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Embiid tops ratings with double-double

1. Joel Embiid: Baryshnikov’s feet, 7-feet tall, 7 for 7 from the field, 16 points, 13 rebounds, not a bad line for a father to see his son produce the first time he watched him play basketball. Thomas Embiid was in from Cameroon and it was some show he saw.

2. Perry Ellis: Great finisher at any pace and against Iona that pace normally was fast. Switched hands in mid-air, reloaded in mid-air to move around defender and also had a beauty of an up-and-under baseline drive. Ellis had 21 points, seven boards and did not turn it over. “Perry’s been our most consistent guy, without question,” coach Bill Self said.

3. Naadir Tharpe: Had 10 assists, one turnover and one steal, great ball security. But his coach wants him to play as fast all the time as he does when sharing the court with freshman Frank Mason. “I know they like playing together and yeah, there are some things about that that I like, but Naadir doens’t need to wait for Frank to change the pace. Naadir needs to change the pace. And that’s something I don’t understand. We’ve got to talk about that and probably correct a little bit.”

4. Andrew Wiggins: Spent most of the night guarding Isaiah Williams and limited him to three points. Also added two steals to go with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists without turning it over. Made just 1 of 4 three-pointers, including one air ball. 

5. Frank Mason: Makes the whole team play faster when he’s on the court, but played just three minutes in the first half. “First half, I wasn’t as aggressive as the second half and I guess coach didn’t really like that,” Mason said. Self did like the way Mason played in the final 20 minutes. He finished with nine points, two assists and a steal in 13 minutes. In 54 minutes, he has one turnover.

6. Wayne Selden: He knows how to feed the post. Mixed seven points with five assists and didn’t have any turnovers. Has 13 assists and three turnovers on season.

7. Andrew White III: Had six points and two blocked shots in eight minutes. Looked great attacking the hoop for a bucket in transition. 

8. Conner Frankamp:  Played with a lot of pep and confidence and it was contagious. “I thought Conner played well,” Self said. “Matter of fact, I thought Conner was probably our best defender first half. I told him after the game I wish I had played him the second half. I only played a minute or two second half.”

9. Landen Lucas: Totaled three points and two rebounds in three minutes.

10. Tarik Black: Picked up two quick fouls and didn’t start the second half. In nine minutes, he had three fouls, one point, one rebound and one turnover. Has nine personals in 36 minutes. “We need him to be better,” Self said. “I don’t know. He just can’t seem to catch a break. He’ll get a rebound and throw it out of bounds or not go right back up with it when he’s in there tight playing against smaller guys, things like that. He’ll get that figured out.”

11. Jamari Traylor: He’ll have some nights he’s a big part of a victory. This was not one of them. Had three turnovers in 10 minutes. Also struggling with foul trouble, he has been whistled for nine fouls in 43 minutes.

Season standings

  1. Perry Ellis (31 points)
  2. Andrew Wiggins (29)
  3. Joel Embiid (24)
  4. Wayne Selden Jr. (22)
  5. Frank Mason (20)
  6. Andrew White III (16)
  7. Naadir Tharpe (16)
  8. Tarik Black (13)
  9. Jamari Traylor (9)
  10. Conner Frankamp (9)
  11. Brannen Greene (6)
  12. Landen Lucas (4)
Reply 6 comments from Rich Hetherington Erich Hartmann Jayhawkmarshall Tim Chappell Steve Kubler John Randall

Sims’ career day puts him atop list

1. James Sims: Had the two longest rushes of the season for KU and both came in the second quarter, the first for 62 yards, the second for a career-long 68-yard gain. He rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 9.6 yards a carry. Any KU football fan has to feel good for the guy reading this post-game quote from him: “It felt amazing looking up at the scoreboard and us on top and them down. It’s a wonderful feeling.”

2. Ben Goodman: Intercepted Paul Millard’s pass at the line of scrimmage and returned it 54 yards before being knocked out of bounds by Millard. Also had six solo tackles, two for losses, one a sack. He said it was the longest he ever carried a football in a game and he received great deal of ribbing from teammates and coaches for being caught from behind by a quarterback. He never enjoyed being mocked so much in his life.

