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The Texas Longhorns are prepping for the football team's first road game of the season on Saturday when head coach Charlie Strong takes his Horns (the ones that managed not to get dismissed yet) to Kansas to face Charlie Weis' Jayhawks in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
The Texas fight song blared over Kansas’ speakers at practice this week.Not only that, signs in the weight room and locker room reminded players that the Jayhawks haven’t defeated the Longhorns since 1938.“It’s really just getting us psychologically ready as well as physically ready,” KU defensive lineman Keon Stowers said, “to beat a team that we haven’t beat in a while.”The two motivational ploys are clear attempts by KU coach Charlie Weis to emphasize a point before Saturday’s 3 p.m. matchup at Memorial Stadium.
Brady Quinn missed a practice throw because of poor footwork, and coach Charlie Weis walked away grumbling.“That’s why you’ll always be a 50-percent passer,” the coach said.Some nine years later, Quinn still remembers how comments like that propelled him to become a better player during his two years at Notre Dame.
Former Notre Dame standout and Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn will serve as the color analyst for Saturday’s game between Kansas and Texas in Lawrence.
The son of a high school coach, junior linebacker Jake Love is an anchor for KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen’s unit.
The Jayhawks should be able to make it a game on their home field, but the Longhorns are the far more talented team and will find a way to pull off the always-cherished road conference victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 34, Kansas 24
For the handful of KU Texans who are seniors, Saturday’s 3 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium will mark their final shot at taking down UT. It’s an opportunity that’s not lost on any of them and one that means as much as any game they’ve played thus far in their college careers.
Cozart said the Jayhawks (2-1) would love to exploit the UT defense and its physical front seven one way or another, and the team has confidence Avery, a true freshman, and Mann, a junior college transfer in his first season, can help make that happen. Both of them have produced at least one 10-plus yard carry each of the previous three games.
Here's a look at where the 2-1 Jayhawks stand in the most popular categories on offense defense, special teams and miscellaneous.
Kansas RB Corey Avery: The freshman running back from Dallas is going to be motivated to shine against Texas, a program that recruited him on and off throughout 2013 and did bring him in for a January official visit. KU will try to pound the middle of Texas' defense, but Avery has the burst to pick up some big gains outside or inside.
Why Kansas will keep it close: The Jayhawks almost beat the Longhorns the last time Texas traveled to Lawrence, and there's no reason to think they can't do it again. Kansas' defense is better than people think. If Cozart and the Jayhawks' offense can hold up its end of the bargain and put up points, all bets are off.
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KU basketball notes
The former cross country star was an academically brilliant student, ranking in the top five of his class. He started his academic career strong at the University of Kansas in 1952, as he came to college with the Summerfield Scholarship underneath his belt. This is an award that is given to only 10 students throughout the entire state of Kansas.
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