Know Thy Enemy: Kansas Mike Tufano November 24, 2014 Features, Gameday, Know Thy Enemy 2014 SCHEDULESE Missouri State 28 Kansas 34Kansas 3 Duke 41Central Michigan 10 Kansas 24Texas 23 Kansas 0Kansas 14 West Virginia 33Oklahoma State 27 Kansas 20Kansas 21 Texas Tech 34Kansas 14 Baylor 60Iowa State 14 Kansas 34TCU 34 Kansas 30Kansas 7 Oklahoma 4411/29 @ K-STATE Kansas Jayhawks 3-8 (1-7 Big 12) Location: Lawrence, Kansas Enrollment: 28,718 Colors: Crimson and Blue Stadium: Memorial Stadium (50,071) 2013 Overall Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big 12 / 10th) Postseason: None All time series: Kansas leads 42-64-5 Last Meeting: K-State 31 Kansas 10 (11/30/13) Current Streak: K-State won last 5 (2009-13) Twitter: @KUAthletics, @KU_Football Clint Bowen (Interim) Head Coach: Clint Bowen Overall Record (Yrs): 1-6 (1st) Record at School: same Record vs. K-State: First meeting On September 27th KU hilariously lost a game 23-0 to Texas1. The next day Charlie Weis was out and Clint Bowen was in as the interim head coach. Even without having the permanent title, he’s already won as many Big 12 games as Charlie Weis was able to do in his 19 tries. Of course, that only took one win to accomplish the feat. That win came against hapless Iowa State in Lawrence. One thing that Bowen has that pretty much no one else has is that he actually wants to be a part of the KU football program. He grew up outside Lawrence, played for Lawrence High, and after a year at Butler County Community College he played defensive back for KU, finishing his career in 1993. Aside from a year with his coach, Glen Mason, at Minnesota, and a year each at Western Kentucky and North Texas, Bowen has spent his collegiate coaching career at Kansas, and seems all but a lock to get the full time job while Kansas pays off Weis and all the rest of their former bumbling coaches. Senior WR/RB Tony Pierson Jayhawk Offense Passing Offense: 208.7 yds/game (86th in FBS) Rushing Offense: 127.0 yds/game (105th in FBS) Scoring Offense: 18.3 points/game (119th in FBS) Tony Pierson: the athlete Without a question, the best athlete on KU’s offensive side of the ball. In fact, it may be fair to say he’s the only good one. Officially listed as a wide receiver on the roster, Pierson was moved to running back when Clint Bowen took control of the team and is now the 3rd leading rusher for KU. Greatest QB in the history of KU football? No. That seems to have been the discussion entering every season that Charlie Weis started. Whether it was a transfer or someone he was supposedly going to groom into the role. This season started with a quarterback battle between Montell Cozart and Michael Cummings. Cummings is currently the guy… another switch made when Bowen became the head coach. He can throw. He can run. But it might be an exaggeration to say he’s beyond mediocre at either. Cozart seems to have moved all the way back to 3rd on the depth chart, since he didn’t even pick up the garbage time in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma. Senior LB Ben Heeney Jayhawk Defense Passing defense: 237.4 yds/game (87th in FBS) Rushing defense: 211.1 yds/game (107th in FBS) Points against: 31.6 points/game (96th in FBS) They’re actually good… When you look at how bad Kansas Football has been over the past few years, you do see them making strides, and more quickly in terms of Clint Bowen’s defense. They cover well. They play a fundamentally sound defense. In other words, they pass the eye test. …sort of Unfortunately for them, but good for the rest of the Big 12, and comedy, they don’t pass any statistical checks. They give up a ton of points and a ton of yardage. That’s basically to say a well coached team without good athletes is still a bad defense. They gave up a single game rushing record to Samaje Perine on Saturday. That means more than the eye test. #31 Ben Heeney – LB When I write these posts, I’m basically trying to come up the bright spots for each team. That would be senior linebacker Ben Heeney on this KU defense. He’s KU’s leading tackler by far. Headed into last week’s game against Oklahoma he was 2 tackles short of having twice as many as Isaiah Johnson, KU’s 2nd leading tackler. If only KU had 11 Ben Heeneys… well, then they’d have 11 middle linebackers, so they’d still suck. And then there’s this… In a 24 hour period before the start of the season KU lost their projected starter and #2 running backs, Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox, the former tearing his ACL and the latter his Achilles. The Jayhawk offense was basically done before it ever got started. KU owes Weis $2.5 million a year for a total of $7 million after the time he was fired in September. When he stops receiving payments from Notre Dame in December 2015 they will have paid him $18.9 million from the time they fired him. Incompetence does pay, kids. Before he had ever coached a game for the Jayhawks, with Weis clearly in ear shot (right after he made eye contact with me) I said that KU had made a brilliant hire. Don’t get me wrong. The sarcastic tone was as thick as it gets. It’s cute that KU fans thought a guy that couldn’t win with Notre Dame’s nearly unlimited resources would do better in Lawrence. Don’t forget, they did remove the track from around the field before this season. That’s pretty much their biggest accomplishment of the year. Unless you count tearing the goal posts down following a win over Iowa State that got them one spot out of last place. Or maybe hanging with TCU long enough to chant “overrated!” while losing the game. Notes: Coincidentally, K-State later beat Texas 23-0 [↩] K-State fans, we salute you!