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Briscoe to enter 2010 NFL Draft

Kansas wide receiver will forgo senior season

Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe is dragged down by Iowa State defensive back David Sims after a catch during the first quarter, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe is dragged down by Iowa State defensive back David Sims after a catch during the first quarter, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Kivisto Field.

December 4, 2009, 12:48 p.m. Updated December 5, 2009, 12:00 a.m.


Receiver Briscoe to enter NFL Draft

Kansas University junior Dezmon Briscoe announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Enlarge video

KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe

KU wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe talks to reporters after announcing his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft on Dec. 4, 2009.

There was not a lot of suspense surrounding Dezmon Briscoe’s announcement Friday afternoon that he’d be forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2010 NFL Draft.

As a rule of thumb, when immensely talented athletes who are projected as high NFL Draft picks call postseason news conferences, it’s a safe assumption that their days on a college campus are numbered.

“We all know why I’m here,” said Briscoe, as soon as he’d taken his seat Friday in a conference room at Allen Fieldhouse.

Briscoe, who said he made his decision after speaking with recently resigned KU coach Mark Mangino last week, is projected anywhere between a first- and third-round pick after putting together arguably the best career a Kansas receiver has ever enjoyed.

In just three seasons, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound Dallas native essentially revolutionized the receiver position at KU, finishing his career with 219 receptions for 2,266 yards and 31 touchdowns — each of which shattered the previous school marks.

“He is easily the most talented player I have ever coached,” said receivers coach David Beaty in a statement. “It was a thrill to coach him and watch what he could do on a day-to-day basis.”

Since exploding for 14 catches and 201 yards in last season’s Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota, Briscoe has kind of figured that an NFL future — assuming he maintained his production as a junior — was a strong possibility.

And following a ’09 season in which he was tapped as a first-team all-Big 12 selection, he decided he was ready to make the leap to professional football — a decision aided by the departure of a talented KU senior class that included quarterback Todd Reesing.

“Todd’s been my quarterback all three years I’ve been here,” Briscoe said. “A remarkable guy. Not another quarterback I’d rather have in the nation than him. ... I don’t really have that kind of chemistry with the incoming quarterbacks or the quarterback that’s already here.”

While his on-field production was never an issue, Briscoe admitted Friday to making the occasional mistake during his three-year tenure in Lawrence. He was granted a diversion agreement following theft by deception charges for an incident stemming from a 2007 incident at Wal-Mart, and was suspended for spring practice for an undisclosed violation of team rules, but said he was thankful Mangino allowed him to remain at the university in lieu of his off-the-field woes.

“I feel like the stuff that I did, other head coaches in the nation would have just booted me off the team,” Briscoe said.

As of now, Briscoe plans to join friend and fellow Big 12 standout Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State in Tampa to begin training for the NFL Combine. He said he’s been contacted by various agent-types, but has yet to hire representation.

At the urging of his mother, meanwhile, he said he intends to finish his degree at some point — insisting that the penalty for failing to do so would likely be severe.

“I’m probably a little too old for this, but (she’d) probably give me a whoopin’,” he said.

“She just wants what’s best for me,” he added. “She’d be upset with me (if I didn’t earn my degree), but I don’t think she’d force me to do it. But I feel like it’s something that I need to do.”

Oddly enough, Mangino’s first public comments since his Thursday resignation came in a release announcing Briscoe’s departure.

“Dezmon had a great career here at Kansas and had a lot of outstanding achievements,” Mangino said. “Dezmon and his family are ready for the challenge of the NFL. Dez will be highly successful and I wish him nothing but the very best.”

Briscoe, who will finish the semester at KU, said Friday he views himself as one of the top 10 college receivers nationally, and has spent some time researching his draft stock online.

As for potential NFL destinations, Briscoe said he wouldn’t mind joining former Jayhawk Anthony Collins in Cincinnati.

“I love the Cincinnati Bengals,” he said. “... I’ve just been fascinated by them since they got the new jerseys.”


MrShades 8 years, 5 months ago

DON'T BE MORONS He was going anyway Quit being Lew bashers you'll make yourself look silly

Steve Miller 8 years, 5 months ago

get out while the gettins good.... thanks lew.

