Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Low penalties a positive for Weis’ Jayhawks

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis gives lip service to a game official as he disputes a call during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis gives lip service to a game official as he disputes a call during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.


Earlier this season, the Kansas University football team found itself among elite company in the takeaways department.

Although things have leveled off in that area — the Jayhawks recorded 12 takeaways in their first three games but have just five since — Charlie Weis’ first KU team has remained near the top of the country in another crucial area.

Heading into this weekend’s match-up at Baylor — 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Waco, Texas — the Jayhawks are tied for second nationally for fewest penalties. KU has been penalized just 29 times in eight games, good for an average of 3.63 per outing and good enough to keep the company of a few programs known for discipline.

Navy ranks first, with 28 penalties in eight games, and Air Force and Kansas State sit tied with Kansas at 29 total infractions. KU finished 56th in 2011, with 69, and 64th in 2010, with 72.

While the Jayhawks still have four games to play, the improvement they have made in avoiding those shoot-yourself-in-the-foot moments have been a source of pride for Weis.

“It has been one of our points of emphasis from Day One when we identified the things we were going to have to do to be competitive,” Weis said. “One accepted penalty for five yards (KU’s total vs. Texas), that’s a good day at the office.”

Even better than the low total has been the fact that KU has improved as the season has gone along. Nearly half of KU’s total penalties (14 of 29) came during the first three weeks of the season.

The Jayhawks have been whistled for eight false starts, eight holding penalties, four delay-of-game penalties, three personal fouls, two pass-interference calls, two offsides calls, one sideline warning and one illegal block.

KU has committed the same penalty more than once in a game just four times this season, and Weis said there was a reason his squad did not make a habit of becoming repeat offenders.

“We penalize ’em when penalties occur in practice,” he said. “And when practice is over, it’s usually not very pleasant if you had penalties during practice.”

KU-Texas Tech to kick off at 11 a.m.

The Kansas football team’s Nov. 10 road game against Texas Tech will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday.

It will be the fifth straight week that the Jayhawks will have a game televised on FSN.

Kansas will be traveling to Texas Tech for the first time since the 2009 season, when the Jayhawks fell, 42-21. Tech is 12-1 all-time against Kansas, including 5-1 in games played in Lubbock. KU’s lone win in the series, a 34-31 overtime thriller, came in 2001.


Chris Bailey 1 year, 5 months ago

Has anyone else noticed that some of the articles on you can read like two days earlier almost word for word on Just an observation.


Dale Stringer 1 year, 5 months ago

3-9... 39yrds. Doesn't sound any better than any of Crist's game. Put Baty in.


shelleysue 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree that sticking with Crist for so long cost us some wins. I feel bad for the senior class because I wanted them to get some decent wins this season. However, it's hard to stay upset for long, because this team has improved in so many ways that it gives us hope and excitement for the future. And those seniors can be proud that they're helping with the turn around. I'm sure many of the same people who said they just wanted to be competitive with the south are the same ones complaining now about losses. You can be miserable by focusing on the negative or be excited about where this program is headed. I was cautious with the Weis hire but it's obvious Weis and staff have the ability to do good things. Quit complaining about this play call and that play call. The staff and players are going to make mistakes every game whether you're Alabama or Kansas. Go along for the ride and have fun when fun moments happen. It's life and it will never be perfect.


gchawk 1 year, 5 months ago

"low penalties a positive for Weis' Jayhawks". So we got that going for us, which is nice!


Jonathan Allison 1 year, 5 months ago

As is mentioned in the article, penalty yardage is considered one of the discipline statistics. It's surprising that a 1-7 team is in the top 3 least penalized teams nationally. Like in 2007, if we are playing highly disciplined football then we would expect good results. Of course you could say that 21-17 vs UT is a "good result" and that the OSU outcome was a "good result". But in my opinion, while penalty yardage is certainly a key discipline statistic, it's not the only key discipline statistic. Other discipline statistics include turnovers lost, points scored off turnovers, points scored per red zone trip, return yardage allowed, among several others. We've got the penalty yardage under control and it appears to be a leading indicator of where we are headed. We still have some shoring up to do with ball control as evidenced by Bradley McDougald's botched fair catch attempt among other things. We have some work to do on red zone scoring and points off turnovers for sure, those will come as the passing game improves. We are working on special teams to tighten up the coverage units.

These discipline statistics are things that we did very well in 2005-2008. The disciple statistics along with wide open offenses with stars at the skill positions are what took us to the Orange Bowl. It's a formula for success and it's what Charlie Weis wants to and is attempting to do. This team is 2 or 3 pieces away from being a bowl contender, and we should have those pieces in place by next season.

I'm excited about the future of KU Football!


Sayers44 1 year, 5 months ago

A person cannot wonder why it took Weis 6- 7 games to bench Crist. We all could see in game #1 that Crist did not have it.

Weis used the excuse that Crist was far better than all the other quarterbacks - not true!. Game after game Crist showed nothing and Wies stuck with him. So I lay the lackluster first part of the season problems on Weis for not making a QB change much earlier.

Cummings ran the plays last week without turning the ball over. He will have to do more than just handoff to beat Baylor. If Cummings cannot do the job then hopefully Weis moves on to the next QB in line and gives him a chance. Hopefully Weis is not going to revert back to Crist, as he is not part of the future.

Bottom line: Wies wasted 1/2 of the season staying with Crist. Wies's lack of judgement has delayed the improvement of the KU offense.


hotrodm 1 year, 5 months ago

Dear Santa, Give us a kicker for Christmas.


nuleafjhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, I would be surprised if any of us are happy with a one win (so far) season, but this is pretty much what all of us asked for - to be competitive. We're not getting blown out by 40, 50 , 60 points on a regular basis and, in fact, are holding some very high powered offenses to about half of their average point/yardage totals. So - kudos to the defense, we are making huge strides.

The offense is in dire need of a quarterback and the kicking game is just awful. But - the TV announcers last week spoke very highly of the offensive line and our running game.

So.......sigh..........I'm sorry Charlie. I take back most of the things I've said and thought so far. I guess it actually does take some time to build a program from the ground up.


David Leathers 1 year, 5 months ago

Just curious as to the penalty yardage for the teams that are tied...


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