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KU coach Gill officially announces two signings

New head football coach Turner Gill is introduced to the Jayhawk Nation at a press conference on Monday.

New head football coach Turner Gill is introduced to the Jayhawk Nation at a press conference on Monday.

January 5, 2010

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Kansas University football coach Turner Gill officially announced the first two signings of his tenure Monday, welcoming in junior college players Quinn Mecham and Dave Clark.

Mecham, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback, threw for 3,091 yards and 40 touchdowns — compared to 11 interceptions — last season as a sophomore at Snow (Utah) Junior College and led the Badgers to a 21-2 record in his two seasons at the school.

He was twice named the national junior college player of the week, as well.

Clark, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound cornerback who attended Independence (Kan.) Community College, earned second-team all-conference honors as a freshman before missing his entire sophomore season in 2009 due to injury.

Mecham is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, while Clark was tapped as a four-star recruit.

“We are excited to have both of these players join our program,” said Gill, who is also expected to formally introduce his new coaching staff early this week. “They are both outstanding talents and we expect them to challenge for starting jobs right away.”

Brooks expected to return

Former Kansas linebacker Vernon Brooks, who decided to leave the program midway through the past season, has been reinstated by Gill, Rivals.com reported Monday.

A former transfer from Blinn (Texas) Community College, Brooks was expected to battle for a starting role in 2009, but never saw extensive playing time under former coach Mark Mangino.

Brooks told the Web site that he will be academically eligible for the 2010 season and plans to be present when the team undergoes its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 14.

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