Jayhawks Look To Slow Down Cowboys

Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis met with the media during his weekly press conference leading up to Kansas' (1-4) game against 2-2 Oklahoma State, Saturday.

Weis gave a lot of credit to the Cowboys and their coaching staff led
by 8th year coach Mike Gundy.

"He's done an excellent job and has great assistant coaches," Weis said.

Weis was very complementary starting with their offense. He said their
big gun is running back Joseph Randle. Weis called the former Wichita
Southeast standout a home run hitter, despite weighing over 200
pounds. He said there are some similarities to KU running back Tony

However, he went on to say that the Cowboys biggest offensive weapon
may in fact be kicker Quinn Sharp, who is a semifinalist for both the
Ray Guy (best punter) and Lou Groza award (best kicker). Sharp is
currently fifth overall in scoring at 12.5 points per game.

He said that Oklahoma State's up tempo offense creates challenges
because they move so fast, saying that they have to pay extra
attention to what they're doing.

When asked about the emergence of wide receiver Andrew Turzili, Weis
said he has the chance to become a top line guy.

A big question mark for KU has been the kicking game. Through the
first five games, it has been the team's weakest link and has helped
the Jayhawks squander second half leads on two of their four losses.
Weis admitted to the struggles playing a role in play calling when in
scoring position.

Weis said that field goals will be practiced often every day this week
leading to Saturday's game.

Freshman Austin Barone has moved up to first team with Ron Dougherty at kicker.

Going forward, Weis said he plans to have one if not two kickers on scholarship.

KU already has a transfer in Eric Kahn, who Weis praised with his
ability to kick touchbacks. However, because Kahn is a transfer he is
sitting out this season and will be eligible in 2013.

One thing Weis was asked about was his tendencies to take risks like
the fake punt and fake field goal that were both executed last week
against Kansas State.

"I'd rather go down swinging rather not taking a swing. I won't be
taking a called third strike," Weis said.

He credits Bill Belechick and Bill Parcells, whom Weis coached under
on their influences of Weis' taking of chances. Weis said Belechick
takes more chances than anyone he's ever been around.

Much had been made about Weis giving the starters Sunday off, while
younger players practiced. He responded by saying that only once in
his career did the whole team practice on a Sunday, which came during
his time at Notre Dame.

Much has also been made about some of the younger players getting some
looks. Weis says he'd like to get some of them early in the game to
see what he has, but not at the risk of jeopardizing the game.

At 1-4, Weis says confidence is where you would expect it to be, but
also says the remedy is good practice.

Despite the record, Weis says the team has been in every game at
halftime. Now, it's just a matter of getting them to finish.

"When we go into the locker room, I have to continue finding more
alternatives to how we can play the second half, Weis said. I
obviously haven't found the right one yet, but I'm going to keep on

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