One thing Kansas football roster has is experience


Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji runs through warmups on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the grass fields adjacent to Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji runs through warmups on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the grass fields adjacent to Hoglund Ballpark. by Nick Krug

Provided that the mental gains achieved through repetition and physical gains acquired via natural growth and weight-room work outpace the wear and tear on the body that comes with increased exposure to hits and injuries, it’s generally safe to assume that experience makes a football player better.

In that regard, Kansas should be able to field a more competitive football team than it did a year ago, when they Jayhawks went 1-11 and were outscored by opponents by an average score of 43.4-18.7. In conference play, the disparity (46.4-14.3) was even worse.

The obvious question: Why is it a good thing that so many players return from a squad that was so overmatched, week in and week out?

Fair question, but the fact is it’s better than if the Jayhawks had to replace most of the roster. If nothing else, it gives Kansas experienced depth. Several recruits from junior college will compete for starting spots, so having so many players back gives the coaching staff options.

Since 11 players start on offense and 11 on defense every game and there were 12 games, that’s 264 starts for the season. Players on this coming season’s roster accounted for 210 starts and 54 were made by players who won’t participate this coming season. So, 80 percent of the starts are back.

A look at the players who made starts last season who are not back:

Player Position 2017 starts
Dorance Armstrong DE 12
Mesa Ribordy C 10
Ben Johnson TE 9
Josh Ehambe DE 5
Zach Hannon OL 4
Chase Harrell WR 4
Derrick Neal DB 4
Jayson Rhodes OL 3
Isaiah Bean DE 2
Jacky Dezir DT 1


[''] 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Also excited to see WR Daylon Charlot get maximum reps and exposure.

Kenny George 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Tom, do you have information on Josh Ehambe and why he isn't with the team anymore? Thought he had another year to go.

Mike Bennett 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I love college football. I plan my Saturdays around games. However, I just can't get excited about this team or program. I just don't see competitive talent starting with the trenches. I do not see competitive coaching and I haven't seen significant player development in years.

Chris DeWeese 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I think your point about player development is definitely one of the keys to the success of this program. I agree that very few players seem to show any kind of improvement incrementally from year to year. Most seem to show up with more of the same. Perhaps that's a testament to the talent level this program is able to attract. Their ceiling is just too low when compared with the rest of the B12.

John Brazelton 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Any time a majority of your #1's and #2's are made of seniors and juniors, with a few sophomores and freshmen thrown in, your team has a much better chance of winning some football games. How many games they win, will be the big question. The big downfall in football recruiting by the current and last two KU football coaches has been offensive linemen. The high school offensive linemen that KU recruits are usually underweight and undersized when compared with the rest of the Big 12. They usually require at least two years in the weight room and practice field to get up to speed with rest of the Big 12. When they play too soon, they end up like Mesa and several others either having to retire too soon or having surgery to repair injuries.

[''] 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Yep - you can't coach depth/experience -- but then again it appears this coaching staff can't coach much of anything....

Jeff Coffman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

So Baylor starting Freshman last year at our home with less experience than our Juniors. I do believe experience and "REPS" help better our team. I must say I hate every year under Beaty he sits there with three QBs clocking each rep and each QB has similar results and he just keeps plugging to figure out which one to use. Pick one and give him the REPS with the ones. If you listen to any great QB they don't let any of the backups have any Reps why...because they know its important. Peyton, Brady, Aaron, all take every rep in practice...are they going to lose their spot...definitely not, but they no practice gets you to where you want to be.

Even with all of these players, the players will split time in practice and won't have the reps to improve...hence zero player development under Beaty.

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

A comment like zero player development is just selfabsorbed ignorance that can't see past your own arguments. Coach Beaty inherited a roster with zero players receiving postseason awards. In 3 years he developed a roster and 5 individual players receiving postseason awards. The results were not good enough (Ws) and you might be right about practice but the no player development rant is just nonsense.

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