1 - Fish Smithson: Strip-sack and fumble recovery that preceded the game’s first touchdown. Was out of position on OSU’s final touchdown, but overall had a productive day with 16 tackles, 14 solos.
2 - Ke’aun Kinner: Lost a fumble and team’s momentum went with it, but other than that looked as good as he ever has, rushing for 145 yards on 14 carries.
3 - Daniel Wise: He commands a lot of attention from the offensive line and still manages to get into the backfield. Had four tackles, a sack and a quarterback hurry.
4 - Dorance Armstrong: Two of his four tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack, his seventh of the year.
5 - LaQuvionte Gonzalez: Cost offense 27 yards of field position in second quarter when he picked up a kickoff, instead of letting the football dribble out of bounds. Also didn’t quite adjust to a pass perfeclty and it bounced off his hands and into the hands of an Oklahoma State defender. But he also showed off his tremendous speed on a 68-yard touchdown on a fly pattern. Caught six passes for 106 yards.
6 - Steven Sims: Sometimes getting stronger results in an athlete gaining speed and that has been the case with Sims, who burned his way to 90 yards on nine receptions and is having a very productive sophomore season.
7 - DeeIsaac Davis: Exploded off the line of scrimmage for one of KU’s five sacks and had five tackles. Good player.
8 - Mike Lee: Hard hitter had nine solo tackles and a pass break-up in the end zone when he rocked the target into letting go of the football.
9 - Joe Gibson: Had some nice down-field blocks and led an offensive line that had its best performance of the season before he left game with an injury.
10 - Montell Cozart: Benched for two games while Ryan Willis took his turn at trying to juice the stagnant Kansas offense, Cozart did more good things than bad in his return to the lineup. Had the hot hand early and cooled down, finishing with 24 completions on 40 passes for 250 yards. Head coach David Beaty said his two interceptions were not his fault. Might be over habit of overthrowing long passes.
Dorance Armstrong - 43
Steven Sims Jr. – 37
LaQuvionte Gonzalez – 34
Fish Smithson - 29
Marcquis Roberts - 26
Daniel Wise – 26
Courtney Arnick – 20
Khalil Herbert - 19
Damani Mosby – 15
Ke'aun Kinner - 15
Keith Loneker Jr. - 13
Montell Cozart – 13
Bazie Bates IV – 10
Cameron Rosser - 10
Ben Johnson - 9
Brandon Stewart - 9
Ryan Willis – 6
Jeremiah Booker - 6
Mike Lee - 5
Tevin Shaw - 5
DeeIsaac Davis - 5
Joe Dineen Jr. - 5
Tyler Patrick – 4
Shakiem Barbel - 4
Isaiah Bean - 3
Cameron Rosser - 3
Greg Allen - 2
Osaze Ogebor - 2
Joe Gibson - 2
Cole Moos - 1
Joe Gibson -1
Taylor Martin - 1
Chevy Graham – 1
Matthew Wyman - 1
1 - Dorance Armstrong: Had an 8-yard sack and four tackles. Always competes hard and has the talent to play against anybody.
2 - Khalil Herbert: Rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown. If enough blockers can mature during his career, he’ll gain many yards for Kansas. Knows how to bounce off tacklers and keep moving.
3 - Fish Smithson: Forced a fumble and had eight tackles.
4 - Marcquis Roberts: Credited with two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and five tackles. Smart, gritty performer every week, aches and pains notwithstanding.
5 - Jeremiah Booker: Laid out for an impressive catch and 22-yard gain.
6 - Steven Sims: Caught two passes for 40 yards.
7 - Courtney Arnick: Had six tackles and a pass breakup.
8 - Tevin Shaw: Active and quick to the ball, he had five tackles.
9 - Mike Lee: Had eight tackles, one for a loss.
10 - DeeIsaac Davis: In on five tackles, including one in the backfield.
1 - Cameron Rosser: Playing the hybrid linebacker/defensive end position, sometimes spying quarterback Ken Hill, the former walk-on applied relentless pressure and made four tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 16 yards in losses, nine coming on a pair of sacks of Hill.
2 - Brandon Stewart: Picked off two passes and broke up another. As cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry predicted when he recruited him, Stewart is a much better senior than junior.
“He’s starting to get healthy,” head coach David Beaty said. “He looked like a real guy out there today.”
3 - LaQuvionte Gonzalez: Uses excellent speed to get open, great agility to react to throws and uses sharp cuts to gain yards after the catch. He caught eight passes for 131 yards.
4 - Dorance Armstrong: Team’s best player had his hand in everything yet again. He was the first player impressed TCU coach Gary Patterson found afterward for a handshake. Armstrong was creditd with a sack, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. He moves more like a safety than a defensive end.
