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October 5, 2006

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Kansas University freshman quarterback Kerry Meier finally was given medical clearance to play, meaning doctors won't hold him back from taking the field against Texas A&M on Saturday.

That doesn't necessarily mean he's a lock to start, though.

"He has to feel good," coach Mark Mangino said. "He has to be able to function in every facet of the game, and that's what we're working on here the last couple of days."

Mangino said Monday that if Meier were ready, he'd play over senior Adam Barmann, who has turned in two solid performances in Meier's absence.

"We want to play (Meier) if he's ready to play," Mangino said. "But we're not going to put him in harm's way."

¢ Fighting back: Sophomore defensive tackle Todd Haselhorst last week was named defensive scout team player of the week, the first real public mention of him since he fought back from two surgeries which wiped out his 2005 season.

Haselhorst made the trip to Nebraska last week, but wasn't seen playing. He's not on the latest depth chart at defensive tackle, either.

"He is trying to get back in the groove," Mangino said, "and he's been working at it, so that's a very encouraging sign."

¢ Linebacker shuffle: Kansas continues to feel out its depth chart at linebacker, with the indefinite losses of Eric Washington (concussion) and Brandon Duncan (ankle) causing a shuffle.

For now, it appears Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen have their normal starting jobs locked up. In Washington's place, Arist Wright and James Holt have been competing all week. Holt could be Rivera's backup at middle linebacker, as well.

As for Washington, he's expected to make a complete recovery and maybe even play again this season - which Mangino certainly would welcome.

"He was playing very well," Mangino said, "and up until the injury in the Nebraska game, he was playing exceptionally well."

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