October 18, 2007

Meier just wants to win games

Kerry Meier is a quarterback, a punter and a wide receiver, any chance we see him on defense?

"Back in high school, I did play a little defense, so if the situation comes up I guess I would have to do it," Meier said.

Kansas fans might not want to go that far, but months after being demoted to second string quarterback behind Todd Reesing, Meier has been the ultimate team player for Kansas, debuting at wide receiver against Florida International, and dusting off his punting skills from high school against Kansas State.

Using Meier has allowed Mark Mangino and new offensive coordinator Ed Warinner to be more creative with the offense and special teams.

"We are doing this so we think we can execute some plays out of formations that you don't normally use, Mangino said. "I came to the conclusion at the end of last season that good offensive football, unless you have 22 elite blue chip prospects, you have to think outside the box. You got to find ways to keep the defense on its back and that is what we are going for."

Meier, who routinely had punts over 40 yards while playing for his high school in Pittsburg remembers Clint Bowen bringing up punting in the recruiting process, and it was something that caught Meier's eye.

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