5 Thoughts - 2008 Insight Bowl
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
Posted Dec 31, 2008

Kansas beats Minnesota 42-21 ... 5 Thoughts on the 2008 Insight Bowl

5 Thoughts ... 2008 Insight Bowl

Kansas 42 ... Minnesota 21

GAME RECAP: Reesing & KU too much for Minnesota
5 Thoughts on the Insight Bowl

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1. With Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin likely headed to the NFL, there’s going to be a void at wide receiver in the Big 12 next to Dez Bryant and Jordan Shipley. Dezmon Briscoe of Kansas is prepared to fill it. After taking a backseat to the other high-profile wideouts in the league, he could become a household name in 2009, especially since QB Todd Reesing still has one more year of eligibility. The 6-3, 200-pound Briscoe added an exclamation point to his second year by running circles around the Minnesota secondary for a bowl-record 14 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. - Richard Cirminiello

2. Is 2009 going to be when Todd Reesing becomes a superstar? He was a fringe Heisman candidate in KU's breakout 2007 season, and he pressed a bit too much this year with little help from the running game. Next year, he could be the Big 12's signature star with Chase Daniel and Graham Harrell graduating and Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford likely to duck out early. McCoy has talked about coming back, but that might be a 50/50 shot after seeing how lousy the crop of NFL QB prospects are, but no matter what he does, Reesing will be a big presence in the conference. He's a tough, heart-and-soul type of leader who gutted it out to beat Missouri in the regular season finale, and after blowout out Minnesota, he showed just how explosive he can make this offense. - Pete Fiutak

3. Minnesota might have closed out the season with a clunker of a second half and a blowout in the bowl game, but the team showed up. This wasn't the Gopher squad that was dead in the water against Iowa, or strangely absent against Michigan. This team showed some fight, especially early on, and even though the defense couldn't contain the Jayhawk passing game, and reverted to its old ways in the secondary, this was still an effort the team can build on. Remember, after the 1-11 2007 season, getting to a bowl game was a tremendous next step needed. Now Tim Brewster and his staff have to get the program to another level next year and get out to a hot start early. There will be a new stadium, a veteran team, and after this game, there needs to be more production on both sides of the ball. -
Pete Fiutak 

4. By the start of the 2009 season, Kansas has a chance to be where rival Missouri was at the start of the 2008 season. The Jayhawks have an undersized gunslinger behind center, an All-America candidate at wide receiver, and a young line that has a chance to gel into a really formidable unit. Just like the Tigers. They’ll also have some issues on defense that’ll need to be addressed through recruiting and by some of the program’s younger players. Just like the Tigers. With back-to-back bowl wins versus teams from BCS conferences, Mark Mangino has KU on a steady northern path, and the best may be yet to come in Lawrence. -
Richard Cirminiello

5. Minnesota might be a running back away from having a special offense next year. QB Adam Weber and WR Eric Decker should form one of the Big Ten's most dangerous pass-catch combination, but Weber can't be the main man for the running game again. Minnesota got into a shootout with KU and had to throw to keep up, but it would've helped to have had a running back to count on. Losing Duane Bennett earlier this year was a crushing blow as Shady Salamon and DeLeon Eskridge didn't pick up the slack. This is a far, far different offense and a far, far different system than when the Gophers had Marion Barber, Laurence Maroney, and a string of 1,000-yard rushers working behind an effective and efficient offensive line. Weber and Decker need help. They'll be good enough to carry the offense against the mediocre, but against teams like Kansas, forget it. Getting 44 yards from the running backs in a bowl like this isn't going to cut it. -
Pete Fiutak