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Safety Fish Smithson finishes season as KU's top player

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No. 1 - Fish Smithson: Returned from ankle injury and had a team-high 11 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

No. 2 - Joe Dineen: Capped strong second half of sophomore season with nine tackles, including one for a loss. Has potential to develop into all-conference linebacker.

No. 3 - Ryan Willis: It’s difficult to watch him and not wonder how well he could do with one receiver with game-breaking speed and with an offensive line that can supply consistent protection. Threw several accurate balls with strong zip and finished day 19 of 35 with 215 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Not a dual threat quarterback, he did scramble for a 21-yard gain.

No. 4 - Tre’ Parmalee: Had four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown and was KU’s most reliable receiver all year, other than the one game he missed with a suspension.

No. 5 - Bazie Bates IV: Spent much of the season watching and trying to learn the complexities of Big 12 football. Played more and more in final weeks and saved his best game for last.

No. 6 - Tevin Shaw: Played a role in the defense performing better in the second half and finished with four tackles, one for an 8-yard loss.

No. 7 - Bobby Hartzog: Made a terrific catch near the left boundary of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown.

No. 8 - Damani Mosby: Teamed with Anthony Olobia on a sack and generally looked more active late in the season than early.

No. 9 - De’Andre Mann: Averaged 6.8 yards on his six carries in final game of two-year KU career. Always ran hard and set good example for younger teammates.

No. 10 - Taylor Cox: Followed two-year juco career with four years at Kansas, sidelined half that time by injuries. Rushed for 47 yards and busted loose for a 26-yard gain.

FINAL SEASON STANDINGS

Fish Smithson — 58

Joe Dineen — 49

Tre’ Parmalee — 43

Marcquis Roberts — 38

Ke’aun Kinner — 37

Ryan Willis — 34

Steven Sims Jr. — 32

Ben Goodman — 32

Kent Taylor — 24

De’Andre Mann — 23

Ryan Schadler — 23

Dorance Armstrong Jr. — 21

Tyler Patrick — 20

Tevin Shaw — 19

Montell Cozart — 18

Damani Mosby — 16

Daniel Wise — 16

Derrick Neal — 16

Darious Crawley — 15

Tyrone Miller — 15

Chevy Graham — 13

Jeremiah Booker — 12

Schyler Miles — 10

Greg Allen — 9

Michael Glatczak — 8

Matthew Wyman — 8

Corey King — 7

Shakiem Barbel — 7

Anthony Olobia — 6

Jordan Shelley-Smith — 6

Bobby Hartzog — 5

Marnez Ogletree — 4

Beau Bell — 3

Courtney Arnick — 2

Nick Bartolotta — 2

Taylor Cox — 1

D.J. Williams — 1

Kyron Watson — 1

Osaze Ogbebor — 1

Brandon Stewart — 1

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 years, 3 months ago

Tom - Will you or Matt be doing an article in the months ahead, leading up to signing day, discussing who we lose and who returns with what experience at which positions?

When do the coaches get to start recruiting again?

Ryan Shelton 4 years, 3 months ago

Wasn't there a new rule put in place to keep non-bowl teams from recruiting while the Oklahomas of the world are still practicing? I think the next week or two is open for recruiting, but then it's closed until bowl season is over.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

40 players made the Keegan Ratings this year. I might be off on one or two classes by 1, but I believe I counted 10 freshmen, 6 sophomores, 17 juniors, and 7 seniors that made the Keegan Ratings this year. KU is returning over 80% of the players who made these ratings this year and also highlight the class imbalance created by Charlie's recruiting tactics. It's always nice to know that most of the contributors are returning, but it's also nice to have class balance which KU doesn't have and will only continue to hurt KU for the next several years as Beaty tries to bring balance back to the classes at KU so we don't have wild fluctuations in recruiting class sizes going forward.

Michael Leiker 4 years, 3 months ago

Nice comments...as football fans, we should, no matter the outcome of the season truly appreciate what these kids put into their craft week in and week out. Maybe more so in a season like this. There were a lot of bright spots this year in the midst of many tough outcomes. I enjoyed watching this team much more than the last 5 years.

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