But what about tired hands?
It happens, even to the most reliable receivers. Just ask Blue Springs
(MO) High School senior wideout Jordan Nubine, after a day that started
with seven-on-seven competition and ended with four straight hours of
catching passes at Kansas head coach Turner Gill's first Friday Night
"My hands weren't all the way here," he said, evaluating his
performance after the KU camp Friday night. "We had six, seven-on-seven
games today, but other than that I felt like I did pretty good,
For most of the night, Nubine was better than merely "good." Though he
doesn't possess elite speed, the big 6-foot-4 wide receiver has
outstanding ball skills and elite hands when focused.
In fact, he turned in perhaps the play of the night during one-on-one
competition. Using his strength to get past a cornerback trying to jam
him at the line, Nubine ran a deep fade route and stumbled slightly
while turning to find the football. Slightly overthrown, it would have
been uncatchable for most receivers, but he simply stuck out one giant
hand and plucked it from the air with ease.
The play drew smiles – and a few jests about illegal magnets hidden in
his receivers gloves – from Jayhawks safeties coach Robert Wimberly.
"I'm known as a physical receiver and I also play tight end, so I'm
more physical," Nubine explained. "I'm good at breaking off the line,
getting past you and creating a little separation, and I've gotta get
that speed to get away. But my hand strength is pretty good, yeah."
Though he doesn't have any offers as of yet, that is sure to
change in the near future. The local standout is picking up interest
from likes of Kansas, Iowa State and Nebraska, and Nubine is doing what
he can to promote himself. He recently attended camp at the University
of Oklahoma where he made a name for himself with his size, hands and
Though it's still early in the process for him, Nubine likes the
Jayhawks, and says the opportunity to play close to home would be a
"I like the atmosphere," he said. "We got lost all through here (on the
way to camp), we drove through the whole campus. The campus is great,
the coaches are great. It's just great, period. I like it."
Nubine's Nasty Snag
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