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One reason to root for Kansas

QB Todd Reesing:

There is no playbook in Todd Reesing’s backpack, only business textbooks and three back copies of his favorite read: The Economist, the weekly newsmagazine that he says gives him a concise overview of what is going on in the world. He has a broad vision for a numbers guy.

Last year as a sophomore quarterback, Reesing saw the football field well enough to throw for 3,486 yards and 33 touchdowns and lead the Jayhawks to a 12-1 season and a victory in the Orange Bowl over Virginia Tech. When he faces South Florida on Friday in a battle of undefeated and ranked teams, Reesing will do so as the nation’s top-rated passer, completing 76.7 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns.

He is perhaps more dazzling in the classroom. Reesing earned first-team academic all-Big 12 honors last year as a dual major in economics and finance, and he is on an accelerated track to graduate next fall. This week, for example, he was just as consumed with calculating marketing and revenue projections for an imaginary hand lotion — part of an independent study course — as he was preparing for the No. 19-ranked Bulls.

Here's the rest of an interesting story, from Joe Drape in the NY Times.