KU Football News and Notes

Dez Briscoe (Steve Puppe photo)

Phog.net's Jim Williamson with a few notes as he sits on the couch, counting down the days to KU's home opener.

It takes two: Saturday's online edition of The Sporting News listed the top quarterback-wide receiver combinations in college football heading into 2009. The list includes Jayhawks Todd Reesing and Kerry Meier.

Here are some of the other top passer-receiver duos in Kansas history based on the season record book:

Yards (QB, receiver)
2008: Todd Reesing (3,888), Dezmon Briscoe (1,407)
2007: Todd Reesing (3,486), Marcus Henry (1,014)
1983: Frank Seurer (2,789), Bob Johnson (1,144)
1985: Mike Norseth (2,995), Richard Estell (1,109)
2008: Todd Reesing (3,888), Kerry Meier (1,045)
1989: Kelly Donohoe (2,125), Quintin Smtith (898)

Completions-Receptions (QB, receiver)
2008: Todd Reesing (329), Kerry Meier (97)
2008: Todd Reesing (329), Dezmon Briscoe (92)
2007: Todd Reesing (276), Dexton Fields (63)
1985: Mike Norseth (227), Richard Estell (70)
1983: Frank Seurer (187), Bob Johnson (58)
2003: Bill Whittemore (159), Charles Gordon (57)
2007: Todd Reesing (276), Marcus Henry (54)

You're in good hands…: TSN also rated the receivers in each conference with the best hands. The Big 12 selection was KU's Kerry Meier.

New tackle leader again: For the fifth straight season, the Jayhawks are guaranteed to  have a new leader in tackles as the leaders from each of the previous four seasons have moved on. Nick Reid led the team in 2005; Mike Rivera led in 2006; Joe Mortensen in 2007l; and James Holt in 2008. Mortensen, Rivera and Holt graduated last spring.

Kudos continue: Through August 14, at least 10 national award watch lists had been released and several ‘Hawks had been cited multiple times. KU players who have been tapped include WR Dezmon Briscoe, WR Kerry Meier, QB Todd Reesing, RB Jake Sharp and S Darrell Stuckey.

Top-five opponents: According to the preseason rankings, the Jayhawks will face two opponents – Oklahoma and Texas – ranked in the top five in the country and in the top three, based on several polls and publications.

KU has taken on two top-five teams in each of the last two seasons. Last year, KU played OU and Tejas who were each ranked #4 in the AP poll at game time. In 2007, KU played consecutive games against the #4-ranked Slavers and #5 Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies in the Orange Bowl.

KU has won five games all-time against top five teams:
23-7 at No. 1 Missouri (1960, ruined MU's chance to win the national championship)
28-10 vs. No. 5 Texas A&M (1974)
28-11 vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (1984)
40-24 at No. 4 Colorado (1995)
24-21 vs. No. 5 Virginia Tech (2008 Orange Bowl)

In good company: In the last four seasons, KU is tied for second in the Big 12 in bowl victories with three postseason wins behind only Texas, which has won four. Along with the Horns, KU is also the only unbeaten bowl teams during that stretch.

Here is a look at bowl records of Big 12 schools in the last four seasons by victories:

4-0, Texas
3-0, Kansas
3-1, Missouri
2-1, Oklahoma State
2-1, Nebraska
2-2, Texas Tech
1-3, Oklahoma
0-2, Colorado
0-2, Texas A&M
0-1, Iowa State
0-1, Kansas State
0-0, Baylor

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