Opponent Preview: Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas is in a terrible position, but new coach David Beaty could be the man to rebuild the program.

After four games into the schedule, Baylor football still will not have been particularly tested. Game against SMU, Lamar, Rice and Texas Tech should all effectively be tune-up games.

Kansas should not be any different.

The Jayhawks have been right at the bottom of the Big 12 for several years. Kansas has not made a bowl game since 2008, despite finishing the season ranked No. 8 only eight years ago.

In 2007, Kansas football won seven Big 12 games. Between 2008 and 2014, it won eight games. To say the least, the Jayhawks are in major need of a culture change.

Enter David Beaty. Most recently the recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach at Texas A&M, Beaty is a bright new voice in a program that needs it most. With his Texas HS football roots, Beaty will have an excellent chance to build a program.

That’s a great aspiration for the future. For now, Kansas is some big trouble. In fact, Kansas might be the worst team in college football, and in contention for one of the worst teams of all time.

Kansas’ leading passer Michael Cummings? Injured. Kansas’ leading rusher Corey Avery? Dismissed. Kansas’ top six receivers? All gone.

It’s time for QB Montell Cozart to take the reigns with Cummings out. He threw for only 701 yards and five touchdowns to seven interceptions. His work will be cut out for him. The leading returning receiver is tight end Ben Johnson, who caught only eight balls for 80 yards.

Running back will be a little better off, as De’Andre Mann and Tony Pierson both broke 300 yards last season. However, they will need to replace Avery’s production.

The defense was bad last year and could get worse. The Jayhawks gave up 453.2 yards per game last season, and lost All-Big 12 linebacker Ben Heeney to the NFL. It will be a big process to figure out who can step up. Perhaps no one will.

It’s going to be a big process for Beaty to rebuild the program, but he has the energy to do it. His attitude surrounding the program is exactly what you need. In fact, he describes Art Briles as one of his coaching influences. If Beaty pulls it off, it will be a rebuilding job comparable to Baylor.

But for now, Baylor will absolutely blow the doors off of Kansas. The Jayhawks have a real shot at going without a win this season. At least basketball season is coming up?

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