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February 22, 2012Anytime you put together a new coaching staff there are going to be learning curves and adjustments. One coach that will step right in and not miss a beat is Jeff Blasko. He might be the youngest coach on Charlie Weis' staff but he knows what to expect.
Blasko worked very close with Weis when the two were at Florida. He helped Weis with player development, practices, and game preparation. So when Weis approached him about taking a job at Kansas, Blasko jumped on it. He was ready to become a full-time coach at the BCS level.
"That's why you deprive yourself of all that sleep and eat all that junk food," Blasko said with a laugh. "That's why you go through it so you can land something like this. I'm very fortunate to have this opportunity and be here."
After Weis left Florida for Kansas, Will Muschamp promoted Blasko to the quarterbacks coach position for their bowl game. Blasko coached Florida in the Gator Bowl where they defeated Ohio State.
Blasko was a grad assistant for three years at Akron. His final year he worked closely with current Kansas coaches Rob Ianello and Ron Powlus. Then he went to Florida to work with Weis. Those last two years will help him a lot.
"I got to learn the offensive system under coach Ianello and coach Powlus," Blasko said. "It worked out beautifully and set me up to go to Florida. I had an advantage going into that situation knowing the offensive system and could talk the same language as coach Weis. From day one we hit it off."
Blasko will be the tight ends coach and assistant special team coordinator.
Blasko likes the signees
The Jayhawks signed two tight ends in the 2012 class. Charles Brooks is a junior college prospect from Scottsdale Community College. Brooks didn't start playing football until his senior year in high school. He quickly earned all-state honors in one season.
"We are very excited about Charles," Brooks said. "He can attack the defense from all three levels from a pass-game standpoint. He has great hands and catches the ball well. He's a very mature young man and he's a hard worker. I am looking forward to getting him in here."
Jordan Smith is a 6-foot-5, 240 pound tight end from Waco who gained 25 pounds during his senior year. Blasko is looking forward to helping him develop in the program.
"If you turn on the tape you will see he runs and catches like a wide receiver. Anytime you get the opportunity to take somebody that is 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, and can run like that it is a smart thing to do. Jordan is only 17 years old so he is in the same situation where he's not done growing. He will continue to get bigger and once he gets in coach Holsopple's program."