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Junior wideout runs wild, tops ratings in KU opener

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) tears up the sideline on a touchdown run during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) tears up the sideline on a touchdown run during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

The top players and performers from Kansas football's season-opening, 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

1 – Steven Sims – Set the tone early with his 77-yard touchdown sprint on a routine third-down conversion that gave Kansas a 7-0 lead. Finished with 142 yards and two TDs on four receptions and also proved sure-handed and effective as the Jayhawks’ top punt returner.

2 – Peyton Bender – The first-year QB’s Kansas debut did not disappoint. Despite not knowing he was starting until he ran onto the field, Bender finished 23-of-37 passing for 364 yards and four touchdowns, making quick decisions and flashing his big arm and quality accuracy. It was far from a flawless night, but he threw so many catchable balls and led the Kansas offense with poise.

3 – Joe Dineen Jr. - Back from a right hamstring injury that cost him most of the 2016 season, the junior linebacker picked up right where he left off, finishing with 15 tackles (11 solo and 2.5 for loss) to lead the Kansas defense.

4 – Daniel Wise – His overall numbers were not eye-popping, but his numbers were all over the place. So was Wise, from disrupting things in the backfield to chasing ball carriers down from behind. Wise finished with five tackles (all solo), three tackles for loss and two QB hurries.

5 – Chase Harrell – Most of his contributions came early, but they were big. A fourth-down catch kept one KU drive alive and his highlight-reel touchdown grab gave the Jayhawks a 14-0 lead. Hauled in two catches for 17 yards and added a heck of a hit on special teams, as well.

6 – Dorance Armstrong – Double-teamed and chipped most of the night, the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year still found a way to get close to SEMO QB Jesse Hosket, breathing on him for three quarterback hurries and adding three tackles, two solo, and 0.5 for loss.

7 – Ben Johnson – Take away the 57-yard touchdown catch in which he slipped down the seam and was left wide open for the Jayhawks’ easiest touchdown of the night, and Johnson still had a productive opening night to his final season in a KU uniform. Add it to his two other catches and you’re looking at a productive night.

8 – Hasan Defense – The aptly named KU cornerback picked up five tackles and two pass break-ups while bringing energy and emotion to the KU secondary throughout the night.

9 – Dom Williams – Flashed some burst and quickness that could be huge for the KU running game this season. Scored Kansas’ only rushing touchdown of the night on a 10-yard scamper up the middle early in the third quarter. Finished with

10 – Shakial Taylor – Like his newcomer counterpart on the other side, Taylor had a couple of memorable hits, two tackles and two pass break-ups while keeping Hosket from getting comfortable all night.

Reply 2 comments from Dirk Medema Bryan Barton Maxhawk

Senior safety’s monster game lands top spot

Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson (32) hurdles Kansas cornerback Derrick Neal (7) after a catch during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Kansas safety Fish Smithson (9) is at right.

Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson (32) hurdles Kansas cornerback Derrick Neal (7) after a catch during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Kansas safety Fish Smithson (9) is at right. by Nick Krug

1 - Fish Smithson: Strip-sack and fumble recovery that preceded the game’s first touchdown. Was out of position on OSU’s final touchdown, but overall had a productive day with 16 tackles, 14 solos.

2 - Ke’aun Kinner: Lost a fumble and team’s momentum went with it, but other than that looked as good as he ever has, rushing for 145 yards on 14 carries.

3 - Daniel Wise: He commands a lot of attention from the offensive line and still manages to get into the backfield. Had four tackles, a sack and a quarterback hurry.

4 - Dorance Armstrong: Two of his four tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack, his seventh of the year.

5 - LaQuvionte Gonzalez: Cost offense 27 yards of field position in second quarter when he picked up a kickoff, instead of letting the football dribble out of bounds. Also didn’t quite adjust to a pass perfeclty and it bounced off his hands and into the hands of an Oklahoma State defender. But he also showed off his tremendous speed on a 68-yard touchdown on a fly pattern. Caught six passes for 106 yards.

6 - Steven Sims: Sometimes getting stronger results in an athlete gaining speed and that has been the case with Sims, who burned his way to 90 yards on nine receptions and is having a very productive sophomore season.

7 - DeeIsaac Davis: Exploded off the line of scrimmage for one of KU’s five sacks and had five tackles. Good player.

