College Football Preview: The 2015 Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks Preview
2014 Record: 3-9 (105th of 128)
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Overview: The Kansas Jayhawks have won no more than three games in each of their last five seasons. Kansas has not reached a bowl game since 2008 and now heads into the season with another new head coach in David Beaty. When you’ve struggled as a program for so long, you’ll really take anything as progress.
Offense: Kansas finished last season ranked 118th in total offense, which isn’t going to cut it in a conference full of teams that can light it up. Kansas has to now replace three offensive line starters. Some positive news is that Kansas does have two experienced quarterbacks in Michael Cummings and Montell Cozart, a duo that threw for all 14 touchdowns last season. Kansas now has to decide on a starter and hope he can limit his turnovers. De'Andre Mann will hold down the fort at running back with the help of Taylor Cox, but the loss of Corey Avery could hurt this unit. On the outside, Tre' Parmalee, Kent Taylor and Ben Johnson must step up and become reliable receivers. Kansas has a lot of inexperience on this side of the ball which can’t make anyone feel good after last season.
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Defense: Kansas returns four starters from a defense that ranked 109th in college football last season. Another ouch for a program desperate for any type of success. Courtney Arnick proved to be a decent playmaker at the linebacker position and can make plays in the backfield. Ben Goodman is an experienced and a reliable player along the defensive line and Fish Smithson was a solid tackler in his first season on the field. JUCO transfer Brandon Stewart has a chance to shine at cornerback and Matthew Boateng held his own as a freshman in a limited role. Overall, Kansas is going to be counting on a ton of new faces and a lot of guys nobody heard of. The good news is that the defense can possibly be as bad as it was a year ago.
Special Teams: Andrew Yoxall or Eric Kahn will replace Trevor Pardula at punter. Matthew Wyman returns at kicker after making 60 percent of 15 field goal attempts.
Overall: Let’s just be happy for Kansas fans that they have a great basketball team. In all seriousness, things aren’t going to turnaround overnight, especially when playing in one of the deeper and toughest conferences in college football. Winning a couple of Big 12 games and possibly sniffing four wins would be an accomplishment in Beaty’s first year.