Best Kansas Offensive Player
WR Steven Sims, Sr.
If Khalil Herbert can stay healthy and be consistent, the running back could and should be the team’s signature star. But for the moment, give Steven Sims Jr. some love for catching 59 passes for 839 yards and six scores even though just about every secondary was trained to stop him.
Slippery-quick, the 5-10, 176-pounder can hit the big plays, work as a return man, and carry the ball when needed. He lit up Kansas State for 233 yards, and had three 100-yard games. If the quarterback play is consistent, a whole lot more big things will come.
2. RB Khalil Herbert, Jr.
3. OT Hakeem Adeniji, Jr.
4. QB Miles Kendrick, Soph.
5. RB Dom Williams, Soph.
Best Kansas Defensive Player
LB Joe Dineen, Sr.
The former running back has turned into a tackling machine. Back from an injury that cost him most of the 2016 season, he turned in an all-star season on the field and in the classroom with 137 tackles with 2.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss.
The 6-2, 230-pounder gets in on everything, coming up with 11 tackles or more in ten games, and on a team looking for pressure from all spots, he’s able to do a little of everything for the front six.
2. DT Daniel Wise, Sr.
3. S Bryce Torneden, Jr.
4. S Mike Lee, Jr.
5. DT J.J. Holmes, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Miles Kendrick, Soph.
Or Carter Stanley, or Peyton Bender. Enough is enough – Kansas has to settle in on a quarterback. The coaches tried out both Bender and Stanley, and didn’t have a whole lot of consistent success with either one. It would be nice if Kendrick could go from being a JUCO transfer to the one who pulls the team out of the problems.
He might not be all that big at 5-10 and 200 pounds, but he’s an accurate passer and can make things happen. This is a team that needs someone to make things happen.
Key Game To The Kansas Season
at Central Michigan, Sept. 8
Just beat the MAC team already, Kansas. That’s not to put down the MAC, but if you’re a Big 12 team scheduling a game against a Group of Fiver, you have to win. Last season, the Jayhawks were rocked by Ohio by 12 and got rolled at home by Central Michigan 45-27 for a run of three straight losses to the league.
After beating Nicholls State to start the season, they have to beat the Chippewas, because beating Rutgers the week after is hardly a lock. Lose, and assume it’ll be another Kansas football season.
2017 Kansas Fun Stats
– Punt Return Average: Opponents 18.3 yards – Kansas 6.2 yards
– Rushing TDs: Opponents 31 – Kansas 11
– Interceptions Thrown: Kansas 17 – Opponents 4