Jayhawks hold weekend scrimmage

Kansas football wrapped up its 12th preseason practice with a nearly one and one-half hour scrimmage at Memorial Stadium Saturday night.

"I thought there was a little bit of sloppiness on our offense," Head Coach Turner Gill said afterwards. "We had some unforced errors - jumping offside and not lining up and things of those nature. There were some big hits on defense. There was a mix of good things, which is good for a head coach. There wasn't one side totally dominating the other so I feel like we made some improvement, but we need to continue to work hard."

The scrimmage began with five drives starting at the defensive team's 20-yard line. Quarterback Jordan Webb ran three of series hitting Daymond Patterson on a 15-yard scoring toss and setting up a pair of field goals.

Kale Pick led the offense to another score as his 15-yard run helped set up a two-yard scoring rush by James Sims. Pick's other series ended on a dropped pass in the end zone on a fourth down play.

Wide receiver Willie O'Quinn made some plays and caught the head coach's attention during the scrimmage.

"One guy who stood out a little bit was Willie O'Quinn at wide receiver," Gill said. "He caught quite a few balls and made plays when he needed to make them."

After 12 practices Gill said he is pleased with the progress of his team and especially the physical conditioning of the players.

"Our coaching staff has done a great job and really our strength staff has been outstanding," Gill said. "With all of the hot weather, I am really proud of what our strength coaches did with these guys over the summer. The whole team has held up very well and practiced very well in the heat."

The scrimmage was opened to members of the Williams Fund, who enjoyed ice cream and the opportunity to see the Jayhawks three weeks before the season opener against North Dakota State, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

"I'd like to thank members of the Williams Fund who came out to support us tonight (Saturday)," Gill said "We appreciate all that they do for us throughout the year. It's great to see their enthusiasm for Jayhawk football as we get ready for the upcoming year."

Kansas will return to the practice field for its final two-a-day workout Monday. The Jayhawks will hold single practices Tuesday and Wednesday before school starts Thursday.

Tickets are available at www.kuathletics.com, by calling the ticket office at 1-800-34-HAWKS or in person at the ticket office at Allen Fieldhouse.

Fans can get an inside look at Jayhawk football through the official Kansas football blog at www.kufootball.com.


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