Claremore Daily Progress

Breaking News

Sports

April 13, 2014

BIG 12 FOOTBALL: Jayhawks gearing up for annual spring game

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The quarterbacks at Kansas have been hit throughout spring, from the front and from behind, hard and not so hard, in the pocket and while scrambling during their practices.

No sense is making them wear bubble wrap for the annual spring game.

Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis wants to see what Montell Cozart, Jake Heaps and T.J. Millweard can do when the team plays its glorified scrimmage on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. And it's hard to get an accurate read on the intriguing race for the starting job when the quarterbacks wear the red jerseys that prevent defensive players for laying a hit on them.

Weis said it's the first time he's had quarterbacks go live in a spring game.

''It's because when the quarterback keeps the ball, you never know how many yards they could have gained,'' Weis said. ''This isn't the first time they've been hit. The goal is for them not to get hit, but in the running game they're going to have the ball in their hands.''

That is especially important for Cozart, the only dual-threat quarterback of the bunch.

While he is not as polished of a passer as Heaps or Millweard, he has shown some ability to make plays with his feet. He ran for 214 yards and a score last season, making him the Jayhawks' third-leading rusher, while also throwing for 227 yards with two interceptions.

He earned more playing time throughout the season in place of Heaps, the former BYU starter who had transferred. Heaps only completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,414 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and that inability to get the ball downfield was a big reason why the Kansas offense was so stagnant during a 3-9 season.

Millweard is the wild card in the quarterback race.

He sat out last season after transferring from UCLA, and while he flashed a big arm in high school, Millweard does not have the experience of Cozart or Heaps.

While the quarterback competition is expected to carry into fall camp, there are plenty of other story lines to watch for as the Jayhawks wrap up spring practice:

-Dynamic playmaker Tony Pierson has not experienced any lingering effects from the head injury that sideline him late last season. And while he has taken hits in practice, Weis said that he will be the only one wearing a red jersey to prevent contact in the spring game.

''After going back and forth, the pros and cons, the last thing I want to do on the last practice, when he's had such a good offseason, is have a setback,'' Weis said.

-Nick Harwell was a record-setting wide receiver at Miami of Ohio. After sitting out last season to fulfill his transfer requirements, he'll be starting his senior season intent on giving the relatively weak Kansas passing game a big lift.

''He's also punt returning and kickoff returning,'' Weis said. ''He's working both, and Kevin Short is punt returning it and kickoff returning it. All of them are out there.''

-After two seasons of inept offense, Weis decided to hire a coordinator to take some of the workload off his own shoulders. He picked John Reagan, who had been the offensive coordinator at Rice, and insists he will allow him to do his job without interference.

''In the past, I had enough time to run the offense and talk to the quarterback. So now you see so much more,'' Weis said. ''I spend a lot more time in the day now, I'll sit with the offense one day, with the defense one day. I'll just sit there and things will come up and I'll say, `Why would you do that? Explain to me why you would do that?' So it's been good, because it gives you an opportunity to challenge them mentally to make sure they're at the top of their game too.''

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • VYPE Oklahoma Football Preview magazine available Thursday

    The VYPE Oklahoma High School/College football preview magazine will be available on Thursday across Rogers County.

    July 22, 2014

  • OUTDOORS: Abu Garcia Revo Beast wins Best Freshwater Reel Award

    The Abu Garcia Revo Beast has been awarded the Best Freshwater Reel Award at the 2014 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. The new reel tests the limits of what is possible for a baitcast reel.

    July 22, 2014

  • AP Source: Cavs set on signing Wiggins

    Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

    A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.

    July 22, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Drillers rout Cardinals in series opener

    The Tulsa Drillers began their series in Spingfield in ideal fashion with a 7-1 win over the Cardinals Monday night.
     
    Taylor Featherston's monster night combined with yet another masterful start from Carlos Hernandez to produce the Tulsa victory.

    July 22, 2014

  • OSU Football Fan Appreciation Day set for Aug. 2

    Oklahoma State fans can officially start the 2014 Cowboy football season on Aug. 2 when OSU hosts its annual Fan Appreciation Day, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

    July 22, 2014

  • GOLF: Molini-Risenhoover win Heritage Hills Invitational title

    Levi Molini and Brad Risenhoover teamed together to take top honors in the Heritage Hills Invitational held this past weekend.
    Molini and Risenhoover posted a two-day total of 120 — shooting a 58-62 — in the championship flight to claim the overall tournament winner.

    July 22, 2014

  • NSU women's tennis tryout set for Aug. 27

    The Northeastern State women's tennis team will host tryouts at 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the NSU Tennis Complex for the upcoming 2015 season.

    July 22, 2014

  • NSU Football Meet and Greet set for July 28

    Northeastern State football coach Rob Robinson and staff have announced the date for the first NSU Football Meet and Greet to help promote the upcoming 2014 season.

    July 22, 2014