Mangino Announces Change in Kicking Game

The Kansas Jayhawks were one kick away from having the chance to go 3-0 for the first time in seven years. The kicker, Johnny Beck will now lose his duties for field goals and point after attempts. Head Coach Mark Mangino met with the press Tuesday and announced the decision to promote Scott Webb in hopes of improving the kicking game.

"We are going to have Johnny Beck handle all of the kickoff duties.  He has done extremely well and is one of the reasons why our defense has been getting good field position.  Scott Webb will handle all of the PAT and field goal opportunities," Mangino said.

Beck is 2-6 on the season with his longest boot of the season at 51 yards.  Webb is perfect in both field goals and point after attempts but has yet to attempt a field goal longer than 29 yards.

Aside from the problems surrounding the kicking game, Mangino would like to see some improvement out of the rushing attack.

"We have to run the ball better," Mangino said.  "There is no question about that.  I don’t want to point the finger at any one person.  I think running the football is a cooperative effort.  We just have to be overall polished in the run game and it’s coming along."

The 2-1 Jayhawks played a solid non-conference schedule and will now face the real test heading into Big 12 Conference play.  Kansas will try to slow down the aerial attack of the Texas Tech Raiders, which posted 70 points last weekend against TCU.

Mangino said Kansas would not alter its game plan against the Red Raiders.

"We are not going to make any radical changes to our defensive structure.  We always have things prepared for each and every opponent.  We are going to do what we do best.  We our going to play our defense like we are capable of, and ask our players to do what they are capable of.  We are not going to invent a new defense for this offense, that would be foolish," Mangino said.

The Texas Tech offense can score rapidly as seen last week with 56 unanswered points against TCU.  Quarterback Sonny Cumbie fits the role of a Red Raider signal caller with his ability to throw the ball down the field.  Cumbie completed 30 of 50 passes for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns last weekend in the impressive victory.

Mangino stated that his team will have to play smart and disciplined football in order to come away with a win.

"One of the keys to playing good defense this week will be assignments-sound football," Mangino commented.  "Our kids will be very precise in their assignments and how they pursue things, I feel good about or defense.  We have to be assignment-sound, because if we are not, Texas Tech will find flaws and exploit those flaws until we do something about it."

The Kansas defense has showed strong improvement during the three games in comparison to last season.  However, the Jayhawks will have to fire on all cylinders Saturday to defeat one of the most potent offenses in the Big 12 Conference.


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