Todd Reesing

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Todd Reesing
No. 5
Position Quarterback
Career history
Bowl games
High school Lake Travis (TX)
Personal information
Date of birth September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20) (age 29)
Place of birth Austin, Texas
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)

Todd Reesing (born September 20, 1987) is a former American football quarterback. He played in college at the University of Kansas. After graduating from Kansas, he briefly spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League during their 2010 off-season. After his career was over, he began doing color commentary for the Jayhawk Television Network. Reesing led the Jayhawks to their best start in school history, winning their first 11 games of the 2007 season. The Jayhawks finished the season 12–1 and won the 2008 Orange Bowl, the schools first and only BCS Bowl victory. Reesing owns Kansas career passing records in several categories, passing yards, passing touchdowns, quarterback rating (minimum 200 attempts), completions, attempts, and completion percentage (minimum 200 attempts,[1] as well as single game records for passing yards[2] and passing touchdowns.[3]

High school career[edit]

Reesing attended Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas and was a good student and a letterman in football and baseball. In football, Reesing was named the Texas 4A Player of the Year as a junior. As a senior, Reesing passed for 3,343 yards, 41 touchdown passes, and threw only 5 interceptions. He added 756 yards and 8 touchdowns running the ball. In baseball, he was a second team All-District honoree as an outfielder. Reesing graduated from Lake Travis High School in 2006 and was in the top one percent of his graduating class. Despite his success, Reesing was not heavily recruited by in-state programs Texas and Texas A&M due to his size. Kansas coach Mark Mangino invited Reesing to visit the school while Reesing was in Kansas for a visit to Kansas State. Shortly after, Reesing committed to Kansas.

College career[edit]

2006 season[edit]

Injuries and inadequate play at the quarterback position forced coach Mark Mangino to burn Reesing's redshirt midway through a conference game against Colorado. Reesing led the Jayhawks with three touchdowns to a 20–15 come from behind win. Shortly thereafter, Kerry Meier returned from an injury, and Reesing served as the backup quarterback through the end of the season.

2007 season[edit]

Despite not having started a game the previous season, Reesing competed for the starting position for the 2007 season. He beat out Kerry Meier for the starting job.[4] On November 3, Reesing passed for 354 yards and 6 touchdowns while the Jayhawk offense scored 76 points against Nebraska, the most points ever scored in one game against Nebraska. Reesing led the Jayhawks to a school best 11–0 record before falling 36–28 to the 10–1 Missouri Tigers in the Border Showdown. Despite this loss, Kansas was selected to play in the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl against 11–2 Virginia Tech. In the Orange Bowl, Reesing was 20 for 37 for 227 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He led Kansas to victory over Virginia Tech 24–21 and the Jayhawks capped off their best season in school history at 12–1. He finished the season ranked 14th in the NCAA and fourth in the Big 12 Conference in passing efficiency (148.82). Reesing also threw for a school record 3,486 yards and 33 touchdowns, while completing 61.9 percent of his attempts. He was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is awarded to the best collegiate quarterback each year.

2008 season[edit]

Reesing opened the season with a 37-of-52 performance against the FIU Golden Panthers, setting career highs for passes completed and attempted. During week three against South Florida, Reesing threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, but his interception in the final minute put South Florida in position to win with a field goal. In a win against Kansas State, Reesing completed 14 of 23 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, he rushed for a season high 47 yards and a touchdown. Against rival Missouri, Reesing completed 37 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns including a late touchdown pass to Kerry Meier late in the fourth quarter. Following this loss, the Jayhawks earned an invitation to the 2008 Insight Bowl to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In this game, Reesing completed 27 of 35 passes for 313 yards and 4 touchdowns. Reesing finished the season with 329 completions for a school record 3,888 yards and 36 touchdowns.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Passing Rushing
Year Comp Att Yards Pct. TDs Int Rating Att Yds Avg TD
2006 14 24 204 58.3 3 3 145.98 13 106 8.2 2
2007 275 445 3,486 61.8 33 7 148.93 92 197 2.1 3
2008 329 495 3,888 66.5 32 13 148.53 126 224 1.8 4
2009 313 496 3,616 63.1 22 10 134.95 104 119 1.1 6
Totals 931 1,460 11,194 62.4 90 33 144.60 335 646 1.9 15

Professional career[edit]

On May 26, 2010, it was announced that Reesing had signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[6] On June 8, 2010 Reesing was cut from the Roughriders during training camp and became a CFL free agent.


  1. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks Passing". Sports 
  2. ^ "Missouri's mad scramble beats Jayhawks; Kansas' Reesing throws for 498 yards". 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Reesing's school-record six TDs lead Jayhawks' rout of Huskers". 2007-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Sparky" (English). Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Todd Reesing Stats" (English). Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  6. ^ Riders add QBs Dinwiddie and Reesing