Springer earns top Keegan honor for second straight week


1. Justin Springer: He’s everything a team would like in a somewhat undersized middle linebacker. He’s quick, tough, strong, relentless. Had seven solo tackles and eight assists and just about every one of those tackles left a bruise.
2. James Sims: Became the first freshman to rush for 100 yards in his debut. Had 101 yards on 17 carries and showed excellent vision and power.

3. Daymond Patterson: His quickness, drive, balance, and flashiness all were on display during his 32-yard touchdown reception. For the day, he totaled seven catches, 85 yards and one penalty for diving into the end zone.

4. Jordan Webb: Injury-slowed RT Brad Thorson had a tough time keeping his man off Webb’s back, but Webb, a redshirt freshman making his first start still had a big day and showed a lot of fire. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

5. Steven Johnson: Showed a lot of quickness and toughness in making five solo tackles and six assists.

6. Keeston Terry: What an open-field tackler this guy is and he tackles with such authority he’ll force a lot of fumbles in his career, such as Saturday’s. Great future.

7. Bradley McDougald: Scored the first touchdown and other than a couple drops had a big day, catching five passes for 44 yards.

8. Alonso Rojas: Nailed two punts inside the 20 and still averaged 43.4 yards on his five kicks.

9. Jeremiah Hatch: Started at center, which was one factor in the offensive line performing so much better.

10. Angus Quigley: Rushed for 46 yards on eight carries. Possible future of the KU run game: Sims at running back, Quigley at fullback.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Justin Springer (20 points)
2. Daymond Patterson (17 points)
3. Steven Johnson (14 points)
4. Keeston Terry (10 points)
5. James Sims (9 points)
T6. Jordan Webb (7 points)
T6. Chris Harris (7 points)
8. D.J. Beshears (6 points)
T9. Isiah Barfield (4 points)
T9. Bradley McDougald (4 points)
T11. Richard Johnson (3 points)
T11. Alonso Rojas (3 points)
T13. Olaitan Oguntodu (2 points)
T13. Jeremiah Hatch (2 points)
T15. Jake Laptad (1 point)
T15. Angus Quigley (1 point)


treidy 9 years, 5 months ago

How about Sal Capra giving Webb ALL day to throw and making holes the size of Texas for our running game?

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 5 months ago

I could not see the game out here but I saw the highlights and the dive by Patterson. I cannot believe that was called as a celebration penalty. Looked like it was just an aggressive move to make sure he got it over the line.

lv_jhwk 9 years, 5 months ago

It wasn't the dive so much as the barrel roll that was part of it.

Pbbut 9 years, 5 months ago

I wonder what Springer might look like if he had not lost so much playing time and practice time with injuries. Also, it looks to me that we are in pretty good shape at safety for the future with Keeston Terry and Lubbock Smith.

KU_FanSince75 9 years, 5 months ago

James Sims was running over people---the #15th ranked team in the Land. He was awesome! A true freshman. I like his Buckwheat hairdo, btw!

DallasHawk 9 years, 5 months ago

9. Lubbock Smith is #1. Download and print a roster. Totally worth it.

eastcoasthawk 9 years, 5 months ago

Agree with dagger but I would drop Quigley and put Coach Torbush up there. He got our guys prepared against one of the toughest offenses to beat in a week. I've been watching Paul Johnson's offense beat better teams since he landed the Navy job. Not many teams that have been successful in putting their offense in a position to win against them.

Daymond could have had 2 penalties for diving in the end zone if he had kept his eye on the ball.

Michael Wattai 9 years, 5 months ago

What about Lubbock Smith's open field tackling on the outside? Awesome!

hawk316 9 years, 5 months ago

I was thinking the same thing, mwattai. I actually wonder if Keegan mistook Smith for Terry on some tackles. Lubbock made one solo, open-field tackle after another and deserves to be on this list. But lets face it, this was a tremendous team effort with many "stars." Hard to pick just ten. Oh, it feels so good to say that!

jayhawk2244 9 years, 5 months ago

Keegan - I don't know why you are always so big on Hatch (last year and this year). You're obviously not watching the games. Sal Capra is the best lineman that we have - he was opening holes all day for the running game (remember the long run before halftime yesterday), and is always solid in protecting the QB in the passing game as well. Please actually watch the line next week if you are going to rank them so that you can make the correct rankings.

hawk316 9 years, 5 months ago

Was anyone else wondering what Daymond Patterson could have done for us last year on offense? Although it probably worked out for the best, in the sense that his experience playing defensive back gave him a helpful perspective when he returned to the offense, still that particular Mangino move might not have been his best. (And granted, some of his other moves did benefit players and the team).

Damian Glaze 9 years, 5 months ago

No, but I was wondering what he could have done for this game had he squeezed that pass on that slant route. He would have gained at least 20 yards and had a chance to take it to the house. He made up for it in the end but I damn near cried when that one slipped his hands. He's the best offensive weapon we have so I'm not sweating a minor blip from him once in a while.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 5 months ago

Glad to see Rojas mentioned here. The Tech punter only averaged 28 yds per punt over four punts. That had to be a huge factor in field position. After watching the link below, I see why Springer is getting the love. Wow. That kind of play becomes infectious with the other players. The D will be getting better and better.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 5 months ago

Great debuts for Webb and Sims. Wow, hard to believe we have them both for four more years. Keep working hard guys. You never "arrive" if you stop. But you will sure enjoy the journey. So will we.

gardenjay 9 years, 5 months ago

Just on paper, our punter is one reason we won the game while not gaining as many yards.

I kind of think the Keegan ratings are unproductive, you will always leave out heart and soul doing this type of thing with so many people involved.

A better way might be to go through all the players and coaches - make positive comments about their contributions for the game, and the ones that grow into paragraphs, well, that's an acceptable 'ranking' in its own right.

dervish 9 years, 5 months ago

Loved the intensity on defense, how many fumbles that went out of bounds did we force? I counted 4.

Damian Glaze 9 years, 5 months ago

As far as I'm concerned McDougald's starting slot should be up for grabs. I think he has a ton of talent and speed; but his focus is lacking. He had a few missteps in the game that are mainly due to lack of concentration. No need to punish him; just make him earn his spot back. They also need to work with him on using his hands more instead of trying to catch everything with his body. Jonathan Wilson has good hands, so I would like to see him in the mix more. If our skill players can minimize the drops and the basic mental lapses the offense will consistently put up four touchdowns.

KGphoto 9 years, 5 months ago

Not bad Tom Chong Keegan. On your rankings here, and on that incredible blunt you chuffed into a billowing inferno. My god, you can't have much longer to live.

However your stats on McDougald are incorrect. He had one drop and one perfect volley into the hands of a GTech defender. Menos Puntos. He's off the list.

Angus Quigley averaged the same yards as James Sims and put a slobber-knocker hit on a Tech defender at the end of his "look what I found, a big hole!", run up the middle for 15 or 20 yards. He slides up a few spots.

Keep puffing Tommy.

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