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December 9, 2013
Mayes, Cantrell followed Reagan
If anybody knows about Jayhawks new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach it is Adrian Mayes and Ryan Cantrell. Both were starters on the last two Kansas teams that won a bowl including the Orange Bowl in 2008.
Mayes and Reagan played for Reagan and then followed him to Rice to work under him.
Mayes was an interesting story for the Jayhawks since he walked on and played his high school football in Manhattan. That's not something you see happen when a player leaves Manhattan and ends up having a successful career for the Jayhawks.
"Coach Reagan is one of the best in the business," Mayes said. "He gets the most added his players and pushes them to be great. As a player and working for him I have seen his relentless work ethic, passion and love for the game."
Mayes was a two-time honorable mention selection for Kansas and was the offensive lineman of the year in 2008.
Cantrell started 33 games under Reagan most of them at center. Cantrell was on the Rimington Watch List and joined the Rice staff three years ago. Cantrell has learned as a graduate assistant under Reagan and believes Reagan will do a good job in finding the right system with the Jayhawks talent.
"He is a great football coach," Cantrell said. "Obviously I have a highly biased opinion of him having played and work for him. He is a demanding coach only because he sees how good players can be. As an offensive coordinator he does a great job at seeing the strengths of the players on the roster and utilizes them as much as possible. Most of all he has an unbelievable passion for the game. He wants to see his players succeed."
Mayes and Cantrell are helping Rice prepare for their bowl after winning the Conference USA Championship. Reagan has already left Rice and is our recruiting for the Jayhawks.
"I have a lot of respect for Coach Reagan and there is no doubt he will be successful," Mayes said.