Wide Receivers, Ianello Sit Down With The Media

Aug. 5, 2012

080512aac_36_6405813.jpegLAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Rob Ianelloand selected Jayhawk wide receivers took their turn meeting with the media Sunday afternoon. A transcript of Ianello’s chat with the media can be found below.

Additionally Kansas football head coach Charlie Weisissued the following statement on the passing of Garrett Reid, son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid:

“I just heard the tragic news of the passing of Garrett Reid. Andy (Reid) has been a close friend of mine for many years and my thoughts and prayers go out to Andy, Tammy and the kids.”

Wide Receivers Coach Rob Ianello
On the battles for playing time at wide receiver:
“We have great competition. We have some guys who have played quite a bit with Kale (Pick), Daymond (Patterson) and D.J. (Beshears); we have a lot of emerging guys like Chris Omigie, Andrew Turzilli and JaCorey Shepherd; then we’ve got a couple of new guys like Tre’ Parmalee and Josh Ford, so I think we have a good room. Christian Matthewsis battling. He’s played some in the wildcat/quarterback system. We have great competition, good spirit and it’s a great group of guys to work with.”

On what it takes to move up on the depth chart:
“You need to continuously develop as a receiver. You need to be able to get open in tough press coverage, which our defense is going to show us some here. You need to continue to develop your route running, you’re knowledge of the offense and just be a complete receiver. We’ve talked about from our first meeting that complete receivers run good routes, complete receivers block, complete receivers have runs after the catch, complete receivers know what to do, complete receivers are in great physical condition. That’s what it’s going to take for guys (to get playing time). There’s a line (of where we need a receiver to be) and you want to get as many guys as you can above that line that can play in a game and perform for you. We’re working every day to try to see how many guys we can get above that line. We’re three days in, so we’re in no way, shape or form to determine any of that. It’s just a consistent battle every day, in a positive way, that we’re going out to work and try to get better. I tell the guys all the time that you either get better or you get worse, you never stay the same. We’re trying to be better today than we were yesterday.”

On if he felt like the blocking has improved:
“I was pleased with our blocking in spring practice. I felt like our guys showed good effort, worked at it and battled. We’ve only had shoulder pads on one day here so far. We spent a lot of drill time on it yesterday. Hopefully that will continue carry over to us being a good blocking group. We’ll block downfield; we’ll have guys that show good effort and are physical that understand the importance of blocking. I’m certain we will do a good job of that.”

On Daymond Patterson coming back from his injury last season:
“I thought he did a really nice job in spring practice. It’ll be good to have everybody healthy in there. Daymond certainly has been here quite some time and has a veteran presence to him, experience to him, but everybody here is in their first training camp in our offense. Everybody started from scratch in spring practice and we’re just continuing to grow and work. Daymond is no different in that regard.”