They both had great sophomore seasons.
Drew Tate in '04 wearing the #5 jersey lead Iowa to a share of the Big Ten title and a 10-2 record and a bowl win over defending champion, LSU, in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
Todd Reesing in '07 wore the #5 jersey for the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas finished 12-1 and the Jayhawks beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
The magic in '04 wasn't repeated by Drew Tate and Iowa as a junior and senior. Is Todd Reesing and Kansas headed the same direction in '08?
Not every preseason magazine or poll has Kansas repeating with a Top 25 finish. The Jayhawks benefited from missing Top 25 and Big 12 South opponents: Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech during last year's 12-1 campaign. In 2008, most have the three Big 12 opponents among the top 25 in the nation. Unlike '07, Kansas will face all three Big 12 South opponents in '08, plus five other brothers in the Big 12 North.
Is the foundation clearly in place for KU as some suggest?
Kansas open Big 12 play on October 4th in Ames, Iowa, facing the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. It will be interesting to see how much #5 Reesing compares with old #5 Drew Tate. Tate's junior season got off to a rough start at Jack Trice in Ames in '05. The Cyclones have won two straight games at home in the Big 12.