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October 22, 2008
1nside the Numb3rs: Kansas
Kansas' offense is very similar to the first three teams that Texas Tech has
played in conference. All of them have had great success through the air while
struggling to get much going in the running game. For Kansas, this is starting
to change as in the last two games they have been able to get Jake Sharp over
the century yard mark. His 8.6 yard per carry average against the Sooners last week is an impressive feat against
a defense that has only given up 3.3 yards per carry on
In his big effort versus Oklahoma, junior QB Todd Reesing set two career marks. Reesing owns the KU all-time record for pass completions (486) and the career record for total offense (6,425 yards). His 155.77 passing efficiency ranks him 15th in the nation.
Jake Sharp has finally jump started a sluggish KU running game. His ability to make people miss in space as well as make sharp cuts have led to his two consecutive 100 yard performances. Angus Quigley is more of a power back at 222 lbs. He also has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and did so 3 times last game
Dezmon Briscoe had 12 catches for 269 yards against the Sooners, both career highs. His 12 catches set the school record, and it marked the fist time since 1989 that a KU receiver had over 200 yards. Complimenting Briscoe is possession receiver extraordinaire Kerry Meier. He leads the Big 12 in catches per game ahead of superstars Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant.
Leading the Jayhawk defense is senior linebacker James Holt. His 53 tackles are tied for sixth in conference, and he is fifth in the nation in forced fumbles. He has also racked up three 10 tackle games already this season. Although the secondary has struggled, Darrel Stuckey has had a very solid year as a versatile safety. He has done a little bit of everything with four tackles for loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups. Justin Thornton has also broken up eight passes from his safety position.