Breaking Down the Jayhawks

The Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) are coming to Waco this weekend in the opening game of Big 12 play. The Bears will try and keep up their momentum after last week's 30-13 win over Rice. Inside, we look at the Jayhawks by position and preview Saturday's action.

The Bears (3-1) open conference play against the Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) this Saturday at 11 AM in Waco. Both teams are coming off convincing wins last week and are looking to keep up the momentum. Here's a look at who KU will be using this weekend:

QB: Redshirt freshman Jordan Webb will get the start Saturday. He took over for Kale Pick during KU's week one loss to North Dakota State and then started the next 3 games for the Jayhawks. Last week was the best day of Webb's young career, going 17/27 for 249 yards and a touchdown. He's only thrown one interception thus far, but has been sacked 10 times through his 3 starts. KU moved JC transfer Quinn Mecham to the backup role after Pick suffered a leg injury last week, sidelining him for the next 3 weeks.

RB: True freshman RB James Sims is the Jayhawks' leading rusher so far this season, despite not playing in the season opener. He emerged onto the scene against Georgia Tech and last week vs. NMSU, Sims rushed for 115 yards on 16 carries. Redshirt freshman Deshaun Sands is the second leading rusher, rushing for 91 yards on 29 attempts this season.

WR: Cornerback-turned-receiver Daymond Patterson is the Jayhawks' leading receiver, with 22 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. Senior Johnathan Wilson also has 15 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Tim Biere has caught 6 passes for 68 yards, 2 of which were touchdowns.

O-Line: The Jayhawks have a lot of experience on their offensive line, with all but one of their linemen starting all 12 games last season. Sophomore LT Tanner Hawkinson was a named a Freshmen All-American last season. RT Brad Thorson was named KU's top o-lineman last season. While they have a lot of experience, they gave up 12 sacks in the first 3 games but didn't allow a sack against New Mexico State last week.

D-Line: Defensive tackles Patrick Dorsey and Richard Johnson are the leading tacklers for the Jayhawks' defensive line with 12 each. Last week, Johnson had 5 tackles and Dorsey had a tackle for loss. DE Kevin Young has added 8 tackles this season. Senior DE Jake Laptad, KU's defensive MVP last season, has 2 QB hurries and a forced fumble so far.

LB: The linebacker corps has the 3 leading tacklers for the Jayhawks. Senior Justin Springer is the leading tackler with 34, 5 of which were for negative yardage and one sack. Senior Drew Dudley has 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a recovered fumble. Junior Steven Johnson is the team's second leading tackler with 33, and 3.5 for a loss.

DB: Senior CB Chris Harris was the Jayhawks' leading tackler last week vs. New Mexico State with 8. He also has 2.5 tackles for loss this season and one sack for an 11 yard loss. The other CB, Isaiah Barfield, has broken up or deflected 7 passes so far. Safety Olait Oguntodu has made 22 tackles, making him the leading tackler out of the secondary.

Coach: After losing to FCS North Dakota State in his debut, Turner Gill rallied his players to take down (at the time #15) Georgia Tech the next weekend. Last weekend vs. New Mexico State was Gill's most convincing win in his short tenure, winning 42-16. After coming out of the gate at 2-2, this is an important game in Gill's Kansas career.

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