3. Montell Cozart: Did a magnificent job of managing the game for a true freshman. Rushing the ball, he gained 69 yards and lost nine for a net of 60 on 13 carries. His presence did more to aid the rushing game than those numbers suggest. When he’s in the game, everybody else runs better because the defense has to account for him as a threat. He was in the game from start to finish and never turned it over.

4. JaCorey Shepherd: The ever-improving cornerback broke up three passes and had three tackles in another active day.

5. Ben Heeney: Intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards to about the goal line. After the game, Charlie Weis said that once he saw the replay he wished he had challenged the play because he thought it looked as if Heeney scored. Heeney looked smooth weaving through traffic and it must have felt a bit like his days as a great running back for Hutchinson High.

6. Cassius Sendish: Led team with 11 tackles, 10 of the solo variety. Not flashy by the standards of defensive backs, he’s a solid football player and hits hard.

7. Riley Spencer: His return to health and insertion into the starting lineup at left tackle has given KU a more physical presence, especially in the running game.

8. Ngalu Fusimalohi: KU’s most physical blocker isn’t very athletic, but he’s mean and strong and had a nice day opening holes for Sims.

9. Gavin Howard: The center who has made at least one start at all five offensive-line positions has had a part in the team improving its running game late in the season.

10. Michael Reynolds: Contributed seven tackles, one for a loss, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry.

Season Standings 1. James Sims (58 points)
2. Ben Heeney (54 points
3. Tony Pierson (41 points)
4. JaCorey Shepherd (40 points)
5. Keon Stowers (29 points)
6. Victor Simmons (28 points)
7. Darrian Miller (27 points)
8. Trevor Pardula (26 points)
9. Michael Reynolds (25 points)
10. Isaiah Johnson (21 points)
11. Cassius Sendish (16 points)
T12. Josh Ford (15 points)
T12. Jake Love (15 points)
T12. Rodriguez Coleman (15 points)
T15. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T15. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
T15. Andrew Turzilli (14 points)
T18. Brandon Bourbon (13 points)
T18. Keba Agostinho (13 points)
T20. Connor Embree (12 points)
T20. Montell Cozart (12 points)
T22. Dexter Linton (9 points)
T22. Ben Goodman (9 points)
T24. Courtney Arnick (5 points)
T24. Jake Heaps (5 points)
T26. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T26. Kevin Young (4 points)
T26. Riley Spencer (4 points)
T29. Damon Martin (3 points)
T29. Ngalu Fusimalohi (3 points)
31. Gavin Howard (2 points)

Reply 12 comments from Olli Rama Plasticjhawk Texashawk10_2 Kingfisher Perses Len Shaffer Dirk Medema Phil Leister

Ellis matches Duke’s Parker in Chicago

1. Perry Ellis: Jabari Parker threatened to take the game and run away with it. But Ellis, nearly as difficult to guard as Parker in a different way, kept answering his big shots with ones of his own. He picked up a loose ball, knocked away from Rodney Hood, and pitched it ahead to Andrew Wiggins for a dunk on which Parker fouled out. Ellis’ patient footwork and the clever way he turns his body to make certain shots unblockable makes him so potent in the post. His hands are so sure, his touch using the glass, so soft. He also handles the ball well and uses his quickness and anticipation to pick up steals. Had 24 points, nine rebounds and three steals, all team highs, to go with two assists and one turnover.

2. Andrew Wiggins: The brighter the lights, the better he played. Sat with two fouls for 11 first-half minutes and made up for lost time with 16 of his 22 points in the second half. With the entire Duke defense expecting him to drive into the lane and ready to stop him, Wiggins swished a jumper from the right wing off a jab-step-right fake, one-dribble left. He has nothing in common with Samson, who cut his hair and was rendered powerless. Wiggins cut his and played much better than in the two exhibitions and the season-opener. Had eight rebounds and did a solid job of checking Jabari Parker for the final quarter of the game or so after nagging his coach much earlier, begging for the ultimate defensive challenge.

3. Wayne Selden: Doesn’t look like a freshman. Doesn’t play like a freshman. Didn’t look the least bit fazed. From start to finish he played extremely aggressively. Played a game-high 37 minutes and contributed 15 points, six boards and four assists.

