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KU’s Sharp playing hurt

Ailing KU running back has lost a step

Kansas running back Jake Sharp warms up before the Jayhawks kick off against Colorado Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Folsom Field.

Kansas running back Jake Sharp warms up before the Jayhawks kick off against Colorado Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Folsom Field.

October 25, 2009

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Stagnant offense dooms KU football

Todd Reesing threw three interceptions in the first half of a game in which the Jayhawks just weren't clicking. Kansas dropped its second conference game to the Sooners. Enlarge video

The undisclosed leg injury that forced Kansas University running back Jake Sharp to miss nearly three games earlier this season has continued to hinder the player even after his return to the lineup, coach Mark Mangino said Sunday night.

“The fact of the matter is that he doesn’t have entire strength in that leg back yet, he just doesn’t," said Mangino, who originally said he'd wait until Sharp was 100-percent before putting back into the lineup. "And he’s just playing because he really is a tough kid; he wants to play, he wants to contibute. But it’s not where it was prior to his injury."

Since returning to the field against Colorado two weeks ago, Sharp has looked far from the player he was in the team's first two games this season, when he averaged 113.5 yards per game on the ground and looked to be playing the best football of his career.

He finished with just 37 yards on 13 carries against the Buffaloes and managed just 14 yards on seven carries in Saturday's 35-13 loss to Oklahoma, failing to record a rush for more than five yards in either game.

Sharp, who for the first time in his career was listed as the team's starting running back going into the fall, sustained the injury during a mid-week practice prior to the team's Sept. 19 matchup with Duke. At the time, Sharp was considered as day-to-day and was held out of victories over Southern Mississippi and Iowa State.

Asked Sunday whether the team's medical staff believes Sharp will return to 100-percent health before the end of the season, Mangino said he wasn't sure.

"We’re very hopeful of that, but I think that the type of injury that he has sustained does take time," he said. "He’s made some major gains in the healing process, and things are coming along. But it needs time. I think we just got to use Jake the best we can and keep his best interests in mind, but we’re hoping that over time it will improve greatly and give him a chance to regain his speed and ability to change direction that he had prior to the injury.”

Comments

parrothead8 5 years, 2 months ago

Way to catch that [DATE] quickly.

Didn't Sharp have a pretty nice run in the first half called back on a penalty? Even on that run, it was clearly evident his top-end speed is missing right now.

persevering_gal 5 years, 2 months ago

While I'm not a know-it-all football fan, my suggestion would be to mix up the offense a little bit and try some other players other than Sharp even when he was playing well. Even if Jake were playing top-notch yesterday, that probably wouldn't have helped us all that much with 3 interceptions by Reesing. We have to learn to stay focused under pressure. But anyway, I still love my boys, and I know I couldn't do any better.

heybluekc 5 years, 2 months ago

I think Reesing is hurt as well. The "tired arm" that a baseball player gets. He has no zip on the ball right now. Sit him for a week and lets see what Kale Pick can do. Usually tired arms respond with a little rest.

raoulduke 5 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like an ankle (ability to change direction), which if severe, could linger long. Good luck in recovery, Jake. Opurum looks solid while getting valuable playing time...not as shifty, but powerful.

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