5 - Keith Loneker Jr: Starting in place of injured Marcquis Roberts at linebacker, Loneker looked pretty much the same as when he was wearing uniforms belonging to Free State and Baker University, which is to say all over the field making plays and making them hurt the player with the football. Playing football for Kansas means a lot to Kansas natives and it shows.
Broke up two passes and was in on seven tackles, one for a loss.
6 - Courtney Arnick: His photo was on the program and his name was all over the loudspeaker. Two of the nine tackles he was in on were for losses.
7 - Shakeim Barbel: Former walk-on had nine receptions for 94 yards, one for 32 yards.
8 - Steven Sims: Targeted 10 times, he made nine catches for 101 yards, many coming against strong coverage.
9 - Greg Allen: Patiently looked for openings and used them to return an interception 20 yards to the TCU 25.
10 - Taylor Martin: Went off script on a run near the goal line and it backfired badly, but showed quick bursts often enough to rush for 62 yards and a touchdown and had a touchdown reception that was nullified by a holding penalty on the other side of the field. Encouraging performance.
1. Dorance Armstrong – Had two first-half sacks and a third was nullified by teammate's penalty. He’s fast, really fast.
2. Ben Johnson – Knows how to get open. Had five receptions for 86 yards.
3. Fish Smithson – Timed his leap perfectly to come down with interception and mixed in five tackles.
4. Keith Loneker – Put Kansas on the board with a safety and dropped an interception he might have turned into six points. Plays with a lot of fire.
5. Marcquis Roberts – The box score shows he was in on five tackles, including 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage. What it doesn’t show is how much he must inspire teammates who watch him limp off the field after every game, his body screaming after another solid effort in which he gets the most out of his ability because he’s such a smart driven football player.
6. Damani Mosby – Quietly having a strong senior year, he made two tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
7. Steven Sims – Had six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.
8. Cameron Rosser – Put heat on the quarterbacks all night and had three tackles, one sack.
9. Courtney Arnick – Five tackles, one for a loss.
10. Joe Gibson – Returned to the lineup after an injury and the snaps were true.
1. Khalil Herbert – His first reception out of the backfield went for 35 yards. He followed that a while later with a 66-yard touchdown run down the left sideline, showing serious speed.
2. Dorance Armstrong – As fast as advertised, Armstrong had an active first half. Two of his three tackles for loss were sacks.
3. Damani Mosby – Made an impact early with sack, forced fumble and quarterback hurry.
4. Marcquis Roberts – He broke up a pass and had five tackles, four solo, two behind the line of scrimmage.
5. Ke'aun Kinner – Blocks were in short supply and he still managed to rush for 49 yards on 12 carries. He also gained 30 yards on two receptions.
6. LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Ball doesn’t have to be thrown right to him for him to come away with a catch. He went up high for one of his six catches that totaled 44 yards.
7. Courtney Arnick – Joe Dineen was lost for the game with a leg injury on the first series of the day and Arnick subbed with four tackles.
8. Isiah Bean – Fast, undersized true freshman defensive end picked up a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
9. Osaze Ogbebor – Linebacker totaled four solo tackles.
10. Cole Moos – Averaged 46 yards on seven punts.
1. Steven Sims Jr. – Two games into the season, Sims has nine receptions, for four touchdowns, and is averaging 26.4 yards per catch. His second of two TD catches Saturday was a spectacular one on which he was closely covered near the left boundary of the end zone. He caught it inches from the ground and hug onto it, a score that held up against a review. Sims did not show that same laser focus when he stepped out of the white box that separates the field from the sideline and into the end zone to celebrate LaQuvionte Gonzalez’s touchdown. He was flagged for 15 yards.
2. Daniel Wise – Defensive tackle did a strong job of getting into the backfield to record a team-high four tackles for loss. He also batted down a pass and finished with seven tackles, six of the solo variety.
3. LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Put Kansas on the board with a 99-yard kickoff return that made the score 28-7 and sparked a mini-comeback. Also caught five passes for 45 yards and was badly overthrown after getting behind the secondary, setting himself up for what would have been an easy score had the throw hit him in stride.
4. Bazie Bates IV– Punched a touchdown out of Ohio receiver Jordan Reid’s hands, shrinking a seven-point play to three when the Bobcats had to settle for a field goal. In his second consecutive strong game, the safety had nine solo tackles and 11 overall.
5. Marcquis Roberts – Active in his return after missing the first game of the season. Had 10 tackles, nine of them solo and two for a loss and also deflected a pass.
