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Steven Johnson best Jayhawk against Sooners

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1. Steven Johnson: He not only went horizontal for an interception, broke up a pass, had a tackle for a loss and was credited with a quarterback hurry, he also was in on 13 tackles. Afterward, he predicted Kansas wouldn’t lose another game. Oh well, he earned a scholarship after coming to Kansas as a walk-on, not because of his prognosticating abilities.

2. Darius Willis: Flew to the ball all night and was in on 10 tackles.

3. Darrian Miller: He bounced off tacklers repeatedly and made quick cuts on his way to 66 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

4. Toben Opurum: Made his presence felt early and looked fast even against one of the fastest teams in the nation.

5. D.J. Beshears: Strong burner knows how to get open dashing down the sideline. His only catch went for 36 yards.

6. James Sims: Scored on a 56-yard run on a broken play and finished night with 75 rushing yards.

7. Tony Pierson: Gained 20 yards on three rushes and for the season is averaging 7.5 yards per carry. It’s time to expand his role, at least a little bit.

8. Bradley McDougald: Deflected a pass and was in on nine tackles.

9. Tyler Patmon: Exposed on a couple of plays but for the most part had an active night.

10. Victor Simmons: Forced a fumble and recovered it and had a hand in five tackles.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
T1. Tim Biere (30 points)
T1. James Sims (30 points)
T3. Jordan Webb (28 points)
T3. D.J. Beshears (28 points)
T3. Darrian Miller (28 points)
6. Tony Pierson (24 points)
7. Steven Johnson (22 points)
8. Toben Opurum (20 points)
9. JaCorey Shepherd (19 points)
10. Tanner Hawkinson (13 points)
11. Duane Zlatnik (12 points)
12. Brandon Bourbon (11 points)
T13. Darius Willis (9 points)
T13. Keeston Terry (9 points)
T13. Jeremiah Hatch (9 points)
T16. Jeff Spikes (7 points)
T16. Kale Pick (7 points)
T18. Tunde Bakare (4 points)
T18. Nick Sizemore (4 points)
T20. Bradley McDougald (3 points)
T20. Andrew Turzilli (3 points)
T20. Ron Doherty (3 points)
T23. Marquis Jackson (2 points)
T23. Tyler Patmon (2 points)
T25. Daymond Patterson (1 point)
T25. Jimmay Mundine (1 point)
T25. Victor Simmons (1 point)

Comments

Robert Brock 8 years, 3 months ago

Webb looked hopelessly lost in the second half.

Ashwin Rao 8 years, 3 months ago

If you are Brock Berglund, we should have you as a QB! :) Kidding aside, I believe we do need to reevaluate the QB position. I agree that he has made some key plays, but he is not able to move the ball... I thought that the reason Webb was chosen was because of his arm strength, and he is not using it! Last year I felt that Quinn Mecham was more creative in generating plays where none existed. We should give him a chance again... even if it is in the 2nd half to throw our opponents off.

ampthatman 8 years, 3 months ago

I agree that he hasn't good in the second half. But he was going against one of the best defenses in the country (and without Hatch) I think the guy is allowed to have a bad half. I know--he missed a lot of easy throws. But he's also made a lot of really tough throws this season, too. He's been solid. I think you've got to give him another game before reevaluating him.

texashawk10 8 years, 3 months ago

Webb looked lost the entire game, he had one good play the entire game and that was the Reesing-esque escape and pass to Rell Lewis.

actorman 8 years, 3 months ago

You're right about Webb not showing his arm strength, ashwingrao, but it's more than that. He showed a lack of touch as well. With a better QB, it would have been a closer game.

Mike Nicco 8 years, 3 months ago

Webb had a few good moments before his 2nd half funk. The bomb Beshears dropped couldn't have been thrown better. One of the many missed opportunites during this game.

KGphoto 8 years, 3 months ago

“After the game, when we talked as a defense, we felt as though, hey, we shouldn’t lose any more games,” Johnson said.

Not exactly a prediction, but if you want to put words in his mouth...

Dirk Medema 8 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for clearing that up. It's amazing how the facts aren't nearly as convenient for creating articles/controversy.

Travis Clementsmith 8 years, 3 months ago

I think you guys are being a little hard on Webb. Sure, he missed on some easy throws and was clearly off a bit. But, he also had some real pretty deep throws displaying incredible accuracy, a couple that were dropped and very catchable. I suspect Webb will bounce back this week against KSU. If the defense can play like they did tonight and the offense can find their rhythm again, we might be able to pull the upset. I hope so for these kids, they need a positive for this season.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 3 months ago

"The QB position is different from all others in sport." Can't remember if it was Brock Huard or another commentator that made the observation.

Also read comments elsewhere that Marrongelli said after the game that the playcalling was extremely limited in the second half. 60% of the OL being new or in a new position will do that to you. It will be nice to move away from that as the new beef ages and creates realistic depth on the OL.

actorman 8 years, 3 months ago

You make a good point about the drops. And he has looked better in other games this year. And he was going against a great defense. So I'll keep my fingers crossed that he'll learn from this game and do better against KSUck.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 3 months ago

The last 3 should be higher IMO.

And there is an OU defender that is still searching the field for the jock strap he lost at the line of scrimmage on Sims' TD run.

John Randall 8 years, 3 months ago

At long last, a couple of defenders enter the season top ten.

Am I just being a curmudgeon, or is it significant that no one on the team is averaging above 5 rating points per game? Of course that could be true because we have so many strong contributors, couldn't it?

KGphoto 8 years, 3 months ago

I can't agree with you all about Webb. He made a few bad throws but he wasn't hopelessly lost. The second half play calling was too conservative and he only had a hand full of opportunities to throw it beyond the line of scrimmage. I think I counted 7 screen passes called in the 3rd quarter.

He is also mostly responsible for both of KU's touchdowns. That pitch to Sims looked like a designed keeper and he made a clutch pitch, after he made the clutch save of Gelli's bad first snap. Sims made one nice move and took it to the house, but he never had the chance without Webb's effort.

And how can you downplay his incredible escape and pass to put them in scoring position before the half? Those were the two biggest offensive plays of the game and they were all Webb!

The third best offensive play was the 36 yard dime he dropped in Beshears' lap. And then Beshears dropped an identical dime in the second half on 3rd and long from the endzone, that may have gone for a score.

He didn't look great, but he didn't get much help either. And don't forget Oklahoma is the best in the nation at rushing the passer, and knocking down passes. It's not all on Webb.

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