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Jayhawks to move Quigley to running back again in 2010

Kansas running back Angus Quigley flexes after scoring a touchdown against South Florida in this Sept. 12, 2008, file photo in Tampa, Fla.

Kansas running back Angus Quigley flexes after scoring a touchdown against South Florida in this Sept. 12, 2008, file photo in Tampa, Fla.

February 18, 2010, 4:21 p.m. Updated February 19, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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The ongoing search to find a position for Angus Quigley to play is back where it started: running back.

Thursday, the Kansas University football program announced Quigley, who will return to KU for a sixth season after being granted an extension of his five-year clock by the NCAA, will switch back to his natural position in 2010.

“I wasn’t planning on coming back, but I love KU and I love playing football,” Quigley said. “I heard about the new coaching staff and the way they were going to coach and the values they were going to instill and it interested me. I went to the first team meeting with him (new Kansas coach Turner Gill). He is a players’ coach and is respectful.”

For most of his KU career, Quigley made his living lining up behind quarterback Todd Reesing. Quigley, 6-foot-2, 229 pounds, played in 11 games in 2008 and rushed for 309 yards on 59 carries, but encountered difficulties holding onto the football. In 2007, Quigley played in six games and recorded 98 yards on 17 carries. But prior to the start of last season, former KU coach Mark Mangino and his staff encouraged Quigley to switch to linebacker, where he served as a backup and a special teams player throughout 2009. He played sparingly and had three tackles at the unfamiliar position.

Quigley will compete for carries with sophomore Toben Opurum, junior Rell Lewis, freshman Brandon Bourbon and red-shirt freshman Deshaun Sands.

“The new offense works out in my favor and will be my type of style,” he said. “It has been fun being around the coaching staff already. There is more urgency to do things and people are having fun.”

Gill said there was no hesitation on his part about welcoming Quigley back.

“Angus came to me in December and told me that he would like to play another year,” Gill said. “And I told him ‘I would be glad to have you.’”

Upon enrolling in classes at a university, student-athletes receive a five-year clock to complete four years of eligibility. KU Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Theresa Becker, said Wednesday that NCAA bylaws state that the time period can be extended if a player, for reasons beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution, misses more than one season. Quigley came to KU in 2005 but red-shirted that season and missed all of 2006 with an injury.

Quigley is on the team’s official roster and is eligible to participate in spring practices, which begin March 27.

Jayhawks offer Wichita RB

Rivals.com reported Thursday that KU has offered a scholarship to Wichita Heights junior running back Dreamius Smith, 6-foot, 205 pounds. Rivals also reported that KU has offered a scholarship to linebacker Deryck Gildon, a junior at Martin High in Arlington, Texas. Gildon, 6-2, 205, told Rivals that the offer from KU was his first from a Big 12 school. Current KU receiver Chris Omigie, expected to compete for a starting spot as a red-shirt freshman, is a graduate of Martin High.

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Graczyk 4 years, 6 months ago

Gill's cooking with the ingredients he has right now. It will take a few years to get his classes in.

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merg311 4 years, 6 months ago

I think it's a good move. Did Quigley see anytime at all at LB last year? If so, it wasn't much. If he just holds onto the ball he's a damn good RB. And even if he is #3 on the depth chart, that means something. We're gonna see more 2 back sets with Gill and not the continuous singleback next to the QB in shotgun formations. At the very least, Quigley will contribute on special teams. Glad he's coming back!

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newmedia 4 years, 6 months ago

Good luck. Just make sure you leave KU with that degree....

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mudshark 4 years, 6 months ago

Gosh,. I hope Turner doesn't do anything to upset him...

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number1jayhawker 4 years, 6 months ago

Matt, you left out a running back. Incoming freshman, James Sims. He could be the best of the bunch.

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Brave21Hawk 4 years, 6 months ago

Quigley would have been our power back had be been left alone especially after Crawford tanked.

Good move for Gill. Too bad we won't see his name on the jersey.

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dwheidrick 4 years, 6 months ago

Ya James Sims will be good but have you seen Brandon Bourbon? One game he had 451 yards on 9 carries and averaged over 50 yards per carry on the season. So I don't see the move of Quigley to RB very necessary.

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SteelHorseRider 4 years, 6 months ago

Smart move to keep Quigley. Good things are going to happen because he runs hard. I saw Quigley knock out Texas' Safety Gideon, who is supposedly their hardest hitter on "D". What a hit. KU could've used him last year when Opurum had to be the featured back.

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