Tony Pierson, Bradley McDougald at top of first rankings


1. Tony Pierson: When he turns the corner he makes 40,000-plus people stand up and clap. Rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, one covering 47 yards, on 20 carries.

2. Bradley McDougald: Had two interceptions, a pass breakup and one of his six tackles was for a loss.

3. Duane Zlatnik: Left guard is an all-conference-caliber blocker. He’s one reason so many Kansas running plays came on the left side.

4. Trevor Marrongelli: Made all his special-teams short snaps and hustled down field to make key blocks consistently.

5. Josh Williams: It wasn’t difficult to spot the quickest defensive lineman on the team. He knocked the ball loose and recovered the fumble on the same play and generally got where he was going quicker than line mates.

6. Taylor Cox: Would rank higher but for a fumble in the red zone recovered by South Dakota State. Runs hard. Averaged 7.6 yards on his 16 carries and had a 39-yard gain and a 3-yard touchdown among his 121 yards.

7. Tanner Hawkinson: Got beaten for a sack, but otherwise played well. Has improved as a run-blocker throughout his career.

8. Kale Pick: Had 43-yard reception on game’s opening play and led team with 81 yards receiving on five catches.

9. Josh Ford: Blocked a punt and recovered it and showed good speed and determination throughout the night on special teams.

10. Chris Omigie: Blocked a punt and brought a lot of passion to special teams.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Tony Pierson (10 points)
2. Bradley McDougald (9 points)
3. Duane Zlatnik (8 points)
4. Trevor Marrongelli (7 points)
5. Josh Williams (6 points)
6. Taylor Cox (5 points)
7. Tanner Hawkinson (4 points)
8. Kale Pick (3 points)
9. Josh Ford (2 points)
10. Chris Omigie (1 point)


Phil Leister 6 years, 6 months ago

Here's to hoping this is the only game where Crist isn't in the ratings.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 6 months ago

Jordan Tavai should not be missing here. I'd list him in place of Tanner.

John Randall 6 years, 6 months ago

Not ranking Tanner because of one sack would be silly. That sack happened because pressure from the other side forced Crist behind the pocket (where the defender would have been a non-factor otherwise).

That play was the only time I felt the game commentator actually contributed to my viewing experience – sorry you missed it.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 6 months ago

Didn't comment on anything specific in Tanner's play. Just thought that Jordan had a better game, and that 8-10 should be on the list as well. I'm less worried about 1 sack than I am about just a rather vanilla performance. Not necessarily bad, but not Top 10 noteworthy IMO.

Rivethead 6 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. Hawkinson had a rough night against an FCS d-line. He wasn't sharp at all, and definitely not worthy of this list.

Tavai, OTH, was double and even tripled-team and STILL was able to shed the blockers and make several tackles. That was awesome to watch. A KU Dlinemen making tackles.......imagine that!

kujhawkfan 6 years, 6 months ago

Jordan Tavai should be number 3 on the list. But, to not make the list is a joke. Have you watched the nose tackle play the last several years? Tavai is without a doubt the best nose tackle since James McClinton....

Eric Williams 6 years, 6 months ago

Agree Tavai should be included, but let's give Keegan some props for not including Crist based on position/name alone.

Crist had several good plays, but he needs to get the rest of the rust off. Overall, I like his composure in the pocket.

ccarp 6 years, 6 months ago

Very happy with the result and excited that all acknowledge the room for improvement.

KGphoto 6 years, 6 months ago

  1. Tavai - I think this must have been an oversight.

  2. Ragone - Easily could've had 2 TDs if Crist hadn't overthrown him early.

John Randall 6 years, 6 months ago

Does it seem silly to 'rank' only ten players whether it's a football or basketball game?

It should be obvious to any sports fan, much less sports reporter, that it takes a lot more guys to play one game than the other.

Eric Williams 6 years, 6 months ago

true...but Top 17 players doesn't have a nice ring to it?

for that matter, let's rank the top 31 teams in football and the Top 44 in basketball.

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 6 months ago

Cox was a real stud. I'd have him higher. Tavai, yeah, a real stud too. Can't wait to see what our late-comer brings to the D line. Would like to see Ford and some of our bigger receivers out there. Image we will next week.

waywardJay 6 years, 6 months ago

we got another late comer coming on Friday, who could be just as impactful.

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, Ty McKinney arrives Friday. Think he could play Saturday?

990 6 years, 6 months ago

The better the O-line, the better the D. Tom, I also agree that Marrongelli did a great job at his new position and additional special team duty. HCCW will get the best out these guys.

Micky Baker 6 years, 6 months ago

If we're complaining because some guys that performed well didn't make the list, I'll take it.

Micky Baker 6 years, 6 months ago

Pierson and Cox are solid, and when the suspension is done for the most experienced back at this level, the running game is going to be solid and diverse.

Crist is clearly rusty, and it should be expected. I think he'll come on and I think this team with this coaching staff has accepted where they played poorly and will work harder.

When playing against smaller teams, they are sometimes quicker and when they are smaller, the can be harder to block. In high school this is often the case when a small, but strong and quick players can dominate over bigger players and SDSU wasn't slow. In the end size and strength won out as well as it appeared that KU was far better conditioned than the last two seasons.

There were at least 5 or 6 pass plays that had our receivers caught the ball, you would probably seen another 20 points on the scoreboard for Kansas. Crist was obviously fired up after not playing for a year and he'll get his rhythm down in time. When he does, this offense is going to be explosive.

In practice the receivers need to play as hard and with as much intensity as during the game so that the rhythm between Crist and them translates to game day, but I think that it will sink in. Weis is completely different than Gill in this regard.

Jim Stauffer 6 years, 6 months ago

The failure to rank Tavai for his consistent penetration rather than Josh Williams because like a blind squirrel he found an acorn is a mistake. Also the fumble by Cox was more than offset by his type of running compared to Pierson. Pierson is a home run hitter but Cox keeps the chains moving and is not easily arm tackled like Pierson.

Micky Baker 6 years, 6 months ago

Because he found an acorn? Did you watch the game or just listen to it?

Dirk Medema 6 years, 6 months ago

1973 - I think he was referring specifically to the fumble recovery, tho he did apparently miss the fact that Williams also created the fumble. He was not a blind squirrel, but in fact strong, intelligent, resourceful,..

Rivethead 6 years, 6 months ago

Williams had a decent game. But when it comes to disrupting the SDSU offense, Tavai was far more consistent. There were plays where Williams had little to no impact....he was taken completely out of the play. You can't say the same thing about Tavai. And yes, I watched the game.....

KGphoto 6 years, 6 months ago

Can we take replace Williams with Tavai after watching Jesse's breakdown of the 99 yard run where he was simply removed from the play?

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