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KU football lineup shakeup in works?

October 22, 2010

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A message-board post from an administrator on Rivals.com’s Kansas site indicated that three Kansas University football players would play different positions this weekend, when the Jayhawks play host to Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The post says that former running back Toben Opurum, who was moved to linebacker at the start of the season, has been moved again and now will line up at defensive end, a position he has played more in recent weeks.

In addition, the post says senior safety Olaitan Oguntodu will move to linebacker, and senior cornerback Chris Harris will move to safety. Both players have started all six games at their previous positions.

KU coach Turner Gill would not confirm the specific changes when asked by the Journal-World on Thursday, but did say, on his Hawk Talk radio show Thursday night, that the KU coaching staff was searching for ways to improve the defense.

“We’re experimenting on some things, personnel-wise,” Gill said. “We’re doing a few things with guys that are changing positions and trying to see if that’s gonna work out to give us an opportunity to create more pressure. We’re making adjustments as we go along and trying to get better personnel to make things happen more on defense.”

Dudley excited for Aggies

KU has 38 players from Texas on its roster, including senior linebacker Drew Dudley, who hails from College Station, the home of Texas A&M.

Saturday’s contest will mark Dudley’s second meeting with his hometown team. The first came in 2007, when Dudley, then a freshman, played sparingly during a 19-11 KU victory.

“For me personally, playing against A&M brings it closer to home,” Dudley said. “A&M did not want me. I had some other offers, and I had a couple friends at A&M, and, at the time, two of the coaches had daughters who were at my high school so they were pretty honest with me. They told me to go to Kansas and that it was a good choice.”

Torbush plans to blitz more

KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush said the Jayhawks likely would blitz more against A&M in an effort to put more pressure on the quarterback.

Through six games, the KU defense has recorded just four sacks, two from cornerback Chris Harris and one each from linebackers Justin Springer and Steven Johnson. KU also has forced just four turnovers.

During its first six games of 2010, Texas A&M committed 18 turnovers — third-most in the nation — and the majority of those came when quarterback Jerrod Johnson (nine interceptions, two fumbles) was facing pressure.

Series notes

Texas A&M leads the all-time series, 7-2, and owns a 3-1 advantage in games played at Memorial Stadium. KU won the last meeting between the two schools — a 19-11 road victory in 2007 — and A&M won the last meeting in Lawrence, coming from behind to win, 21-18, in 2006. KU’s only other victory in the series came in 1974, when the Jayhawks prevailed, 28-10, during the first battle between the two programs.

Dish Network news

Dish Network customers in the area will not be able to tune in to Saturday’s KU matchup with Texas A&M. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Kansas City (and nationally on Fox Sports Net), but will not be available to Dish customers because Dish dropped Fox’s 19 regional sports networks on Oct. 1. Saturday’s contest will be the third straight KU game unavailable to local Dish customers.

Comments

DaBellaDaBall 3 years, 5 months ago

Despite being a KU alumnus and a fan since the David Jaynes years, I must agree with much of what BABBOY said. There are a couple of reasons why it would be unwise to fire Gill at this juncture and there are reasons why we cannot realistically afford ($$$) to fire him. But a bigger issue is whether we deserve anything better.

I heard so much flack about Mason when he was here and the same with Mangino. We don't know a good thing when we see it. People wanted to fire Mangino when he was struggling w/ Barrman at QB. Mason became worthless in many fans' eyes the year after we finished in the top 10 and killed UCLA in a bowl game. Opening day of the following year there were 10,000 empty seats. We have an average KU year and suddenly Mason should be tarred and feathered.

Every time we get on a roll, fans expect a conference champion within a few years and if that does not happen, we want to hang the coach. We have had some really good football teams since the Hadl years, but we can't find consistency. I think it is because we don't deserve consistency. Frankly, after watching OU and NU beat our brains out for so many years, I'd jump at the prospect of alternating 5-6 and 6-5 years with the occasional 9 to 10 win season when guys like JOHN Riggins, Bobby Douglas, Jaynes, Cromwell and even little Sparky Reesing and such come around.

Perkins could have counseled Mangino instead of rigging his ouster. Would Mangino have made us an OU? No, but he could have kept us competitive w/ an occasional big year.

I think season basketball tickets should not be sold to people unless they buy football tickets. Every fair weather KU fan in the state enthusiastically says "I am a Jayhawk fan!" When you ask them in the fall if they are going to the football game, most of them respond with a "who are we playing?" Fair weather pukes.

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BABBOY 3 years, 5 months ago

Well hammer, in your years of experience and expertise of football, if you were a football coach, would you coach at a school that fired coaches in consecutive years?

I mean you guys fired Mangino on some screwy charges that really appeared trumpeted up to allow firing a guy who very recently took you to the Orange Bowl. Now, you guys want to fire GIll when he does not even have his players in place?

As I have posted it 1000 times, KU does not get or understand football.

I mean every now and then a Gayle Sayers, Bobby Douglas, Jim Riggins, Nolan Crownwell or whatever pops up and you have a good year despite yourselves, but as whole, KU is a basketball school and will never be anything more then that.

Frankly, Mangino was your best hope for some success because he was as good as lot of big name coaches in terms of understanding how to win games, but was so weird with so many other issues that KU was the best job he was going to get. In other words, he was not going to leave KU for some place like USC, Alabama, or some other big name school because they were not going to hire a 1000 pound football coach that screams at people for no understandable reason.

But, old Mark would have given you some bowl games and an occasional run at the title.

Simply comical that you delusion idiots thought Lew Perkins would go out and hire a big name coach. I heard KU fan after KU fan on talk shows brag about how sweet Lou was going to throw money at big name coach and KU was somehow on the verge of being the next long term powerhouse in football.

Delusional!!!

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hammerhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry, but in my opinion, which has been developed through the experience of regularly attending KU sports since 1965, is that our current football woes are due to a coaching problem.

Sweet Lou was in a real bad way (we just didn't know how much!!!!!!) when he rushed to hire the current football coach who treats players like they are high school boys. I would say we need to cut and run asap. What a mess this is. The guy (Perkins) has cost us millions!! New coach Gill will cost us a football program.... oh yeah, maybe we never had one.......Help!!!!!!........

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somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

maybe they could write a letter asking James Harrison to come play for them to practice his missile launching skills

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Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

they are putting the starters in a very big box and rolling them down the Hill for the shake up now thats entertainment.....HuWah!

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somebodynew 3 years, 5 months ago

How about we quit moving anybody and let them learn the position they are supposed be doing???

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oldvet 3 years, 5 months ago

How about moving Gill back to Buffalo....

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julz 3 years, 5 months ago

How about moving Operum back to RB, then maybe we could get a few yards

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Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

KU is borrowing some KSU players?

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HedleyLamarrr 3 years, 5 months ago

hoping this was about the coaching staff

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Horace 3 years, 5 months ago

Rearranging the deck chairs ...

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Catbacker 3 years, 5 months ago

Odd, I DVR'd the KSU/KU game on Dish. I also caught a little of the KU/Baylor game on Dish, and I think both were on FSN.

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ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 5 months ago

This is not a time for Gill to experiment with lineup changes! This is the middle of the season for christ sakes. Is Gill an idiot or something? You cant pick up a new position in 1 week.

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