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Converted QB Meier shares national lead in receptions

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier's transformation into one of the nation's top pass receivers has been nothing short of remarkable.

The converted quarterback is tied with Rice's James Casey for the national lead in receptions with an average of 9.67 grabs per game. Interestingly, both players were recruited to their colleges as quarterbacks.

Meier's quick start is even more remarkable considering that he spends much of his practice time still with the quarterbacks. He is considered as the Jayhawks' No. 2 quarterback behind Todd Reesing.

"I can't say that I could have made that kind of prediction, but I could have told you he was talented," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "We knew Kerry was intelligent and a good athlete. He had good size, strength and speed. And I felt like he was a guy who could transition into the position.

"But the most amazing thing is that he spends 50 percent of his practice time as a backup quarterback. And the only time he meets with the wide receivers is when they meet with the quarterbacks."

Meier produced a career-best 11 receptions for 120 yards in the Jayhawks' 37-34 loss to South Florida Friday night. And despite his big numbers offensively, Meier wasn't exempt from admonishment from Mangino along with the rest of Kansas' receivers for their struggling with downfield blocking in the loss.

"We had running backs out in the open, but they didn't get any help from the receivers," Mangino said. "We've always had good blockers at wide receiver. The guys we have like to catch the ball, but they won't play that long if they don't block. They will block, or else we'll put guys out there who will."

Kansas produced 61 yards rushing against South Florida. It was the Jayhawks' lowest rushing total since netting 42 yards against Missouri late last season.