8 - Mike Lee: Hard hitter had nine solo tackles and a pass break-up in the end zone when he rocked the target into letting go of the football.

9 - Joe Gibson: Had some nice down-field blocks and led an offensive line that had its best performance of the season before he left game with an injury.

10 - Montell Cozart: Benched for two games while Ryan Willis took his turn at trying to juice the stagnant Kansas offense, Cozart did more good things than bad in his return to the lineup. Had the hot hand early and cooled down, finishing with 24 completions on 40 passes for 250 yards. Head coach David Beaty said his two interceptions were not his fault. Might be over habit of overthrowing long passes.

SEASON STANDINGS:

Dorance Armstrong - 43
Steven Sims Jr. – 37
LaQuvionte Gonzalez – 34
Fish Smithson - 29
Marcquis Roberts - 26
Daniel Wise – 26
Courtney Arnick – 20
Khalil Herbert - 19
Damani Mosby – 15
Ke'aun Kinner - 15
Keith Loneker Jr. - 13
Montell Cozart – 13
Bazie Bates IV – 10
Cameron Rosser - 10
Ben Johnson - 9
Brandon Stewart - 9
Ryan Willis – 6
Jeremiah Booker - 6
Mike Lee - 5
Tevin Shaw - 5
DeeIsaac Davis - 5
Joe Dineen Jr. - 5
Tyler Patrick – 4
Shakiem Barbel - 4
Isaiah Bean - 3
Cameron Rosser - 3
Greg Allen - 2
Osaze Ogebor - 2
Joe Gibson - 2
Cole Moos - 1
Joe Gibson -1
Taylor Martin - 1
Chevy Graham – 1
Matthew Wyman - 1

Reply 5 comments from Matt Tait Michael Lorraine Andy Godwin Brett McCabe

Former walk-on leads Ratings after heartbreaking loss to TCU

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman (7) is congratulated by Cameron Rosser (46) after Wyman's 50-yard field goal during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman (7) is congratulated by Cameron Rosser (46) after Wyman's 50-yard field goal during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

1 - Cameron Rosser: Playing the hybrid linebacker/defensive end position, sometimes spying quarterback Ken Hill, the former walk-on applied relentless pressure and made four tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 16 yards in losses, nine coming on a pair of sacks of Hill.

2 - Brandon Stewart: Picked off two passes and broke up another. As cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry predicted when he recruited him, Stewart is a much better senior than junior. “He’s starting to get healthy,” head coach David Beaty said. “He looked like a real guy out there today.”

3 - LaQuvionte Gonzalez: Uses excellent speed to get open, great agility to react to throws and uses sharp cuts to gain yards after the catch. He caught eight passes for 131 yards.

4 - Dorance Armstrong: Team’s best player had his hand in everything yet again. He was the first player impressed TCU coach Gary Patterson found afterward for a handshake. Armstrong was creditd with a sack, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. He moves more like a safety than a defensive end.

5 - Keith Loneker Jr: Starting in place of injured Marcquis Roberts at linebacker, Loneker looked pretty much the same as when he was wearing uniforms belonging to Free State and Baker University, which is to say all over the field making plays and making them hurt the player with the football. Playing football for Kansas means a lot to Kansas natives and it shows. Broke up two passes and was in on seven tackles, one for a loss.

6 - Courtney Arnick: His photo was on the program and his name was all over the loudspeaker. Two of the nine tackles he was in on were for losses.

7 - Shakeim Barbel: Former walk-on had nine receptions for 94 yards, one for 32 yards.

8 - Steven Sims: Targeted 10 times, he made nine catches for 101 yards, many coming against strong coverage.

9 - Greg Allen: Patiently looked for openings and used them to return an interception 20 yards to the TCU 25.

10 - Taylor Martin: Went off script on a run near the goal line and it backfired badly, but showed quick bursts often enough to rush for 62 yards and a touchdown and had a touchdown reception that was nullified by a holding penalty on the other side of the field. Encouraging performance.

