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CHILDS DOES IT ALL FOR KU

September 13, 1999

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HenrÃ- Childs returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown caught three passes for 47 yards and a TD and ran for 46 yards.

All of last season, Kansas University football coach Terry Allen told anyone who would listen that HenrÃ- Childs could do it all.

On Saturday in the Jayhawks' 71-14 trashing of Cal State Northridge, Childs just about did.

Childs, KU's 6-foot-2, 215-pound running back-wide receiver-punt returner from Lenexa, rushed five times for 46 yards, caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 72 yards for another TD.

"Anytime I get on the field, I want to make the most if it," Childs said.

Last season, Childs lined up at tailback, fullback, wideout, tight end and punt returner. He even was a third-string QB who never took a snap.

He played in all 11 games and had just eight yards on three carries and 115 yards on eight receptions.

This season, though, KU coach Terry Allen wants to use Childs more as a short-yardage back, and it was on the ground that Childs shone against CSN. Childs averaged 9.2 yards per carry -- third on the team behind QB Dylen Smith (12-yard average on two carries) and tailback David Winbush (9.6 yards on 14 carries).

"HenrÃ- got the game ball," Allen said. "He did a nice job with that punt return, and he proved he'll be valuable in short-yardage situations."

Childs' 72-yard punt-return touchdown was his second career runback for a score. He returned a punt 79 yards for a TD against Missouri last season.

Childs has averaged 23.25 yards on four returns this season, which ranks fifth nationally in Div. I-A punt returns.

"I got to the wall," Childs said of his runback TD. "Once I did that, it was smooth sailing."

If Childs had one regret on the day, it was that now he'll never know how Kansas would have fared in its opener if it had played more like it did against CSN.

Though Notre Dame -- which beat Kansas 48-13 two weeks ago -- is a far cry from Northridge, the Jayhawks didn't help their cause with costly turnovers, penalties and special-teams miscues.

"We always believed we could put points on the board," Childs said. "It was just a matter of doing it. Who knows what would have happened at Notre Dame if we hadn't had all those turnovers, penalties and special-teams errors? We know we can be good. It's just a matter of doing it."

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And the winners are: Kansas' coaches named the following weekly award winners: Dylen Smith, offensive player of the game; Dion Rayford, defensive player of the game; Rayford's blow to CSN's Terrence Jones that forced a fumble just before halftime, "big hit" of the game; Childs' 72-yard punt-return touchdown, play of the game; Tyrus Fontenot, special teams player of the game; Josh Homolka and Kyle Grady, scout teamers of the week.

Upon further review: After reviewing tape, KU's defensive coaches revised the tackling leaders as follows: Andrew LeClair, six; Chaz Murphy and Greg Erb, five; Chad Coellner, four; Dion Rayford, Kareem Carter, Algie Atkinson, Kareem High, Andrew Davison and Carl Nesmith, three.

Erb leads the team this season with 14 total stops and is followed by Dariss Lomax (13), High (12) and LeClair and Atkinson (10 each). Rayford and Tim Bowers share the team lead with two sacks apiece, and Rayford has a team-best three tackles for losses.

Injury update: Allen said Sunday that wide receiver Termaine Fulton, who suffered a right high-ankle sprain against the Matadors, reported swelling on Sunday, and his status for Saturday's game at Colorado is questionable.

Other than that, Kansas escaped serious injury.

"We might have a couple of guys miss a practice or two," Allen said, "but everybody except Termaine should be good to go."

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Timeout flurry: Allen said it about backup QB Smith, whose only negative on the day was that he burned three second-half timeouts because of communication problems: "That drive there covered 60 yards and three timeouts. We had a couple of communication problems. But at least he was heads-up enough to look at the clock and call the timeout."

-- Andrew Hartsock's phone number is 832-7216. His e-mail address is ahartsock@ljworld.com.

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