What We Learned Part 1

Sure, Kansas suffered another loss, Saturday evening to drop to 1-5 on the season, but look a little closer and the 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium revealed some interesting things about this team.

Sure, Kansas suffered another loss, Saturday evening to drop to 1-5 on the season, but look a little closer and the 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium revealed some interesting things about this team.

First, you have to start with Michael Cummings. The offense seemed to spark when head coach Charlie Weis inserted Cummings into the game to replace an ineffective Dayne Crist late in the third quarter.

From there, Cummings moved around and made things happen, helping guide the Jayhawks to the first touchdown in the fourth quarter, when he found tight end Jimmay Mundine to make the score 20-7. Overall, the body language in the team seemed different, as they responded to him well.

"Michael Cummings is a great player." Running back James Sims said. "He works hard and he practices hard and tonight he got the opportunity and he was able to show what he can do."

Speaking of Sims, what can you say about the Jayhawks phenomenal junior running back? Sims finished with 184 yards of total offense, including 27 carries for 142 and three receptions, which tallied 42 yards. Once Sims caught fire in the fourth quarter, one could not help but think back to the epic KU comeback over Colorado in 2010, which Sims played a key role in.

Simply put, James Sims is quietly once of the best backs in the Big 12 and he's shown no effects from a three game suspension to start the season.

It'll be fun to watch what happens if Cummings gets more playing time with Sims and a healthy Tony Pierson, who missed Saturday's game.

Also, considering Cummings was recruited to Kansas to play in a different offense, he made some good throws in Weis' pro style offense, including one of his back foot that was hauled in by Kale Pick late in the third. You can argue that Cummings has an "it" factor to him, a main reason that if he had not hurt his knee during his senior year of high school, he may have won the starting quarterback job as a true freshman in 2011.

Regardless, Cummings, should he be give more opportunities and the talented group of Kansas running backs will be a fun combo to watch going forward, starting with next week's very difficult road game at red-hot Oklahoma, who embarrassed Texas 63-21 Saturday in Dallas.

With six games remaining in the season, it'll be seen if the Jayhawks have found a little more firepower to push forward in hopes of getting at least another victory or two in this rebuilding season.


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