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Newell Post: Before they were stars


While waiting before Kansas coach Mark Mangino's press conference, I was surfing the Internet when I stumbled upon something interesting.I randomly typed "Todd Reesing" into Google, and the fourth item down was a [nice feature by Kellis Robinett,][1] formerly of the University Daily Kansan, on Reesing before he arrived at KU.![][2]It was interesting to read the quotes from Reesing then, back when he was just a small quarterback wondering if he would get a chance to play at Division-I Kansas. I especially liked this closing quote: "I'll get to play against some coaches that didn't give me a chance. And I can prove them wrong."Prophetic? I would say so. Here are a few more articles done before we knew [Dezmon Briscoe,][3] [Joe Mortensen][4] and [Daymond Patterson][5] would become standout players.OK, on to some notes from Mangino's press conference (the complete audio can be found [here][6]).¢ The players of the week are: Offense: Todd Reesing Defense: Darrell Stuckey and Joe Mortensen Special Teams: Jacob Branstetter Scout Team Offense: Xavier Rambo Scout Team Defense: Chris Heinz¢ Mangino said he wasn't concerned as much about his team's red-zone offense because of its ability to rack up a high yardage total (538 yards).¢ Mangino mentioned that changing offensive structure and personnel were ways to gameplan around a dominant pass-rusher like South Florida's George Selvie. The coach said, however, that KU couldn't spend all its time focusing on stopping Selvie or the team ran the risk of getting hurt by other players on USF's defense.¢ Again, Mangino talked about how he'd prefer to not play on Friday nights, but he later said, "We have to take opportunities as they come." ¢ Mangino also mentioned that the idea was at least suggested that the KU-USF game would be played on a Thursday. The coach said he didn't want to make his team travel so early during the week for an east-coast game."I didn't think that was in the best interest of our program at all," Mangino said.¢ Mangino refused to compare Todd Reesing to the other quarterbacks in the Big 12, but the coach did say this: "I wouldn't trade him for anybody, anywhere."¢ Wide receiver Dexton Fields will not play against USF, but Mangino said he was making progress and should be back soon.¢ Mangino also seemed optimistic about a quick recovery for cornerback Kendrick Harper. The coach said that he wouldn't rush Harper back before he was ready. Mangino also talked more about Harper's injury, saying the cornerback didn't seem to be hurt seriously initially, but that he later showed more serious symptoms while on the bench. The trainers, then, decided to take him off the field on a stretcher as a precaution. Mangino did not reveal specifically what Harper's injury was.Check back on KUsports.com Wednesday for an extended Sideline Report with KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe. [1]: http://www.kansan.com/stories/2005/nov/30/reesing_profile/ [2]: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2006/04/15/KU_Football_Reesing_t800.jpg" width="200" height="215 [3]: http://www2.kusports.com/news/2007/au... [4]: http://www2.kusports.com/news/2004/fe... [5]: http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/fe... [6]: http://www2.kusports.com/podcasts/press_conferences_postgame_interviews/2008/sep/09/mark_mangino_press_conference/


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