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August 11, 2012On Saturday morning Kansas opened up its practice to the media and public for Fan Appreciation Day. The team practiced in full pads during the morning session.
Depth Chart Changes
There were some noticeable changes for several position groups compared to the original depth chart that was released before fall camp. Offensive tackle Riley Spencer didn't practice and Gavin Howard moved over from right guard to right tackle while Randall Dent took the starting right guard spot. Tanner Hawkinson said Dent has improved the most from the first practice.
"Randall was thrown back into this offensive line before camp and had to learn a whole new offense but his technique has improved from day to day," Hawkinson said.
While these aren't official KU depth chart changes, this is how the players were divided up between first and second teams during Saturday's practice.
LT - Tanner Hawkinson, Pat Lewandowski
LG - Duane Zlatnik, Damon Martin
C - Trevor Marrongelli, Dylan Admire
RG - Randall Dent, Luke Luhrsen
RT - Gavin Howard, Aslam Sterling
Linebacker Depth Chart
The linebackers also had a different look. Anthony McDonald was limited in practice so Ben Heeney took the first string middle linebacker spot when the team practiced against the offense. Prinz Kande also moved ahead of Tunde Bakare at strongside linebacker.
WILL - Huldon Tharp, Courtney Arnick
MIKE - Ben Heeney, Schyler Miles
SAM - Prinz Kande, Tunde Bakare
Defensive Line Depth Chart
The defensive line remained fairly consistent. Jordan Tavai was on the field but practiced in just shorts and pads after arriving in Lawrence just several days ago.
DE - Toben Opurum, Michael Reynolds
DT - John Williams, Kevin Young
DT - Keba Agostinho, Keon Stowers
DE - Josh Williams, Ben Goodman
True freshman wide receiver Tre Parmalee made several of the top plays of the day. When the offense scrimmaged the defense, Parmalee took a screen pass from Turner Baty to the house for a long touchdown. Later on in special team drills Parmalee took both a punt and kickoff return back for a touchdown.
"He's a freshman who's not afraid to compete," Dayne Crist said. "He's come in with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. He's trying to make his case that he should be playing and that's great. We encourage that."
The team began the practice stretching at 8:45 am and moved on to position drills at 9:00 am. Afterwards, the linemen squared off against each other for one on one drills. Click here to watch the video.
The skill position players did 7 on 7 drills for 15 minutes while the linemen continued to work together on the north side of the field. At 9:50 am, the team came together to work on plays with a run emphasis. Here is a breakdown of how it unfolded:
Play 1: Quarterback Dayne Crist handoff to running back Taylor Cox up the middle for a two yard gain. He was tackled by several defensive linemen.
Play 2: Crist handoff to Taylor Cox right side for a short gain with Prinz Kande recording the tackle.
Play 3: Crist handoff left side to Taylor Cox for a 8 yard gain, tackle by Greg Brown.
Play 4: Crist handoff left side to running back Brandon Bourbon, 6 yard gain forced out of bounds.
Play 5: Crist handoff to Bourbon two yard gain up the middle. He was tackled by multiple defenders.
Play 6: Crist handoff to running back Tony Pierson left side for four yard gain, forced out of bounds.
Play 7: Crist fumbles snap, picks it up and short throw to Chris Omigie and tackle by cornerback Greg Allen.
Play 8: Crist tosses left side to James Sims and he is tackled for a short gain.
Play 9: Crist play action deep pass to wide receiver D.J. Beshears. Beshears beats Nasir Moore and scores the touchdown.
Play 10: Michael Cummings now the quarterback, handoff to Bourbon and gets tackled for a short gain by Dexter Linton and Ben Goodman.
Play 11: Cummings handoff to Bourbon left side and gets forced out of bounds after a short gain.
Play 12: Cummings handoff to Bourbon for six yard gain up the middle.
Play 13: Cummings handoff to Marquis Jackson who is tackled in the backfield by several defenders.
Play 14: Cummings play action pass thrown to deep left side, incomplete to Andrew Turzilli. Pass interference called against Greg Brown who was defending against the play.
Play 15: Tuner Baty now the quarterback. Baty hands off to Marquis Jackson and tackled by Ben Heeney for no gain.
Play 16: Baty screen pass to Tre Parmalee, he runs past Pier Christian and then later outruns Tyree Williams and Victor Simmons for the touchdown.
Special Teams Practice
The team practiced special teams drills for 30 minutes. When the team practiced field goals, the two kickers were junior Ron Doherty and freshman Austin Barone.
Kick 1: Doherty makes a 20 yard field goal
Kick 2: Barone makes a 20 yard field goal
Kick 3: Doherty makes a 23 yard field goal
Kick 4: Barone makes a 23 yard field goal
Kick 5: Doherty misses 26 yard field goal
Kick 6: Doherty makes 26 yard field goal
Kick 7: Doherty makes 32 yard field goal
Kick 8: Barone makes 32 yard field goal
Kick 9: Doherty misses 34 yard field goal
Kick 10: Doherty makes 34 yard field goal
Kick 11: Barone misses a 37 yard field goal
Kick 12: Doherty misses 37 yard field goal
Kick 13: Doherty makes 38 yard field goal
Kick 14: Doherty misses 40 yard field goal
Kick 15: Doherty makes 42 yard field goal
Kick 16: Barone misses 42 yard field goal
Kick 17: Doherty makes 47 yard field goal
Kick 18: Doherty misses 37 yard field goal.
Punt Return and Kickoff Return
The team also practiced punt and kickoff returns. Parmalee was the only player to record a touchdown. Ron Doherty and Sean Huddleston switched off for punting duties. The punt returners were Daymond Patterson, Bradley McDougald, D.J. Beshears, Tre Parmalee, Greg Allen and Ryan Burton. The kickoff returners consisted of Bradley McDougald, D.J. Beshars, Parmalee and JaCorey Shepherd. The two best tackles made by the coverage unit were by wide receiver Josh Ford and linebacker Ben Heeney.
Fan Appreciation Day
Afterwards fans were allowed on to the field to get autographs and pictures from coaches and players. The players signed autographs for 30 minutes while Weis stayed longer. Weis seemed to enjoy chatting and joking with fans who came through the line. Some highlights:
On a fan asking him to sign a shirt: "You want me to ruin this shirt."
On a little girl who was afraid to go up to Weis for a picture: "Do I scare you? That's okay. Sometimes I look in the mirror and scare myself."
On fans wishing him good luck: "Hey I never turn away good luck. I need all the luck I can get."
Upcoming Practice Schedule
The team will practice again on Saturday night. The team will practice once on Sunday, twice on Monday, once on Tuesday, and then twice again on Wednesday.