LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football wrapped up its third week of preseason practice with a 55-play scrimmage Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.
"I thought things went okay today," Kansas head coach Turner Gill said. "The offense made some plays, and the offensive line did some things to open it up for us. But the defense needs to tackle better. That's something we're going to have to improve before our first game (in two weeks)."
The Jayhawks tried to simulate a Saturday game by taking the field at 11 a.m., and running their first play at 11:06 a.m. Sophomore quarterback Kale Pick and redshirt freshman Jordan Webb split the snaps nearly 50/50.
The scrimmage started with the offense taking the ball at the 20 yard line going in, and after five series, the offense switched directions to go the further length of the field.
Pick threw a pair of touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Johnathan Wilson, including a 20-yard pass where the senior receiver broke a tackle on the far sideline and raced into the end zone.
Webb also led a pair of scoring drives, including a 12-play effort which culminated in a two-yard touchdown run by James Sims.
The defense did force a pair of turnovers on downs and recovered a fumble during the latter stages of the scrimmage.
Kansas will practice again Sunday before taking part in Fan Appreciation Day at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Following the workout, the entire team will be available for autographs. Fans are asked to limit autograph requests to one item per player or coach.
The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone will open at 3:30 p.m. on the practice fields on the east side of Campanile Hill. The Hawk Zone will have inflatable games and more for kids and families to enjoy.
Gates to the stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. Fans are asked to park and enter on the west side of Memorial Stadium. The KU Store and concession stands on the west concourse will be open during the event. While supplies last, fans may pick up free Kansas football promotional items, including posters, schedule cards, magnets and cups.
The west side ticket office at Memorial Stadium will also be open during the event for those wishing to purchase 2010 season or single-game tickets. Kansas opens its season hosting North Dakota State on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. Reserved season tickets begin as low as $199. The Family Plan, which includes four season tickets (two adult and two youth), is also available for just $499.
Parking is free for Fan Appreciation Day in all lots adjacent to Memorial Stadium. On the West side, Lot #'s 50, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 65 will be available for parking. On the East side, Lot #94 will be open for parking. All fans will enter on the west side of Memorial Stadium.