4. Frank Mason: If I’m playing win-and-you-keep-the-court, I want him on my side. Fearless Frank showed no nervousness after Naadir Tharpe went to the bench with his second foul and nerves were nowhere to be found at the free-throw line, where he made 11 of 12 attempts. Had 15 points, two steals and an assists. Two games and 41 minutes into his career, he has six assists and not a single turnover. Considering the fast pace he prefers that’s some serious ball security.

5. Joel Embiid: His shots weren’t dropping and he fumbled the ball a couple of times, but he certainly knows how to insert himself into the action for a player with such a short history of playing basketball. He also has a good feel for where to go with the ball when he decides to give it up. Interesting stat line for a 7-footer: two points, seven rebounds, five assists, one turnover, one steal. It’s possible he could become a starter.

6. Naadir Tharpe: Battled foul trouble early, but had a solid game, other than three turnovers. Pitched in with seven points, five assists and a steal. Played in tandem with Mason for 11 minutes.

7. Jamari Traylor: Once he learns he doesn’t need to foul to play strong defense, he’ll settle into an important role, blending speed and size, hustle and muscle. Whistled for four fouls, he had four points, an assist, a big blocked shot and a steal in 13 minutes in his hometown.

8. Brannen Greene: Second sloppy pass spelled the end to his day after eight minutes, but man did he show some serious scoring ability in his time on the floor, hitting a three-pointer and a baseline jumper. His shot will be a valuable tool.

9. Andrew White III: Missed a three-pointer and a free throw in four minutes.

10. Tarik Black: Three minutes into the game he had two fouls and never really was called upon much after that. Scoreless in six minutes, he was whistled for three fouls, giving him six in 27 minutes in Kansas uniform.

11. Conner Frankamp: Played one minute and logged his first entry in the trillion club.

12. Landen Lucas: Played final seconds of first half.

Season Standings:

T1. Andrew Wiggins (21 points)
T1. Perry Ellis (21 points)
3. Wayne Selden (16 points)
T4. Joel Embiid (13 points)
T4. Frank Mason (13 points)
T6. Tarik Black (11 points)
T6. Andrew White III (11 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (8 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (7 points)
10. Brannen Greene (6 point)
11. Conner Frankamp (5 points)
12. Landen Lucas (1 point)

Reply 6 comments from Pitthawk Chic Texashawk10_2 Tim Chappell Lalawguy Table_rock_jayhawk

Pierson best Jayhawk in return to field

1. Tony Pierson: Rushed for 50 yards on a reverse and finished day with 87 yards on six carries, a 14.5 average. After beating former teammate Tyler Patmon near goal line, he couldn’t hold onto a pass that would have set the KU sideline on fire because Patmon talked trash from start to finish.

2. JaCorey Shepherd: Returned five kicks for 169 yards, including a 69-yard return. Covered well enough that OSU threw at Dexter McDonald most of the day. 

3. Ben Heeney: Had 11 tackles, one quarterback hurry and two tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

4. Keon Stowers: Had a career-high five tackles and received extra attention from blockers. Determined player who desperately wants to play for a winner.

5. Trevor Pardula: Averaged 46.4 yards for his 11 punts. Had four punts inside the 20 and a long of 55 yards. Needs to be added to the Ray Guy top 10 watch list. Immediately.

6. Michael Reynolds: Had one sack and two pass-breakups. He’s the closest thing the team has to a pass-rusher. 

7. Andrew Turzilli: Two catches for 54 yards, including a 39-yard reception from Cozart.

8. Damon Martin: His addition to starting lineup at right guard seemed to have a positive impact on the running game.

9. Montell Cozart: Ran his way out of trouble repeatedly, rushing for 55 yards. He completed 6 of 17 passes for 58 yards.

