2009 Kansas Jayhawks Football Preview
2009 Kansas Jayhawks season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Kansas Jayhawks football preview as well as the 2009 Kansas Jayhawks Football Schedule. If you dont know how to beat the odds, give Maddux's winning NCAA picks a shot.
Coach: Mark Mangino (8th year at Kansas)
Team Name: Jayhawks
2008 Overall Record: 8-5
Returning Starters: 14
The Kansas Jayhawks (8- 5 overall, 4- 4 Big 12) finished last season tied for third in the North Division of the Big 12 and won a trip to the Insight Bowl. The team beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 42- 21. This season, the Jayhawks will try to battle for the division crown at a time when they are in decline.
After scoring 33.4 PPG last season, the Jayhawks look primed to do even more damage in 2009. Senior QB Todd Reesing (495 ATT, 329 COMP, 3,888 YDs, 13 INTs, 32 TDs) , who starts for his third season, is a top performer who is able to elude blitzes and throw on the run. He continues to have a deep and talented receiving corps that includes junior Dezmon Briscoe (92 REC, 1,407 YDs, 15 TDs), who led the team in touchdown pass catches. Senior Kerry Meier (97 REC, 1,045 YDs, 8 TDs) is a solid go-to guy. The rushing attack is anchored by senior Jake Sharp (186 ATT, 860 YDs, 12 TDs). Sharp has a nose for the goal line. But, he may have a tough time gaining momentum due to the fact that the O-line is an inexperienced liability.
In 2008, Kansas gave up 273.6 YPG (114th nationally) to the passing game. That was a major factor in the club allowing 28.9 PPG (82nd nationally). The secondary has added speed, while seeing senior corner Justin Thornton (63 TKLs, 1 INT) and strong safety Darrell Stuckey (98 TKLs, 4.5 TFL, 5 INTs), both excellent performers, return. A solid pass rush would also help limit opponent passing attacks. The sack master, James Holt (10 SKs, 9.5 TFL) from 2008 has graduated. Still, there’s experience on the line, with DE Jake Laptad (38 TKLs, 7 SKs, 1.5 TFL) offering quality play. Junior college transfer Quintin Woods could help upgrade this frontline. The linebacking group has lost a host of top performers. The new guys will have to step up immediately.
The special teams feature Briscoe on kick returns. He averaged 27.4 YPR last season. The elusive and dynamic Daymond Patterson (22 Punt RET, 243 YDs, 11.0 YPR, 1 TD) will handle punts. Punter Alonso Rojas (58 Punts, 2,358 YDs, 40.7 YPP, 15 In20) is one of the best in the Big 12. Placekicker Jacob Branstetter (51- 52 Extra Pts, 9- 12 FG) needs to find more distance and accuracy.
Under head coach Mark Mangino (46- 41 in seven years with Kansas), the Jayhawks have been erratic. In 2004 and 2006, they won four and six games respectively and were eliminated from the bowl season. In 2005, seven wins got them to the Forth Worth Bowl and in 2007 the Hawks were ranked eighth in the nation and beat Virginia Tech 24- 21 in the Orange Bowl. This year, Kansas plays a fairly light non-conference schedule, but they host Nebraska on November 14 and are at Texas on November 21. Those two contests will be difficult to win. Their final game versus Missouri could determine this team’s post-season placement. The Jayhawks are a third or fourth place team that will land an invite to a low tier bowl.
Kansas Jayhawks Football Schedule
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