Jayhawks Talk Buffaloes

Inside, quotes about Colorado from Kansas head coach Mark Mangino, and a handful of Jayhawk players, as Saturday's CU-Kansas showdown in Boulder looms.

Kansas Head Coach Mark Mangino
On the upcoming game against Colorado
"They have some outstanding players. This will be a good challenge for us. I think our kids are prepared for the challenge and looking forward to going to Boulder and playing."

On the Colorado defense
"Watching Colorado on tape, they are a really fine football team. Their defense is outstanding. I really think they have some of the most talented defensive players in the conference.

"They have a couple guys that really jump out at you on the defensive side of the ball. Jordon Dizon and Brad Jones at linebacker are outstanding players. Their defensive line is very big, physical and quick." On the Colorado offense
"They have good running backs, led by Hugh Charles. He runs the ball very well. He is a quick, dangerous guy who can make big plays.

"Their quarterback is just a redshirt freshman, Cody Hawkins, but you can see each and every week as you watch the tapes in sequence, you can see him getting better. He stays poised, he makes plays and he's a smart player."

Senior Tight End Derek Fine
On scoring on any team
"I think we can as long as we take care of business. It's all about execution and there have been a few times that we haven't executed. When we came out the first quarter of the Kansas State game, we weren't executing and if we would have kept playing as we were going, we probably wouldn't have scored all game. I think from that kind of standpoint, you have to look at it as a confidence thing. Yeah, we can go in and take care of business, execute and score.

"The main thing is to get it done on the practice field and make sure we take care of that stuff to make sure we get points."

On Colorado bouncing back after giving up a lot of points at Kansas State
"I think that will happen with any team. Any time that you have a lot of points scored on you, you really want try to redeem yourself the next week. That's something we have to prepare for.

They have a really good linebacker corps. I played against them last year. They're really physical guys and they're really good at getting to the ball."

On playing at Colorado
"I remember the last couple of games. We came close to winning in 2003 and then two years ago we went there and they handed us a pretty good loss then, so you know, we've had a hard time there. A lot of things that go into that are different teams. I don't think we really had the confidence and the will to go in and try to win at different places on the road that we do this year. Hopefully we'll take care of that ourselves."

Sophomore Quarterback Todd Reesing
On playing at Colorado

"It's a great opportunity for us. Obviously, Oklahoma went in there and lost and Colorado's defense played pretty great against them. It's another opportunity for us to go out there and prove ourselves. We're excited about the challenge."

On his redshirt being pulled against Colorado game last year and going there this year
"I'm not too worried about that. That was last year. Obviously it was an exciting moment in my life, the first chance I got to play college football. It was a lot of fun, it was exciting to get a win, but this team is a lot different, a lot of things are at stake and it's at their place. It's a lot different than last year's situation.

People have talked about the altitude and stuff, but I've been skiing before. I know what it's like. I'm not too worried about the weather. Last week the weather was terrible and we had to deal with that. I don't think we're too concerned with altitude. We can't let small things like that affect our mindset in the game. We're not going to get caught up in that. We're going to go up there and play football and do the best we can."

On his feelings at halftime the game his redshirt was pulled against Colorado
"Well, there were a lot of mixed feelings at halftime. I was trying to get stretched because I had been standing around the whole first half. I was excited to get the chance to play and I was nervous too; nervous more so for the fact that I didn't want to go out there and let the team down. I wanted to play to the best of my ability and fortunately we got a win.

That's a game I'm never going to forget for the rest of my life. Not only was it my first game, it was an exciting game; we came back in the second half and won. That game holds a lot of meaning for me, but it's a new season. I'm not really looking back at that game, but I'll always remember it."

On the team's mindset
"Coach is right about that. You can't really look at the scores (Kansas defeating Kansas State, Kansas State defeating Colorado). Week in and week out, some teams will play really good one week and not so great the next week. We really can't look at that because I haven't seen that game yet (Colorado at Kansas State) and what may be the reasoning for the score that game. If you start looking at the scores and thinking that you're going to win just because you beat somebody else, then that's when you're going to go out and get beat. We have to go into this game just like any other game and get prepared as best we can. We're going to do that and we're excited about the opportunity we have."

Junior Linebacker Joe Mortensen
On Colorado being a run-first team

"Definitely. They do run the ball a lot and that's one thing that we're looking forward to. As a defense, you pride yourself on stopping the run. It's going to be a good challenge because they do run the ball well. (Hugh) Charles is a hard runner. He's quick, he's fast and he's strong. He's the best tailback we've seen all year, for sure. He'll make you miss and he'll also put his head down and try to knock you over, so he's definitely one of the best tailbacks in the Big 12 and he's a complete back; he can also catch the ball."

Sophomore Darrell Stuckey
On Colorado's offense

"Colorado's offense seems to be balanced. They do a lot of different stuff and they keep you honest in a lot of different areas. They do not have a lot of tendencies where they always do this or always do that. They are balanced like our offense. We are going to focus on our keys and reading them, and doing what we like to do."

On what KU being ranked means to Colorado
"They will not be intimidated by the ranking we have. They are going to put up a fight, regardless of who we are. They know they have a chance of winning. Anything can happen on a Saturday, so that does keep us grounded. We are ranked so that means we have more to live up to. To whom much is given, much is required. We are required to go in there and fight and win."

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