Freshman Briscoe On Display

It was one catch, but for most Kansas fans, it was enough. Enough to prove that coaches were right for burning the redshirt of Dezmon Briscoe, perhaps Kansas's most talented freshman, on Saturday night.

It was one catch … but oh, what a catch it was.

With 3:21 left in the first quarter, Todd Reesing lofted a ball along the sideline and the 6-foot-3 Briscoe went up and made the catch, holding onto the ball when he was drilled by the safety and dragging his feet.

“It was amazing,” Briscoe said. “I didn’t really know what to do, the guy kind of shocked me. I thought they were going to call me out of bounds. But it was a good feeling.

“I think my adrenaline was pumping a little too much,” Briscoe said. “I didn’t really feel the hit. My chin strap kind of unbuttoned a bit though.”

Reesing said the catch had a big momentum swing.

“That was a great catch,” Reesing said. “Obviously in his first game like that to come out and make a big play like that and get all the momentum on our side was huge.”

Briscoe didn’t catch a pass the rest of the night, but he left little doubt that he would see more time this year.

He’s no stranger to big catches – Briscoe caught 37 passes for 708 yards and 11 touchdowns at Cedar Hill (Tex.) High School, with his best game coming against Bowie High School, when he grabbed six balls for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He earned first-team all-district honors for his troubles.

Most of all, Briscoe was a winner – Cedar Hill was 23-4 in his last two seasons, and won a state championship last year. Yet he was considered by some to be somewhat of a consolation prize when lauded teammate William Cole chose Oklahoma State.

That impression didn’t last long.

Briscoe arrived on campus ready made at more than 200 pounds, and started making plays early in summer 7-on-7 play, and immediately worked his way to the top of the receiver depth chart.

“The receivers were already really good,” Briscoe said. “(The young receivers) just really go off what they do, they help us. We just wanted to come in and do our part.”

Reesing said that Briscoe was well on his way.

“Dezmon has a lot of physical attributes that are really good for a wide receiver, his size and his speed and great hands catching the ball,” Reesing said. “I think he’s definitely a player that is going to help us, this year and in the years to come.”

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