Mangino Studies KU Collapses

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Nebraska coach Bill Callahan will wait until
the week before the Cornhusker season opener to name his starting
quarterback.

Arizona State transfer Sam Keller and junior Joe Ganz are the
frontrunners who will compete for the job in fall practices.

One of them will probably succeed Zac Taylor, who threw for a
school-record three-thousand, 197 yards and was named the league's
offensive player of the year in 2006.

Keller would seem to have the inside track. He started seven
games for the Sun Devils in 2005, throwing for two-thousand, 165
yards and 20 touchdowns.

Callahan says both Keller and Ganz worked with the first-team
offense in practices last season and both were ahead of the
learning curve in spring practices.

Callahan uses a very specific grading system that will keep each
quarterback aware of where he stands during the competition.
The Cornhuskers open against Nevada on September first.
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CLOSE CALLS: -- Kansas lost twice in overtime and two other
times by three points or less last year.

The Jayhawks also blew a 35-to-17 halftime lead against Baylor
and gave up 42 second-half points in a loss to Oklahoma State.

The finishes were so frustrating, Coach Mark Mangino and his
staff spent a chunk of the offseason breaking down every play from
every game.

Their conclusions?

Mangino says -- just like anything else, there's no simple
answer.

Injuries also played a role -- so much so, that Mangino joked
that he almost called a faith healer.

The Jayhawks finished 6-and-6 and their inability to finish
games cost them a bowl bid.

Mangino said all the problems are "fixable" and promised a
better season. He said the players showed renewed dedication to
their summer training regimens.
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FACE OF THE 4-2-5: -- Baylor will switch defensive schemes -- but
only slightly -- under new defensive coordinator Larry Hoefer.

Bears coach Guy Morriss promoted Hoefer from safeties coach
after Bill Bradley took a job with the San Diego Chargers. Baylor's
defense ranked 110th in the nation last season.

The Bears will still play in a 4-2-5 alignment, but Morris
thinks Hoefer can make it more effective.

Baylor is still transitioning to a spread offense and Morriss
didn't want to change defensive schemes, too.
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EXTRA POINTS:
-- Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly says his injured knee is
fully recovered. Kelly suffered a partially torn ligament early in
last year's Fiesta Bowl and underwent minor surgery.

-- Nebraska has taken heat in the past for scheduling patsies.
Not this year.

The Cornhuskers play at Wake Forest and host Southern Cal on
consecutive weeks in September before embarking on their Big 12
slate.

Big 12 Media Days continue through Wednesday in San Antonio


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