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Mangino: Reesing will start Saturday

KU quarterback Todd Reesing scrambles away from pressure in the first half of Saturday's game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

KU quarterback Todd Reesing scrambles away from pressure in the first half of Saturday's game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

November 2, 2009, 10:24 a.m. Updated November 3, 2009, 12:00 a.m.

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Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing, who was benched in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 42-21 loss to Texas Tech, will start this weekend in the Jayhawks’ road game against Kansas State, KU coach Mark Mangino said Monday.

“Of course (he will),” the coach said during the Big 12 coaches teleconference.

The announcement ended what had been two days of speculation that began when Mangino benched the senior quarterback midway through the fourth quarter against the Red Raiders and didn’t indicate after the game whether Reesing would be under center this week against the Wildcats.

In the team’s past three games, all Kansas losses, Reesing has endured the roughest stretch of his four-year Kansas career, turning the ball over seven times — five of which have resulted in opponent touchdowns. In that period, his production has steadily decreased. He threw for 401 yards against Colorado, 224 against Oklahoma and just 181 against Texas Tech.

Following the Tech loss, Reesing admitted that he’d been playing through a groin injury sustained during the team’s Oct. 17 loss to the Buffaloes, though he refused to blame the injury for his recent performance. Mangino confirmed the groin injury Sunday, but said Reesing had been cleared to play by the team’s medical staff and had told coaches he was fine.

“I don’t see any problems with him about anything,” Mangino said Monday. “I think the least of his worries ought to be coming out of the game. He is going to focus on getting himself better and getting back into sync.”

Mangino, who acknowledged that Kerry Meier is the team’s third-string quarterback and that Kale Pick is the backup, reiterated Monday that the decision to remove Reesing last Saturday wasn’t any more difficult due to the quarterback’s storied Kansas career.

He also said Reesing wasn’t to blame for the all of the offensive issues.

“I think it was the appropriate thing to do,” he said of removing Reesing. “Number one, he wasn’t getting great protection from the offensive line, and I didn’t want him taking any more shots. Number two, things just weren’t in sync for our whole offense. Not just him, but the whole offense. ... We’re not running the ball well, we’re not protecting well, and we’re dropping balls all over the place. We’ve had drops that are uncharacteristic for us, and they’ve been at crucial times, and they’ve hurt us. And that has nothing to do with Todd.”

Meeting with Snyder ‘just another game’ for Mangino: Saturday’s game against the Wildcats will mark the first time in four years that Mangino will coach against former mentor and current Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, but given the number of former colleagues the Kansas coach regularly runs into during the Big 12 season, the novelty of the situation appears to be wearing off.

“I’ve been in this league a long time, so I’ve got friends coaching everywhere,” Mangino said. “Every time you turn around there’s a team we’re playing I got a friend coaching or something to do with. I’ve been in the conference since ’91, when it was the old Big Eight Conference, so every week there’s going to be some kind of sidebar story for me.”

Snyder still not sure what to make of ’09 Wildcats: Although his team is perched, for the moment, atop of the Big 12 North standings, Snyder admitted Monday that he’s still not sure what to make of his team — or its chances of a berth in December’s Big 12 championship game.

“I’m not sure where we are in any reality,” said Snyder, whose team is 4-0 at home this season. “We’re very, very fortunate to have a better record than some others, but it gets tougher as we go, so (a conference championship-game berth) is not in our line of thinking right now. But stranger things have happened.”

Snyder, who returned to the sideline this season after Kansas State suffered through a difficult three-year stretch under then-coach Ron Prince, also spoke of the importance of winning games against teams from the Big 12’s North Division, which includes Saturday’s matchup with the Jayhawks.

“If you win all of those, you’re probably pretty much assured that you’ve got a chance that you’ll play in the championship game,” Snyder said. “We’ve won the ones in the North, but we’ve got the two losses in the South, and the way it’s divided up right now, I’m not sure who all has got how many losses and what the projection might be.”