10. James Sims: Called upon to carry the ball 21 times, but only had a 3.1 yards a gain.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
T1. James Sims (48 points)
T1. Ben Heeney (48 points)
3. Tony Pierson (41 points)
4. JaCorey Shepherd (33 points)
5. Keon Stowers (29 points)
6. Victor Simmons (28 points)
7. Darrian Miller (27 points)
8. Trevor Pardula (26 points)
9. Michael Reynolds (24 points)
10. Isaiah Johnson (21 points)
T11. Josh Ford (15 points)
T11. Jake Love (15 points)
T11. Rodriguez Coleman (15 points)
T14. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T14. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
T14. Andrew Turzilli (14 points)
T17. Brandon Bourbon (13 points)
T17. Keba Agostinho (13 points)
19. Connor Embree (12 points)
20. Cassius Sendish (11 points)
21. Dexter Linton (9 points)
T22. Courtney Arnick (5 points)
T22. Jake Heaps (5 points)
T24. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T24. Kevin Young (4 points)
26. Montell Cozart (4 points)
27. Damon Martin (3 points)


KU linebackers step up against Longhorns

1. Jake Love: In on big plays, he shared the team lead with nine tackles, had a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry. Playing linebacker against a Texas team blessed with terrific running backs and a strong offensive line is no easy challenge and Love stood up to it well.

2. Ben Heeney: His return from a knee injury lent a rugged edge to a Kansas defense that hung tough until game was blown open. He was in on critical fourth-and-1 stop with Love and hate.

3. Isaiah Johnson: Again displaying a knack for picking off passes, picked up his third interception of the season on UT’s first possession and a fourth late in the game. Counting his final season of high school and one year in junior college, Johnson has 21 interceptions in his past three seasons as defensive back. (Played two games of medical-redshirt season at Western Carolina, both as a receiver.) Johnson is the first Kansas player with four picks in a season since Darrell Stuckey in 2008.

4. James Sims: Made Texas account for him as a runner and receiver. Targeted repeatedly on screen passes, Sims compiled 51 receiving yards and 48 rushing yards.

5. Rodriguez Coleman: Has been vocal in sharing how much he has learned since Charlie Weis started spending more time with receivers after giving up offensive-coordinator duties. Broke free deep and caught 43-yard pass from Jake Heaps, setting up field goal as first-half clock expired. Opened the second half with a 42-yard reception. Was injured later and was helped off the field after clutching his right knee.

6. Michael Reynolds: Credited with a quarterback hurry, a sack and five tackles, Reynolds is emerging as one of the team’s more disruptive defenders. His four-and-a-half sacks are the most for a KU players since Jake Laptad had the same number in 2010.

7. Darrian Miller: Rushed for 67 yards on nine carries, an average of 7.4 ypc. If Kansas can fortify its offensive line, Miller is primed for a big season in 2014, which would soften the blow of losing Sims.

8. Keba Agostinho: Senior consistently made things happen up front early in the game for a defense didn’t get any help from the offense. Was in on three tackles.

9. Jake Heaps: Did a better job than usual at side-stepping pressure, except when it arrived so quickly that Muhammad Ali in his prime wouldn’t have had the footwork to keep the play alive. Heaps completed 11 of 21 passes for 160 yards. Performed better than his numbers (11-for-21, 160 yards).

10. Montell Cozart: A 6-yard shovel pass was his only attempt, but he did show good speed and elusiveness, running on a couple of other pass plays that broke down. Ran for a 20-yard touchdown.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
1. James Sims (47 points)
2. Ben Heeney (40 points)
3. Tony Pierson (31 points)
4. Victor Simmons (28 points)
5. Darrian Miller (27 points)
6. JaCorey Shepherd (24 points)
7. Keon Stowers (22 points)
8. Isaiah Johnson (21 points)
9. Trevor Pardula (20 points)
10. Michael Reynolds (19 points)
T11. Josh Ford (15 points)
T11. Jake Love (15 points)
T11. Rodriguez Coleman (15 points)
T14. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T14. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
T16. Brandon Bourbon (13 points)
T16. Keba Agostinho (13 points)
18. Connor Embree (12 points)
19. Cassius Sendish (11 points)
20. Andrew Turzilli (10 points)
21. Dexter Linton (9 points)
T22. Courtney Arnick (5 points)
T22. Jake Heaps (5 points)
T24. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T24. Kevin Young (4 points)
26. Montell Cozart (2 points)

Reply 3 comments from Joe Ross Table_rock_jayhawk Kackley

Two offensive players top rankings against Baylor

1. Brandon Bourbon: Gained 48 yards on seven carries, 22 after taking pitch from Montell Cozart and finding the end zone. Bourbon’s speed makes him well-suited to play with Cozart, who has running ability that makes defense account for him.

2. Rodriguez Coleman: Got a step on the Baylor defense and reacted well to the deep ball from Cozart and also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jake Heaps.

