Kansas football begins two-a-day practices

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis observing practice as the Jayhawks begin two-a-days in preparation for the 2013 season

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Coach Charlie Weis discussed the progress his Jayhawks have made in camp thus far.  Following a 1-11 season last year, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

“We were awful and we were awful at many positions okay,” Weis said.  “We were awful, and we were awful at head coach in case you were wondering, but I’m trying to improve. To be perfectly honest with you, it perks you up when you put guys in and you don’t see a huge, drastic drop off from one guy to the next.  It’s very encouraging.”

The returning players know their roles and the importance of training the new players, including more than 20 junior college transfers.

“These guys now they know what to expect,” Tim Grunhard, Kansas’ offensive line coach said.  “They know how we do things.  They basically know our offense. They understand what we’re trying to get done.”

Grunhard, who played professionally with the Kansas City Chiefs, has provided the current Kansas linemen plenty of inspiration and teachings.

“He’s given me so much knowledge about the game, “Aslam Sterling, senior offensive lineman said.  “So much about the little nuances that I’ve learned since I’ve been here.  So that right there has helped me out so much.”

“The steps that we’ve taken over the past year every day we see new things and small technique changes,” Riley Spencer, senior offensive lineman said of Grunhard.  “It’s all been extremely helpful.”

While changes are ongoing at Kansas, it’s ultimately the players who have to make the final adjustments.

“I think that it’s really important for the coaches to not ‘over coach’,” Weis said.  “What I mean by that is try not to put in so much stuff that these guys don’t have a chance to catch on.  Because the more you have the think, the slower you play.”

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