Comments

grammaddy 5 years, 9 months ago

Can a hurt player get a little recovery time, or are you trying to completely destroy him? Get your phat a$$ in the game yourself Mangino.

hip_gma 5 years, 9 months ago

grammadaddy: considering there's no love lost between Mangino & Snyder, Mangino is probably going to do everything he can (and risk everything) to get a W in Manhattan. That's just my opinion.

leedavid 5 years, 9 months ago

Grammaddy, I understand your point. This year will be the last year Todd Ressing plays football. So the coach wants to give him every chance possible to play. I'm sure he feels he owes Todd every possible opportunity. From my playing years, I look at Ressing and do not see a groin injury effecting play. Look at the times he ran full speed on plays called for him to run the ball. The quarteback draw, as it were. Who would call a quarterback running play if the quarterback has a injury effecting his run? That is just asking for trouble. What I saw in Todd's play is mental errors. And he is the only one that can resolve that. There is something going on with him, what I can not say.

Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 9 months ago

The poor offensive play contributes greatly to the defense allowing 42 points. Short fields, scores by the other teams defense, short time of possession leading to the D being on the field longer, etc.

tanaumaga 5 years, 9 months ago

has anybody seen the movie cocktail before? reesing is one hell of a bartender...that's all i'm saying..

nobody1793 5 years, 9 months ago

Ya know, if we had pulled off the Colorado game, we'd have the exact record everyone was predicting at the start of the season. We were "supposed" to lose to OU and Tech. Yet suddenly it is the end of the world?

jayhawkrider 5 years, 9 months ago

Sitting at the game this weekend was almost as tough as when I was a kid growing up in Lawrence back in the 80s. The team had absolutely no life from the time they stepped onto the field, and it didn't help that there were maybe 150 KU fans there. Being married to a Red Raider, I know that Jones field is a tough place to play for anyone (just ask UT about the game last year). TTU isn't the team they were without Harrell and Crabtree, but they sure came out better prepared than we did the second half and did a better job than we did at scoring points off of forced turnovers (unless we had butter on our gloves!). I hope we can pull this out of the ditch cuz returning to a losing record like the old days is too painful to consider.

gogoplata 5 years, 9 months ago

I am more concerned about getting our butts kicked by KSU who has half the talent and twice the heart our Jayhawks do right now.

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 9 months ago

as long as we beat ku and mu... and i'd like to have a game to watch over the holidays...

yankeevet 5 years, 9 months ago

Look out; here comes K State...............!!!!!

cjgud42 5 years, 8 months ago

Hyrda...

Did you even watch the game on Saturday? KU's defense scored 7 points off a turnover and also gave the offense the ball back within the 5 yard line, which led to a touchdown. KU's offense was given short fields throughout the game, with many times resulting in 3 and outs.

Also, KU's offense gave the ball back to the red raiders within the red zone and when Reesing fumbled the snap, it resulted in a towndown for texas tech.

So next time watch the game before you said dumb things like.... "Man everybody is dogging Reesing and the offense for only scoring 21. Then they brag on defense for only allowing 42?"

puddleglum 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't think anybody is seriously worried about the kittycats.

I already miss ron prince.

ilikestuff 5 years, 8 months ago

The defense has been porous all year. Even while undefeated it caused one to wonder nervously what might happen when our offense couldn’t score 35 pts.

For the last three games, we’ve relied even more than usual on Reesing’s ability to make something good happen out of chaos & he’s paid for it in health & stats.

Our best play has been letting D-linemen attack Reesing from 3 directions at once, watch him scramble & hope he throws a miracle pass to Meier or Briscoe for a TD.

Throwing 1st down completions on 3rd & 29 is exciting but not a high percentage play. D-Coordinators have figured out if they put ½ dozen guys on Reesing & the rest on Meier & Briscoe we’re toast.

Man, I hope we beat Synder and KSU.

brett conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

nobody 1793, when we lose to k-state that will be the end of the world.

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