For weeks, the here-today-gone-tomorrow status of Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund has been one of the most talked about topics within the KU football community.
By now, many have made up their minds — fairly or not — about who and what they believe Berglund is — savior, flake, future star, immature headache.
It is, of course, too early to tell which of those, if any, are accurate descriptions of the three-star, dual-threat QB from Highlands Ranch, Colo., but the one thing we can say for sure is Berglund seems determined to play football at Kansas.
Through all of the mystery and head scratching that came with him graduating high school early only to miss spring drills and then showing up for summer workouts only to return to Colorado again to tend to personal matters, one thing I never questioned was his commitment to KU.
Throughout the last six months, Berglund consistently has labeled himself a KU football quarterback. From the day he committed to the day he signed and then again when he arrived on campus early last winter, Berglund has projected the kind of genuine enthusiasm about becoming a Jayhawk that you just can’t fake.
Late Thursday night, he hammered home that commitment one more time, via text message, when he sent me an unsolicited note that simply read: “100% a Jayhawk.”
There was nothing more than that, and the text did not come in response to any type of question. Just 12 characters and a couple of spaces that confirmed, loud and clear, that, despite all the stops and starts to his much anticipated college football career, one thing has remained consistent: Berglund wants to play football for Turner Gill and Gill wants Berglund to play football for him. It’s not likely to happen as quickly as either of them had hoped since Berglund already has missed so many valuable days this offseason, but there does seem to be a bond there.
If there weren’t, why else would either man have anything to do with the other at this point? Wouldn’t it simply be better — not to mention easier — to part ways and move on?
Maybe that’s what Berglund’s trying to do here. Maybe he is trying to move on. He’s no fool. He knows there are doubts about him because he didn’t participate in spring football, and he also knows the rumors about his absence have captivated the KU football family, from his teammates who have been here busting their butts in the spring and summer all the way down to the fans who have posted what seem to be daily status checks on various message boards.
Maybe he’s tired of that just like the rest of us are. Maybe he’s finally ready to put everything else behind him and start playing football. It won’t happen overnight, but, in time, I believe his teammates will accept him and he will dig himself out of this hole and build the kind of relationships that make college football so great.
Berglund’s a smart guy. He reads playbooks like they’re magazines, breaks down film for fun, was a two-year starter on back-to-back state championship teams and finished high school with a 3.1 grade-point average. He knows what 100 percent means. Now he just has to transform his words into action.