What You Need To Know About The Kansas Offense
– Of course Doug Meacham knows how to run an offense. The offensive coordinator who helped ramp up TCU and Houston had his first season with the Jayhawks, and it didn’t exactly rock. Kansas averaged just 19 points and 329 yards per game, but more than that, the O couldn’t throw, and that’s what Meacham would like to do.
As always, Kansas has a bajillion quarterback options to try to make the thing go, and as always, there isn’t any one who stands out from the pack. Peyton Bender had his moments, but he also threw ten picks to go along with his ten touchdowns.
Carter Stanley struggled, but he’s a bit of a baller. JUCO transfer Miles Kendrick might have the most promise, but that’s mostly because he’s not Stanley or Bender. Meacham handles the quarterbacks, too, and he’s got to first do something with one of the nation’s least-efficient passing games.
– On the plus side, there’s hope at the other skill spots. With a steady quarterback throwing his way, Steven Sims would be a thing. The team’s leading receiver came up with 59 grabs for 839 yards and six scores. Top tight end Ben Johnson is done, but every wide receiver of note returns to start bombing away.
Running the ball was an issue, but Khalil Herbert could be a dynamic force if he stays in one piece. When he was on last season – he ripped up West Virginia for 291 yards – he looked like the guy who could carry the program out of the doldrums. But then he got banged up, and the fun didn’t last. Fortunately, there’s a good-looking rotation ready to go.
– The line has to block someone for all this other stuff to happen. The Jayhawks have a nice tackle in Hakeem Adeniji, and the other four starters are back, too, on a very, very young line. Throw in a few new recruits, and there really and truly is hope here.
Biggest Key To The Kansas Offense
Score. Please. Let’s start with the basics. Kansas has to find one thing it can do consistently well. I has to be more explosive, it has to find a more efficient passing game, it has to stop with the giveaways, and it has to convert a third down. But simply put, Kansas, you need to score more points, son.
The O managed 27 points or more in each of the first four games, and scores over 20 points just once the rest of the way. After September, Kansas got shut out twice, came up with a mere field goal against Oklahoma, and scored just nine points against a Baylor team couldn’t do much of anything right.
Losing is one thing, but at least Kansas has to lose in fun shootouts. Every singly loss was by double-digits, with only the Kansas State game being reasonably competitive.