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KU football MVP Countdown: No. 10, Evan Fairs

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Kansas wide receiver Evan Fairs (19) has a pass in the end zone knocked away by Texas Tech defensive back D.J. Polite-Bray (3) and Texas Tech defensive back Octavious Morgan (5) during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Evan Fairs (19) has a pass in the end zone knocked away by Texas Tech defensive back D.J. Polite-Bray (3) and Texas Tech defensive back Octavious Morgan (5) during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

If the Kansas offense is going to sizzle in a way it hasn’t in several years, better blocking will need to be there, of course. But that’s not the only area that needs to improve.

The Jayhawks need a receiver to have a breakout year so that Steven Sims isn’t the only consistent target for the quarterback.

Evan Fairs, son of former Houston Oilers linebacker Eric Fairs, is best equipped to become that guy.

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he’s a big target and should be a good blocker as well. Fairs ranked third on the team in receptions last season behind Sims and graduated tight end Ben Johnson with 24 receptions. Fairs averaged 13.96 yards per reception and scored one touchdown.

He made bringing more consistency to practice daily his goal after coaches let him know he wasn’t cutting it in that regard and feedback on his progress in that area has been good. Fairs showed flashes last season. Now he needs to show consistency and improve a great deal on last season’s production (24 receptions, 13.96 average, one touchdown).

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