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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 9.25.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Football -

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Talk About Homecoming Match-up with Longhorns

Kansas football players senior DL Keon Stowers, senior WR Justin McCay, sophomore QB Montell Cozart, senior CB/KR JaCorey Shepherd and senior LB Ben Heeney discuss Saturday's matchup with the Texas Longhorns.

Jayhawks must find way to solve Longhorns’ defense |

Earlier this week, Weis said UT’s athleticism advantage — particularly along the defensive line — gives the Longhorns the ability to play their base defense with a single safety and roll up coverage to the line to take away some of the short passes that Cozart had success with last week. Cozart knows that’s coming. And, because of the game plan the KU coaches have installed this week, he feels good about the Jayhawks’ chances to counter it with shots down the field and discipline and patience.

Three & Out with Texas... | Tale of the Tait |

Eleven different Longhorns have recorded a sack – compared with just four for Kansas — and defensive tackle Malcom Brown, whom KU coach Charlie Weis called one of the best players he's seen, period, leads the way with 3.5 sacks. Hassan Ridgeway is right there behind Brown with 3 sacks on the season.

Big 12 stat check: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas: Tony Pierson has recorded 280 touches on offense in his career at Kansas. He's gained 10 or more yards on 25 percent of his touches and picked up 20-plus yards on 26 of those 70 plays. The majority of his big plays have come on rushes, but Pierson is also averaging 12.7 yards per reception in his four seasons. He's instant offense, plain and simple. (Mr. Ed says: We HAVE to get this guy the ball!  Five touches a game isn't enough.)

KU linebacker makes presence felt |

To hear KU coaches and players tell it, Love, the 6-foot, 220-pounder from Tonkawa, Okla., always has been a playmaker. It’s just that some of his best plays often go unnoticed from the outside looking in. So when Love made consecutive stops on two screen passes and added a sack in the fourth quarter of last week’s win against Central Michigan, everyone in the stadium took notice.

KU coaches look for next step from QB Montell Cozart |

Through three games, the athletic QB has netted just 21 rushing yards. He’s looked uncomfortable on the option — KU fumbled one pitch and had another ball on the ground ruled an incomplete pass against CMU — and also in the read option, where he’s been hesitant to keep the ball himself.

KU’s Montell Cozart is continuing to learn, mature in Jayhawks’ offense | The Kansas City Star

Kansas sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has struggled to master the option this season. But after a resurgent performance against Central Michigan, he’s confident heading into Big 12 opener against Texas.

- Kansas Sports -

Camp over; ‘The Program’ to test Jayhawks |

The Program” is a physically and mentally grueling two-day regimen that many schools in the country have had their athletes participate in, including Notre Dame, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas, to name a few.

University of Kansas Athletics - No. 18 Jayhawks Ready to Open Big 12 Slate at Baylor

After experiencing its most successful non-conference season in a decade, the Kansas soccer team now turns its attention to conference play for the Big 12 opener against the Baylor Bears on Sept. 26. The Jayhawks and Bears will kickoff at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field at 7 p.m.

University of Kansas Athletics - No. 23 Kansas to Open Big 12 at Oklahoma

Three pre-conference tournament titles in four weeks give the 23rd-ranked Kansas volleyball team reason to be ready to start Big 12 Conference action. Now in a much different setting, the Jayhawks will get down to conference business as they travel south to face Oklahoma, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

- College Sports -

How Watson Brown lost more games than any coach in college football history - ESPN

He has been drawn to the perennial loser, convinced he can turn it around. Coach Quixote has had seven winning seasons. He has won a total of 128 games, and tied one. As of this past Saturday's 10-7 defeat at Tennessee State, he also has lost 199 games, which tied him with the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg for the most losses in the history of major college football.

Lane Kiffin, Bama genius? Saban ain't buying it, and neither am I -

Saban pulled a Saban and refused to play along. He was asked Tuesday if he'd given Kiffin "more latitude to open things up." The question continued, something about putting the ball into the hands of Alabama's playmakers, but Saban was already shaking his head and saying "no" and "not at all." Because Lane Kiffin isn't the genius behind Alabama's offense.

- Potpourri -

Phil Hughes falls one out short of $500,000 bonus due to rain delay -

Instead, the rain delay forced Hughes out of the game and it cost him a $500,000 bonus. He ends the season with 209 2/3 innings pitched and the bonus would have triggered at 210 innings.

- Video of the Day -

VIDEO: Kershaw makes ridiculous no look, behind the back grab -

San Francisco was threatening in the third inning after Clayton Kershaw balked runners to second and third with no outs. That's when the two-time Cy Young award winning southpaw entered a cheat code and made this video game play to rob Tim Hudson of a hit.