Bradley McDougald earns top Keegan honor


1. Bradley McDougald: Emerging junior safety made his presence felt all over the field. Returned an interception 29 yards, made 11 tackles (10 solo, two for a loss) and forced a fumble. He’s beginning to show why Ohio State recruited him as a safety.

2. D.J. Beshears: Willed his way into the end zone on 22-yard reverse play, made five catches for 45 yards, including one for 20, and returned a punt 12 yards.

3. Toben Opurum: Juked out of a couple of sacks, but did an excellent job of putting pressure on the quarterback and spent plenty of time in the backfield.

4. Tyler Patmon: Did a nice job of keeping a punt from going into the end zone and had seven solo tackles.

5. Keeston Terry: In on eight tackles, seven of the solo variety, Terry has a chance to develop into a big-time player.

6. Greg Brown: Strong coverage helped others to pressure the quarterback and he added eight tackles (six solo) to the cause.

7. Duane Zlatnik: Blocks paved the way for a better performance from the running game that produced 174 yards.

8. Tanner Hawkinson: Needs to get stronger in the offseason, but nimble-footed tackle continues to improve his run-blocking.

9. Darrian Miller: He’s the master at turning a 2-yard play into a 5-yard gain by refusing to go down. He gained 70 yards on 17 carries.

10. Brandon Bourbon: Carried it just twice, but looked great doing it, gaining 25 yards.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Jordan Webb (38 points)
T2. James Sims (37 points)
T2. Steven Johnson (37 points)
T2. D.J. Beshears (37 points)
5. Toben Opurum (36 points)
T6. Tony Pierson (30 points)
T6. Tim Biere (30 points)
T6. Darrian Miller (30 points)
9. Keeston Terry (25 points)
10. JaCorey Shepherd (21 points)
T11. Jeremiah Hatch (18 points)
T11. Bradley McDougald (18 points)
13. Tanner Hawkinson (17 points)
14. Duane Zlatnik (16 points)
15. Greg Brown (14 points)
16. Tyler Patmon (13 points)
T17. Kale Pick (12 points)
T17. Brandon Bourbon (12 points)
19. Tunde Bakare (10 points)
20. Darius Willis (9 points)
21. Jeff Spikes (7 points)
T22. Jimmay Mundine (5 points)
T22. Ron Doherty (5 points)
24. Nick Sizemore (4 points)
T25. Andrew Turzilli (3 points)
T25. Isaac Wright (3 points)
T25. Quinn Mecham (3 points)
28. Marquis Jackson (2 points)
T29. Daymond Patterson (1 point)
T29. Victor Simmons (1 point)
T29. Christian Matthews (1 point)


KGphoto 8 years, 2 months ago

What do you know about heart? You wouldn't know heart if it landed in your chest and started beating.

actorman 8 years, 2 months ago

ahpuke hearts posting snarky comments.

VaJay 8 years, 2 months ago

I do think we should've had more shots of Bourbon during the game and then the other bourbon for after.

Clarence Haynes 8 years, 2 months ago

Talentwise, we are not that far off. What these guys need is some serious coaching and a better game plan with the ability to readily make adjustments!

Robert Brock 8 years, 2 months ago

Some of our guys must have very sore arms. Who teaches tackling at KU?

Cora Smith 8 years, 2 months ago

Sometimes I think they are trying not to get hurt in their tackling rather than taking the person on. I was taught that you keep an eye on the middle and it will tell you which way the runner is going.

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm curious how much live tackling happened in practice during the final two years under Mangino because those were some pretty poor tackling teams as well. I don't care how thin KU's defense is, the only way to get better at tackling is to do live tackling on every play in every full pad practice. Injuries are a part of the game and if somebody gets injured in practice, then it's chance for that person's backup to take over the job and shine. There's two other benefits that come from doing live tackling every day in practice as well. The first is better stamina on both sides of the ball because it takes a lot of energy to tackle someone or to try and break someone's tackle. The second benefit is that KU's skill players will become better at breaking tackles because they're getting practice at doing that everyday.

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