Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Mangino gives PAT duties to Webb

September 9, 2004


Football coach Mark Mangino won't tolerate any more missed extra-point attempts by Kansas University kickers.

"Scott Webb's going to kick the extra points," Mangino said after KU's practice Wednesday. "Any field goals that are spotted inside the 20 will go to Webb, and outside the 20 will go to Johnny Beck."

Beck made field goals from 51 and 20 yards in Saturday's season-opening victory over Tulsa, but the senior missed a 45-yard field goal and an extra point.

Mangino wasn't worried about the 45-yarder, but the coach was miffed about the PAT.

"We can't have that any more," Mangino said after a 21-3 win over Tulsa.

Beck's career has been an odd one. After a standout prep career at Kansas City Piper, he made 14 of 20 field goals and 16 of 17 extra points as a freshman in 2001. But in the past two seasons, he converted only 16 of 33 field goals and 54 of 61 extra points.

Webb was an all-state selection in 2002 when he made 11 field goals and 74 of 76 extra points as a senior at Union High in Tulsa, Okla.

The red-shirt freshman likely will make his collegiate debut in KU's 6 p.m. game against Toledo on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Mangino also split up the kicking duties in the second half of last season, using Jerod Brooks for short kicks and PATs and Beck for longer kicks.

Brooks made all five of his field goals, all from inside 30 yards out.


Running back roles: Mangino hasn't decided who he'll start at running back Saturday, but he appeared to be leaning toward moving sophomore John Randle ahead of junior Clark Green on the depth chart.

"Clark's going to play," Mangino said. "John's going to play. I may go ahead and start John Randle. I haven't decided yet. We need both of them to play very well. That's going to be important for us all season."

Green rushed six times for 23 yards in the first half of the season opener, while Randle gained 56 yards on 17 carries in the second half.

After the game, Mangino said Green had lost some of his foot speed after bulking up too much in the offseason conditioning program.

"I think he got the message," Mangino said of Green, who was KU's leading rusher each of the past two seasons.

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