Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Last week KU ans saw what can happen when both James Sims and TonyPierson are in the same backfeld and are completely healthy — and suspensionree. In case anyone missed it, they rushed or 329 yards and two touchdowns. Nota bad day o work. Any deense preparing or the Kansas passing game might bewasting its time.
Michael Cummings James SimsNick SizemoreKale PickAndrew TurzilliMike RagoneAslam SterlingRandall DentTrevor MarrongelliDamon MartinTanner HawkinsonNick Prolago
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Josh Williams Jordan TavaiKevin YoungToben Opurum Jake LoveBen HeeneyHuldon TharpeTyler PatmonGreg BrownLubbock SmithBradley McDougaldRon Doherty
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Against Iowa State, Kansas will need to be dominant on third down. The Cycloneshave converted only 38 percent o their third-down attempts. That’s one status quodeensive coordinator Dave Campo would like to keep. I the Jayhawks can show moreprogress in limiting big plays and stay sound on third downs, it should be a good dayor Kansas.
As Charlie Weis put it, this game is not about the University, theootball program or the ans. This is about the seniors who have gonethrough three coaches, long losing streaks and too many blowouts, butthey have taken it all in stride to become ocal points or Weis’ rebuildingplan. Saturday is about them and a chance to leave Kansas with onemore ond memory.
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Keeping the run eectiveweek ater week has becomea crucial part o the Jayhawksoense. Kansas coach CharlieWeis said coming up with newschemes or his backs is one ohis avorite things he does toprepare or an opponent. Fanshave to wait and see i it worksagain.
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It’s all about staying solid or Clint Bo-wen’s unit. The Cyclones are averaging 18yards per kicko return, nothing daunting,but they still need to be respected. And nowthat Nick Prolago has hit a ew feld goals,he might be a more viable option than hewas in the past.
Can Kansas keep up the run game?Fans ask this question every week, because every week it seems moreimportant. Pierson needs to perorm at the level he did against Texas Techor Sims to stay eective. Pierson can do this, but will he?Kansas wins, plain and simple.It’s time or the Jayhawks’ im-provement to show up in the win-loss column. Regardless, Baby Jay should go wild as soon as theseniors step onto the feld.
by The Numbers
James Sims can extend his Kansas record with a seventhstraight hundred-yard game against Iowa State.Kansas can break a streak o 19 straightlosses in the Big 12 with a win.
Tanner Hawkinson will make his 47th start orthe Jayhawks this Saturday, breaking the Kan-sas record held by Hessley Hempstead.I it’s possible to have any momentum ater a crush-ing double-overtime loss, Kansas does. The productiono the run game, the timely feld goals and the big de-ensive stops didn’t amount to a win, but the Jayhawksshould have a boatload o confdence in their ability toexecute.
Offensive Line Weis
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Forget about one player;keep an eye on the entire o-ensive line this week. Thoseplayers have been underap-preciated or the majorityo the season, and yet theirblocking is largely respon-sible or the Jayhawks’ rundominance.
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Texas’ Jaxon Shipley sti-arms reshman linebacker Ben Heeney to progress downthe feld during last year’s game against Texas at Darrell K Royal - Texas MemorialStadium. Kansas was shutout 0-43.