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Iowa Western Community College QB Zack Stoudt has KU football atop his list

November 30, 2010

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Inexperience at the quarterback position posed a problem for Kansas University’s football team throughout 2010, but the KU coaching staff has been busy chasing a solution.

KU is one of seven schools to have extended a scholarship offer to junior-college standout Zack Stoudt, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound, pro-style quarterback from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In October, KU coach Turner Gill drove to Iowa to watch Stoudt play. Stoudt returned the favor by making a visit to Lawrence the weekend of Nov. 20 for the Jayhawks’ game against Oklahoma State.

Stoudt admittedly knew very little about Gill and his program before his visit. But according to Rivals.com, that changed quickly.

“The first thing that stood out was the coaching staff, and that’s important because you deal with them every day,” Stoudt said. “Coach Chuck Long was great and very nice. We watched film and got to know each other better. He’s the type of coach I would want to play for. Coach Turner Gill is the same way.”

Stoudt’s father, Cliff, is a former NFL quarterback who was the back-up to Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw for six seasons before starting for one. His younger brother, Cole, recently committed to Clemson.

Other than KU, the only BCS school to offer Stoudt is Mississippi, which got in on the process fairly late. Stoudt told Rivals.com last week that KU was his leader.

“I will make my decision based off of playing time and the coaching staffs,” Stoudt said. “Those are the two biggest things I will be looking for. Right now, Kansas is my favorite. Those other schools are going to have to beat them out.”

Stoudt, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, also received offers from Akron, Louisiana Tech, Toledo, UTEP and Wyoming.

Stoudt, who committed to Louisville out of high school before choosing the junior-college route, is listed as the No. 2-rated junior-college quarterback in the country and has thrown for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Iowa Western will play its bowl game Saturday, and Stoudt will graduate in December, making him eligible to attend classes at the Div. I school of his choice in January.

Beshears cracks record books

With 54 kick-return yards in the season finale against Missouri, KU sophomore D.J. Beshears finished the season with 922 yards and broke KU’s single-season record, previously owned by Marcus Herford, who recorded 888 yards on kickoff returns in 2007. In 36 returns, Beshears averaged 25.6 yards and added one touchdown, a 96-yarder in a Week 4 victory against New Mexico State.

Buoyed by the return-yardage totals, Beshears finished the season as KU’s leader in all-purpose yards. His 1,210 total yards — 922 on kickoff returns, 213 rushing, 69 receiving and six on punt returns — were 334 more than KU’s next highest finisher, freshman running back James Sims, who logged 876 total yards.

Finishing touches

The 2010 KU football team featured a handful of anonymous stars. Here’s a look at the Jayhawks leaders at their respective positions:

James Sims led KU in rushing with 742 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 67.5 yards per game.

Red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb led the Jayhawks in passing. Webb started seven games for KU and completed 121 of 214 passes for 1,195 yards and seven touchdowns. He also tossed eight interceptions and averaged 132.8 yards per game.

Junior Daymond Patterson was KU’s top receiver, in both yards (487) and receptions (60). Patterson also tied for the team lead among wideouts in touchdowns, with two.

Tight end Tim Biere (19 receptions for 228 yards) led the Jayhawks in touchdown receptions, with four.

Defensively, junior linebacker Steven Johnson led KU with 95 tackles, 62 unassisted. Johnson tied for second in sacks — he and senior Chris Harris each had two — while senior Jake Laptad (4.5 sacks) led in that department for the third straight season.

Red-shirt freshman Tyler Patmon and junior Isiah Barfield tied for the team lead in interceptions, with two apiece.

Comments

jckjds 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, and if Gill is looking for some more recruiting advice, he should also take a look at Cornelius Carradine, DE, at Butler. The guy is an absolute beast. He was the Jayhawk Conference defensive player of the year in a landslide. The other players routinely say that he is the hardest working player they have ever seen. It would be nice to have at least one decent defensive lineman after laptad leaves.

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jckjds 3 years, 4 months ago

All of the top JUCO talent consists of either (1) borderline academic qualifiers or (2) kids with off the field issues. Mettenberger is not at Butler because of academic issues, but rather because he was booted from UGA after being arrested for underage consumption of alcohol and sexual assault. By all accounts, he was drinking at a bar and grabbed a girl's breasts. It was plead to a misdemeanor, but UGA booted him from the team anyway. That being said, Mettenberger has apologized and been a model citizen at Butler. He is a genuinely nice person with a boatload of talent. Butler runs a clean and well-respected program.

As for competing with LSU and Alabama, Zach says that Texas A&M is his frontrunner because it runs a pro style offense and he anticipates the availability of playing time. Should coach Gill REALLY not be recruiting players who want to go to A&M for those reasons?! Gill wants to run a (more or less) pro-style O at Kansas, and God knows we have playing time. Gill should have been recruiting Mettenberger from the day he stepped on Butler campus. To no do so is completely inexcusable.

Stoudt is a second rate JUCO QB. I can virtually guarantee that he's no better than what we have already.

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Edward Coan 3 years, 4 months ago

The only problem with the recruiting of the Jayhawk Juco conference is that a lot of those players are borderline academic qualifiers. So I'm glad Gill isn't taking any chances on those type of kids.

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Gary Denning 3 years, 4 months ago

It's nice to think we could out-recruit Alabama, LSU et al, but probably not realistic at this point. You don't ask the prettiest girl in school to go to the prom if you've got no chance that she'll say yes.

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michaelclayton 3 years, 4 months ago

starting to think I'd rather have Ron Prince as my coach.

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jckjds 3 years, 4 months ago

KU picked the wrong Zack. Zach Mettenberger at Butler (El Dorado, KS) is the number 1 JUCO QB in the nation. Stoudt couldn't hold Mettenberger's jock strap. Mettenberger is by far the best QB in arguably the best JUCO conference in the nation. Stoudt may be the best QB in a second rate JUCO conference. Mettenberger has offers from Alabama, LSU, L'ville, Texas A&AM, et al. Stoudt has offers from . . . well . . . you saw the list. Mettenberger also has 3 years of eligibility (as opposed ot Stoudt's 2). Mettenberger will probably be playing on Sundays in a few years. I doubt too many people think Stoudt is at that level.

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Lee Eldridge 3 years, 4 months ago

Maybe Stoudt can do for Gill what Whittemore did for Mangino.

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