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October 14, 2013

Hawk Talk Recap

This week on Hawk Talk Kansas coach Charlie Weis and Bob Davis discussed last week's game against TCU. Here are the highlights.

Weis on the secondary …

The secondary is where I expected the most surprise improvement and they have been good across the board. Their chemistry has been pretty good and they have been picking each other up.

Weis on the secondary having so many tackles in the run game …

It means the runs are going to the outside. It doesn't mean the runs are going to the second level. It means the runs are going to the edge. That's when the secondary gets involved and makes more tackles.

Weis on letting up an early 2nd half score …

That's been very discouraging. This week they throw it into the flat, which would have been a three yard gain, we had two guys there and they split them and they take it to the house. The big difference between Texas Tech and TCU was how our team responded the rest of the way. It could have been, "Oh well, here we go again another 40 point loss," but that's not the way it went. We scored a touchdown and it was really a seven point game the rest of the way.

Weis on how to improve recruiting …

Changing the culture is the thing we talked about all of last year now we just need to develop our own players and get good players. That's what you do. Coaches can act like they are the answer but the answer is the players improving and bringing more of them in there. That's the answer.

Weis on Isaiah Johnson

By status he's only a sophomore so he has two more years and he should be a mainstay in that secondary for some time.

Weis on grading the offensive line …

I am not here to grade in public. I do all that stuff behind closed doors. I just think we are finally starting to get some stability in the offensive line. We are concerned with how the grade is going to be from here on out. When Gavin Howard came in at center it stabilized the line some. I think we will be playing better as we become more consistent.

Weis on Gavin Howard and the center position …

This isn't a shot at Dylan or Pat but we have had a lot of problems at that position. The best part about Gavin is you didn't notice him much. The best part of the last couple of games is when you notice the center as much as you have been noticing him, that's usually a problem. The biggest compliment you can give to an offensive lineman is when people don't call their name it usually means they played pretty well.

Weis on the game's hot weather …

I have coached games in 100 degrees and that was as hot as I can remember. It was brutally hot. I must have used the towel about 10 times a game. It was just pouring off of you. Fortunately we didn't have many cramp issues in the game.

Weis on Andrew Turzilli making big plays …

He's had big play potential now for two years. I think he has finally figured it out. I think between this year and next year Andrew will just get better and better.

Weis on Jimmay Mundine's improvement …

Jimmay has gotten over those first couple of games where he has gotten over the case of the drops. Now he has become more dependable and more involved in the passing game.

Weis on Schyler Miles coming into the game for Ben Heeney

When Schyler went in there, obviously it isn't Ben so it is a drop-off no matter who you put in there, but they didn't start getting big plays all over the place and that's what you are looking for. Anyone you put in there for someone like Ben is going to be more of a hold the fort guy until 31 gets in there.

Weis on injury to Tedarian Johnson

That was a real fluke injury. He actually got hit by us and not them. He got rolled by Tavai. One guy was going one way and the other guy another way. He got banged up getting tangled up with our own guy.

Weis on defending TCU …

Read option is one issue, but the main issue in this game was quarterback scrambles. There were a couple of times the quarterback broke the containment. When you are playing against a team that is going four wide, a running quarterback you have a 1 for 1. There were times in the game where the numbers were right but they made a better play than we did.

Weis on the Patriots game winning touchdown last week …

You don't ever count out Tommy. For people to leave, and them getting the ball back. They have done it too many times.

Weis on going to Fenway Park as a Yankees fan …

Yeah, well when they played the Yankees I would go and I wouldn't root. I always thought it was disrespectful to root for the opposing team when someone from the Red Sox was the one giving you the tickets. When they were playing somebody else it was a lot lighter. You would go down to the locker room and your kid would hang out with the players. It was different because you were treated different because you were with the Patriots.

Weis on burning redshirts …

How can you take a redshirt off when you don't have one on. We haven't made those decisions until you are halfway through the season. In the second half of the season it's, "Should we burn a year to play him," but now it's way too early to make those decisions. If it's something medical and it looks like it is going to be a chronic situation throughout the entire year, that's one thing. A guy who is perfectly healthy, very few of them has been written off yet.

Weis on which position can usually get on the field the fastest …

Usually it's the skill positions where a guy can play early. A lineman usually needs a year of development with their strength and conditioning coach. They are coming in as 18-year-old kids and playing against 22-year-old men. It's quite a difference.

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