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Steven Johnson best player of 2011 season, according to ratings

1. Bradley McDougald: Streaked down the left sideline with a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown.

2. Tyler Patmon: Returned an interception 42 yards, broke up a pass and made four tackles.

3. Greg Brown: Returned an interception 20 yards. Also was burned for a 53-yard touchdown, but that came on a broken-coverage play.

4. Toben Opurum: Got into backfield to hurry quarterback James Franklin. Had a sack, a forced fumble and three tackles.

5. Tony Pierson: Picked up 33 yards rushing and 31 receiving yards. His role will expand in future years and he’ll become a very valuable player.

6. Steven Johnson: Had 10 solo tackles.

7. Christian Matthews: The offense looked best when Matthews was running it out of the wildcat formation. Completed his only pass for a 12-yard gain and rushed for 31 yards.

8. Isaac Wright: Moved well at linebacker and picked up six tackles.

9. Victor Simmons: True freshman safety contributed five solo tackles.

10. Keba Agostinho: Looked more active than usual and was credited with being in on five tackles.

The Keegan Ratings: Final Standings
1. Steven Johnson (55 points)
2. James Sims (47 points)
3. Tony Pierson (44 points)
T4. Jordan Webb (43 points)
T4. Toben Opurum (43 points)
6. Darrian Miller (40 points)
T7. D.J. Beshears (37 points)
T7. Bradley McDougald (37 points)
9. Keeston Terry (31 points)
10. Tim Biere (30 points)
11. Jeremiah Hatch (27 points)
T12. Tanner Hawkinson (22 points)
T12. Greg Brown (22 points)
T12. Tyler Patmon (22 points)
T15. Kale Pick (21 points)
T15. JaCorey Shepherd (21 points)
T17. Duane Zlatnik (16 points)
T17. Christian Matthews (16 points)
19. Darius Willis (15 points)
20. Brandon Bourbon (12 points)
21. Tunde Bakare (10 points)
22. Jeff Spikes (7 points)
23. Isaac Wright (6 points)
T24. Jimmay Mundine (5 points)
T24. Ron Doherty (5 points)
T26. Trevor Marrongelli (4 points)
T26. Nick Sizemore (4 points)
T26. A.J. Steward (4 points)
T29. Andrew Turzilli (3 points)
T29. Quinn Mecham (3 points)
T29. Victor Simmons (3 points)
32. Marquis Jackson (2 points)
T33. Daymond Patterson (1 point)
T33. Alex Mueller (1 point)
T33. Keba Agostinho (1 point)

Comments

riverdrifter 2 years, 12 months ago

Rearraging the deck furniture on the HMS Titanic. Skip it.

Marc Frey 2 years, 12 months ago

A fomer walkon wins the award and our QB is tied for 4th with a former running back turned DE. Tells a story about the talent we had this year.

milehighhawk 2 years, 12 months ago

And our #17 player is all-conference quality (according to D. Lawrence) - but this speaks more to TK's rankings.

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 12 months ago

Feel bad for Jordan. Clearly the problems of the coaching staff started to wear on him towards the end of the seasons. It's not his fault the entire world knew our run run pass playbook. And dealing with losing every week and the questions and criticism that came from it also took it's toll.

jhox 2 years, 12 months ago

He missed a lot of wide open receivers the second half of the year, so I'm not sold on Webb, but I agree that the coaching staff put him in position to fail. We virtually never passed on first down, by far the easiest down to be successful passing on. Had we passed once in awhile on first down (while the games were still in reach) then the defense would have had to stay honest and we could have run the ball better.

Instead, the weakest offense in the conference had an offensive coordinator who decided that we had the talent to impose our will on the opposing defenses. When we did pass on second down, we always had Lewis in on passing plays. Gee, do you think the other teams defensive coordinators may have made that connection in watching film? Let's see, Lewis is in, must be a passing play. Let's play to defend the pass.

I'm sure I missed a few passes out of the wildcat formation, but I only personally recall once pass all year out of that formation, despite having a guy taking most of those snaps who was recruited as a QB. Don't you think throwing out of that formation once in awhile might have been a good wrinkle?

