Jayhawks Impressive in Spring Game

April 14, 2006

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The University of Kansas football team provided an impressive glimpse of the upcoming 2006 season in its annual spring game Friday night. The White squad, led by freshman quarterback Kerry Meier, defeated the Blue, 28-7, in front of announced crowd of 5,200 at Memorial Stadium. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Meier had an impressive night for the Jayhawks, finishing 16-of-28 for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Meier also scampered for 36 yards on seven carries and one rushing score.

On the White team’s opening drive, the Pittsburg, Kan., native punctuated the opening drive with a 36-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Derek Fine, who finished the game with four catches for a team-high 59 yards.

Early in the second quarter, Meier found sophomore wide receiver Marcus Herford streaking over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown completion to increase the White team’s lead to 14-0. The score capped off a 15-play, 78-yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock.

For the White team, senior running back Jon Cornish shouldered most of the rushing attack, finishing with 60 yards on 15 carries, and senior wide receiver Brian Murph had a team-high five catches for 39 yards.

For the Blue, senior Adam Barmann and freshman Todd Reesing split time guiding the offense. Barmann finished 7-of-11 for 31 yards while Reesing totaled 102 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-14 passing. Senior wide receiver Jonathan Lamb snagged four catches for 30 yards while junior wide receiver Jeff Foster had three catches for 41 yards for the Blue.

Reesing connected with freshman running back Angus Quigley on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter to draw the score to 14-7. Quigley finished the game with 39 rushing yards on nine carries and two catches for 10 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Meier scrambled for a five-yard rushing touchdown and later found sophomore wide receiver Dexton Fields for a 17-yard touchdown reception.

On the defensive side of the ball, freshman linebacker Jake Schermer recorded a team-high seven tackles for the Blue. Sophomore safety James Holt and sophomore linebacker Joe Mortensen each notched six tackles for the White.

Senior defensive end Paul Como tallied three tackles for loss and also had a quarterback sack while senior defensive end Rodney Allen registered two quarterback sacks and two tackles for a loss.

The 2006 campaign kicks off on September 2, when the Jayhawks take on Northwestern State at Memorial Stadium.