Welcome to the spotlight, Mr. Mecham

Here are a few things you may or may not know about Quinn Mecham:

* The junior college transfer was recruited by the previous staff, but committed to the Jayhawks after the firing of Mark Mangino and prior to the commitment of Turner Gill – though an official visit in mid-December sealed the deal.

* As a two-year standout at Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah, Mecham put up ridiculous numbers. Last year alone he completed 202 of 323 passes for 3,091 yards, 40 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, in leading the Badgers to a 10-2 record and a #5 ranking nationally.

• He has 12 – count 'em, 12 – brothers and sisters back home in Provo, Utah.

* As the backup to both Jordan Webb and Kale Pick, Mecham had planned to redshirt this year.

So much for the plan. A shoulder injury to Webb, a concussion suffered by Pick, and suddenly the junior signal-caller has been thrust into the all-important role of QB1 – but Head Coach Turner Gill has confidence in his ability to get the job done.

"I like the way he gets the ball out," Gill said of Mecham, who was touted for his accuracy prior to arriving on campus. "I think he can get the ball out fairly quickly, and make decisions."

Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Chuck Long pointed to his intelligence and experience as two key factors working in his favor.

"He stepped in Sunday and really played well in our Sunday practice," he said. "He did an ice job of handling everything. He's one of those studious, very smart guys who knows the game, he understands it, he's studied it and he stepped right in and really had a nice practice."

Saturday's contest with the Cyclones will mark Mecham's first career start at the Division One level.

Matthews pulling double duty: With Webb and Pick on the mend, the Jayhawks suddenly find themselves precariously thin at the quarterback position. Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Christian Matthews will likely handle the backup duties, and has been seeing snaps at QB in practice – ala former Kansas standout Kerry Meier.

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