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A couple of quick hitters from today's Charlie Weis press conference (10/22)
Updated depth chart:
Good afternoon, everyone. Busy day in KUsports.com land. Hope you're enjoying all of the items from today's Big 12 basketball media days in Kansas City as well as our regular coverage of KU football.
Next up, the Jayhawks (2-4 overall, 0-3 Big 12) play host to Baylor at 6 p.m. on Saturday and, today, KU coach Charlie Weis talked plenty about the Bears' incredible offense.
We'll have all kinds of coverage on that throughout the week, but for now here are a few nuggets of information that came from the news conference.
• Montell Cozart is listed as the lone back-up to Jake Heaps at Quarterback. Last week, Cozart was listed along with sophomore Michael Cummings as the co-back-up, but this week Cummings dropped off the depth chart. To that end, Weis said the entire game plan would be available to Cozart this week and the young guy from Bishop Miege High likely would play more and do more.
• No concrete injury updates but it sounds like KU could get a couple of guys back. Ben Heeney, Tony Pierson, Andrew Turzilli, Tedarian Johnson and Trent Smiley all were listed as day-to-day on the latest depth chart. Weis said Pierson and Heeney were both much better but would not divulge whether they would play.
• Baylor is a run-first team, running 65 percent of the time, and linebackers coach Clint Bowen said he thought Baylor's first choice would be to run the ball. Makes sense considering they've got two guys averaging more than 7 yards per carry.
• Weis said the thing that makes Baylor's defense so nasty is the defensive ends. Baylor has played from in front so often this season that the Bears' defense has seen almost exclusively passing from opponents trying to play catch up. That allows the D-Ends to pin their ears back and go get the quarterback. And they're good, Weis said.
• Weis said one thing that could help KU was a loud crowd. The louder the better because that could disrupt Baylor's verbal calls and make it so the Bears have to slow down a little bit on offense. Weis was asked when the crowd should start yelling and he said, "When they get there." Then he said: As soon as our defense goes on the field until the time they go off would be good.
• Weis said the transition to Ron Powlus and Jeff Blasko doing more of the offensive game planning has gone well. In fact, he noted that he did not even have a call sheet during last week's game against OU and that he was "advising" on offense and not calling plays. Blasko is the run-game coordinator and Powlus is the pass-game coordinator and, together, they appear to be running the offense with heavy input from Weis.
We'll have much more from Weis' news conference and on this match-up later and throughout the week, so stay logged on to KUsports.com for all your KU football needs.