If Saturday's Spring Game is any indication, Kansas' offense could be very much improved in 2013, as they showed signs of big play ability.
As, the Blue team stormed their way to a 34-7, it was the emergence of two players in quarterback Jake Heaps and wide receiver Justin McCay who had to sit out a year because they transferred into the program as well as the explosive play making ability of Tony Pierson, who despite being listed as a running back will see time as a hybrid receiver/running back.
"Jake always amazes me every time, practice, game, you name it," McCay said.
In his first appearance as the Jayhawks quarterback, Heaps was solid, going 20-28 for 257 yards and four touchdowns, including some tough throws that will have Kansas fans excited, like his second quarter score to tight end Jimmay Mundine, who turned two scores.
McCay, the Oklahoma transfer hauled in eight receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown to earn offensive co-MVP honors with Heaps, who finally got to step out on the field and lead the team after watching from afar in 2012.
"It's a lot of fun to be out there and enjoy the moment. Football's such a great game and to be out there again, it feels so good," Heaps said.
Pierson finished the game with five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown and was used in avariety of different ways, which will be the plan going forward.
Running back James Sims was his reliable self, rushing for 74 yards and 16 carries for a Blue squad that showed many facets of what they could be in 2013.
Defensively, linebacker Ben Heeney took home defensive MVP honors, collecting five tackles and being very active, as well as showing leadership on the field.
The White team was led by quarterback Michael Cummings and featured a more run base offensive scheme. Cummings did put the ball in the air 13 times, completing eight of them for 94 yards, including a deep bomb to receiver Josh Ford in the second quarter for 41 yards, before hitting him on a 25 yard strike for a touchdown two plays later.
Overall it was a satisfying completion to spring football for Weis, who acknowledged that the Jayhawks didn't suffer many if any injuries other than they typical bumps and bruises that are expected.
Kansas now moves on and will reconvene in late summer for fall camp, which will see the arrival of several new players that were part of the Jayhawks stellar recruiting class. Their home opener is Saturday, September 7th at home against South Dakota State.