Mundine, King, Cummings lead passing attack and player ratings


1 - Jimmay Mundine: Every episode "Dancing with the Stars" hopes for the sort of footwork Mundine displayed in making tacklers miss Saturday, the best day of his career. He turned a short gain into a 20-yard reception by stopping and starting, dashing and darting. And that was just a precursor to turning another would-be short gain into a 67-yard reception that set up a touchdown. In all, Mundine caught seven passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. The KU records go back as far as 1974 and his 137 yards are most in that time period for a tight end. The sports information staff is in midst of researching to see if it’s a school record.

2 - Nigel King: Used his height advantage, jumping ability and exceptional powers of concentration to pull a long pass out of the air for a 32-yard gain. Later, after TCU defender tipped a pass intended for him, King tipped it three times, never took his eyes off it and sprinted 78 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Finished with 128 yards.

3 - Michael Cummings: His right arm dragging from a sore shoulder, Cummings completed 19 of 37 passes for two touchdowns and 332 yards, the most yards by a KU quarterback since Todd Reesing filled the air with big plays on a routine basis. He lost 21 yards on two sacks, but also rushed for 31 yards in gains. Showed tremendous toughness, shaking off the effects of big hits, including one after he rushed into the end zone.

4 - Tedarian Johnson: Trevone Boykin was evading Keon Stowers and Michael Reynolds with a tremendous scramble, but Johnson brought him to the turf for a 17-yard sack. He muscled his way to five tackles during a strong, strong Senior Day. Plus, he quickly recovered fourth-quarter fumble forced by Victor Simmons, which set up field goal that pulled KU within 34-30. One word best captures Johnson as a football player and it’s not fast or explosive, it’s tough.

5 - JaCorey Shepherd: TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, every bit as good as advertised, feasts on cornerbacks, throwing over the top of them to complete long passes to receivers. He didn’t do that against KU’s two starting cornerbacks. Shepherd returned his first interception for a touchdown. It was called back for a penalty. His next one came near the goal line.

6 - Dexter McDonald: In tandem with Shepherd, McDonald again left the quarterback with little room to throw it his way. Had a pair of pass breakups.

7 - Ben Heeney: Showed amazing closing speed on his way to an 11-tackle day. Had to be tough for the fans to think that they never again will have the pleasure to watch Heeney administer pain in Memorial Stadium again.

8 - Jake Love: Sacked Boykin for one of his seven tackles. He’ll be back for one more year, a good thing for a KU defense losing most of its top talent.

9 - Michael Reynolds: Had a sack, a quarterback hurry and four tackles on a day TCU was paying extra attention to him.

10 - Victor Simmons: Came up with a huge forced fumble and added a tackle for a loss.


Ben Heeney - 63

JaCorey Shepherd - 57

Michael Reynolds - 45

Nick Harwell - 44

Corey Avery - 39

Jimmay Mundine - 35

Nigel King - 35

Michael Cummings - 31

Tony Pierson - 30

Dexter McDonald - 29

Jake Love - 22

De’Andre Mann - 20

Cassius Sendish - 15

Justin McCay - 11

Victor Simmons - 11

Montell Cozart - 10

Trevor Pardula - 10

Andrew Bolton - 9

Tedarian Johnson - 8

Isaiah Johnson - 7

Fish Smithson - 6

Tevin Shaw - 6

Courtney Arnick - 4

Joe Dineen - 3

Pat Lewandowski - 1

Ben Goodman - 1


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