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Cliff’s Notes: Charlie Weis press conference, 10/30/12
Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas football coach Charlie Weis' comments at his press conference today.
Just a few changes on the depth chart, including tight end Jimmay Mundine, right tackle Aslam Sterling and fullback Brandon Bourbon moving into starting positions.
• Weis says Baylor's offense is unique in that coach Art Briles uses the entire field from sideline to sideline. The splits of Baylor's receivers are wider and closer to the sideline than Weis has seen anywhere else.
• Weis says the only reason Baylor has lost games is because of turnovers. Baylor has 16 giveaways in its last four games.
• KU defensive coordinator Dave Campo loves the game of football. He hasn't enjoyed going against the Big 12 defenses, but it challenges you, trying to take your personnel and limit the damage against an opposing offense. Weis thinks Campo's knowledge of the game has earned respect of KU's players. Weis also thinks Campo is a great teacher.
• Receiver Daymond Patterson will be back this week. KU will work him back in following his head injury. He's one of the most experienced guys KU has at the receiver position. Those experienced guys know the tricks of the trade.
• KU defensive lineman Toben Opurum should be in good shape for Saturday's game. Linebacker Jake Love passed his concussion test. That bodes well for his chances of playing this week.
• Weis says Love had a little bit of a "psycho" coming into KU. He was a wrestler in high school, and he has that kind of mentality. Weis said linebacker Ben Heeney also plays like a "wild man."
• Weis says watching tape on Sunday is worse than living it on Saturday. You have to relive it. You never see a lot of mistakes when you watch the game. Many more of those show up on film.
• Weis says he talks to tight end coach Jeff Blasko in his headset when he's on the sideline during games. Blasko basically gives Weis the down and distance and where the ball is spotted to help him with play-calling.
• Left guards Damon Martin and Duane Zlatnik will be listed as co-starters on the depth chart again. Offensive line coach Tim Grunhard will determine who goes in when.
• Offensive lineman Aslam Sterling will start at right tackle. He has as much talent as anyone on KU's line, but he's had highs and lows. He has to make sure that mentally he stays sharp so KU doesn't turn anyone free. His effort has been great. He's changed his body as much as anybody at KU this year. This is a cerebral game. He just needs to stay on top of things mentally.
• Michael Cummings is starting at quarterback again this week. Weis thinks he's making progress. Weis said he didn't look too good at the end of the spring. He just keep on working. Cummings gave Weis another option at QB, and when that happened this year, Weis put him in there.