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KANSAS UNIVERSITY QUARTERBACK JAKE HEAPS IS SACKED BY OKLAHOMA DEFENDERS CHARLES TAPPER (91) AND GENEO GRISSOM on the Jayhawks’ final drive. Heaps and the Jayhawks struggled in a 34-19 loss to the Sooners on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
KU tries new QB in loss to Sooners By Matt Tait email@example.com
On a day Kansas University coach Charlie Weis took the first step toward looking to the future at quarterback, the present bit him in the rear as the Jayhawks managed just 16 yards passing in a 34-19 loss to 18th-ranked Oklahoma in front of 41,113 fans at Memorial Stadium. Junior starter Jake Heaps handled most of the quarterbacking duties for Kansas, which jumped to a 13-0 lead but followed it up by surrendering 25 straight points to the Sooners. So it was Heaps who deserved much of the blame for KU’s paltry pass-
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ing numbers — 5-of-13 for 16 yards and three sacks. “I don’t care if you’re playing the ’85 Bears, that’s just not acceptable,” Weis said following KU’s third consecutive loss and 24th in a row against Big 12 foes. “And it’s something we will continue to work on because it’s just not good enough right now.” During the two drives in which Heaps was not in the game, true freshman Montell Cozart took KU’s snaps at quarterback. The move to use Cozart was something the Jayhawks game-planned KANSAS FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK for throughout the week and MONTELL COZART (2) GIVES THE COUNT one that everyone on offense against Oklahoma. Cozart made his season debut Saturday but didn’t throw Please see KANSAS, page 4B a pass.
Kansas University’s football team stormed out of the locker room with all the vigor of bunch of gradeschool boys busting through the doors on the last day of school looking forward to a summer of fun in the sun. How does that happen? How does a school that came out of Saturday with a 34-19 loss to Oklahoma that extended the Big 12 losing streak to 24 games so look forward to playing? Energetic junior defensive tackle Keon Stowers opened a window to the pregame locker-room scene. “It’s loud,” said Stowers, one of the team’s four captains. “We’re jacked. We’re hyped.
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I’m not a big rah-rah guy. I talk to the team. I get them hyped, but I’m not a big rah-rah guy. I like to focus in, but the atmosphere is amazing.” How does it get that way? “Coach Weis,” Stowers said of second-year coach Please see KEEGAN, page 5B
Jayhawks show 10K fans reluctance to run By Gary Bedore email@example.com
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KANSAS UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN ANDREW WIGGINS REACHES TO SLAP HANDS with fans following an open-to-the-public scrimmage on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University’s basketball coaches have been encouraging their players — actually pleading with the players — to get the ball and run this preseason. “We don’t run, though. Running is something you condition your brain to do every single time. We run when we want to run,” KU coach Bill Self lamented after three 10-minute scrimmages contested before a crowd of 10,000 fans Saturday morning in Allen Fieldhouse. “Andrew Wiggins is the worst we have at that because if he feels like he can get something, he’ll take off. Sometimes he doesn’t,” Self added of the 6-foot-8 freshman guard who led the way with 21 total points.
Wiggins was the only Jayhawk to score in double figures in one session with 10 in the final period off 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-for-2 from three. He hit the gamewinning trey, erasing a 20-19 deficit in the final seconds. “He doesn’t understand when he runs, he stretches the defense, and we can play behind that. That is understanding and figuring it out,” Self added of Wiggins. “With he and Wayne (Selden) and Andrew White (III) on the wing and with ’Mari (Traylor) and Perry (Ellis), Tarik (Black) and those guys ... the way they run, I think this could be the quickest team we’ve had to get up and down the court. But we’ve got to do it every possession.” Self said he hasn’t settled on a rotation this early, but some things became obvious
during practices open to the media during coaches-clinic weekend. He really likes the Blue team (first-team) lineup of Naadir Tharpe, Selden, Wiggins, Ellis and Tarik Black. And it appears at this time White, Traylor and Joel Embiid are in the plans for minutes. “Naadir knows what we are doing. Frank (Mason) is figuring it out. Frank is talented, but Naadir has emerged as our starting point guard,” Self said of the junior floor leader. Freshmen Mason, Conner Frankamp and Selden all played some point Saturday. Of 6-6 sophomore guard White, who scored 11 points with three steals, Self said: “I think he’s playing well. He does what he does. He took Please see HOOPS, page 6B