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Video: Dayne Crist, Toben Opurum give their reasons for optimism in 2012

With everything going on at Big 12 media days, there's not always enough time to get every video downloaded and posted into the live blog.

With that in mind, here are five more short video responses from KU players and coach Charlie Weis that we weren't able to get up Tuesday.

If you missed any of our videos from Tuesday, you can check out our live blog from that day or go to the KUsportsTV YouTube channel.

KU senior defensive end/linebacker Toben Opurum explains specific instances where he's already seen leadership from new quarterback Dayne Crist.

Speaking of Crist, I asked him which players he thought might surprise fans in 2012. He actually came up with five.

During his time on stage, Weis made a few reporters laugh when he referred to Notre Dame transfer linebacker Anthony McDonald and tight end Mike Ragone as 'my blockheads.' Weis explains what he meant by the nickname here.

Opurum talks here why he's optimistic about this season, hinting perhaps that this offseason has been different from past years at KU.

And finally, Crist also talks about why he's optimistic for 2012, saying he can sense a desire from KU's players to win and improve.



At the end of last year I could have never imagined making this comment but I am looking forward to the upcoming football season and I am very optimistic that this KU team will surprise a lot of people.

10 years, 4 months ago



Thanks for the vote of confidence. We're certainly excited to have them at KU. I never understood why things didn't work for Dayne at ND after Weis left, but I'm happy it happened that way because we need all the help we can get.

10 years, 4 months ago


John Randall

Interest, even excitement, for the football season seems like the first deep breath after seeing how far I could swim underwater!

Rock Chalk! Go 'Hawks!

10 years, 4 months ago


Mike Kendall

Thanks for the video clips, Jesse!

10 years, 4 months ago


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