November 17, 2006

Ask the expert: Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas State will look to win its fourth consecutive game Saturday when it takes on Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown, while the Jayhawks will look to earn their third straight victory and become bowl eligible for the second year in a row. To get an inside look from the KU side of this weekend's matchup we caught up with the staff over at the Jayhawk Slant.

1.) Kansas has gotten good play from a pair of freshman quarterbacks in Kerry Meier and Todd Reesing. What is the biggest difference between the two, and who should K-State expect to see Saturday?

We definitely expect to see Meier start the game but the trend has been for Reesing to get some snaps. Meier, physically, is a taller, bigger quarterback and tougher to bring down. In the quarterback run game both players are capable of making plays. Both quarterbacks have good enough arms to get the ball where it needs to be. Reesing has demonstrated very good pocket presence and shows a lot of flashes of Bill Whittemore, a quarterback that helped Mangino to a bowl in his second year.

2.) You don't hear Jon Cornish's name much outside of this region, but just how good has the Big 12's leading rusher been this season?

Cornish has a good blend of running with speed and power. He can go between the tackles and when he gets to the perimeter he has enough speed to get past linebackers and run with defensive backs. Over the last few weeks it doesn't appear he has been 100 percent, but still very effective. One area that Cornish will surprise people is with his lean frame he has the ability to run over defenders.

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