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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 80 Kansas Jayhawks

2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 80 Kansas Jayhawks


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Kansas Jayhawks


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No. 80: Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas Jayhawks Prespring Status

Okay, David Beaty. Now it’s time to start at least being interesting. There were moments last year – beating Texas, and coming close against TCU and Iowa State – but it’s been a rough run going 2-22 in two seasons for a program with 14 wins over the last seven years. The offense has been bad, the defense worse, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of fun. But at least the Jayhawks played better over the last few games.

Is the program built up after years of being able to put things together? Experience isn’t a problem, and the depth is almost all there across the board from last season, but where’s the talent? The schemes, the ideas, and the plans have to all work now, or there will be a different era starting next spring.

Kansas Jayhawks Biggest Issue

The secondary needs an overhaul. It wasn’t a no-fly zone, but the Jayhawks were able to hold their own at times against the high-powered Big 12 passing games. Nine of the ten interceptions accounted for are gone, top tackler Fish Smithson is done at one safety spot, Tevin Shaw gone from another, and in all, four starters in the five-man defensive backfield have to be replaced.

Kansas Jayhawks Biggest Positive

The quarterback situation might turn out to be okay. Ryan Willis transferred to Virginia Tech, and Montell Cozart and Deondre Ford just chose to take off, but the Jayhawks have more than enough options to find the right guy – finally. Carter Stanley showed promise as a freshman. However, the gig might be Peyton Bender’s, the Washington State transfer who can wing it around in the Air Raid style.

Really, Why Are The Kansas Jayhawks Ranked Here?

It would be one of the biggest stories of the 2017 season if Kansas could become more of a player in the Big 12 race – or any sort of player in the Big 12 race. It wouldn’t take much to make things look better – just win five games. It’s the cliché that the experience has to turn into production, but that’s really the case this year.