Kansas Football Holds First Practice In South Florida

Dec. 28, 2007

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>MIAMI, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Kansas football team held its first practice in south Florida on Friday in preparation for its FedEx Orange Bowl game against third-ranked Virginia Tech on Jan. 3.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The Jayhawks worked out at BarryUniversity for two hours in the morning. It was KU’s first practice session since a practice in Lawrence on Dec. 24.

“We had good tempo,” head coach Mark Mangino said after the workout. “The players were focused on their work. It was a good first day. We have a few kinks to work out, but nothing major.”

The players had some time off in the afternoon before an evening of bowling and seeing the SouthBeach area.

Kansas will resume practice on Saturday morning. After practice the players will take part in a beach party in the afternoon.

Orange Bowl Notable – Four times in history Kansas has had two first-team Associated Press All-Americans in the same year and three times the Jayhawks played in the Orange Bowl that season. This year both cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive tackle Anthony Collins were named All-Americans.