One more reason to start Carter Stanley vs. OSU
Carter Stanley's mobility is his biggest advantage over fellow Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender, so it stands to reason that Stanley will play the majority of the snaps, if not all of them, given KU's opponent Saturday at its homecoming game.
Oklahoma State leads the nation with 19 sacks, three more than Alabama, Boston College and Clemson, all tied for second.
Defensive end Jordan Brailford, a preseason first-time All-Big 12 selection, leads the conference with four sacks. Jarrell Owens, the Cowboys' other D-end, is tied for second in the conference with three sacks.
Only 30 schools have allowed more than the 2.75 sacks per game that Kansas has given up, so the Oklahoma State pass rush vs. the Kansas pass protection shapes up as the biggest mismatch going into the game.
Stanley also can be used with more scripted runs than Bender.
Also, an examination of the two quarterbacks' passing numbers vs. Big 12 competition only reveals Stanley with better ones in all categories except touchdowns per throw. Bender has thrown one TD for every 36 throws, Stanley one for every 53.9 throws. Stanley has a higher completion percentage (56.7) and yards per attempt (6.0) than Bender (50.7, 4.75) than Bender vs. Big 12 foes.