After suffering another heartbreaking defeat, this time at the hands of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas coach Charlie Weis set the tone for the week at his weekly press conference, Tuesday.
The task at hand is moving on to their next opponent, the high-powered Baylor Bears (3-4, 0-4), Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas.
“It’s all about winning and every week it’s the same thing.” Weis said. “It’s just about winning this game. I can’t worry about last week’s game and I can’t worry about next week’s game. The only thing I do is worry about this week’s game”
Against The Bears, Kansas will encounter an offense that can still light it up, despite losing last year’s Heisman Trophy winner in Robert Griffin III. Quarterback Nick Florence, leads an offense that is averaging 569 yards a game (395 passing, 174 rushing) and 44 points a game. They lead the nation in passing yardage and will spread the defense across the entire field, a trait Weis says he’s never seen before.
Weis praised Florence, saying he can burn you on the zone read with his legs and throws the nicest deep ball of anyone he’s seem this year. He also praised receiver Terrance Williams and did a double take when seeing that he’s averaging 172 yards receiving this season.
Weis pointed out that the Bears offense all comes down to their receivers. He credited them by saying that they are every bit as dangerous as they’ve been in the past, noting that the only reason they’ve lost four games is because of turnovers.
Elsewhere, Weis spent sometime praising defensive coordinator Dave Campo and the job he’s done turning the Jayhawks defense into a formidable unit, capable of creating turnovers and holding a few opponents to season lows in yardage and points in the high flying Big 12.
“He really loves the game of football,” Weis said. “His knowledge of the game has earned the respect of the players and he’s a great teacher.”
In other team news:
Receiver Daymond Patterson will be back this week against the Bears. He suffered a concussion against Oklahoma State on October 13th. Weis says he will be rusty, but they will work him back in.
Toben Opurum should be in good shape after getting dinged up late in the game against Texas.
Linebacker Jake Love passed his concussion test and should be okay for Saturday. Weis talked about how much he’s love his play of late, praising his “psycho” mentality, which he says is due in part because he was a wrestler in high school.
Linebacker Ben Heeney shows similar traits and did last year on special teams, now the Hutchinson native is showing that on defense.
On the depth chart, Michael Cummings will once again get the start at quarterback.
Damon Martin and Duane Zlatnik are listed as “OR” at left guard.
Aslam Sterling will start at right tackle with Gavin Howard backing him up.
Jimmay Mundine is listed as first team tight end and Brandon Bourbon is listed at fullback.