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September 30, 2013

Hawk Talk Recap

Here's a recap from this week's Hawk Talk with Charlie Weis and Bob Davis.

Weis on Jimmay Mundine bouncing back last game …

I was happy for Jimmay because he was in the tank after the previous week dropping a couple of big chances in that game against Rice. He bounced back and caught that ball, got a big block from Christian and made a guy miss to get it in there.

Weis on the kicking game ….

It was funny when we went to all of the places we visited in the offseason and everyone wants to be cynical and ask how are we going to fix the special teams. I said I was going to change the kicker. They all thought I was being sarcastic. Well, changing the kicker has made a big difference. We are counting on Pardula being our punter and kickoffs, we weren't sure how it was all going to play out with the place kicker but Wyman has stepped up nice and solidified himself where teams expect him to make a field goal.

Weis on how fans can best support KU…

I think with fans it's supporting the players at the school. To me, it doesn't make a difference if you are at the game or not. The more fans that are at the game it is better for us with the atmosphere. But with the players being around town and people being supportive that means the world to the players and the coaches. When people say, "Good luck this week," that makes a whole lot of difference. I think just being optimistic and supportive is a good thing.

Weis on multiple players having their appendix taken out…

We had three kids in a month. We had one kid go who they said had a stomach ache and the next thing you know he is having his appendix taken out. I don't know if it's something in the water but three appendixes in a month, I have never heard anything like that. We had one with Matt Cassel when I was with the Chiefs. We went to San Diego and got whopped on pretty good, then we went to the Rams and he came back and played. He toughed it out and almost single handedly won that game for us.

Weis on Matt Cassel's play last week for the Vikings …

I left him a nice sarcastic text after that game. You know who was calling plays on the other side of the field there. Let's just say I noticed.

Weis on seeing Tom Brady as a veteran …

I remember when he was a baby. When he would go to my wife for love life advice. Now he's married to Gisele. So he's really come around.

He's gotten old and cynical I promise you. It's interesting watching him playing because now he's the old guy playing with a bunch of young guys. I remember when he was the young guy with a bunch of old guys playing. It's quite a transformation for him.

Weis on the team's tempo during the bye week ….

We beat the heck out of them for three days. We went full pads everyday. Most people get some rest during that week. That wasn't our deal. On Thursday, we scrimmaged at full speed which means take them to the ground. The quarterbacks were live and we were trying to get physically tougher on both lines of scrimmage.

Weis on watching other teams in the Big 12 …

I think that the team that intrigues me the most is Baylor. With as many points as they are scoring and as fast as they are scoring them. We have a lot of holes and we aren't kidding ourselves saying we don't have a lot of things to fix, but every team I watched play and the one team that doesn't look like they are slowing down for anyone is Baylor.

Weis on letting players rest during the bye weekend …

We crush them on Friday and Sunday and give them one day they can have for them, and that was Saturday. They got to be normal college students which is a good thing. We like to bring them in really early on Friday and really early on Sunday for two reasons. One, to ruin their night which is the best reason. Two, if on Sunday they want to go to church they are already done and there is no conflict. I don't try to force people to go to church but I think making it available to them is really an important aspect of a well rounded young man.

Weis on Wayne Simien's role on the team …

Wayne is a great confidant for a lot of players. He is one of those unsung guys. Everyone knows him from hoops, but they don't realize what a great job he does with the FCA and dealing with our guys in chapel and being there for them on a one on one basis. He does a wonderful job.

Weis on Aqib Talib's stellar play recently for the Patriots ….

Aqib has one thing he has done wrong. In one early game with the Patriots during a night game, he announced he was from his high school and not from Kansas. I called Belichick and Belichick ripped him in the next team meeting. He said, "Hey Talib, Weis has done a lot more for us than you have so the next time you say Kansas so I don't have to listen to him." I would have loved to have been in that team meeting because I can just hear Belichick hammer all over him.

Weis on having former KU guys do well in the NFL …

It means something to the recruits but it means something to your own guys too. Everyone who plays college football aspires to play on Sunday. Now very few of them make it and even when they do make it, it doesn't last for long. It goes to show you good things can happen here. Whether it's recruiting or in house with your own players it is good to see success that some of these guys have had.

Weis on the Texas Tech quarterback situation …

Sounds like Brewer is close but not ready to go, that's at least what they are putting out there. Obviousley they are throwing for a lot of touchdowns so it doesn't make a difference who they are putting out there.

Weis on Texas Tech's offensive philosophy …

First of all, they don't run the ball very often and they throw it a lot more than they run it so that's what they hang their hat on. Their short passing game, especially their bubbles replace what most people would be running the ball outside. A lot of those yards, most people would be running stretch plays or sweep plays but they just throw the ball out there, get some blocks and let the playmakers make some guys miss down the field.

Weis when asked what his memory was of last year's close loss to Texas Tech…

We lost. That's my memory.


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