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Football Update

Spring practice may have completed, but the work is not done for Coach Mangino's Jayhawks. A big off-season conditioning program is now approaching as the Jayhawks prepare for the battles of the Big 12. JUCO transfers and incoming freshman will be counted on heavily this upcoming fall, and here is the early report. <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

The Jayhawks began with a good start to their JUCO recruiting efforts in the mid-year transfers of C Jon Vaughn and TE Lyonel Anderson. Both had very good spring practices, and should be counted on as starters this fall.

The staff is very excited over the toughness shown by Vaughn this spring. Jon brought some much needed leadership to the offensive line playing through injury and giving it his all on every down. There is a lot of confidence in Lawerence that they may have found a sleeper amongst the JUCO ranks in Vaughn.

Speaking of tight end, while Lyonel Anderson is the slated starter, expect the Jayhawks to use a rotatoin of three. One of those players will be converted quarterback Kevin Long, who is one of the most athletic guys. Unfortunately, Kevin has yet to fully dedicate himself to football, but he will be given a chance to impress this fall. It will be interesting to see if he is able to live up to his potential.

The Jayhawks still have another twelve JUCO transfers scheduled to arrive this late summer. Most of the help will come on the defensive side of the ball. The two players being looked upon the most for contribution this fall are LB Gabe Toomey and DT Phil Tuihalamaka. The only question mark on Gabe Toomey so far in his short career at Oklahoma and Iowa Centrall CC is his drive to win. He did not receive the special attention he had hoped for at Oklahoma, and will not at Kansas, but Toomey this time does know a starting job is waiting for him.

Out of the incoming freshman, the Jayhawks will be looking at Mark Brown the most seriously at this point to give help to a thin secondary. Brown did not play football his senior year after a very impressive junior year so it is unseen whether he will be able to eliminate the rust quickly. However, his athleticism is exceptional, and he should be a main contributor in the secondary in his career as a Jayhawk.

Briefly moving over to recruiting, expect the Jayhawks to sign two quarterbacks this upcoming recruiting season. Right now, one JUCO and one high school quarterback is the plan.

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