Kansas Spring Football Game: Jayhawks Get First On-Field Look At Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps

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Charlie Weis Overhauls Pretty Much Every Aspect Of Kansas Football In First Offseason

Charlie Weis has already brought a significant amount of hope to the Kansas football program with his impressive resume and track record, recent years notwithstanding. But it wasn't enough to simply add the right coaches. Thus Weis has also been busy bringing in new transfer students, allowing others to leave and changing the culture all around. Whether or not it will work remains to be seen, but Kansas is definitely going to have a different look and feel this offseason. That's the point.

While it's easy to debate whether or not former Jayhawks football coach Turner Gill was treated fairly in his dismissal, it has to be acknowledged that the Jayhawks simply did not win in his tenure. It might have come in time, but KU made the move it did because of the failures so far. Weis will have a lot of pressure on him to turn that around, but he took the job knowing that.

"Kansas has undergone the biggest change of any team in the Big 12 this offseason," writes David Ubben. "New coach Weis saw a lot of problems at KU, and went about fixing them quickly. He welcomed six Division I transfers, including three from Notre Dame, which included his new quarterback, Crist. He also saw gaping holes along the defensive line and tried to fill them with junior college players and high schoolers who will be challenging for playing time in the fall. Kansas will look a lot different, but will it be better?"

That last question is the only one that can be answered on the field. At the very least, if KU stays the same, it won't be for lack of trying.

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Kansas Spring Football Game: Jayhawks Get First On-Field Look At Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps

Kansas football fans will finally have their chance to see some sort of action on the field this spring after multiple other programs have already done the same. Today represents the debut of much hyped quarterback transfers like Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, and it’s also the first look at the team since Charlie Weis took over as head coach from Turner Gill who was fired shortly after the 2011 college football season.

From Rock Chalk Talk, “Kickoff is today 28 at 1 p.m., and Jayhawk fans will be able to watch the game live on Time Warner Cable Metro Sports in the Kansas City area. Saturday’s Metro Sports broadcast will feature announcers Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Richard Baldinger (analysis). Metro Sports is available throughout the Kansas City area on Time Warner Cable (channel 30 and 310 and in HD on 1310), Comcast (channel 258) and Knology in Lawrence (channel 37).”

For more insights and analysis on the Kansas Jayhawks, be sure to check out SB Nation's Rock Chalk Talk. For more news and updates on all things college football, check out the SB Nation College Football hub page.

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Could Brock Berglund Follow Darrian Miller Away From Charlie Weis' Kansas Jayhawks?

When a new head coach comes in, there’s always an expected level of turnover in terms of former coaches and holdover players from the previous regime. Thus, it is to be expected that players like running back Darrian Miller are officially gone from the Kansas Jayhawks as Charlie Weis takes over. However, other faces might be missing as well without explanation and perhaps that means that a player like Brock Berglund is also leaving KU.

That’s what Owen over at Rock Chalk Talk wonders and it’s a great question.

“As expected both Darrian Miller and Jordan Webb were absent from the initial team meeting,” writes Owen. "No big surprise there. The other two names that weren’t necessarily expected, Adonis Saunders and Brock Berglund.

“There were several reports since the Weis hire that indicated Berglund would return to Lawrence and join the team. That might still be the case, but I would say step one is showing up to the first team meeting and that didn’t happen. Hopefully it’s an excused absence for one reason or another. My hunch would be that this staff won’t have as much tolerance for the lack of participation.”

Weis brings a lot of excitement with him to the program and it’s clear that KU is turning a corner — hopefully in a positive direction. That doesn’t mean that the players will see it that way, however. It’s said that people vote with their feet. Berglund is potentially casting a vote one way or another.

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