The Sideline Report with Angus Quigley

8:00 p.m.Some additional audio has been posted from Mark Mangino, safety Justin Thornton and wide receiver Kerry Meier from their media sessions on Wednesday. There’s some interesting stuff in there, including Mangino saying that he isn’t too concerned with KU’s kick returns and Meier talking about how he only spends a small portion of practice each day at wide receiver.4:30 p.m.It’s been a few weeks, so it’s time to fire back up “The Sideline Report.”This week’s interview is with running back Angus Quigley, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite interviews. Journal-World Sports Editor Tom Keegan also wrote a nice column about Quigley for Wednesday’s newspaper.!The Sideline Report with Angus QuigleyJesse Newell: What’s your reaction when people tell you that you run too high? Angus Quigley: I’m kind of like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been hearing that for a while.’ That’s pretty much what I think when somebody’s like, ‘Hey, you’re running high.’ I’m kind of like, ‘I’ve been hearing that since high school.’ That’s pretty much my mind-set. But, you know, I’ve been trying to work on it. My biggest thing is to do it when I’m tired. That’s the biggest thing. When you get a little tired, old habits come out. I’m just trying to be able to work through that and continue to keep my pads low and all those good things.JN: What can you do to fix something like that?AQ: Drills. Let’s say we’re doing some light drills, and I feel like it’s just going through the motions, you have to push through that. That’s when you have to be able to push yourself to get better.JN: I saw you like Adrian Peterson. He was known as a guy that ran too high. Is that one of the reasons you like him?AQ: Not really. I’ve always thought about it. Coming out of high school, Adrian Peterson was one of my favorite running backs. He still is now that he’s in the NFL. I think he’s a great athlete, great guy. I see that he runs high. I used to always say in high school, someone would say, ‘Oh, you’re running high,’ and I would say, ‘Adrian Peterson ran high.’ But I’m not Adrian Peterson. I’m Angus Quigley. I just need to get better.JN: Have you ever tried that line on coach Mangino?AQ: Not even close. I don’t even want to know coach Mangino’s reaction if I was to say that to him. Nah, we’ll stay out of those waters.JN: What’s something that would surprise me about you?AQ: I’m a big mama’s boy.!JN: Give me an example.AQ: My mom comes to every game. My stepdad would leave on vacation or something, and I was probably like 11, and I’d come in and I’d sleep with my mom. I’m just a big mama’s boy. I always look to the stands to see if my mom is there. That’s just what I do.JN: Growing up it was always that way?AQ: Oh yeah. I’d get punished or something, and I’d cry for my mom. ‘I want my mama.’ All those good things. It’s always been that way. I’ve always migrated to my mom. Me and my mom have had some tough times together growing up. Our bond is ridiculous.JN: Tell me about your name.AQ: Anguschristopher. I can’t even tell you about my name, to be honest with you. I’m named Angus after one of my mom’s childhood friends that died. The reason I got Christopher is because my aunt and all the rest of the family wanted me to be named Christopher. So my mom said, ‘You know what, everybody’s getting on my case about it,’ so I’m Anguschristopher. I’m just glad my name didn’t come out like they really wanted it to. They wanted me to be named ‘Anguschristophermichaeljustin DaJuan Quigley.’JN: Really?AQ: Yep. That’s what my aunts and stuff wanted my name to be. It’s weird. Sometimes I’ll hear my aunts say, ‘Anguschristophermichael.’ They’ll just be playing with me. It’s funny, but I’ve got a lot of names.JN: Maybe that’s why you’re a mama’s boy. She didn’t name you that, right?AQ: Yeah, I’m glad. Those are a lot of names. A lot of names.JN: I saw you like fishing. Tell me about that.!AQ: Fishing to me is just peaceful. It’s a way to get away from things like sports. It’s just stress-free. You can go out there, and it’s just dead silent. It takes a lot of patience, and I’m a very patient guy. I have lots of patience. I just sit out there – even if I don’t catch any fish – I’ll sit out there. I just kind of think, reflect on things. I just have always liked fishing from a young age when my uncle first