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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Game Balls and Gassers: Oklahoma

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Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 34-19 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday ...

Game Balls

James Sims had 96 rushing yards 11 seconds into the second quarter and finished with 129 yards and two touchdowns against a defense loaded up to stop the run.

JaCorey Shepherd continued his growth at cornerback by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble.

Gassers

• Even though hamstrung by a talent-challenged wide receiver unit and spotty pass protection, Jake Heaps has to do better than 5-for-13 with 16 passing yards.

• Kicker Matthew Wyman missed an extra point. Another was blocked, but that appeared to be the result of poor blocking by the line.

Comments

Cora Smith 6 years, 11 months ago

Heaps looks scared. However, if Cozart is going into the game, why did they not open the throttle and let him play?

Jim Erickson 6 years, 11 months ago

Completely agree with Brett... Unless they guy is going to start, or have a role similar to that of a starter, he should have kept his red shirt. Burning Todd Reesing's red shirt during that Colorado game may have made a difference then, but he had little role the rest of the season. This program may have been in a very different situation today had Reesing been here another year like he should have been. Burning Cozart's red shirt better be worth it.

Daniel Reinigungsmittel 6 years, 11 months ago

I know there's not much of a staff left at the LJW to be able to post objectively, but the biggest gasser, hands down (look out, roll down the windows) goes to Weiss for abandoning a solid game plan from the first quarter (run and play action passes), throwing Cozart in there for absolutely NOTHING, and tossing Heaps under the bus.

Jack Jones 6 years, 11 months ago

Your analysis of the game pretty much matches my own ~ unfortunately, your petty two-bit opening made the rest pretty much irrelevant.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 11 months ago

Aslam Sterling deserves to be a gasser and needs to sit his butt on the bench in favor of Riley Spencer. I've never seen and offensive lineman penalized as much as him this year. He's been better the last two game, but that holding call against him was the momentum changer in the game.

I also agree that Weis deserves one for wasting Cozart's redshirt in the manner he did today. In another article, Weis said he wanted to bring Cozart in while KU was going into the wind. One would assume the logic behind that is because Cozart has a stronger arm than Heaps and could through into the wind without the wind affecting his passes as much. If all Weis is going to do with Cozart is run the exact same package for him as he did with Cummings, the use Cummings and save the redshirt. Right now, the decision to burn Cozart's redshirt is a complete joke and a waste of a season eligibility.

Jim Erickson 6 years, 11 months ago

If Cozart doesn't have a major role the rest of the year, burning his red shirt was a mistake. What is the benefit to having a guy use an entire year of eligibility with a small role? Burning Reesing's red shirt (before barely using him the rest of the year) was one of the biggest mistakes this program has made!

Robert Brown 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree 100%. The situation with Reesing was a little different as I think Kerry Meier was injured. There were other options but Mangino opted for Reesing. At that point, Mangino's job was on the line. KU was about to go 3-6 after a bowl season the prior year. That said, Meier came back and started the remaining games and Reesing was hardly used the rest if the year. Imagine if Reesing had another year of eligibility. He would probably be in Top 10 passing leader in NCAA history and the transition from Mangino would have been a lot easier than with Jordan Webb.

Chandler Accipiter 6 years, 11 months ago

Sizemore should get a gameball or at least a 1/4 of Sims'. You could even give one to whoever the offensive wizard was that figured out an extra blocker at the point of attack would probably be a good thing.

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