Jayhawks Cap Spring Practice With Blue-White Game
April 30, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – A crowd of 6,000 basked in the 70-degree Kansas sunshine and watched the Kansas football team close its second spring practice under the guidance of head coach Turner Gill with its annual Blue-White game Saturday afternoon.
“It’s no doubt that we are a better football team than we were last year, and we have a lot more confidence in our guys,” Gill said afterwards. “Then there are some guys that are able to make more plays. When you’re playing games and scrimmages, you’ve got to have a guy on offense and a guy on defense who can make plays, and hopefully there is more than one person that can make a play for you. I think we have that potential. We are looking for the people that will be able to finish and be productive, and I think we’ve seen a few guys that can be productive and make plays in the game.”
Quarterbacks Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham each tossed a touchdown pass and threw for more than 100 yards in the game.
Webb, a sophomore-to-be, who started seven games last season, connected on eight-of-14 attempts for 108 yards, one score and one interception. Mecham, a senior-to-be, who started four games in 2010, was six of 11 for 102 yards and one touchdown.
In addition, Blake Jablonski, a redshirt freshman from Wichita, Kan., was eight-of-13 for 76 yards.
“I think the execution of our offense, for the most part, particularly when Jordan Webb was in the ballgame, did some good things,” Gill said. “I like the tempo in the huddle, getting out to the line of scrimmage, getting plays called, getting lined up and executing. Overall, I thought they did some good things.”
Eleven different players recorded receptions in the game, with former quarterback Kale Pick, pulling in a team-best four receptions for 38 yards. Jimmay Mundine, a 2010 redshirt tight end, had three grabs for 31 yards and Connor Embree, a walkon, pulled in three for 19 yards.
Christian Matthews led the team with 56 yards on two catches, including a 53-yard scoring reception, when he out-maneuvered two defenders for a catch and raced into the endzone on the day’s longest play.
The ground game showcased the skills of true freshman Darrian Miller, who rushed four times for 23 yards. Ryan Burton carried 12 times for 23 yards, while Webb led the team with 39 yards on three scrambles, including a long of 30 yards.
KU’s two touchdowns were a 13-yard pass from Webb to D.J. Beshears and the 53-yard toss from Mecham to Matthews. Ron Doherty made three of four field goals, hitting from 21, 37 and 28 yards before missing a 42-yard attempt late in the day. Doherty also hit both extra-point attempts.
Malcolm Walker, a junior-college linebacker registered seven tackles to lead the defense. Cornerback Anthony Davis made an interception and defensive tackle John Williams had two quarterback sacks among his four tackles. Other sacks came from Toben Opurum and D.J. Marshall, who has returned to the team after battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Kansas will open its 2011 season hosting McNeese State, Sept. 3. Tickets are available at www.kuathletics.com, by calling 1-888-34-HAWKS, or in person at the Allen Fieldhouse Ticket Office.