6. Joe Dineen Jr. – The Local Boy had 10 tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage, and a quarterback hurry. Has a nose for the ball and the speed to get where he wants to go.
7. Montell Cozart – Went into the locker room at halftime in the midst of a really bad day and emerged from it on fire. KU’s only first-half first down came by way of a penalty and the offense had just 21 total yards. His worst play of the half came when he badly overthrew a wide-open Gonzalez, burning a sure six points. Proving he has the “next-play,” approach down, Cozart completed 11 of 15 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. He threw 244 passes and was not intercepted. Running toward the sideline on a third-down play early in the fourth quarter, Cozart was smoked badly and was not able to return to the game.
8. Fish Smithson – Had a big interception in the end zone and broke up two passes, but he also was flagged 15 yards for a facemask penalty.
9. Tevin Shaw – Had two tackles for loss and broke up three passes. Also missed a tackle that led to a big gain and was flagged for pass interference
10. Matthew Wyman – Strong foot. Averaged 65.6 yards on five kickoffs, including one after a safety that all the way into the end zone over the heads of the return men.
1. Steven Sims Jr. – The sophomore receiver showed off his speed in a big way in this one, leading Kansas with 124 yards receiving to go along with five receptions and two touchdowns. Sims also was the second most targeted Jayhawk in the game.
2. Daniel Wise – Led the team in tackles with five (including four solo) and was a monster early on when the Kansas defense set the tone. Also added two QB hurries and played a major role in one KU takeaway.
3. Montell Cozart – If not for one bad decision, which Cozart said he regretted the minute he let the ball go, the junior quarterback probably would’ve been No. 1 in these rankings. He finished 18-of-25 for 199 yards and 3 TDs and looked crisp, confident and in complete control most of the night.
4. LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Showed up early and finished as KU’s leading receiver with seven receptions on nine targets. Finished with 78 yards and one touchdown that showed off his athleticism, coming back to an under-thrown ball and plucking it away from a defender.
5. Ryan Willis – Rotating with Cozart, Willis also had a good night, firing quick, crisp passes that found the right hands 7 of 9 times. Finished with 144 yards and 2 TDs.
6. Courtney Arnick – Senior linebacker filled up the stat sheet with four tackles (3 solo), KU’s lone sack and one pass break-up.
7. Tyler Patrick – Somewhat quietly finished with 51 yards and a touchdown on five receptions while being targeted six times. Patrick continues to show steady progress and sure hands, which make him one of the most reliable wideouts on this roster.
8. Bazie Bates IV – Four tackles, one for loss, one pass break-up and one all-instinct-and-athleticism interception made for a great night for a player who struggled early last season but came on late and appears to have picked up right where he left off.
9. Damani Mosby – Senior defensive end poked knocked a ball loose to give Kansas its second takeaway of the night. Also added 2 solo tackles.
10. Chevy Graham – Graham’s fumble recovery following a punt on KU’s first offensive possession sparked the rout. Also recorded a pass break-up.
1 - Devonté Graham: Led team with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Made 5 of 9 three-pointers and the rest of the team made 1 of 13. Villanova did a terrific job of taking away KU’s favorite ways of feeding Ellis and Graham did not have any assists and had three turnovers.
2 - Landen Lucas: Had to play 35 minutes because when he sat Villanova immediately fed Daniel Ochefu for easy buckets. As always, Lucas dominated the defensive boards, picking up 11 of his 12 at that end. Made 3 of 3 field goals and had two assists.
3 - Frank Mason III: Played all 40 minutes and scored five points in a 12-second stretch of the final half-minute. Pump-faked Ryan Arcidiacono into the air and hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left and contorted his body for a layup with 15 seconds left to pull Kansas within one. Finished with 16 points.
4 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Had 16 points but went 0 for 6 from three and tended to be long with his shot.
5 - Perry Ellis: Made 1 of 5 shots, scored a season-low four points and turned it over four times.
6 - Carlton Bragg: Had a nice post feed to Landen Lucas, turned it over once and did not take a shot or get a rebound.
7 - Jamari Traylor: Scoreless with two fouls and a turnover in five minutes. Gave up buckets to Ochefu on consecutive possessions in the first half and quickly was taken out.
8 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Missed his only shot, a three-pointer from the left corner, and committed a foul during his scoreless seven-minute stretch.
