September 10, 2007

Mangino Pleased With Offensive Production

The Kansas Jayhawks moved to 2-0 on the season by defeating SE Louisiana, 62-0, on Saturday night. For the second time in as many games, Mark Mangino's squad scored at least 50-points. Mangino spoke about KU"s performance and a variety of other topics during his weekly Big 12 Conference call, which took place on Monday morning.

Mangino Pleased With Offense:

Coach Mangino knew his offense would be productive this season. However, he didn't expect the Jayhawks to score 52 and 60-points to open up the season.

"We had some indications in the spring, but we still had some competition at quarterback," he said. "We needed an additional wide receiver to help us out, and we got that with Dezmon Briscoe, a true freshman. We needed some help on the offensive line, and we got that help, from Chet Hartley out of Butler County Community College.

"As two-a-days progressed, we felt like we had a chance to be pretty good," he added. "We have scored some points, there is no question about that. We must continue to get better. We still have a lot of work to do along the offensive side of the ball, as well as defensive kicking, as well as defensive kicking, but we still have work to do on offense."

KU Beginning To Show Signs:

Two weeks into the season, Mangino is beginning to see a number of positives from his squad. There is no question that, having played just two games, that it's still very early. However, Mangino sees something special in this group.

"They are showing the ability to get a lead, hold on to the lead and sustain it," he said. "I like their enthusiasm, it's a great bunch of kids to work with. They practice hard, they play hard, and that's what you look for in a team.

"We have that right now, but the challenge is to be consistent," he added. "We need to do it week in and week out.

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