Kansas Football Holds First Scrimmage of the Spring

April 9, 2011


Kansas football held its first scrimmage of the spring on a warm morning at Memorial Stadium Saturday. The scrimmage was the sixth practice of the spring for the Jayhawks, which will conclude its schedule with a offseason scrimmage on April 30.

The scrimmage opened with the kickoff team running through several plays before the offense and defense took over. Quarterbacks Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham split the snaps with the first team offense.

“I liked the enthusiasm on both sides of the ball; everybody came focused,” Kansas head coach Turner Gill said. “It was good to see the offense make some plays and the line did a good job of blocking. I saw some encouraging speed on defense. There are some good things that we can look forward to and obviously some areas we have to improve. I liked the environment and the atmosphere.”

Freshman defensive tackle Julius Green and fellow freshman running back Darrian Miller highlighted the scrimmage. Miller scored four touchdowns, including a run where he seemed to be surrounded by the defense, but spun out of it and ran to daylight. Green made a handful of tackles including a few in the backfield on running plays.

“Julius (Green) has done some good things,” Gill said. “He’s probably not as far along as Darrian (Miller), but part of that is because running back is usually a position you can shine at quicker than on defense. Julius has some good things going on.”

“Darrian definitely had some good runs today and he showed that he has good vision and direction, and showed a good burst of speed.”

Gill also thought that junior safety Bradley McDougald stood out during the scrimmage.

The Jayhawks will return to the practice field Monday afternoon.