Practice Notes: Aug 18

With fall camp officially behind them, the Kansas Jayhawks took to the turf of Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a morning workout in blessedly cool conditions. Head Coach Charlie Weis ran his squad through their pre-game routine, and several members of the media were on hand.

Here are a few notes from the Kansas pre-game walkthrough Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium:

* It looks as if freshman Tre Parmalee and senior D.J. Beshears are the frontrunners for the return duties. Parmalee had an explosive showing in front of fans during last week's open practice when he returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns. Others who saw reps were Greg Allen, Tyree Williams, Taylor Cox, Daymond Patterson and Bradley McDougald.

* The first team defense at this point appears to be organized like this:

D-Line - Josh Williams, John Williams, Keba Agostinho, Toben Opurum

LB - Huldon Tharp, Ben Heeney and Tunde Bakare

CB - Tyler Patmon and Greg Brown

S - Lubbock Smith and Bradley McDougald

* We wouldn't put too much stock into it at this point, but judging by the fact he was paired with Dayne Crist during the throwing drills Michael Cummings looks to be maintaining his edge in the battle for the backup QB spot with Turner Baty.

* The first-team running back was Tony Pierson, as expected. Taylor Cox was running number two, with Brandon Bourbon third.

* The offense ran out of a double-tight set during the period media was allowed to view, and the two TE were Mike Ragone and Trent Smiley. Given that double-tights is typically a running formation, and those two have been cited as the best blockers of the tight end group, that makes sense. It looked as if Smiley was also being used in a type of fullback/H-Back role at times.

* With just two WR on the field, the first two look to be Patterson and Pick. The second two on the field were Beshears and Andrew Turzilli.

* Turzilli has been a hot name of late as a guy who is impressing his teammates and the staff. At almost 6-foot-4 and 193 pounds, the sophomore has the size to be a prolific outside receiver and is reportedly the fastest member of the corps. If that's true, his development would be a huge asset for the Jayhawks in the passing game.

* Brian Maura, Anthony McDonald and Christian Matthews were on exercise bikes.


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