Defense Stands Tall In Second Scrimmage

April 16, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Kansas football conducted its second scrimmage of the 2011 spring football season Saturday afternoon under sunny skies at Memorial Stadium. With the defense in white jerseys and the offense in blue, the Jayhawks squared off in a one hour plus match-up led by Kansas quarterbacks who wore their customary Crimson.

“I like the passion we had today,” said Kansas head coach Turner Gill. “The guys came focused and ready to play some good football.”

After opening the day with some special teams work, KU turned its attention to the red zone. The Jayhawk defense came out on top in the red zone drills, holding the KU offense to a pair of field goals. Following the red zone work, the offense started at it’s own 20-yard line working with the full length of the field.

“The defense did some good things and made some good physical plays,” said Gill. “I like the way they were flying around and that is what we want to do. We want our guys to be running around with purpose and speed.”

A Jayhawk who was moving with speed on the offensive side of the ball was wide receiver D.J. Beshears who scored two touchdowns in the scrimmage, the second on a short pass from sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb.

“D.J. made some good catches,” said Gill. “He is a guy that we believe when he gets the ball in his hand, he can make some positive plays for our football team and today he did.”

Webb and senior Quinn Mecham took the majority of the snaps under center, with redshirt freshman Blake Jablonski getting some action later in the scrimmage. Jablonski had one of the highlights of the scrimmage as he completed a long pass play with the help of wide receiver and fellow redshirt freshman Ricki Herod.

“On offense we just have to make sure we execute and take care of the football,” said Gill after the scrimmage. “We also want to see our defense creating more turnovers to give more opportunities to our offense. If we improve in both of those areas this next season, than we are going to be competitive and win our share of football games.”

Kansas’ annual Spring Game will be held, Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. Admission is free.