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October 26, 2012Preparing for Texas
It's not an exaggeration to say that in last year's game against Texas that Kansas had one of their worst offensive performances in school history. Texas held Kansas to 46 yards of total offense for the entire game. The Texas defensive line didn't have any trouble making their way into KU's backfield and overall Kansas rushed for -2 yards.
"I just remember that they did a lot of movement and a lot of blitzes," Trevor Marrongelli said. "It was a lot of different fronts and they pretty much brought out all the stops."
Of course this year with a whole different offensive system comes new ways of reading defenses before the ball is snapped. Marrongelli said Kansas has added different slide protections this year which has helped them do a better job of picking up blitzes.
"We are going to see a different wrinkle from Texas this year because we aren't running quite the same offensive package," Marrongelli said. "I am sure we will still see the basic functions of their defense moving around a lot and doing a bunch of crazy stuff."
Also, it has to be said that Texas defense this season has been a major problem with a combination of young inexperienced players and underachieving veterans.
For Kansas, the biggest area they will have to improve in is the communication on the offensive line. Especially the younger players who might get more snaps this week like Damon Martin, Pat Lewandowski, and Dylan Admire.
"It's going to be huge not only for the players but the coaches as well to see what they have for future teams and see what they have to build and pick up new players," Marrongelli said.
On Saturday, Kansas offered wide receiver Jaelen Strong out of Pierce CC in California. Strong is a teammate of KU commit Marcus Jenkins - Moore and is being recruited by tight ends coach Jeff Blasko. He currently has more than a dozen offers and hasn't yet started naming favorites or setting up visits.
"They are all the same to me," Strong said. "Every school that has offered is an opportunity and a blessing. I got just as excited for Kansas as I did for Tennessee. I am just excited for this opportunity."
Strong, who is 6'4 and 205 pounds, has 37 catches this year for 865 yards with 12 touchdowns. He is planning on being a spring graduate.