took me. Since then, it’s carried on. During camp – camp’s one of the tough times in the year – we got a day off, and me and (running back Jake) Sharp went out and we actually went fishing. It was just a calming time, a time to get away from football.JN: Who caught more?AQ: I think I caught more. I’m pretty sure I caught more (laughs).JN: You talked about being a patient guy. Do you have any other examples of that?AQ: Just this football thing. I’ve been around here, this is my fourth season. People know of me, but nobody has actually seen me. I had to be patient. I’ve had injuries upon injuries, and I could have given up, but I just kept working. Now, I’m here.JN: Earlier in your KU career, after a thigh injury, you spent three weeks in a wheelchair. Tell me what that experience was like for you.!AQ: That’s probably the most humbling thing, I think, anybody could ever go through. I went from walking around, running, to in a wheelchair, and this campus is not wheelchair-friendly, I’ll tell you that. There’s so many hills, and classes are so far from where the wheelchair entry is, it was crazy. Having to wait for people to open the door for you, you can’t do simple things like just get up and walk to the bathroom. You’ve got to get up, slide off, get in the wheelchair, roll to the bathroom, … (sit) on a chair in the shower. It was very humbling – humbling and lonely. I felt like I was all alone in my wheelchair. It was crazy.JN: What do you mean all alone?AQ: Oh, man. I couldn’t go to practice. They didn’t want me to go to class because my classes were so far, so I just pretty much sat in my room. I’d lay in the bed, and I’d get tired of that, so I’d sit in my wheelchair, and I’d roll around the (Jayhawk) Towers in my room, because I lived by myself then, so I’d roll around in my room. Sometimes I’d roll out, open the front door, maybe somebody’s in the hall. No, nobody’s in the hall. Roll back to your room, watch TV. It’s basically 15 hours in the day before you’d see anybody and then, oh yes, tutoring. I’ve got tutoring. I’ve never been so excited to do homework. … It was crazy. I’m just glad I overcame that. That can do a lot to your mind. I felt forgotten. I really wasn’t, but that’s how I felt.JN: When you were in a wheelchair, did you ever think you’d play football again?AQ: It was kind of hard to believe. I won’t lie to you. When you see yourself in a wheelchair, and you look at your leg, and your leg is one-third the size of the other one, you just kind of say, ‘How am I going to rebuild myself? I’m all the way torn down.’ Working with Chris Dawson, the strength coach, and getting with Murphy (Grant, head football trainer) and all them, they kept encouraging me. I was kind of like, ‘Man, I’m never going to play again,’ and they were like, ‘Oh, you’ll be fine.’ You’ve got questions like, ‘Oh, will I be as good? Will I ever be able to run as fast? Will I be as strong?’ They just kept encouraging me. They played a big factor in what I did and how I got back. They just kept working with me, and luckily, I got back to where I was. Probably, I’m actually even stronger than I was.JN: Any funny Todd Reesing stories?![][12]AQ: The funniest thing I’ve seen from Todd is that I was driving down Tennessee (Street), and I saw Todd playing horseshoes in the front yard (laughs) with a bunch of guys. I thought it was hilarious, because I was just driving by. It was midday, and I just looked over there and, all of a sudden, I see Todd Reesing throwing horseshoes. It was funny.JN: What does that say about him?AQ: Laid-back guy. He likes to have fun, too. It was just funny. I gave him a hard time about it when I saw him in the locker room the next day, but he’s a laid-back guy outside of football. He’s laid-back in football. It’s just all good for Todd.JN: What’s your favorite movie?AQ: ‘300.’JN: Any reason?AQ: I just like that there was 300 guys, and they took out so many guys. I just like the unison they had. Everything they did was in unison. They were fearless. They weren’t afraid to fight for what they wanted, even when everybody else kind of doubted them or whatever. JN: Kind of like you?AQ: Kind of like me. I like ‘300.’ That’s why I like ‘300.’ If you watch that movie, I don’t see how you couldn’t like it. width=”250″ height=”200 width=”230″ height=”200 width=”300″ height= “200 width=”300″ height=”200 width=”300” height=”200