Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Former Jayhawk Greats Reesing, Harris Excited for Miles Era

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Former Jayhawk Greats Reesing, Harris Excited for Miles Era

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LAWRENCE — The face of Kansas football’s most prosperous period, Todd Reesing vividly remembers what the highest of highs for this program looked like.

Under that lens, his observation about the Jayhawks’ new-look spring game Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium becomes all the more notable.

“You know, when I was here it certainly wasn’t as big of an occasion,” said Reesing, who played in the earlier alumni game and was on the sideline for the retooled spring contest, dubbed Late Night Under the Lights. “With everything they’re doing — the alumni game and the (postgame Rick Ross) concert, trying to get the fans involved in various ways — I think it’s really awesome. I think it’s supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be entertaining and exciting.”

Reesing was among the 30-or-so former Jayhawks to return to Lawrence for the festivities, which concluded with a concert from the hip-hop superstar Ross. The spring game itself was more of a simulated scrimmage, pitting offense-versus-defense in a 45-7 victory for the offense held in front of a few thousand onlookers.

While no official attendance number was provided, the turnout appeared to easily eclipse the showing at recent spring games, perhaps of any since Reesing’s last season a decade ago.

Reesing had a brief interaction with Les Miles at an alumni golf event earlier in the week, but didn't need to meet the first-year head coach to understand why he has cultivated a buzz around the program. …

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