True freshman tops first Keegan ratings


1. JaCorey Shepherd: Long, slender true freshman had three receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns and showed an ability to stop and start very smoothly to avoid tacklers. Big-time talent.

2. Steven Johnson: He was all over the field, personifying Turner Gill’s word of the week: Passion. It led to 15 tackles.

3. Toben Opurum: Credited with 3.5 tackles for a loss among his 11 tackles, despite drawing special attention from blockers.

4. Tony Pierson: True freshman has amazingly smooth, quick moves and averaged 14.6 yards on his five carries, one of them a 47-yard run, another a 13-yard touchdown run.

5. James Sims: Steadily keeping the chains moving again, the sophomore ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

6. Darrian Miller: A nice blend of power and speed and a ton of shiftiness added up to 63 yards on 13 rushes.

7. Jordan Webb: He didn’t hit wide-open receivers right away or put it right where they wanted it, but he did get it to them eventually and had a statistically efficient night. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

8. Jeremiah Hatch: Senior leader of the offensive line had to be proud of the way the unit blocked for the talented fleet of running backs.

9. Tunde Bakare: Fast linebacker flew all over the place and made hard hits, getting credit for seven tackles.

10. Daymond Patterson: Steady receiver had 34 receiving yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. JaCorey Shepherd (10 points)
2. Steven Johnson (9 points)
3. Toben Opurum (8 points)
4. Tony Pierson (7 points)
5. James Sims (6 points)
6. Darrian Miller (5 points)
7. Jordan Webb (4 points)
8. Jerremiah Hatch (3 points)
9. Tunde Bakare (2 points)
10. Daymond Patterson (1 point)


phi4life940 9 years, 2 months ago

Toben hurried the QB on many occasions. Big time player! Pierson shocked me with how good he was. We will be a great team in a couple years ( top 25 ).

Rock Chalk!

Mike Kendall 9 years, 2 months ago

The freshmen players have incredible speed. I thought Tony Pierson was very impressive and he was only #4 on the Keegan ratings. I hope they keep the mighty "MO" going into the Northern Illinois game on Saturday.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 2 months ago

NIU looks scary offesnsively. I'm more optimistic about going to GT than hosting next week.

JJHAWK 9 years, 2 months ago

Question: Could McNeese State beat Army? No - Could be a long game for us Yes - I like our chances

Daggar I'm with you about NIU but Maxhawk makes a great point. It's NIU's senior quarterback that worries me. He is supposed to be special and 49 points says a lot.

Old coaches have always said - biggest improvement of your football game comes between game one and game 2. Hoping that is true. Go KU.

KGphoto 9 years, 2 months ago

Gotta give it to Keeg Party. He called it.

eastcoasthawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Surprised me that a 3rd defender made this list. Even more surprising is that a guy that left the game in the 2nd quarter is on here before a 4th defender. Enlightening and scary.

jmsuther 9 years, 2 months ago

I would say the coaching staff needs to get Pierson in the slot or as an extra Rb more often. The guy is far to explosive to only have the ball 6 times a game.

KGphoto 9 years, 2 months ago

Actually Keeger, I think Webb is pretty low here. 3 passing touchdowns and no interceptions to go with a tough running touchdown, that's a big night even if he didn't have a ton of yards. You also left out his rushing yards on the night, which by themselves were approaching Miller's. At the very least he goes above Darrian.

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