Thursday, November 29, 2012
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O course Kansas will run the ball on Saturday against West Virginia, but there’smore too it than that. Dayne Crist will again be playing and likely in the same situ-ations he was in against Iowa State. The Mountaineers will try to key in on JamesSims and Tony Pierson, but look or that to open up the passing game.
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According to Charlie Weis, WVU quarterback Geno Smith is not the biggest concernor the Jayhawks. That accolade goes to Tavon Austin, the Mountaineers wide receiver/ tailback/kick and punt returner. The kid can do it all and is aster than anyone elseon the feld. The Jayhawks will need to limit the amount o time Austin has the ballin his hands.
This fnal matchup is a tale o unulflled expectations. WestVirginia was supposed to dominate in its frst season playing inthe Big 12, especially with all the hype around quarterback GenoSmith. The Mountaineers have won just three games in the coner-ence. The Jayhawks were supposed to be a scrappy team o fth-year seniors that led the way to the win column. They still have onemore chance.
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Keep an eye on the play call-ing this week. Weis has nothingto lose, and as we’ve seen, he’snot shy to throw in a ew trickplays. Expect him to try someunconventional schemes.
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Kansas has come a long way rom miss-ing chip-shot feld goals and ailing toget touchbacks. Ever since Weis called allhands on deck or the special teams aterthey were torn apart by Oklahoma, the unithas shaped up. Staying consistent is allanyone can ask with one game let.
With our quarters let in the season, will Kansas have a wide receiver score atouchdown?Or will they lay a goose egg or the season?What kind o tricks does Weis have up his sleeve?Ater all, it’s the last game o the year and he can’t hold anything back now.The team doesn’t implode. Thisseason hasn’t been a wash. Inmaybe the truest sense, it’s beena building year. That may have adierent meaning in the Kansasbasketball ofces, but the ootball Jayhawks have put in the time andeort. It’s time to get a win.
by The Numbers
Yards James Sims needs to eclipse1000 yards rushing on the season.Kansas’ national ranking or pointsscored (19 points per game).
Rushing touchdowns scored by Kansas or every passingtouchdown this season.Momentum will have to be created in practice thisweek or the Jayhawks. Kansas got tossed around by theCyclones two weeks ago, losing 51-23. Weis can onlyhope that the Thanksgiving break provided a muchneeded rejuvenation.
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James Sims is on the cusp obreaking 1,000 yards rushing orthe frst time in his career. Hisprevious best was 742 yards dur-ing his reshman season in 2010.There is no doubt that he’s a pre-mier running back in the Big 12.
Senior linebacker Tunde Bakare makes the tackle during the match against IowaState on Nov. 17 at Memorial Stadium. Kansas ell to Iowa State 23-51.
Senior wide receiver Kale Pick jumpsor the pass attempt during the matchagainst Iowa State.