May 25, 2006

Jayhawks hope to continue building

Kansas looks to keep going places. Last year marked its second bowl in three years and its 42-13 win over Houston was its largest-ever victory margin in a bowl game. Mark Mangino could become the first coach in program history to make three postseason appearances, but the Jayhawks could get a dose of reality Sept. 30 in their Big 12 opener at Nebraska. Next up: KANSAS.

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7-5, 5-3 in the Big 12 in 2005
It won't take long for the nation to catch a glimpse at whether Kansas is must see for 2006. The Jayhawks' game at Toledo will be on ESPN2. But the first significant test for Kerry Meier will be South Florida. Meier could hit some growing pains, but look for RB Jon Cornish to take some pressure off the redshirt freshman.

Seven of the Jayhawks' top 10 tacklers are gone. DL James McClinton is the lone returner up front. You'd think Mangino would be concerned. He isn't.

"We've been able to recruit some kids to develop and replace those veterans," Mangino said. "We're not holding it together with spit and putty. We have solid players stepping up for the players that graduated."

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