3. Victor Simmons: Took a bad angle early that enabled a long touchdown reception, but never stopped competing and forced two fumbles in the second half.

4. Keon Stowers: Defense repeatedly was tagged for 38 first-half points and easily could have stopped competing hard, but with Stowers on the field, that’s not going to happen.

5. Cassius Sendish: Hard hitter led the team with eight tackles.

6. Trevor Pardula: Averaged 46.8 yards on 11 punts and stuck four inside the 20.

7. Connor Embree: Consistently does his job as punt returner well and since Baylor was the opponent, he only received one chance. He returned it 24 yards.

8. Kevin Young: Made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble.

9. Keba Agostinho: Made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and recovered a fumble.

10. Montell Cozart: Led one good drive in which he completed a long pass, ran for a significant gain and perfectly timed a pitch to Bourbon that went for a touchdown. Completed just 4 of 14 passes and lost a fumble, but showed he has skills.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
1. James Sims (40 points)
T2. Ben Heeney (31 points)
T2. Tony Pierson (31 points)
4. Victor Simmons (28 points)
5. JaCorey Shepherd (24 points)
6. Darrian Miller (23 points)
7. Keon Stowers (22 points)
8. Trevor Pardula (20 points)
9. Josh Ford (15 points)
T10. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T10. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
T10. Michael Reynolds (14 points)
T13. Brandon Bourbon (13 points)
T13. Isaiah Johnson (13 points)
15. Connor Embree (12 points)
16. Cassius Sendish (11 points)
T17. Andrew Turzilli (10 points)
T17. Keba Agostinho (10 points)
T19. Rodriguez Coleman (9 points)
T19. Dexter Linton (9 points)
T21. Jake Love (5 points)
T21. Courtney Arnick (5 points)
T23. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T23. Kevin Young (4 points)
T25. Jake Heaps (3 points)
26. Montell Cozart (1 point)

Reply 4 comments from Kackley Plasticjhawk Kingfisher RXDOC

James Sims top ‘Hawk against Sooners

1. James Sims: Even when it was clear the ball was going to him, Sims was able to ram his way to tough gains on his way to first downs. He rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns and had 107 rushing yards in the first half.

2. Josh Ford: As Denver Broncos D-back Chris Harris tweeted, Ford is “a beast on special teams.” He blocked a punt, setting up a six-yard touchdown run for James Sims.

3. JaCorey Shepherd: He continues to make quarterbacks pay for trying to pick on him. He intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and had four tackles.

4. Keon Stowers: Brought non-stop energy up front and was a disruptive force. One of his four tackles was for a loss and he forced a fumble. Strong guy in more ways than one.

5. Darrian Miller: Quick, balanced back scooted his way to 67 rushing yards on nine carries and broke one run for 38 yards.

6. Victor Simmons: Two of his eight tackles were for a loss. Knows how to use blend of size and speed to make plays.

7. Isaiah Johnson: Getting more physical by the week, the sophomore safety was in on a sack and had another tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

8. Jake Love: Performed well in filling in for injured Ben Heeney. One of his eight tackles was for a loss and he was credited with a pair of quarterback hurries.

9. Dexter Linton: Hard hitter led the team with nine tackles.

10. Courtney Arnick: Has a nose for the ball and can move. Had six tackles and made some of them hurt.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
1. James Sims (40 points)
T2. Ben Heeney (31 points)
T2. Tony Pierson (31 points)
4. JaCorey Shepherd (24 points)
5. Darrian Miller (23 points)
6. Victor Simmons (20 points)
T7. Trevor Pardula (15 points)
T7. Keon Stowers (15 points)
T7. Josh Ford (15 points)
T10. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T10. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
T10. Michael Reynolds (14 points)
13. Isaiah Johnson (13 points)
14. Andrew Turzilli (10 points)
15. Dexter Linton (9 points)
T16. Connor Embree (8 points)
T16. Keba Agostinho (8 points)
T18. Jake Love (5 points)
T18. Cassius Sendish (5 points)
T18. Courtney Arnick (5 points)
21. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T22. Jake Heaps (3 points)
T22. Brandon Bourbon (3 points)
24. Kevin Young (1 point)

Reply 2 comments from Chandleraccipiter Catsandwich

KU’s secondary earns 4 of 10 spots in rankings

Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (24) takes a interception in for a KU touchdown against TCU on Saturday,  Oct. 12, 2013.

Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (24) takes a interception in for a KU touchdown against TCU on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. by Richard Gwin

1. JaCorey Shepherd: Returned his first interception 32 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble on next possession that gave KU ball in favorable field position.

2. Victor Simmons: Knows how to use size and speed to his advantage from nickel back spot. Had a fumble recovery, was in on a sack and six tackles.

3. James Sims: TCU’s defense did a terrific job of closing holes instantly, but Sims still managed to grit out 81 rushing yards on 23 carries. As a receiver, he negated the good he did after turning screen pass into 30-yard gain, by cutting back to his right and fumbling.

4. Michael Reynolds: Speedy pass-rusher had a 10-yard sack and three tackles.

5. Dexter Linton: Had two pass break-ups and six tackles. He makes his hits hurt.

6. Keba Agostinho: Senior D-lineman who is among most improved players on the team had an active day that included four tackles.

7. Trevor Pardula: Pinned TCU on its 5 once and averaged 46.2 yards on 10 punts. He gets a lot of hang time, too.

8. Andrew Turzilli: Ripped the ball from All-Big 12 cornerbck Jason Verrett for a 50-yard reception, but injured his leg on the play and never re-appeared. Has established himself as the team’s best deep threat, based on two catches, the first for a TD against Texas Tech. Season stats: Two receptions, 78 yards.

9. Isaiah Johnson: Had his second pick of the season and was in on a couple of tackles behind the line of scrimmage, one of the solo variety.

10. Kevin Young: Active day for the improved senior defensive tackle. In on a sack and had another tackle for loss and was a factor in TCU O-line not dominating the line of scrimmage.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
T1. Ben Heeney (31 points)
T1. Tony Pierson (31 points)
3. James Sims (30 points)
4. Darrian Miller (17 points)
5. JaCorey Shepherd (16 points)
T6. Trevor Pardula (15 points)
T6. Victor Simmons (15 points)
T8. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T8. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
T8. Michael Reynolds (14 points)
11. Andrew Turzilli (10 points)
12. Isaiah Johnson (9 points)
T13. Keon Stowers (8 points)
T13. Connor Embree (8 points)
T13. Keba Agostinho (8 points)
16. Dexter Linton (7 points)
17. Josh Ford (6 points)
18. Cassius Sendish (5 points)
T19. Courtney Arnick (4 points)
T19. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T21. Jake Heaps (3 points)
T21. Brandon Bourbon (3 points)
23. Jake Love (2 points)
24. Kevin Young (1 point)

Reply 3 comments from Kansan4life Plasticjhawk Texashawk10_2

KU’s most exciting player earns top spot

Kansas running back Tony Pierson shakes Texas Tech defensive back Bruce Jones during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Tony Pierson shakes Texas Tech defensive back Bruce Jones during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

1. Tony Pierson: Was responsible for a truly amazing case of an athlete making chicken salad out of chicken feed. He caught the pass near the line of scrimmage and his path was blocked in every direction, so he went East and West over and over, moved forward, made another hard cut and raced for a 39-yard gain on his final play of the day and maybe for a few weeks. He was knocked out on the sidelines and a likely concussion will keep the team’s most exciting player on the shelf for an indefinite period. He had six catches for 118 yards.

2. Ben Heeney: Opened the game with an interception and finished the half with a throw-down tackle that turned a touchdown into a field goal. Was all over the field and played with phenomenal energy.

3. Darrian Miller: He and Brandon Bourbon will have to combined to soften the blow of losing Pierson. Miller led KU with 67 rushing yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.

4. Andrew Turzilli: Made highlight catch on the right boundary of the end zone for a touchdown, putting himself back in the picture.

5. Conner Embree: Returning punts is the toughest job in football and Embree has a knack for it. He’s courageous, sure-handed and shifty. Returned three for 33 yards.

6. Cassius Sendish: Looked great blitzing his way to a 10-yard sack and had 11 tackles.

7. Courtney Arnick: Brings more speed to the outside linebacker position, which makes him a threat blitzing and in pass coverage. Had nine tackles, forced a fumble was credited with a quarterback hurry and had a pass break up that should have been an interception.

