August 29, 2006

Mangino impressed with wide receivers

For Mark Mangino and the Kansas Jayhawks, the time is now. With the start of the 2006 home opener against Northwestern State fast approaching, Mangino addressed the media for the final time (this week) on Tuesday afternoon. Mangino touched on a variety of topics during his press conference, including the development of the wide receivers.

"I would like to announce that sophomore defensive end John Larson and junior wide receiver Jeff Foster have been promoted from walk-on to scholarship status. Since 2002, 14 players have gone from walk-on status to scholarship status at KU," said Mangino.

"This week, we open against Northwestern State from Louisiana -- a very skilled and speedy football team. Head coach Scott Stokes has done a fine job and is in his fifth year. They have some top-notch defensive lineman on that side of the ball. Northwestern State gets Ed Queen back, who sat out last season, at defensive end and also have Tory Collins, a highly respected player who makes a lot of plays.

"Russ Washington, a free safety, is a speedy, quick player who runs all over the field and is a sure tackler. On offense, they will be led by their quarterback, Ricky Joe Meeks," he added.

"He is a coach's son whose father is a highly respected high school coach in East Texas. He is a smart player who makes good decisions. Derrick Doyle is a very good wide receiver with good hands and good athleticism. This is a team that is anxious to get started just like we are. We have prepared well all week and we feel great about our ball club as well."

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