Big passing numbers follow Kansas OC Doug Meacham everywhere he goes


Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham works with the receivers during practice on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham works with the receivers during practice on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. by Nick Krug

Doug Meacham comes to Kansas after spending the past four seasons with the title co-offensive coordinator. He spent 2013 at Houston and the next three seasons at TCU.

During that four-year stretch, the offenses with which he worked never finished worst than 29th in the nation in passing.

True, an offensive coordinator is only as good as his quarterback, receivers, offensive line and running backs and Meacham worked with some good ones.

At Houston, true freshman John O'Korn was his quarterback for most of the season. The Cougars finished 26th in the nation with 280.5 yards per game, threw 30 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. The next season, when Meacham was at TCU, O'Korn was replaced as starter in midseason and transferred to Michigan. His performance wasn't as good once Meacham left.

In 2014, Trevone Boykin became one of the nation's most improved players and TCU finished seventh in the nation in passing offense (326.2 yards per game) and the Horned Frogs threw for 37 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions. More of the same in 2015 with Boykin at the controls (eighth in nation, 347.5 passing yards, 39 touchdowns, 15 interceptions).

Last season, the Horned Frogs slipped to 29th (268.2, 18 TDs, 14 picks) with Kenny Hill at quarterback.

Neither Peyton Bender nor Carter Stanley is Trevone Boykin, but the winner of the KU QB competition might be better than Hill.

The Meacham acquisition was a big one and it will start paying off immediately for a Kansas offense that has been embarrassingly bad for several seasons in a row.


David Robinett 1 year ago

Trevone Boykin was not "Trevone Boykin" until Coach Meacham added his touch either.

So maybe Peyton Bender will become "Peyton Manning" er, "Peyton Bender".

John Fitzgerald 1 year ago

If we can get our offense going big things will happen this year. I wasn't impressed with the spring scrimmage so I'm hoping work was done this summer to correct that. We'll find out soon enough!

Michael Maris 1 year ago

If Coach Meacham Offensive schemes and play calling works at Kansas, he won't be in Lawrence, Kansas very long.

But, Coach Beaty appears to have great connections in the coaching ranks. It's not like Coach Likens was Coach Beaty 1st choice for OC. Beaty tried to get the TCU OC in the beginning. He was just turned down on his 1st attempt. #ROCKCHALK

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

I'll be happy if we get above 0 in our passing TD - TO margin. -6 (16 - 22) is just bad, and there's no wonder we struggled. At least we have the 1 QB back who wasn't negative 6 - 6 vs. 7 - 9 and 3 - 7, and I have a feeling the Peyton will be even better as he settles in and gets familiar with everyone.

The challenge may become keeping the O with some semblance of balance so that we don't become TTech of the north.

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