In 2006, Kerry Meier was the undisputed starting quarterback for the University of Kansas. He threw for 1193 yards and 13 TDs. He also liked to run, and that resulted in an injured shoulder that was frequently banged up and sent him repeatedly to the bench.
In 2007, Todd Reesing has emerged as the main man under center, and Kerry Meier is his backup. But that’s not all he is. A true team player, Meier is using his athleticism to get in the game any way he can.
He’s basically re-living the glory days of Punt, Pass, and Kick at the NCAA D-1 Level.
Check out these stat lines from the five games Kansas has played so far:
September 1, KU 52-Central Michigan 7: 6/6 passing for 47 yards and 1 TD, 2 carries for five yards, 1 reception for no gain.
September 8, KU 62-Southeastern Louisiana 0: 1/1 passing for 23 yards and 1 TD, 2 carries for 44 yards.
September 15, KU 45-Toledo 13: 2/4 passing for 12 yards, 3 carries for -6 yards. (note: Toledo has Meier’s number. He initially injured his shoulder in a back-and-forth loss to the Rockets in 2006.)
September 22, KU 55-Florida International 3: 2/2 passing for 23 yards, one carry for six yards, one catch for 15 yards.
October 6, KU 30-K State 24: One catch for 16 yards, one punt for 35 yards.
You read that last one right – Meier punted. He came in as a QB on a fourth-and-nine play at the KU 33 and punted from an offensive formation. If he lines up at safety next week, I won’t even bat an eyelash.
Mark Mangino is getting creative and I like it. Meier was a pretty good QB when he was able to stay healthy, but Reesing is potentially better. It makes all kinds of sense to use Meier’s athletic ability and size to shake up opponents and keep them guessing.And it feels good to know he’s keeping himself primed to back up Reesing should the need arise.
Kansas is ranked #20 in both major polls today, and I hope Kerry Meier is feeling proud of his role in making that happen. You’ll never catch him pouting on the bench or holding a clipboard – he’s too damn busy.