Kansas Jayhawks Football Season Preview History
2011 Kansas Football Preview:
Uneven is probably the best way to describe the 2010 Kansas Jayhawks season. While their record suggests otherwise (3-9 is decidedly even, in a bad direction), it was a season where beating a 15th-ranked Georgia Tech squad was followed up by two blowouts where Baylor and Kansas State dropped more than 50-points on them. They’re looking for a more balanced attack, and that starts with the new leader on offense.
After Dan Hawkins left Colorado, recruit Brock Berglund decided to head to Lawrence and suit up for the Jayhawks. However, with the intra-Big 12 transfer jumbled, Berglund could only practice with the team during Fall practices. So it may rest on the shoulders of sophomore Jordan Webb or senior Quinn Mecham, neither of whom showed much promise last year, to kick off the season. Luckily, they will have running back James Sims to fall back on. The best player on the offense side will be tested early and often as the unit tries to find its identity.
Ironically, the best player on defense was Kansas’ former tailback, junior Toben Opurum. Last year, he shifted from RB to end, and became the unit’s de facto stud. It looks to stay that way unless sophomore Huldon Tharp, a first-team freshman All-American in 2009, finds a way to stay healthy and contribute to a squad that is looking to find playmakers.
2010 Kansas Football Preview:
Kansas had a sudden coaching change after Mark Mangino resigned amid an internal investigation. Mangino was replaced by former Buffalo coach Turner Gill, who looks to improve on a team that lost seven straight games to end the season last year.
The Jayhawk offense lost record-setting quarterback Todd Reesing to graduation so there is a big hole to fill under center. Sophomore Kale Pick and redshirt freshman Jordan Webb are competing for the job and, as of yet, neither appears to have and advantage.
Whether Pick or Webb wins the job, both will have a lot of talent at wide receivers. Sophomore Bradley McDougald and senior Jonathan Wilson are both capable of breaking a big play.
The Jayhawks had a difficult time stopping other teams from scoring in 2009, allowing 28.4 points per game. Their strength on defense will center around the secondary, as there are still question marks surrounding the linebacker and defensive line positions. Senior Chris Harris will anchor the unit and cornerback, with Jake Laptad expected to have an impact at defensive end.
If there's anyone who can take Kansas as far away from their dismal finish last year, it's Gill. The coach transformed a Buffalo program into a conference champion, and while that's a tall order in Lawrence, he certainly has the acumen to do so.
2008 Kansas Football Schedule:
Head Coach: Mark Mangino
The Kansas Jayhawks football team has recently begun to seriously challenge its basketball program in national attention. The team began its 2007 season with an incredible winning streak, finding its way into the top 10. Playing in the Big 12, and formerly the Big Eight, Kansas has won four conference titles and had eleven All-Americans on its roster. Under the leadership of coach Mark Mangino, the 2007 season looks to provide the Jayhawks with a chance to expand that list further.
Head Coach Mark Mangino will lead his University of Kansas Jayhawks out on the big field with hopes of repeating last year's stellar season. With a 12-1 record and a huge win at the Orange Bowl, the Jayhawks solidified their name in Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks will have plenty of pressure to repeat last year's accomplishments, however, as the Jayhawks play a tougher schedule this year. They will face Big 12 heavy-hitters including Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech, replacing last year's Big 12 lineup of Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor.
The Jayhawks will be looking to their quarterback, Todd Reesing, to be swift and crafty to keep the ball moving downfield. You can bet he will be hitting the endzone via Dexton Fields or Dezmon Briscoe in no time. Also, Kansas' defense is looking strong as ever, with returning starters Joe Mortensen, Russell Brorsen and Aqib Talib. Look out for a superb Kansas team this season, and grab some tickets for a game!