KU's linebackers impress against Texas


1. James Sims: Busted a 64-yard run and sliced his way to a career-high 176 rushing yards for his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.

2. Ben Heeney: Was in on 13 tackles, none bigger than the rugged stop of Joe Bergeron on fourth-and-goal from the 1 early in the second half.

3. Huldon Tharp: In on 11 tackles, Tharp again showed he has a lot of toughness and a nose for the ball.

4. Jake Love: Described by Heeney as a “kamikaze” linebacker, Love had some of the day's hardest hits.

5. Greg “Lockdown” Brown: Couldn’t hold onto what could have been a game-clinching interception, but did have one interception, a pass breakup and five tackles.

6. Duane Zlatnik: Did not start, but was at his pancake-ing best from the time he entered the game.

7. Tony Pierson: Ran hard for his 51 yards, including an 18-yard gain.

8. Taylor Cox: Ask him to get first downs in short-yardage situations and he’ll double the request. Averaged 4.7 yards on six carries and had a 14-yard run.

9. Darius Willis: Played inspired football in reserve from the defensive end position and was in on two tackles, including one for a four-yard loss.

10. Brandon Bourbon: Threw a number of key blocks that helped other running backs add to impressive yardage totals. His physical day was an encouraging sign that his often-injured body has mended fully.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
T1. Tony Pierson (49 points)
T1. James Sims (49 points)
3. Duane Zlatnik (32 points)
4. Ben Heeney (30 points)
5. Bradley McDougald (26 points)
6. Greg Brown (24 points)
7. Toben Opurum (23 points)
8. Taylor Cox (22 points)
9. Kale Pick (17 points)
T10. Tanner Hawkinson (15 points)
T10. Tyler Patmon (15 points)
12. Trevor Marrongelli (12 points)
T13. Josh Williams (11 points)
T13. Josh Ford (11 points)
15. Tunde Bakare (10 points)
T16. Andrew Turzilli (9 points)
T16. Lubbock Smith (9 points)
T18. Huldon Tharp (8 points)
T18. Michael Cummings (8 points)
T18. Ben Goodman (8 points)
T18. Jake Love (8 points)
T22. Christian Matthews (6 points)
T22. John Williams (6 points)
T22. Victor Simmons (6 points)
T25. Anthony McDonald (5 points)
T25. Jimmay Mundine (5 points)
27. Jordan Tavai (4 points)
T28. Ron Doherty (3 points)
T28. Brandon Bourbon (3 points)
30. Darius Willis (2 points)
T31. Chris Omigie (1 point)
T31. Schyler Miles (1 point)
T31. Kevin Young (1 point)
T31. Dylan Admire (1 point)


KnightsWhoSayNi 7 years, 9 months ago

I really appreciated the effort of the Hawks today, but I'm sorry, you can't have Brown on here after dropping a gimme. Yes, he played well otherwise, but we needed someone to step up, and his drop LOCKED DOWN a loss.

Put him at 10 if he makes the list at all.

Sims. A stud!

Lawkan 7 years, 9 months ago

Hawkinson was the best player on the field today. How is he not even listed?

Michael Auchard 7 years, 9 months ago

They would have impressed a lot more if we could have kept the offense on the field at all in the middle third of the game. We asked an awful lot of the D and they, by and large, showed up.

Sayers44 7 years, 9 months ago

The defense did a lot more than show up --they dominated.

This against a Texas team that laid 56 on Baylor .

We needed more pressure on the pass rush on the last drive, but other than that the defense was great.

Linebackers lead the defense - Very impressive effort.

90sHawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Heeney was a monster yesterday. Great effort by the entire defense.

90sHawk 7 years, 9 months ago

We'll all benefit when you shut up and go away. I've seen plenty of your dumba$$ comments about how bad the defense was. Go find something better do to moron.

Stan Unruh 7 years, 9 months ago

We take Hawkinson for granted. The guy is Mr. Consistent.

Rivethead 7 years, 9 months ago

Completely disagree. His biggest flaw this season has been his inconsistent play. For example, the NIU DE Progar......that dude owned Hawkinson all day long.

Zstegs 7 years, 9 months ago

Heeney, Tharp and Love, second coming of Mortensen, Rivera and Holt?

shellknobhawk2 7 years, 9 months ago

Why did Zlatnik not start. He is our best offensive lineman by far. Maybe the offensive line coach had too many concussions in the NFL

Rivethead 7 years, 9 months ago

No. You can build depth+experience for next season by still starting your Seniors. You just give some PT to the backups. In this case, I think Martin was given the start over Zlatnik because: 1) he earned it in practice.....Martin has been a very pleasant surprise, and 2) it was done to motivate Zlatnik to increase his intensity. It worked.

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