LAWRENCE — Its probably never a good sign when a football coach has to spend part of a press conference explaining the difficulties of snapping the ball to the quarterback. But that was Kansas coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday afternoon, reshuffling his offensive line again after the Jayhawks were plagued by errant snaps in a 54-16 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Some of those, they looked like me snapping, Weis said. And I was never very good, in case youre wondering.
Here are the specifics: Senior Gavin Howard will start at center in place of sophomore Dylan Admire, who had previously replaced junior Pat Lewandowski. To this point, no KU center has been able to master the dual tasks of snapping and identifying blocking assignments and its been a major issue for an offense that has struggled to get on track all season.
Thats the position weve kind of been held hostage a little bit by, Weis said.
Weis, of course, had promised changes on the depth chart after the loss to Texas Tech. And the new faces didnt stop at center. Lewandowski, who was the No. 1 left tackle during the spring, will assume the starting spot at left tackle, while left tackle Aslam Sterling will shift to the right side.
Lewandowski would have likely entered the season as a favorite to see time at left tackle, but then the Jayhawks needed help at center. The Lewandowski at center experiment didnt work, and now Weis is spinning the center wheel once again, looking for an answer.
The issue is, as soon as you snap the ball, you have a guy 300-plus pounds ready to hit you in the mouth, Weis said. Thats the issue. No other position do you have to do that.
Turzilli to start
Junior receiver Andrew Turzilli was elevated to a starting spot after making a late touchdown catch against Texas Tech. Weis, however, said Turzillis rise up the depth chart has been steady since some uncharacteristically poor performances during spring practice and fall camp.
Weis said junior running back Brandon Bourbon is slated to start in place of Tony Pierson at the hybrid F receiver spot; Pierson is still recovering from a concussion suffered on Saturday and appears likely to miss at least a week.
Faifili could redshirt
Junior linebacker Samson Faifili, who started the Jayhawks first two games, is battling a nagging injury issue and could take a medical redshirt, Weis said on Tuesday.
Faifili was left off the depth chart on Tuesday and could still qualify for a medical redshirt if he is unable to get healthy in the next few weeks.
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