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March 11, 2008

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House recognizes KU

The U.S. House of Representatives was expected to pass a resolution Monday night congratulating the KU football team for its 2007 season, which concluded with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

The resolution originally was submitted by Kansas representative Nancy Boyda on behalf of herself, Dennis Moore, Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt. It was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor.

Interesting note about the resolution, submitted on Jan. 29: The score of the game was incorrectly listed as 24-20, and All-America cornerback Aqib Talib's first name was spelled "Aquib."

KU expects both those facts to be corrected in the final version.

Mortensen watched

KU linebacker Joe Mortensen has been named to the watch list for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award.

Mortensen, KU's middle linebacker, had 106 tackles in 2007 after making the switch from outside linebacker.

However, Mortensen was seen on crutches at Saturday's awards banquet with a brace on his left knee.

Mortensen was playing through a knee injury late in the 2007 season, but it actually was his right knee causing his problems then.

Pro Day today

Many NFL scouts are expected to be in Lawrence today as KU conducts its annual pro day.

Several former Jayhawks - including Talib, Anthony Collins, Derek Fine, Marcus Henry and Brandon McAnderson - are expected to work out this morning in hopes of luring the interest of professional teams.

At least two former Jayhawks - Talib and Collins - are certain to get selected in the NFL Draft, which starts April 26 in New York.

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