Kansas coach Charlie Weis sat down with senior quarterback Dayne Crist on Monday night for their weekly meeting — a ritual that has turned into a weekly pep talk. Crist went into the bye week after putting up another mediocre performance in the Jayhawks’ 30-23 loss to Northern Illinois on Sept. 29.
Crist completed just 10 of 26 passes for 147 yards. And for the year, Crist is completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions in four games.
So perhaps Weis’ latest message wasn’t a big shock: Leave September in the past.
“The bottom line is all’s he gotta worry about is doing the best he can to put us in a position to try and beat K-State,” Weis said. “He can’t worry about the games we’ve played already. They are past tense.”
Weis also tried to give Crist another confidence boost by removing his red jersey at practice and allowing the quarterback to feel some live pressure in a game situation. Crist, meanwhile, says he’s tried to rebuild some confidence by focusing on earlier times in his career, when he was the quarterback he believes he can still be.
“I think it’s coming back,” Crist said. “I think that this week was great for me, as a player and as a person.”
• With an extra week to rest, Weis said the Jayhawks should be fully healthy this Saturday against Kansas State. This suggests that junior running back Taylor Cox, who was last seen leaving early because of an injury against Northern Illinois on Sept. 22, should be ready to go against K-State.
“Everybody is on the go-list,” Weis said. “Even the guys that were banged up the last time we played.”
• Junior college-transfer quarterback Turner Baty will get a new — but important — assignment this week in practice. Baty, a sophomore from the College of San Francisco, will take on the task of playing K-State quarterback Collin Klein in practice. Baty, 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds, earned the role over transfer quarterback Jake Heaps, more of a pure passer.