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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 8.24.12

Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver JaCorey Shepherd Lines up in the first half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver JaCorey Shepherd Lines up in the first half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football

KU defensive lineman Jordan Tavai proud of heritage | KUsports.com
"It’s kind of big to be Samoan, because most of the time when you’re Samoan, everyone thinks you’re a football player," the defensive lineman said. "You’re supposed to be a big player. You’re supposed to be a playmaker and all. So I’m trying to be a playmaker."

What caught my eye at Day 20 of Fall Practice | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com
Tait's Blog.

Dave Campo: JaCorey Shepherd fits CB mold | KUsports.com
"He was definitely one of those guys," Campo said of Shepherd. "He’s a very quick athlete. One thing with a corner is quick-twitch, the ability to plant and drive. He doesn’t know a lot right now about playing over there, but athletically he fits the mold of a guy that has a chance."

KU football notes: Shepherd again practices with defense - KansasCity.com
Notes from the star.

KU's Crist free to improvise, to a point | CJOnline.com
"Sometimes quarterbacks who play in this system try to be too cerebral," Weis said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "Sometimes they have to be reminded that they’re the player and not the coach. Try not to do too much, in other words. Just do what the play tells you to do."

Kansas Basketball

Virginia prep 'Cat' Barber plans KU visit | KUsports.com
ampton (Va.) High School senior basketball point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University Aug. 31-Sept. 2, his mother reported Wednesday.