Perry Ellis — 325
Frank Mason III — 314
Wayne Selden Jr. — 297
Devonté Graham — 292
Landen Lucas — 212
Jamari Traylor — 187
Carlton Bragg — 162
Svi Mykhailiuk — 159
Brannen Greene — 144
Cheick Diallo — 102
Hunter Mickelson — 90
Lagerald Vick — 32
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1 - Perry Ellis: Virtuoso performance from the scoring artist. Ellis scored 27 points without the benefit of a three-pointer. Made 10 of 17 field goals and 7 of 7 free throws. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon could not blame his players for not following the scouting report. They knew to play him to go right. He went right. And they couldn’t stop him. He blows by defenders so well on the dribble that when he faces up and jab-steps them, they have to take the fake When they do, he creates space for himself, focuses on the rim and nails the jumper. He’s performing like a first-team All-American and has scored 20 points or more in 7 of 8 games down the stretch.
2 - Wayne Selden: One nasty competitor, Selden rattled in a huge three from the left corner to give KU a lead late in the first half and followed a three with a transition bucket to put the Jayhawks up 50-43 with 16:12 left. Maryland never drew closer than six points the rest of the way. Selden certainly has a way of coming through at times and in ways that turn the momentum of a game. He’s a clutch performer.
3 - Landen Lucas: He produced 14 points and 11 rebounds and held freshman sensation Diamond Stone to five points and four boards. Lucas’ physical presence under the boards, on defense and setting screens has enabled Ellis to play the best basketball of his career, freeing the creative scorer to do his thing.
4 - Frank Mason: Got off to a rough start and made just 1 of 6 shots with one assist and one turnover in the first half, but had a much better second half and finished with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, one turnover and two steals. Made Melo Trimble work hard for his 17 points and at times did a nice job of controlling the pace of play.
5 - Devonte Graham: Rough night for the sophomore spark plug who was due to have a bad one. It had been a while. Lost control of the ball on his way to five turnovers and scored just two points. Too good a player not to bounce back with a strong effort Saturday.
6 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Had an aggressive drive to the hoop for a bucket and made 2 of 3 free throws, contributing four points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.
7 - Carlton Bragg: Looked a little nervous early but his hustle paid off with eight rebounds in 10 scoreless minutes on 0-for-4 shooting.
8 - Jamari Traylor: After making big contributions in both games in Des Moines, it was not his strongest effort. Did make a 15-footer, but was 1 for 4 from the field, committed four fouls and didn’t pick up a rebound in 10 minutes.
Perry Ellis — 321
Frank Mason III — 308
Wayne Selden Jr. — 292
Devonté Graham — 284
Landen Lucas — 205
Jamari Traylor — 185
Carlton Bragg — 159
Svi Mykhailiuk — 158
Brannen Greene — 144
Cheick Diallo — 102
Hunter Mickelson — 90
Lagerald Vick — 32
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1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Devonté Graham stole the ball at mid-court and a Kansas fan seated in the front row immediately said, “Lob to Selden.” Sure enough, bam! But there was no way of knowing that Graham would throw it up that high and Selden would punish the rim that much. Selden defended well and contributed 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot to the cause.
2 - Perry Ellis: He repeatedly was the tonic for scoring droughts and scored in such a wide variety of ways. His pet moves, even though scouted well, can be impossible to stop. For example, when he drives left, he likes to spin to the middle, but does it so quickly that even the defender who knows it’s coming can’t keep up. His jumper was on from every distance, enabling him to make 9 of 12 field goals, including 2 of 3 three-point shots. Finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
3 - Landen Lucas: Blocked UConn’s first shot, a Sterling Gibbs drive, to let the Huskies know right off the bat that points in the paint would not come easily. One of the nation’s most improved players finished with six points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and a steal. In the first half, he had almost as many rebounds (eight) as the entire UConn team (11).
4 - Devonté Graham: Made 2 of 5 three-pointers on the way to 13 points, five rebounds and a huge steal he turned into a lob for Selden.
5 - Frank Mason III: Rough shooting night (1 for 8), but he mixed it up and chased down five rebounds and made 5 of 5 free throws.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Had three blocked shots, including one heard ’round the world, a line drive that whistled out of bounds. Definitely energizes team on the defensive end.
7 - Carlton Bragg: Went after offensive rebounds hard during his four minutes. Missed a put-back, retrieved his own miss and put it off the glass and in for a bucket.
8 - Brannen Greene: Scoreless in nine minutes with one rebound, he did not attempt any shots.
9 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scoreless in six minutes, he missed his only shot, had a turnover and made 1 of 2 free throws.
Perry Ellis — 313
Frank Mason III — 303
Wayne Selden Jr. — 285
Devonté Graham — 280
Landen Lucas — 199
Jamari Traylor — 184
Carlton Bragg — 157
Svi Mykhailiuk — 155
Brannen Greene — 144
Cheick Diallo — 102
Hunter Mickelson — 90
Lagerald Vick — 32
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