Ben Heeney top Jayhawk in loss to Kansas State


1. Ben Heeney: Kansas State’s Collin Klein ranks as one of the toughest quarterbacks in college football to bring down. Heeney accomplished it at the 1 and the Wildcats didn’t have time to run another play. It was one of 11 solo tackles for the middle linebacker, who was in on 14 tackles overall and had two tackles for a loss.

2. James Sims: Carried it 28 times for 115 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.1 yards a carry on a day where holes weren’t easy to come by.

3. Tony Pierson: Left in the first half and didn’t return and so much of the KU offense went with him. His speed coming out of the backfield for receptions gives the defense so much about which to worry. He had six receptions for 63 yards and a 19-yard touchdown. Carried the ball just once and gained 10 yards.

4. Tunde Bakare: Tackled John Hubert in the end zone for two points and a two-yard loss.

5. Andrew Turzilli: Big target knows how to get open. Had five catches for 67 yards.

6. Toben Opurum: Batted a pass to the ground on the game’s first play from scrimmage and had a 12-yard reception for a first down on a fake field goal, his first reception since his freshman season, when he led the team in rushing.

7. Duane Zlatnik: Blew open some holes for the running backs.

8. Taylor Cox: Plays the game with a lot of passion and always runs hard. Averaged 4.3 yards on 10 rushes.

9. Josh Ford: Tackled Tyler Lockett on his first two returns when it looked as if the dangerous return man had a chance to pop one both times.

10. Kale Pick: Ran the wildcat capably and caught two passes for 26 yards, including one for 14 on third-and-10.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Tony Pierson (36 points)
2. Toben Opurum (21 points)
T3. Bradley McDougald (19 points)
T3. Taylor Cox (19 points)
T3. Duane Zlatnik (19 points)
T3. James Sims (19 points)
7. Greg Brown (18 points)
8. Ben Heeney (17 points)
T9. Trevor Marrongelli (12 points)
T9. Kale Pick (12 points)
11. Josh Williams (11 points)
T12. Tanner Hawkinson (10 points)
T12. Tunde Bakare (10 points)
T14. Tyler Patmon (9 points)
T14. Andrew Turzilli (9 points)
T16. Christian Matthews (6 points)
T16. John Williams (6 points)
18. Anthony McDonald (5 points)
T19. Ben Goodman (4 points)
T19. Jordan Tavai (4 points)
T19. Josh Ford (4 points)
22. Jimmay Mundine (2 points)
T23. Chris Omigie (1 point)
T23. Schyler Miles (1 point)
T23. Kevin Young (1 point)


dallasmd 6 years, 7 months ago

I think it's telling the our QB hasn't rated a single point in Keegan's ratings the entire season thus far. KU must be the only team in the nation who's QB wouldn't rate even once among a team's top 10 performers for this many games.

VaJay 6 years, 7 months ago

Funny, I said that exact same thing two weeks ago. This makes it even worse! I don't think he's got much upside from here & with little mobility, it may be better to give the other QB's a shot occasionally.

milehighhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

Add Patterson and Beshears to that list.

Ryan Shelton 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure how Crist was left out this week. Sure, if you go by the stat line, the turnovers stand out, but it's important to remember that two of those pics were tipped, and one was a debatable pass interference (depending on whether it was tipped.) Crist was sharp in that first half. If we go by the second half, nobody deserves to be on these rankings.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 7 months ago

TK is just trying to stir the pot by not puttin DC in his rankings. Kind of "middle school'ish" if you ask me.

doctorWho 6 years, 7 months ago

It is silly. Yet we read the damn thing anyway.

NOTcrusher 6 years, 7 months ago

Okay . . . looking at the rest of the schedule, do you see any winnable games?

Neither do I.


Eric Williams 6 years, 7 months ago

No guaranteed wins. I think we can compete with Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Cora Smith 6 years, 7 months ago

Watching West Virginia and Texas. We will be lucky to have enough walking wounded to put out after we get thrashed by those clubs (not to mention Oklahoma).

CrystalJones 6 years, 7 months ago

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tical523 6 years, 7 months ago

Ben Heeney is a stud, going to be an all-timer for KU by the time he is done.

hellohawks 6 years, 7 months ago

I am a huge ksu fan, I graduated from there in 1995. Yes, I like when ksu beats ku because its a rival. However, I think most of you are too hard on the state of ku's football program. They have some of the best overall facilities in the nation! They have a very solid coaching staff, and a very explosive set of skill athletes. You have to give every new coach at least 4 yrs to turn around a program, especially a school like ku or ksu. Neither one has a rich football tradition, but it can be done. Give coach Weis time and his staff time. He will get it turned around. I am looking forward to when both programs are ranked in the Sunflower game like they were in 1995. I am probably one of the few die-hard ksu fans who root for ku in both football and basketball except when they play each other. I have the greatest respect for Bill Self and the basketball program. I hope you guys do get some wins, and I think you are capable of playing with most of the teams left except maybe West V. Good luck to you and the rest of the Jayhawk football team.

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