Opening camp: Kansas

August, 4, 2010
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Opening camp: Kansas

Schedule: Practice starts Wednesday

What’s new: Everything, for starters. The Jayhawks will be led by first-year coach Turner Gill, who preached relationships, communication and togetherness at last week's media days in the wake of former coach Mark Mangino's exit amid allegations of player abuse and mistreatment.

Key battle: Kale Pick and Jordan Webb will be fighting for starting quarterback duties to start camp, which could decide the Jayhawks starter for the next three seasons.

New on the scene: Incoming freshman Brandon Bourbon will join a muddled situation at running back for the Jayhawks. Senior Angus Quigley finished the spring as the starter, and last year's leading rusher, sophomore Toben Opurum, was nowhere to be found on the depth chart after fighting injuries all spring.

Breaking out: Sophomore linebacker Huldon Tharp ranked fifth on the team with 59 tackles, and should be a strong candidate to lead the team in stops as a full-time starter. He earned a career high 13 tackles against Nebraska and could have a few games that top that in 2010.

Don’t forget about: The Jayhawks offensive line. Kansas brings back four starters and if it's going to exceed the moderate expectations placed upon it to begin the season, those five will have to all improve. They'll do it without the man who was supposed to be their fifth starter, tackle Jeff Spikes. His season ended before camp began with an Achilles tendon injury.

All eyes on: Coach Turner Gill. The former Nebraska quarterback is taking the reins of his first major college program after four seasons in the MAC at Buffalo.

Quoting: "I'm a firm believer, which I think probably most coaches are, in building relationships. That was the first thing I wanted our football program, our football team to do. Building relationships from players to coaches, coaches to players, coaches to coaches, and players to players." -- Kansas coach Turner Gill

  1. Turner Gill
    CoachTurnerGill Staff meeting @ 7:30 then first practice this afternoon! Great day to be a Jayhawk!

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