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The KU football team took Sunday off to spend with family members but will be right back on the fields Monday. The players will continue to compete for starting positions as they gear up for the 2010 season.

April 5, 2010

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Second week on tap

The second week of Kansas University’s spring football practices begins today, and, if Week Two is anything like the opener, coach Turner Gill figures to be a happy man.

After taking his team through four practices last week, including a small-scale scrimmage during Saturday’s workout, Gill said he was impressed by the way the Jayhawks absorbed what he and his staff had taught.

“(I) thought the guys got a good grasp of what we were doing, and every day we got better,” Gill said. “I love the effort and aggressiveness, what we showed on both offense and defense.”

Now that the lesson plan is in place, Gill said the rest of the month would be spent improving.

“We will work on execution the rest of the spring,” he said. “The first week was acclimation and expectations. There was a feeling-out period. Now they understand what we are doing, and we will start fine tuning.”

KU will practice at 3:30 today and will go again Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

A Bronx tale

Rivals.com indicates that KU has extended a scholarship offer to defensive tackle Al Page.

Page, 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, is a junior at Christopher Columbus High in Bronx, New York.

He recorded 40 tackles, one sack and four fumble recoveries during the 2009 season.

In late March, Page told Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell that Rutgers, Maryland and Penn State — “in that order” — were his top three schools, but that did not stop Gill and his staff from offering.

Penn State has yet to offer Page.

Syracuse is the fourth school that has offered a scholarship to the defensive lineman.

KU in hunt for tackle

Kansas also recently made an offer to Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) offensive tackle Pat Flavin.

Flavin, 6-6, 260, is being recruited by KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long and has received seven scholarship offers so far.

According to Rivals, the six other schools that have offered Flavin are: Ball State, Baylor, Boston College, Illinois, Toledo and UCLA.

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