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4:00 p.m. Here's another audio clip, this one from wide receiver[ Johnathan Wilson][1].3:32 p.m.Here's the audio from[ Mark Mangino][2] during Tuesday's press conference.2:44 p.m.Let's get you right to some news, notes and quotes from the Kansas football team's weekly press conference Tuesday.News and Notes¢ Interesting comments from KU coach Mark Mangino about the kickers. Mangino said that, even though Grady Fowler had struggled early on with his kicks, he had a "pit-bull mentality" and was out to prove he could win the job. The coach said he liked that Fowler gets the ball off the ground well and gets it high in the air. Meanwhile, Mangino said Alonso Rojas would "be the guy" at kicker if he had started taking kicks from the beginning of camp.It seems this situation just gets more jumbled as we go along. I asked Rojas directly, and he said that he had been told he would be handling kickoffs.My best guess? Fowler goes in for point-afters and shorter field goals, while Rojas goes in for kickoffs and longer kicks. Rojas, it seems, still could earn more kicking responsibilities as the season goes on.¢ Mangino said he wouldn't necessarily stick to the depth chart released Monday, saying the only reason it was released was because of the public demand for it."It (the depth chart) can change before the ink dries," he said.¢ Mangino said he never recruited players with the idea that he would start them as true freshmen. That's why he's been so impressed with Daymond Patterson."If somebody can do that, it's a bonus," Mangino said of the freshman. "He's proven he can play right now at this level."Patterson has moved to the top of the depth chart at punt returner and also is a backup at wide receiver.When asked what stood out most about Patterson, Mangino had a quick response."Speed," the coach said. "He can flat out run."¢ Mangino said that he foresaw freshman fullback Steven Foster having the same type of impact that Brandon McAnderson had early in his career: as a blocking back and also a special teams player.¢ Safety Justin Thornton has taken a greater leadership role on this team, and Mangino has noticed."We expect him to put it all together and have a huge year this year," Mangino said.¢ Mangino commented that Dezmon Briscoe was one guy who "had an incredibly productive training camp."¢ As for starting defensive tackle Richard Johnson, Mangino said he was "getting better, but he still has a lot of work to do."¢ Some FIU players Mangino talked about potentially being playmakers were cornerback Anthony Gaitor, safety Jeremiah Weatherspoon and defensive end Artis Warthen.¢ Mangino said that Jake Sharp received the starting nod at running back based on maturity, dependability and understanding of the offense. The coach still made sure to point out that both Sharp and Jocques Crawford will get their share of carries.QuotesMangino on freshman cornerback Corrigan Powell: "For a freshman, he has a lot of talent. ... He's going to be a really good player for us."Mangino on playing the first game: "Opening games are always tricky because you have to have all the right people in the right places. ... The first one, to me, is always the one that makes me the most nervous. I'm not a guy that sits around and wrings his hands before games. (The first game) always makes you a little antsy, but I'll still have fun before the game."One quick basketball note: C.J. Henry, brother of Kansas basketball recruit Xavier Henry, on Tuesday [committed to play basketball at Memphis][3].C.J. Henry, who orally committed to KU his senior year of high school only to play professional baseball for the New York Yankees organization, told the Daily Oklahoman he will play for the Tigers' basketball team this season. [1]: http://www2.kusports.com/audioclips/4083/ [2]: http://www2.kusports.com/audioclips/4082/ [3]: http://newsok.com/c.j.-henry-to-play-basketball-for-memphis/article/3288810


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