1029 8 years, 5 months ago

All the receiving yards Briscoe had don't make up for the numerous game-changing fumbles and dropped passes he had while he was here. Any number of players could have performed his role in the KU offense and had those kinds of numbers. It wasn't that Briscoe was overly talented. Any NFL team will be taking a huge gamble considering the fact that NFL defensive players are much bigger, stronger, and faster and will easily be able to rip the ball from Briscoe's weak grasp (again, just look at the picture that accompanies this article). I do think he was a decent player, and sometimes he did good things. I wish him luck in the NFL, but I hope he goes to some team that I am indifferent towards, because his penchant for making stupid mistakes will eventually disappoint fans. Hopefully he will continue to get stronger and improve as a player, just as did during the years that he was at KU.

On another note, the people bashing Perkins either secretly want KU sports to be unsuccessful, and/or they have no idea how the college athletic world works. Like him or hate him, Lew is good at what he does.

jayhawks71 8 years, 5 months ago

The NFL expects its receivers to hold on to the ball after catching it and to catch balls that are thrown "on the numbers."

MrShades 8 years, 5 months ago

1029 Well said. A third option for their Lew - Bashing... They used to have tickets, or better tickets, but can't / won't cough up the $$$'s to have the great seats they once had and still feel entitled to. So rather than realize KU Sports is a business (and business is Good under Lew's tenure) they whine, all the while failing to realize that without the work Lew has done we would still be a sports program that is at best regionally marketable.

nobody1793 8 years, 5 months ago

"The NFL expects its receivers to hold on to the ball after catching it and to catch balls that are thrown 'on the numbers.'"

Being both a Bears and Chiefs fan, I beg to differ.

formerjayhawk2 8 years, 5 months ago

The NFL looks for a few different types of players. 1. Special players with rare skills. 2. consistent players that they can count on. 3. players with the potential to improve. Briscoe has the size and skill to play in the NFL but easy drops and fumbles are only tolerated when they come from the top players- backups are not allowed to have costly turnovers. He is a really good player with the potential to succeed in the NFL but he must improve his hands, route running and quickness in/out of the break. Fumbles are technique issues- catch and tuck and carring the ball high and tight.... he will learn it quickly if he wants to play on sunday's or he will not stay in the NFL very long.....

monkeyspunk 8 years, 5 months ago

Dez will be a #1 on most teams in the NFL, and would be an awesome #2 on a few of the elite teams. Middle of the first round.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 5 months ago

Big shocker!

I'm with MrShades...he was going to leave anyway. He's had problems with academics anyway...he never came here for an education.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 5 months ago

Meh, the more I think about it, his 40 yd dash is kind of slow for an NFL WR, so he probably won't go as high as that.

jayhawks71 8 years, 5 months ago

nobody, there is a difference between expecting it and having to settle for guys who drop the ball. Johnny Knox is the only Bears' receiver who, currently, has the potential to be a top tier NFL receiver. If the Bears CAN get someone who holds on to the ball and can run routes, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester will be nothing more than backups or slot guys in a 4 receiver set. Briscoe is not the guy to take a roster spot from either of those two. If Briscoe has trouble holding on to the ball with guys who will never sniff the pros tackling him, good luck on Sundays.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 5 months ago

Seems more and more your 40 is more important then you hands. Darrius Heyward-Bay got drafted ahead of Michael Crabtree, and the Raiders might be dumb enough to not realize that mistake yet.

Douglas Garst 8 years, 5 months ago

Rating of two Kansas receivers, Meier & Briscoe, on a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the best...Meier 10 and Briscoe 5. Best of luck to Briscoe but the next level will be a real shock when he put on the Pro pads and a Pro defensive back hits him at half-speed...there are at least 20 wide receivers in the college ranks that are better than him...

jayhawks71 8 years, 5 months ago

orhs, come on, really. I'm a huge Meier fan and think Briscoe's work ethic and ability to hold on to the ball are suspect and even I don't buy your rating. At the next level ---Briscoe 7.5; Meier 5.

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