8. Jimmay Mundine: Caught his fifth career touchdown pass and seems to have put a bad case of the drops in his rear-view mirror.

9. JaCorey Shepherd: When the defense has to stay on the field for 100 plays, fatigue will set in. But he and fellow cornerback Dexter McDonald did a terrific job of pass coverage early in the game. Shepherd broke up four passes.

10. Dexter Linton: Safety hits hard and is having a solid season.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
T1. Ben Heeney (31 points)
T1. Tony Pierson (31 points)
3. James Sims (22 points)
4. Darrian Miller (17 points)
T5. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T5. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
7. Trevor Pardula (11 points)
T8. Keon Stowers (8 points)
T8. Connor Embree (8 points)
T10. Andrew Turzilli (7 points)
T10. Michael Reynolds (7 points)
T10. Isaiah Johnson (7 points)
T13. Josh Ford (6 points)
T13. Victor Simmons (6 points)
T13. JaCorey Shepherd (6 points)
16. Cassius Sendish (5 points)
T17. Courtney Arnick (4 points)
T17. Jimmay Mundine (4 points)
T19. Jake Heaps (3 points)
T19. Brandon Bourbon (3 points)
T19. Keba Agostinho (3 points)
22. Jake Love (2 points)
23. Dexter Linton (1 point)

Reply 12 comments from Charliehawk Nuleafjhawk Jmfitz85 Cshjhawk Maracas Cairo_jayhawk Adam McEwen Jonathan Briles Lulufulu85 Texashawk10 and 2 others

Specialists shine, top rankings

1. Trevor Pardula: He slammed punts of 78 and 65 yards, averaged 57.6 yards on five punts, nailed three inside the 20 and two inside the 10. His three kickoffs averaged 64 yards.

2. Matthew Wyman: Booted 52-yard game-winning field goal as time expired and in the process became famous.

3. Ben Heeney: Admit it: The reason you don’t have a seat closer to the field is because you’re afraid Heeney will overrun a play, leap into the stands and tackle the first person he sets his eyes on. As his brother said, Ben is a “wrecking ball, a tornado.” He went horizontal to catch an interception tipped by Dexter McDonald and made most of his 10 tackles hurt.

4. Dexter McDonald: He really knows how to stay with his man and seems to enjoy tackling. He was credited with two pass break-ups and 10 tackles.

5. Victor Simmons: Had a huge nine-yard sack and played an aggressive game on the way to 10 tackles, two for losses and one pass break-up.

6. Tony Pierson: A huge part of the game plan, Pierson had 31 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards on nine catches. Had a 29-yard reception on the game-winning drive.

7. James Sims: He kicked off the game-winning drive, which started at KU’s five-yard line, with runs of 12 and five yards, giving quarterback Jake Heaps room with which to work.

8. Jake Heaps: He’s not fast, but he does know how to get out of the way of a heavy rush and he showed that from his own end zone on multiple occasions. One interception came when the intended target ran the wrong route, another on a ball that popped out of Tony Pierson’s hands. Completed 28 of 46 for 279 yards.

9. Michael Reynolds: As Kenneth Dixon was about to fall on top of Reynolds, the linebacker ripped the ball out of his hands, forcing a fumble that prevented Louisiana Tech from scoring and gave the ball to KU for its game-winning drive.

10. Jimmay Mundine: He was not going to be denied the end zone on his 22-yard touchdown catch.

Keegan Ratings Season Standings
T1. James Sims (22 points)
T1. Ben Heeney (22 points)
3. Tony Pierson (21 points)
T4. Matthew Wyman (14 points)
T4. Dexter McDonald (14 points)
6. Trevor Pardula (11 points)
7. Darrian Miller (9 points)
8. Keon Stowers (8 points)
T9. Michael Reynolds (7 points)
T9. Isaiah Johnson (7 points)
T11. Josh Ford (6 points)
T11. Victor Simmons (6 points)
13. JaCorey Shepherd (4 points)
T14. Jake Heaps (3 points)
T14. Brandon Bourbon (3 points)
T14. Keba Agostinho (3 points)
T17. Connor Embree (2 points)
T17. Jake Love (2 points)
19. Jimmay Mundine (1 point)

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