "probably be a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft." The 2013 first-team All-Big 12 selection collected 3,592 yards rushing at KU, third-best in school history. He ran a 40-yard dash of 4.59 seconds with the wind in Lawrence.
Mar 15 - 5:15 PM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced on Monday that he himself will replace Ron Ianello as wide receivers coach.

"I have decided to adjust our staff," said Weis in a statement. "Reggie Mitchell will return to a position he is very familiar with as our recruiting coordinator. Rob Ianello will move to an off-field position as director of research, spending most of his time on recruiting. [New offensive coordinator John] Reagan and I discussed several alternatives and have decided to have me handle the wide receiver position at this time." Ianello spent the past two seasons as WR coach and recruiting coordinator. "Coach Weis and I discussed our approach moving forward," said Reagan. "I decided, and we have agreed, that the best immediate answer is to have Coach Weis handle the wide receiver position."
Feb 10 - 7:59 PM

Former Florida TE Kent Taylor will transfer to Kansas.

It's a big get for Charlie Weis, as Taylor was the nation's top-ranked tight end recruit in the class of 2012. The 6-foot-5, 223-pounder played sparingly as a freshman and not at all as a sophomore. He'll have three seasons of eligibility remaining with the Jayhawks.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 05:38:00 PM

Kansas sophomore WR Tre' Parmalee will be out for a "few weeks," according to coach Charlie Weis.

Parmalee suffered a lower-body injury in last weekend's loss against the Longhorns. The injury wasn't as bad as Weis initially believed, but it will keep him out of the lineup for multiple weeks anyway.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis listed junior RB Tony Pierson (concussion) on KU's two-deep depth chart.

Pierson suffered a concussion on Oct. 5 against Baylor. He warmed up last week against Texas but didn't make it onto the field. Weis hopes Pierson will be a full participant in practice all week.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 08:44:00 PM


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