Brandon Bourbon top Jayhawk against Texas Tech


1. Brandon Bourbon: A nice blend of speed, size and power, in that order, Bourbon has star potential and needed just 10 carries to show that. He rushed for 101 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown.

2. Keeston Terry: The move to free safety from strong safety suited him well. He responded with an interception and was in on 12 tackles.

3. James Sims: Took out a linebacker with a punishing block to spring Bourbon on his long touchdown run and had 85 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards on two catches.

4. Duane Zlatnik: Right guard had something to do with Kansas rushing for 239 yards.

5. Tanner Hawkinson: Right tackle continues to show progress in run blocking.

6. Tim Biere: Has a real knack for getting open. He caught four passes for 48 yards with a long of 20 yards.

7. Tony Pierson: So quick to hit the hole, Pierson rushed for 46 yards, averaging 5.1 yards. Had a big one called back because of a penalty.

8. Steven Johnson: Had seven solo tackles and five assists and two of his tackles were for a loss.

9. Tunde Bakare: Active, undersized linebacker was in on eight tackles, was credited with a pass break-up and showed he has the tools of an effective blitzer.

10. Darrian Miller: Tweaked his hamstring after just one play, but what a play it was. Miller showed his remarkable balance staying on his feet for 25 yards after catching a short pass.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. James Sims (22 points)
2. Jordan Webb (21 points)
T3. Darrian Miller (20 points)
T3. Tim Biere (20 points)
T5. D.J. Beshears (14 points)
T5. Tony Pierson (14 points)
7. Tanner Hawkinson (13 points)
T8. Duane Zlatnik (12 points)
T8. Steven Johnson (12 points)
10. Brandon Bourbon (11 points)
11. JaCorey Shepherd (10 points)
T12. Keeston Terry (9 points)
T12. Jeremiah Hatch (9 points)
14. Toben Opurum (8 points)
T15. Jeff Spikes (7 points)
T15. Kale Pick (7 points)
17. Tunde Bakare (4 points)
18. Andrew Turzilli (3 points)
19. Marquis Jackson (2 points)
T20. Daymond Patterson (1 point)
T20. Ron Doherty (1 point)


KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 10 months ago

Bourbon and Pick are my favorite players on this team. Always thought Bourbon will become something special here at KU...and the great part about it is that he's only a freshman.

I'm dissapointed at Sims for not following his block by Spikes in the red zone in the 2nd half. Sims is good...but I'm wondering if Miller and Pearson are better.

Also dissapointed in Tunde Bakare...he had a critical moment in the 2nd half where he could of dropped that Texas Tech running back for a safety...but displayed awful tackling skills. The guy is fast but needs some fundamental coaching when it comes to tackling.

troutsee 10 years, 10 months ago

I have used up all the energy on KU FB that I have. Being a avid KU FB fan just has not paid off. Instead I have seen bad KU defenses come and go over the years, but this year's defense is probably the worst in my memory, and I am in my seventies. For the first time in forty years, I am considering not renewing my season tickets next year. I simply cannot take it any more. I am all used up. Our third quarter meltdowns in the last two games have broken me. I give. You have heard the last of troutsee.

Jock Navels 10 years, 10 months ago

that's funny, uniku...the guy has had season tickets for 40 years and you call him a fair weather fan.

Ashwin Rao 10 years, 10 months ago

+1 maybe UNIKU meant "fair weather fan who reacts slowly"? Just kidding. Troutsee, you have stayed for 40 years, a couple of additional years won't hurt. I see progress from last year, and hope we will tackle all aspects of FB the next two years. RCJH!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

As sad as the "Fair weather" comment is, it is also rather sad that a fan who has been thru as much as troutsee claims can not see that this is a very, very young team. What is it something like 70% of the 2-deep has less than 6 games of D1 experience. Oh, and we were on our 3rd string DT, tho good to hear that Dorsey got on the field again.

squawkhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Que the video of students waving the wheat.

eastcoasthawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Good to see a defensive player in the top 2 let alone top 5.

KGphoto 10 years, 10 months ago

So Webb's 3 INTs erase his 3 TDs. There is still 239 yards of offense on 72% completion rate. That takes him off your list entirely? Darrian Miller had one 25 yard play and he somehow vaults Jordan Webb's day. I don't think so.

Tim Biere at #6 for catching 4 passes. Who threw those?

squawkhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Webb is only as good as the talent around him and as good as a bad defense will let him be.

MIZNIT 10 years, 10 months ago

Yes, three interceptions do erase 3 Touchdowns. Webb is garbage. Gill would do better at QB...

flyingfinn 10 years, 10 months ago

Ya he would do better at QB but he sucks as a head coach

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Yes, the development of this really, really young team is purely by chance.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Webb is far from garbage. He is still a very young FB player, that really wasn't prepared to step in as a freshmen, and even as a soph still shows young mistakes to go with plenty of potential.

Definitely agree with 3 INT's wiping out plenty of other good, since they all led to TT scores.

jaymar74 10 years, 10 months ago

I believe that Webb has improved in one year as much as any player I have seen in a while. Forecasting him into his Junior and Senior year, with all 4 runningbacks still around along with a number of the current WR's shows this being one of the best offenses in the country. If you don't believe that, just stay tuned. It takes time, we are improving.

texashawk10 10 years, 10 months ago

I wouldn't have Bakare on here this week. All he does is arm tackle people which is why he can only tackle WR's and his missed tackles have killed KU's defense all season. He should not be playing LB, he needs to be a nickel or pass rusher and let Tharp play the rest of the time.

Layne Pierce 10 years, 10 months ago

Until we recruit some defensive tackles we will not be able to compete. It is just that simple. Give us even decent defensive tackles 280, some speed, some meanness, some toughness, and our linebackers and our dbacks will look a lot better. It often looks like they are trying to compensate.

kranny 10 years, 10 months ago

Agree, we will continue to get lit up by the boys with good arms and teams with big fast receivers

squawkhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I refuse to comment any further on how bad this defense sux. I don't care how much worse they get I simply will not talk about them suxing anymore. Wild dogs couldn't tear from me anymore words on how bad they've suxed all season long, or, how much more they will sux in the games to come. I simply will not do it. I still "believe" though, even though the defense does sux.

Phoghorn 10 years, 10 months ago

I have no idea what you are complaing about. Your Cats are 4-0!

smartjayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Yet Gill only gives him 1 carry vs. OSU. WTF

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