Charlie Weis has been making some major changes at Kansas since his arrival.
Weis started in January by listing 10 players that were no longer with the team. Six of them were released by the program, including running back Darrian Miller and wide receiver Keeston Terry. Another player announced he was transferring while three others remained enrolled at the school but left the team.
Of those staying was Junior quarterback Jordan Webb, who showed promise last year in the loss to Oklahoma State when he threw for 316 yards.
But that wasn’t it for Weis, defensive lineman Julian Green was dismissed for violating team rules, along with linebacker Collin Garrett and defensive back Chris Robinson.
And Junior running back James Sims, who is expected to be a key contributor this season, was suspended three games for violating team rules.
It looks like Weis is pretty much cleaning house at KU, so I take it he will be pretty interested to see what his team does during their spring game today.
”I wouldn’t call it a glorified scrimmage because it’s going to be more than that, I think,” Weis said this week. ”I think you just want to line up and give them a chance to run.”
The good thing for Weis is that he’s got quarterback Dayne Crist this season, so he isn’t starting from scratch, not that Crist has proven himself to be a hot commodity, but he’s better than nothing right? Crist is eligible to play because he’s already graduated from Notre Dame.
Weis also has backup quarterback Jake Heaps, who will play in the Spring Game, but will have to sit out in the fall due to the transfer rules.
Can Weis make Kansas relevant? Maybe at the quarterback position, but Kansas needs a lot of help elsewhere, especially defense. The Jayhawks allowed an average of 44 points a game last season, 225 rushing and 300 passing. That’s not very good, but Weis had a plan and brought in former Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Campo and Campo is making quick work of the Jayhawks defense.
”I think you learn more about your guys when they go live,” Campo said. ”It will be about individuals still – ‘This guy had a great spring game,’ rather than, ‘This group had a great spring game.’ ‘This guy did a great job. He showed us something in the game.’ So it is an evaluation, and there is no better evaluation than seeing it live, no matter how you do it.”
Weis had the following to say about the game
”I’d like to see us defensively run around a little bit. I’d like to see us offensively sling it around a bit. I’d like to run it in there in the red zone when people are stacking you up and daring you to run it,” Weis said. ”Those are the kinds of things that I’d like to see.”