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Briscoe undecided

KU wideout mulls NFL future

Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe (80) laments his second fumble of the game against Missouri during the third quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe (80) laments his second fumble of the game against Missouri during the third quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

November 29, 2009

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— Dezmon Briscoe hasn’t decided yet if he’ll return to Kansas University next year or if he’ll forgo his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

“I don’t know,” the junior receiver said after KU’s 41-39 loss to Missouri on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. “I do want to come back to get my degree, but I do have a good chance to go high in the draft, so I don’t know if I want to take that opportunity or come back to school.”

Briscoe finished the season with 84 catches for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns. His 1,337 receiving yards were the second most by a KU receiver in a year, trailing only the 1,407 receiving yards he had last season.

“I’m going to sit down with my mom and my dad and my coaches,” Briscoe said, “and just find out what goes on from there.”

Briscoe admitted that he hadn’t been having many conversations about his future in the last few weeks.

“Me and my mom, I love her to death. She’s always been there for me through thick and thin,” Briscoe said. “She just tells me to go out, don’t worry about it. We’ll figure it out after the season. So we’re going to sit down and talk about it now that the season’s over.”

So where would Briscoe see himself fitting in on the 2010 draft board?

“Personally, I believe I am a top-two-round pick,” Briscoe said. “But it’s not my pick. It’s the teams that draft’s pick.”

Briscoe said he hadn’t thought about if he would be more likely to stay if Mark Mangino remains as KU’s coach.

Saturday, Briscoe caught 14 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns against MU. The 242 yards receiving were the second-most ever by a Jayhawk in a game — again trailing only his own mark of 269 against Oklahoma last season.

Briscoe still said it was hard to get excited about his day after losing two fumbles.

“The costly fumbles that I did have, they didn’t really make up for the big plays that I did have,” Briscoe said. “The two fumbles I had turned into 14 points, and that really hurt us in the long run.”

Mangino wasn’t as harsh when critiquing his star wideout.

“It was kind of a bittersweet day for Dez. He made some fantastic plays, and he made a couple mistakes that hurt,” Mangino said. “Dez has contributed great things to the program for a long time. Nobody feels worse than Dez.

“It’s not Dez’s fault that we didn’t win the game, that’s for sure. He gave us a chance to win.”

Comments

Jerry Collins 5 years, 8 months ago

Classy response from Briscoe. Took responsibility and showed respect for parents. I like that.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

Dez, there isn't one real KU fan who blames you, just as there isn't one real fan who doesn't wish you the best either way. Selfishly, I'd like to see you come back and bury the Big 12 with about 2,000 yards next year from Pick. Once you got going in a game, you were unstoppable. Don't know if you read this stuff or not, but you've given KU fans an electric feeling these past three years! Either way, you're going to be remembered here.

yankeevet 5 years, 8 months ago

What about the quarterback Reese??? Is he going NFL??

rgh 5 years, 8 months ago

Dez needs to take the money and run. Next year doesn't look good on the offensive side and he can come back and get his degree after retirement or during the off season which many do.

I'd love to have him back but I'm also realistic in saying his time is now not later. Either way we'll be forever happy for the exciting moments he gave us.

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