Reesing might have earned as much respect from the Colorado Buffaloes as any other opponent in recent memory over the past three seasons.
"The thing about him is most quarterbacks can`t be elusive and throw the ball on a dime," senior cornerback Cha`pelle Brown said. "He can. We`ve got to try to stay on our receivers the whole time."
Reesing has frustrated and foiled the Buffs over and over again in three consecutive Kansas victories in the series, dating back to 2006 when he made his college debut coming off the bench to direct a come-from-behind win.
Colorado defenders despise facing Reesing because of his ability to keep plays alive by avoiding tackles and completing passes or ducking out of harms way long enough to find a sliver of daylight to run through.
"He`s a wizard back there," secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator Greg Brown said. "He`s Houdini back there."No matter what you do in coverage, you know sooner or later we`ll have the guys covered but all of a sudden that quarterback will be bottled up but he`ll scramble and wait and keep moving and ducking and dodging and finally find an open guy. It`s really a nightmare covering them."
The receivers on the other end of those passes have just as much to do with making miracles happen as No. 5. Senior Kerry Meier and junior Dezmon Briscoe seem to have an uncanny knack for communicating with Reesing while the play is happening. It`s the sort of chemistry developed over hundreds of hours of practice and three seasons together.
The trio has tortured the Buffs before. Last season, they combined for 14 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown in the Jayhawks` victory. Meier and Briscoe already have combined for 73 catches for 994 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
They are coming off a win over Iowa State last week in which Reesing threw for 442 yards and Meier and Briscoe combined to catch 28 passes for 328 yards.
"They must just have great eye-hand coordination because they snatch everything that is within reason," Brown said. "If it`s up there, they`re going to come down with it."
Meier recently became Kansas` career-receptions leader and Briscoe is the program`s all-time leader in receiving yards.
Colorado defenders say it`s another week in a long line of challenging passing games in the Big 12 Conference, but they recognize that Reesing and his wide receivers seem to have a special chemistry.
"After a play breaks down, basically it`s like playground football," CU senior safety Ben Burney said. "You`ve got to stay with your man. They know either to go up field or they have things already practiced out where they know what they`re going to do when they see Mr. Reesing go outside the pocket and stuff like that. You just have to stay on your man as long as possible and know that there are two parts to the play."
Colorado fans will also get a look at Kansas true freshman Bradley McDougald this week. McDougald was a high school teammate of CU true freshman cornerback Deji Olatoye last season at Dublin-Scioto High School in Ohio. He was also recruited by CU coaches.
McDougald is making a strong case for postseason recognition on all-freshman teams with 20 catches for 198 yards in the first five games of his career. He could be the next Jayhawk in line to give the Buffs` fits even after Reesing is gone.