Monthly Archives: August 2010

Josh Selby confident he’ll be cleared to play

Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby said on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon that “I feel good about me being cleared but I don’t know for sure.”

The NCAA is investigating the relationship between Selby and Robert “Bay” Frazier, who is the business manager for Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and advised Selby during his college recruitment process. Selby, Anthony and Frazier are all Baltimore natives.

Selby would lose his amateur status if he has entered into a verbal or written agreement with Frazier. The difference between an acting agent and a friendly adviser has been a gray area for the NCAA, which is the best explanation for why Selby now finds himself in limbo.

Selby, rated the top prospect in the 2010 recruiting class by Rivals.com, would likely start for the Jayhawks from day one. He is projected as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com.

KU’s Carl Torbush: ‘Everybody that we take to the motel’ will play on defense

With plenty of position battles still being fought on the defensive side of the ball, it doesn’t appear Kansas defensive coordinator Carl Torbush is going to proceed with much caution as far as the two-deep depth chart is concerned. If you’ve got two legs, two arms and are interested in making a tackle, interception or sack, you’re going to play for KU on Saturday against North Dakota State.

“Defensively, I’ll be shocked if everybody that we take to the motel, if they don’t play,” Torbush said. “I would think all of our defensive linemen, all the linebackers, and I’ll be shocked if all the defensive backs don’t play.”

One of the Jayhawks who will play for sure is sophomore Toben Opurum, who moved from running back to linebacker a few weeks ago. If there was any doubt about whether Opurum would contribute this season, there shouldn’t be any now. Torbush hopes that Opurum will get anywhere from 10 to 20 snaps Saturday.

“He does have an outstanding nose for the football,” Torbush said. “He uses his hands real well. He’s a big guy that’s physical. He looks like a linebacker. In my mind, there’s no question that the day he moved over there he made us better.”

The KU coaches will keep it simple for Opurum early on. Torbush said they want him to focus on attacking the football and being physical from the outside linebacker spot rather than thinking too much. KU coach Turner Gill said that the coaches were still deciding about whether to play freshman Keeston Terry, who moved from wide receiver to safety, on Saturday. At defensive end, freshman Keba Agostinho will play in relief of senior Jake Laptad.

On the other side, redshirt freshmen Tyrone Sellers and Kevin Young and senior Quintin Woods will all see time. Of course, Torbush said everybody is going to get a chance, and who knows what that means. Maybe it’s because Torbush expects the Jayhawks to have the game well in hand by the second half. Or maybe it’s because he’s still figuring out who his best options are.

Only time will tell.

Gill talks about Topen Opurum at LB

Kansas coach Turner Gill said Monday morning that sophomore Toben Opurum is making a successful transition from running back to linebacker.

“He’s been aggressive,” Gill said. “I’ve seen he is a physical player at that position, too. He will help our football team definitely at the linebacker spot.”

Gill said that Opurum will likely need another two to three weeks of practice to fine tune some details of playing the position.

For now, the Jayhawks will have to count on Justin Springer, Drew Dudley and Steven Johnson to stay healthy.

* Gill reiterated that sophomore quarterback Kale Pick has set himself apart from the rest of the quarterbacks and said he wasn’t sure if Jordan Webb would play against North Dakota State.

* A couple of position battles that are raging into the first week of the season are at defensive end, where Tyrone Sellers, Quintin Woods and Kevin Young are neck and neck, and cornerback, where Isiah Barfield and Calvin Rubles are still competing.

K-State at KU will get ‘GameDay’ visit from ESPN

The Jan. 29 Kansas State at Kansas basketball game, held on the 150th anniversary of Kansas’ admittance into the Union, will include an appearance from ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew.

The same game featured “GameDay” in Manhattan last season.

Baylor will play host to Texas on March 5 in the other Big 12 hosting of the Saturday morning show.

Pick the starting QB; Opurum moved to LB

After more than two weeks of revealing very little of substance about what the Kansas football team will look like in 2010, KU coach Turner Gill released a depth chart on Thursday that reflected where things currently stand.

At quarterback, Gill said sophomore Kale Pick will get the nod over redshirt freshman Jordan Webb and start against North Dakota State on Sept. 4.

“Kale Pick is definitely the guy who has earned the position,” Gill said before Thursday’s practice. “Ball security was huge. He didn’t really turn the ball over. Jordan turned the ball over a few times. That was a big separation between the two. Also, the intangibles. I love the way his demeanor has been, inside the huddle, outside the huddle. Those were the main two reasons.”

When Gill was through explaining his quarterback decision, he announced two position changes. In a shocking twist, sophomore running back Toben Opurum, the leading returning rusher, will be moving to linebacker. Gill said the reason was twofold – the Jayhawks need depth at linebacker, and Opurum was not going to get much time at running back. Gill said they will evaluate Opurum at his new position in the coming weeks and make a decision about whether to redshirt him.

Gill also said freshman wide receiver Keeston Terry, a coveted prep prospect out of Blue Springs, will move to safety. Gill said he knows Terry can be a good wide receiver but that there may be an opportunity to play right away at safety.

On Opurum: “All we can base it off of is how does he compare to other guys on ability.”

One of the guys Gill likes more at running back is sixth-year senior Angus Quigley, who remains on top of the depth chart. He is followed by redshirt freshman Deshaun Sands and junior Rell Lewis, who are competing for the No. 2 spot.

On Quigley: “He’s been pretty much at the top I would say the majority of the time. I can’t say he’s just totally separated. We’re probably gonna rotate some guys. If we had to play today, this is where it’s at at this point in time.”

The full depth chart:

Offense
LT: Tanner Hawkinson, Gavin Howard
LG: Duane Zlatnik, Alex Smith
C: Sal Capra, Jeremiah Hatch
RG: Trevor Marrongelli, Michael Martinovich
RT: Brad Thorson, Riley Spencer
WR: Johnathan Wilson, Christian Matthews/Erick McGriff
WR: Daymond Patterson, D.J. Beshears
WR: Bradley McDougald, Chris Omigie
FB: Steven Foster, Justin Puthoff
RB: Angus Quigley, Deshaun Sands/Rell Lewis
QB: Kale PIck, Jordan Webb

Defense
DE: Tyrone Sellers/Kevin Young/Quintin Woods
DT: Richard Johnson, John Williams
DT: Patrick Dorsey, Richard Dent
DE: Jake Laptad, Keba Agostinho
SLB: Drew Dudley, Brian Blackwell
MLB: Justin Springer, Steve Mestan
WLB: Steven Johnson, Chea Peterman
NB: Tyler Patmon, Ryan Murphy
CB: Isiah Barfield/Calvin Rubles, Greg Brown
SS: Olaitan Oguntodu, Prinz Kande
FS: Lubbock Smith, Phillip Strozier
CB: Chris Harris, Anthony Davis/Corrigan Powell