Saturday, September 6, 2014


Column: Kansas needs to (pick your verb) SEMO


Excuse me while I rub the rust off the collection of verbs sportswriters use when the football teams they cover score one-sided victories: drub, shellack, abuse, whip, dominate, annihilate, obliterate, crush, gut, destroy, school, own, bully, massacre, demolish, violate, blast, smoke, torch, fry, waste.

The words are polished and ready to go in the event Kansas University scores its first drubbing, shellacking, etc., since trouncing Duke, 44-16, Sept. 19, 2009, in Memorial Stadium.

If the Jayhawks do in fact ravage Southeast Missouri State tonight, the countdown toward bowl-eligibility can start without everybody in sight laughing. KU must double its victory total from last season to reach the required six.

For that to happen, several seniors must have career years, and the sophomore quarterback must greatly exceed expectations. That precise formula resulted in the 2007 KU football team doubling its win total from the previous season by going 12-1 with an Orange Bowl title. Mark Mangino was in his sixth year and went from six to 12 victories. Charlie Weis is in his third season and would be a candidate for Big 12 Coach of the Year honors if he could go from three to six victories.

KU put four players on the All-Big 12 first team in 2007: left tackle Anthony Collins, defensive tackle James McClinton, middle linebacker Joe Mortensen and cornerback Aqib Talib. Four players made the second team: receiver Marcus Henry, return man Marcus Herford and quarterback Todd Reesing. Five players earned honorable mention: center Ryan Cantrell, outside linebacker James Holt, right tackle Cesar Rodriguez, safety Darrell Stuckey, kicker Scott Webb.

Reesing, first-team All-Americans Talib and Collins and second-team All-American McClinton all drew so much of the opponents’ attention they made those around them better.

This year’s team isn’t without legitimate candidates for first-team All-Big 12 honors. In order of their chances of earning such distinction, middle linebacker Ben Heeney, cornerback Dexter McDonald, slot receiver Nick Harwell, defensive lineman Keon Stowers and buck Michael Reynolds all have senior urgency fueling them.

Two more senior starters on defense makes six, and six more on offense makes seven. It can’t possibly be anything but a good thing that Kansas has 13 seniors among its 22 starters.

“From Day One, we’ve been trying to go back out there to shock the world,” senior receiver Tony Pierson said.

Earning a bowl bid would accomplish that goal.


Joe Ross 5 years, 5 months ago


"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and cannot fly into flying."

David A. Smith 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, but one does not stand or walk when leaving the starting blocks. Ok, ok...point taken- they have to excel in the little things that make you successful.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 5 months ago

As I recall, Kansas scored shellackings of New Mexico State 42-16 in 2010 and McNeese State 42-24 in 2011.

Matt Tait 5 years, 5 months ago

You're a little off. 2010 was the 6-3 North Dakota State debacle. Can't blame you for forgetting that one.

You're right on the McNeese game in 2011, but an 18-point win and giving up 24 points to that team should have registered as signs of trouble.

Tonight should be interesting for a lot of reasons.

Jay Beakum 5 years, 5 months ago

I've been preaching this for awhile, but notice we had three, 2-star OLinemen with all-conference accolades on that team.

Reagan has more talent to work with this year, and I predict he gets at least two his first year back. Ngalu and either Martin or Smithburg.

Jay Beakum 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh yeah.

"Finding SEMO! Kansas buries Redhawks 70-6!"

Jay Beakum 5 years, 5 months ago

Also add Ngalu Fusimalohi, Jacorey Shepherd, Cash Sendish, Tony Pierson, Jimmay Mundine, Trevor Pardula and Mike Smithburg to that list of seniors with a chance to be all-conference this year.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 5 months ago

Dominate. From the opening kick off until the final whistle, this needs to be. Domination. Momentum can build quick with a dominant performance no matter the opponent. A slow start, close win of any kind then excuses and doubts creep in. We keep getting better as the game goes on with no doubt the game is over by half.

Jeremy D. Morris 5 years, 5 months ago

Kansas fans "SEMO" Jayhawk points in opener than almost all of last year. KU 62 - SEMO 10

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 5 months ago

Ha! This made me laugh out loud ... Nice man

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 5 months ago

KU needs to "execute" against SEMO.

Tonight is the first game KU is running its new offense. There will issues that pop up with the offense that can't be game planned for. Use this game to work out those kinks and keep the game plan as simple as possible. .Get the execution of the base packages as close to perfect as possible before adding new wrinkles into the game plan. Don't show Duke any more than necessary with the new offense.

The defense should be light years ahead of the offense because this is the 3rd year running basically the same defense and because there are 9 starters back. There aren't many wrinkles to the defense that aren't already on film so I would expect to see the defensive playbook opened more than the offensive playbook.

I think just because we'll see the offense be a little more conservative tonight, the score won't be as high as some are calling for. I'll say KU wins this one 41-7.

Gregor Southard 5 years, 5 months ago

Hey Joe! Hopefully, last year they learned to walk by going from 1 win to 3. They opened last year by escaping an inferior opponent. They need to "blast rather an "outlast" SEMO tonight to have confidence moving forward.

Titus Canby 5 years, 5 months ago

Let's hope our offense finds some seams in the SEMO defense.

Titus Canby 5 years, 5 months ago

See MOntell Cozart throw for 350 yards against overmatched SEMO.

Doug Cramer 5 years, 5 months ago

Our defense will have their hands full with SEMO.

SEMO will put up some points...but the question effective will our offense be ?

Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

Looking into the future a bit, did you see the spanking Central Michigan put on Purdue?

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