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October 4, 2012

Friday Football Notebook

Kansas coaches continued their praise of Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein this week. Defensive coordinator Dave Campo compared the quarterback's style of play to Pittsburgh Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Campo said both quarterbacks are difficult to bring down.

"Klein's not going to make a bunch of people miss but you have to tackle him like a running back playing quarterback," Campo said. "I think that in itself is a factor. His ability to run the football is there and what they ask him to do in the passing game, they are pretty successful at. A lot of times when you are playing against running quarterbacks you are going to have defensive backs tackling the quarterback. The bigger the guy is the harder it is to bring him down."

Kansas used a combination of Blake Jablonski and Turner Baty this week as the scout team quarterback. Kansas also took the red jerseys off the quarterbacks which meant they were live during practice. Jake Heaps probably didn't mind that he wasn't asked to fill that role this week.

"We don't need to beat Jake up," Charlie Weis said. "You know, we let Jake go throw it. But Turner's going to get a little bit more action this week. Now Turner's not built like him (Klein), but Turner will get a little bit more action, because he's loose with things like that. That's right up his tree."

More talk on the rivalry

Kansas safeties coach Clint Bowen has seen his share of Kansas - Kansas State rivalry games. His first game he watched was the infamous game dubbed as the toilet bowl game in 1987 when Kansas entered the game 1-7 and Kansas State 0-8. The game ended in a tie.
His favorite Sunflower Showdown memory - the 1993 game that Kansas lost 10-9.

"We lost but it was so much fun to play in," Bowen said. "I really thought we were going to win it. In '92 we went to a bowl game and they went to a bowl game in '93 so we were both good but I always remember that game and maybe it was because their running back JJ Smith talked so much."

In his first year back coaching again in the college ranks, defensive coordinator Dave Campo is excited to be coaching in a college rivalry game again. He even shared his retirement dream this week: renting a motor home and driving to all the big college games in the country.

"I think the rivalries in college are bigger," Campo said. "I think there is more spirit and younger people involved. The NFL is more of a business and a different clientele almost."

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