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Big 12 football: Charlie Weis says don't forget Justin McKay

by Berry Tramel Published: July 22, 2013

Everyone associated with Kansas football wants to talk about the Jayhawks’ new quarterback, Jake Heaps, who transferred from Brigham Young.

But Monday at the Big 12 Football Media Days, KU coach Charlie Weis wanted to talk about a transfer tandem – Heaps and flanker Justin McKay, who transferred from OU.

“While they were going through a transfer year, they established a rapport, throwing out on the practice field every day. It’s been well-documented, though we had a solid running game last year,  we couldn’t pass the ball, and we couldn’t score points.”

Weis said he recruited Heaps for Notre Dame out of high school in Washington, and that Heaps wanted to sign with the Irish, but he was afraid Weis would be fired.

“He had better foresight than I did,” Weis said.

KU used a transfer quarterback, Dayne Crist of Notre Dame, last season. And the Jayhawks were 1-11 and inefficient on offense.

“They’re totally different situations,” Weis said. “Dayne was coming off back-to-back ACLs (knee injuries).  So you don’t know what’s going to happen when the real bullets start flying. Dayne’s one of my favorite players of all time but wasn’t playing with a lot of confidence. Jake has no physical issues. Jake just had to sit for a year while he was biding his time. Jake will come in with a lot more confidence than Dayne came in, because health officials aren’t even in the back of his mind.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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