The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Kansas Jayhawks.
No. 80: Kansas Jayhawks
Spring Practice Starts: March 31
Spring Game: April 28
Kansas Jayhawks Spring Status
Head coach David Beaty is back despite a 1-11 season with 11 straight losses and no wins over any FBS teams.
But there really is hope.
There’s no worrying about experience, but can any of these players actually play? Yeah, almost everyone is back on offense, but the attack averaged just under 19 points per game. Almost everyone is back on the defensive back seven, but the Jayhawks gave up 41 points or more to every FBS team but Kansas State and Baylor.
On the plus side, the expectations are way low. Just get a few wins, and it’ll be a big step forward. More than that, it’s time to give the fans a little bit of hope.
Kansas Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Pass rusher. There aren’t many holes to fill – the offseason will be about upgrading more than replacing – but the D line needs help. DE Dorance Armstrong is gone, and so is a little bit of the depth in the interior.
Daniel Wise is back after leading the team in sacks, but Armstrong was the one who took away a bulk of the attention from the rest of the front. There’s experience, but there has to be more production.
Kansas Biggest Issue
The secondary. Take your pick of big problems for the Jayhawks, from the nation’s worst punt return defense, to no consistent offensive pop, to the rough defense as a whole.
However, in the Big 12, you have to be able to occasionally do something again the pass, and Kansas got torched way too easily, allowing 31 touchdown passes with just four picks. New corner recruit and amazing get, Corione Harris, might find a home early on.
Kansas Biggest Positive
The running backs are there to be used more. It’ll take a little bit before a quarterback is settled on, but the Jayhawks should be able to lean on the ground game a bit more with all the parts back. Khalil Herbert, Taylor Martin and Dom Williams can all move, but freshman Pooka Williams should be a big part of the mix.
Really, Why Are The Kansas Jayhawks Ranked Here?
It’s one of the Big 12’s most experienced teams, but Beaty has had veteran squads before, and it didn’t matter. There’s still way too far to go before the program is even close to being better than awful, but if Iowa State can turn into a surprise last year, a team with so much experience and depth might be able to find something that works, too.