2007 KU Football Press Conference Nov. 20
- Aqib Talib talks about how Mark Mangino recruited him to KU
- Derek Fine talks about the biggest game he has yet to play in during his five-year Jayhawk career
- Jake Sharp talks about the added excitement that comes with playing at Arrowhead Stadium
- James McClinton talks about KU's biggest defensive test yet this season
- Marcus Henry talks about lining up against a Mizzou defense that has come up big against big opponents
- Mark Mangino meets with the media as he prepares to coach his biggest game yet at KU against No. 3 Missouri this Saturday
- Phillip Strozier talks about his potential role filling in for Kendrick Harper against a potent MU pass offense
- Todd Reesing talks about facing a very underrated Missouri defense Saturday
The Border War 2007
KU utility man Kerry Meier is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, a tremendously popular magazine with 3 million subscribers.
Meier is shown catching his touchdown pass in the second quarter of KU's 45-7 victory over Iowa State on Saturday. The words, "Dream Season (So Far)" are underneath.
It's believed to be the first time that KU football has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, though Jayhawk basketball has made multiple appearances, and former KU track great Jim Ryun was on the cover in 1966.
KU coach Mark Mangino was asked Tuesday if he was confident that left tackle Anthony Collins would be able to play after sitting out the Iowa State game.
"Am I confident of that? I'm not absolutely confident of that," Mangino said. "I feel pretty good about the prospects of him playing."
Collins, a finalist for the Outland Trophy, warmed up with the team last week with a noticeable limp, but never left the sideline once the game started.
Not a problem
Mangino was a little more sure about the health of quarterback Todd Reesing, who has been hobbled slightly by an ankle injury the last two weeks.
"He's fine," Mangino said.
Reesing, for what it's worth, was asked after the game how his ankle was feeling.
"I'm fine," Reesing said. "We're 11-0. I feel great."
A longer visit?
With all 79,451 seats at Arrowhead Stadium accounted for Saturday, it's obvious there will be a strong case toward renewing the KU-MU Arrowhead contract beyond 2008.
But that's for another day, according to associate athletic director Jim Marchiony.
"We have not discussed it," Marchiony said. "We'll probably discuss it sometime after this game. But we have not discussed it yet."
A total of 14 Jayhawks were named Academic All-Big 12, the league office announced Tuesday.
Of those, 11 were first-team selections, meaning they had a 3.2 grade-point average or higher while participating in 60 percent of the team's contests.
They are: Reesing, Russell Brorsen, Brian Seymour, Scott Webb, Jeff Foster, John Larson, Micah Brown, Sadiq Muhammed, Mike Rivera, Jake Sharp and Jeff Wheeler.
Brorsen and Seymour were recognized for perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Players of the week
Despite Reesing being named Big 12 co-offensive player of the week for his strong play against Iowa State, the KU coaches chose to honor both Meier and Dexton Fields as the team's offensive players of the week. Chris Harris was honored on defense, and Justin Springer was cited for special teams.