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KU football notes: Weis promising depth-chart changes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.

— One long day of evaluation and critical analysis left Kansas football coach Charlie Weis with a pretty good idea of what needed to be tweaked following a 54-16 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday in Lawrence.

“There will be a number of changes in the depth chart that I put out tomorrow,” Weis said Monday morning during the weekly Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.

Weis didn’t get into many specifics on potential changes, but a shaky offensive line will likely be one of the first position units to be overhauled. A largely unproductive receiving corps could also undergo a few changes. But Weis also said he scoured the game film looking for players that played hard throughout Saturday’s loss, which turned into another ugly blowout after the Jayhawks took a 10-0 lead into the second quarter.

“The ones that played hard,” Weis said, “will still be sitting in the same situation where they were last week — playing.”

On Sunday, Weis spent a large chunk of KU’s film session contrasting the difference between KU’s performance in the first quarter and the rest of the game, which included a 54-0 run from Texas Tech.

“I broke the film session into two separate and distinct parts,” Weis said. “One, I showed them the entire first quarter from the opening kickoff, right through the whistle at the end of the first quarter.

“Here’s a team, we were far from perfect (but) sitting there with a 10-0 lead; whupping them pretty good, played good on both sides of the ball. Right (then), any objective person would say that this team has a legitimate chance of winning the game.”

Weis then closed the film session by showing 35 plays from the rest of the game — plays that stood out as reasons why the game quickly spiraled out of control.

“To show them,” Weis said, “the reason why the game ended up the way it did.”

Pierson day-to-day after head injury

Junior running back Tony Pierson hasn’t been ruled out of this Saturday’s game at TCU. But after suffering a concussion during the second half against Texas Tech, Weis said Pierson could miss one week — and perhaps even be out for an extended period of time.

“He’s day-to-day,” Weis said, adding that Pierson was still dealing with a post-concussion headache. “But I don’t know what that means. I don’t know if he’s out a week; I don’t know if he’s out a month.”

Pierson, who leads KU with 21 catches for 327 yards, was knocked out cold for a few moments after a 39-yard catch and run. According to Weis, Pierson suffered a little bit of whiplash while tumbling out of bounds. And when Weis saw Pierson lying motionless on the Memorial Stadium turf, he briefly thought of Andre Maloney, the Shawnee Mission West senior and Kansas oral commitment who died on Friday after suffering a stroke during a game Thursday night.

“When I first got there, that was definitely flashing through my mind,” Weis said. “But very quickly after I got there, his eyes opened and he started moving all his extremities.”

Kickoff time for Oklahoma

Kansas’ home game against Oklahoma on Oct. 19 will kick off at 2:30 p.m., the Big 12 announced on Monday. The game will either be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. The afternoon kickoff will break a string of three straight 11 a.m. kickoffs, which will continue Saturday at TCU.

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