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    KU Quarterback confident

    From the Lawrence paper.

    October 27, 2010
    Though he’s taught plenty of X’s and O’s, go routes, fades, bubble screens and zone blocking schemes, there’s one piece of advice that Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long thinks stands above everything else.

    “I always tell guys, ‘You ought to get to know Quinn. He’s gonna be a millionaire someday,’” said Long of KU’s third-string quarterback, Quinn Mecham. “He’s like a double major in finance, he’s a straight-A student, he’s a sharp young man

    He’s also penciled in as the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback for this weekend’s game at Iowa State.

    KU coach Turner Gill said Tuesday that starter Jordan Webb is doubtful and backup Kale Pick is out for Saturday’s game.

    The injuries — a shoulder issue for Webb and a concussion for Pick — have put Mecham in a position that can be interpreted in a couple of ways. The doomsday crowd might look at Mecham’s chance to start as the latest in a line of bad luck for the KU football program.

    But those inside the KU locker room choose to look at it differently. They might not have been able to do so before Sunday’s practice, but Mecham impressed so much on Sunday that the Jayhawks seem to have serious faith in the junior-college transfer’s abilities.

    “Just going by Sunday’s practice, he felt very comfortable back there,” Long said. “He brought a little juice to practice, to be quite honest. He has a great opportunity before him, and he practiced like it on Sunday.”

    KU coach Turner Gill did not say who Mecham’s immediate backup would be. The most recent depth chart lists Webb as the No. 2 guy, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready. If he’s not, the Jayhawks could go with red-shirt freshman Christian Matthews, a former quarterback who has spent most of the season working as a wide receiver.

    Matthews said Long told him to expect more work at quarterback this week. The mere thought brought a smile to Matthews’ face.

    “I’ve still got that passion at quarterback,” he said. “So if I get the chance, I’m not gonna hold back.”

    One thing that may prevent the KU coaching staff from using Matthews as much as they might like is a right shoulder injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago. Matthews, who did not play last week but did two weeks ago against Kansas State, said the shoulder would not be a problem.

    “I don’t think I’d be able to feel it if I played,” he said. “So it’s the last thing I’m worried about right now.”

    Regardless of which player is taking snaps, Gill said the change at quarterback won’t force KU to alter its offense.

    “There’s going to be some simplification,” he said. “But we’re still going to run what we run. (Mecham) has played two years of college football. I like the way he gets the ball out. He has a good arm and I think he’s going to be able to do some things in a good way for us. He’s got a big smile on his face and he’s ready to go. He said, ‘Coach, I’m ready. I’m ready for this opportunity.’”

    Despite his own excitement, Matthews said he believed in Mecham. Asked what he expected to see from the 6-foot-2, 207-pound junior this week, Matthews was quick to respond.

    “Smart play for the most part,” he said. “He’s the smartest guy on the team. He’s always in the study room or the academic center, doing what he needs to do.”

    Long said Mecham’s intelligence transfers to the field and is the one thing that makes the KU coaching staff feel good about preparing for battle with a third-stringer.

    “As I said from the very beginning, this is something that’s still being worked out,” Long said. “He’s a very intelligent young man. He studies the game. He just hasn’t had the repetitions. But he’s been a very good backup.”



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    Lets take that confidence away early.



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    If the kid is so smart why did he come from a juco?



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    My pessimistic side hopes it doesn't turn into something similar to the Chase Daniels coming out party from a few years back...



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    I think if one of our defenders breaks his arm he wont be as confident.



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    this!

    Quote Originally Posted by clonehenge View Post
    My pessimistic side hopes it doesn't turn into something similar to the Chase Daniels coming out party from a few years back...


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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    We certainly can't let him get any confidence going, but let's face it....if he was KU's best option at qb, he would not be third string. They're making the best out of a bad situation.



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    A lot of that is coach-speak. What do you expect long to say? "This guy sucks. We are totally screwed Saturday."



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone96 View Post
    A lot of that is coach-speak. What do you expect long to say? "This guy sucks. We are totally screwed Saturday."
    This x 100. This is exactly what the coaching staff should and will do. Talk the kid up in front of his teammates. Talk the kid up to the press and fanbase. Whether they believe any of it or not, the best thing they can do is try to instill confidence.

    I would like to know what the coaching staff is saying to each other in the coaching offices.

    There is a reason a JUCO QB cannot beat out a freshman and ends up third string. We need to quickly remind KU and Mecham on Saturday. Let him have some early success and his confidence will build. Hit him in the face early and he will be in panic mode all day.



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    Quote Originally Posted by JPOP View Post
    If the kid is so smart why did he come from a juco?

    Exactly what I was thinking. “He’s the smartest guy on the team." Seriously?



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    Quote Originally Posted by JPOP View Post
    If the kid is so smart why did he come from a juco?
    My guess is that he wanted to get a Football scholarship. No D1 schools came calling out of HS so he went JuCo to develop.

    Not all JuCo kids are dumb.



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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    Can we please, please, please use some Blitz packages this week given the situation instead of using a 3 or 4 man rush?


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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    one pick six and this kid will melt down.


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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    this is scary for ISU. But then again with how horrible and lifeless KU's offense has been this year, if he had talent don't you think they would have gone to him by now? And if he was any good, i'm sure Gill would have moved him to Defensive Tackle or Punter by now.


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    Re: KU Quarterback confident

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneWarning View Post
    There is a reason a JUCO QB cannot beat out a freshman and ends up third string. We need to quickly remind KU and Mecham on Saturday. Let him have some early success and his confidence will build. Hit him in the face early and he will be in panic mode all day.
    Yeah, I have to wonder about that, he put up pretty good stats as a passer in JuCo, but accoding to the KU news releases he was out of the running really quick in fall camp. I'd love to see Sims get a pick 6 on the first drive and then have Kansas fold. I bet we Blitz hard the first few plays to see how he holds up.



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