"The way he looked today, I'm inclined to get him work Saturday," Mangino said. "How much, I don't know. I still haven't decided who we will start the game with, but I'm inclined to say that he will participate Saturday."
Whittemore spoke Wednesday for the first time since injuring his shoulder in last week's loss at Kansas State. He said dealing with his second major injury in two years as a Jayhawk has been difficult, especially knowing that his college career may be over.
Still, Whittemore said he is encouraged by KU trainers' speculation that he may return for the Nov. 22 game against Iowa State. In fact, Mangino said it is possible that Whittemore may start throwing again as early as Monday, adding that the only thing he really couldn't do is have full contact. The injury itself, Mangino said, isn't all that serious. The potential repurcussions of making it worse are the main reason Whittemore's season may be over.
"He has everything in perspective," Mangino said of Whittemore. "He's just working hard with our trainers and our doctors to try to get back to the field as quickly as he possibly can. Whittemore will travel to College Station, Tex., with the Jayhawks this weekend and will serve primarily as an advisor to the quarterbacks.
With Whittemore gone, it looks like Barmann could be quarterbacking the rest of the way as long as he does well Saturday. If that is the case, Mangino said he expects the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Barmann to be ready. He's been preparing all season just in case, so the transition shouldn't be as difficult as many people originally anticipated.
"After the UNLV game we made a decision to take him off of the scout team, send him to the quarterback meetings every day, stay with the varsity and learn," Mangino said.
"He hasn't taken many reps with the varsity in practice, but he's been there studying every day. He's been in the game plan each and every week, and the meetings with the quarterbacks and the offense, so he does have a pretty good understanding of what we're going to do."