Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Departed KU players want to return to play for Gill
By ESPN.com staff
Three former Kansas players who appeared headed out of the program all have said they want to return to play for new coach Turner Gill.
Running back/linebacker Angus Quigley, linebacker Vernon Brooks and heralded running back Jocques Crawford maintain they would like to return to the Jayhawks' team.
Quigley is eligible for a sixth college season. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Quigley had no interest in returning before learning of Gill's hiring.
Brooks, a former junior college All-American, had little playing time with the Jayhawks in 2009 and left the team late in the season. But he also is interested in returning.
The biggest potential return could be Crawford, who was suspended by former coach Mark Mangino during spring practice and left the Kansas program prior to the season. He spent the 2009 season as a walk-on at Tennessee Tech where he hoped to earn a scholarship in his second semester with the Golden Eagles.
The potential return of all three players would be a significant talent infusion for Gill in his first season.
The return of Crawford could be huge if he ever fulfills the promise he showed at Cisco Junior College, where he was named the national junior-college offensive player of the year after rushing for 1,935 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2007.
Gill said earlier this week he would like to feature a spread offensive attack that would include some two-back elements at times. Sophomore-to-be Toben Opurum figures to be the Jayhawks' top returning rushing threat after rushing for 554 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Crawford would be an ideal addition to provide depth to the Jayhawks' running game that ranked 102nd nationally and failed to produce 100 yards in any of the team's last seven games.