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Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

January 9, 2008

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Collins, Talib speak

Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins talked on Tuesday about foregoing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Enlarge video

Two to Shrine Game

KU seniors James McClinton and Brandon McAnderson will play in the annual East-West Shrine game on Jan. 19.

The two will suit up for the West squad and travel to Houston on Jan. 12 to start preparation. The week in Texas will include a visit to the Shriners Hospital on Jan. 13.

The two are pursuing professional careers, and senior games like this one are attended by dozens of scouts.

"It should be a good experience," McClinton said. "It's another game that I can exhibit my skills to the scouts."

New guy?

Rivals.com is reporting that wide receiver Rod Harris of Blinn Community College in Texas is visiting Kansas this weekend and may sign before leaving.

"Hopefully, if it goes like I think it will, I plan to sign on Monday," Harris told Rivals.

Harris is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver originally out of Mesquite, Texas.

New No. 3?

KU cornerback Aqib Talib was asked who's going to take jersey No. 3 now that he's heading to the NFL.

Talib said that cornerback Chris Harris and receiver Dezmon Briscoe both want a piece of it.

"That's going to be up to coach," Talib said.

No. 3 has been pretty good at KU recently. Charles Gordon had it through 2005 (while Talib wore No. 28).

Talib took it when Gordon went to the NFL.

Ex-Jayhawk at title tilt

Kansas University didn't quite make it to the BCS title game, but one of its former players was on the field for the entire game. Tom Quick, a wide receiver at KU from 1984-86, was the umpire on the eight-man officiating crew during LSU's 38-24 victory Monday night against Ohio State.

Quick has been a Big 12 official since 2004.

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