We were spoiled by our last offensive coordinator...Long has absolutely no feel for play calling and our tendancies were way too obvious. I had a feeling when he was hired that he would not be successful at KU. I recall his OU offenses and even with the best college talent on the planet, his offenses underachieved.

I do feel sorry for Gill in one respect. He had a good defensive coordinator in place in Torbush, only to lose him prior to the season. That really hurt, and probably cost us a couple of wins, and probably cost Gill his job. Still, as the head guy, Gill was as responsible for making adjustments as his coordinators, so it's hard to feel too sorry for him. Especially since he'll be walking out the door with a $6,000,000 parting gift. I know I wouldn't feel too sorry for myself if my boss fired me tomorrow and handed me a $6,000,000 check as I walked out the door.

JhawkalumJB 2 years, 12 months ago

J. Webb seemed to evolve in a negative way this year. He showed some promise at the start of the year. I actually thought that he looked pretty good a few times. As the year progressed and the competition improved he got worse. He locked onto one receiver regularly. He quit making check downs. Took sacks, threw picks. He just started to look bad overall. Yea the O-line didn't give him ample time, but we saw today what happens with a more athletic and mobile QB (Matthews), even with an over-matched O-line.

It seems obvious that the current coaching staff are simply not very good. Hopefully a change is made soon and optimism will return to KU football.

JhawkalumJB 2 years, 12 months ago

JB awards 2011

POY and MVP- Steven Johnson

Offensive ROY- D. Miller

Future star award- B. McDougald

Multi-purpose POY- DJ Beshears

One game wonder award- J. Shepard

Speedster award- T. Pierson

He wasn't always this bad award- J. Webb

AD of year- SZ (Once he hires Leach and therefore directs KU football toward relevance and respectability. Resulting in optimism and hope of competing.)

I soooooooo want KU football to matter!!!! Just do it SZ!!!

jhox 2 years, 12 months ago

I don't know if the QB from Colorado is even on campus, and whether he will be eligible, but from the videos I've seen of him, he would be a perfect Mike Leach spread offense QB. Throw in Miller and Pierson, not to mention Shephard, and we have pretty solid skill position talent on offense. Leach would have something to build a nice offense from. HIre the right defensive coordinator and we could have a decent team next year. Not a great team, but a team that may be able to string together 6 wins and become bowl eligible.

KGphoto 2 years, 12 months ago

Had Matthews been running the team all season, we would've beaten Iowa St., Texas Tech, Baylor and Missouri, putting us at 6-6 and in a bowl.

KU_Alumn_2000 2 years, 12 months ago

Coach Gill partially shot himself in the foot by going with Webb this year. He's a terrible quarterback that really struggles with passing accuracy. He also struggles to make quick decisions on where the ball needs to go. That's a bad combination for a QB. Mecham is a much more accurate passer...and would of been the better choice.

Gill really shot himself in the foot by putting Webb back into the game yesterday after Mathews was moving the offense. Holy cow...I really think coach Gill is a good guy...but his incompetitence as a coach really showed yesterday.

KGphoto 2 years, 12 months ago

Mostly agree, but if he had made the right decision at QB to begin the year he would look like a pretty good coach right now. That's really it. One terrible decision keeping us from what is probably a 6-6 season. I'm hoping we can start running that option with Matthews, Cummings or Berglund next year. I was screaming for it before THIS season. It works in college football.

Get an offensive coordinator with experience running that offense and start one of those three stud QBs next year. It's not rocket science.

KU_Alumn_2000 2 years, 12 months ago

KGphoto - agree with your assessment at QB. But I think our defensive line is so bad...that I'm not sure if a new QB alone gets us to a bowl game. It would sure help though.

KGphoto 2 years, 12 months ago

A QB and an option offense would've kept our defense off the field a little. A QB and an option offense would've won those games I listed, even with a bad D-Line. The D-line played pretty well for stretches late in the season.

Even just a little help from the offense in the second half of the season would've gone a long way toward defensive morale and energy. Those kids on defense needed a reason to believe.

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