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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Jayhawks get bad news at quarterback

By David Ubben

Kansas announced on Wednesday that incoming freshman quarterback Brock Berglund, one of the Jayhawks' top recruits, would not be enrolling early as planned.

"Brock Berglund has decided to change to modified class scheduling this semester," Kansas coach Turner Gill said in a release. "This change will allow him to still be eligible this fall. Due to personal circumstances we have decided it is in his best interest to come in the summer with the rest of the outstanding 2011 recruiting class. Brock is committed to being a student-athlete at the University of Kansas."

The good news is it still sounds like Berglund is ready to come to Kansas and not experiencing buyer's remorse after signing his letter of intent last month.

But for Kansas fans hoping to see Berglund beat out Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham for the starting quarterback job next fall, it's looking extremely doubtful, at least for the season opener. Webb and Mecham did what they could, but neither showed flashes of being a game-changing quarterback during the 2010 season.

Kansas fans hoped Berglund, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback could be the playmaker, or at least show flashes of becoming one, as a freshman. He'll miss 15 practices, and for a freshman, getting those in would be integral if he was going to become a rare true freshman starter. Kansas officials did, however, tell the Lawrence-Journal World that Berglund would be eligible to join the team in the middle of spring practices if his personal matter cleared up.

Even if he doesn't join them in spring, and waits until the summer before coming to Lawrence from Colorado, he'll get his chance in the fall. But for now, expect Webb and Mecham to enter fall camp a step ahead of their younger competition.

Kansas begins spring practice on April 1 and concludes with the spring game on April 30.