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November 22, 2007

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Turkey Day

Players with local families will get some time today to go celebrate Thanksgiving.

KU defensive tackle James McClinton, who has family in Missouri, plans to stuff himself.

"I've got to put some weight on me," he quipped. "Go out there and eat some turkey, have a good time." As for the best part of a Thanksgiving meal? The 290-pound McClinton had a list.

"Stuffing, cranberry sauce, collared greens," McClinton said. "Yams. I like yams."

Team first

KU cornerback Aqib Talib almost got a bit irritated when asked by a reporter what Saturday's game could mean for his season individually.

"I'm not out to prove nothing about myself. I didn't come here to talk about myself," Talib said. "We came out to win a game. The score could be 75 to 76, and I got all 75 points scored on me. I couldn't care less. If we win that game, I'm happy."

Cold-blooded?

Bundled up to battle the cold, Mark Mangino was asked about whether Wednesday's cold temperatures had any impact on practice.

"It's probably going to be this cold Saturday," Mangino said. "The thing that's interesting is, our kids, they like it. They're excited about the cold weather. For some reason, they found that really exciting. I think maybe next year we'll consider two-a-days in Antarctica."

The forecast for Saturday in Kansas City calls for a low temperature of 25 degrees.

Injury update

Asked after Wednesday's practice how his injured players were progressing, Mangino said: "Everybody's on the field getting repetitions."

Franklin fine

Missouri receiver Will Franklin is playing with a bruised back that forced him to miss the second half of last week's game in Manhattan against Kansas State. Franklin told the Columbia Tribune he will play Saturday.

"There's not a question," Franklin said. "There's nothing that's going to keep me from being out there."

Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel said of Franklin's bruised back: "That's very, very painful. I've had the same thing , and I couldn't even walk. For him to even be on the field says a lot about how far he's come this year."

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