Season standings

  1. LaQuvionte Gonzalez – 28
  2. Steven Sims Jr. – 27
  3. Dorance Armstrong - 26
  4. Marcquis Roberts - 19
  5. Daniel Wise – 18
  6. Courtney Arnick – 16
  7. Damani Mosby – 15
  8. Keith Loneker Jr. - 13
  9. Montell Cozart – 12
  10. Fish Smithson - 11
  11. Khalil Herbert - 10
  12. Bazie Bates IV – 10
  13. Cameron Rosser - 10
  14. Ben Johnson - 9
  15. Brandon Stewart - 9
  16. Ke'aun Kinner - 6
  17. Ryan Willis – 6
  18. Joe Dineen Jr. - 5
  19. Tyler Patrick – 4
  20. Shakiem Barbel - 4
  21. Isaiah Bean - 3
  22. Cameron Rosser - 3
  23. Osaze Ogebor - 2
  24. Tevin Shaw - 2
  25. Greg Allen - 2
  26. Chevy Graham – 1
  27. Matthew Wyman - 1
  28. Cole Moos - 1
  29. Joe Gibson -1
  30. Taylor Martin - 1
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Two TD catches places Sims atop ratings

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) celebrates with teammate Ke'aun Kinner (22) after his second touchdown of the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) celebrates with teammate Ke'aun Kinner (22) after his second touchdown of the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

1. Steven Sims Jr. – Two games into the season, Sims has nine receptions, for four touchdowns, and is averaging 26.4 yards per catch. His second of two TD catches Saturday was a spectacular one on which he was closely covered near the left boundary of the end zone. He caught it inches from the ground and hug onto it, a score that held up against a review. Sims did not show that same laser focus when he stepped out of the white box that separates the field from the sideline and into the end zone to celebrate LaQuvionte Gonzalez’s touchdown. He was flagged for 15 yards.

2. Daniel Wise – Defensive tackle did a strong job of getting into the backfield to record a team-high four tackles for loss. He also batted down a pass and finished with seven tackles, six of the solo variety.

3. LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Put Kansas on the board with a 99-yard kickoff return that made the score 28-7 and sparked a mini-comeback. Also caught five passes for 45 yards and was badly overthrown after getting behind the secondary, setting himself up for what would have been an easy score had the throw hit him in stride.

4. Bazie Bates IV– Punched a touchdown out of Ohio receiver Jordan Reid’s hands, shrinking a seven-point play to three when the Bobcats had to settle for a field goal. In his second consecutive strong game, the safety had nine solo tackles and 11 overall.

5. Marcquis Roberts – Active in his return after missing the first game of the season. Had 10 tackles, nine of them solo and two for a loss and also deflected a pass.

6. Joe Dineen Jr. – The Local Boy had 10 tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage, and a quarterback hurry. Has a nose for the ball and the speed to get where he wants to go.

7. Montell Cozart – Went into the locker room at halftime in the midst of a really bad day and emerged from it on fire. KU’s only first-half first down came by way of a penalty and the offense had just 21 total yards. His worst play of the half came when he badly overthrew a wide-open Gonzalez, burning a sure six points. Proving he has the “next-play,” approach down, Cozart completed 11 of 15 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. He threw 244 passes and was not intercepted. Running toward the sideline on a third-down play early in the fourth quarter, Cozart was smoked badly and was not able to return to the game.

8. Fish Smithson – Had a big interception in the end zone and broke up two passes, but he also was flagged 15 yards for a facemask penalty.

9. Tevin Shaw – Had two tackles for loss and broke up three passes. Also missed a tackle that led to a big gain and was flagged for pass interference

10. Matthew Wyman – Strong foot. Averaged 65.6 yards on five kickoffs, including one after a safety that all the way into the end zone over the heads of the return men.

Season standings

  1. Steven Sims Jr. – 20
  2. Daniel Wise – 18
  3. LaQuovionte Gonzalez – 15
  4. Montell Cozart – 12
  5. Bazie Bates IV – 10
  6. Marcquis Roberts - 6
  7. Ryan Willis – 6
  8. Joe Dineen Jr. - 5
  9. Courtney Arnick – 5
  10. Tyler Patrick – 4
  11. Fish Smithson - 3
  12. Damani Mosby – 2
  13. Tevin Shaw - 2
  14. Chevy Graham – 1
  15. Matthew Wyman - 1
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Big-play receiver takes top spot after season opener

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) celebrates with Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) after Gonzalez's touchdown during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) celebrates with Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) after Gonzalez's touchdown during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

1. Steven Sims Jr. – The sophomore receiver showed off his speed in a big way in this one, leading Kansas with 124 yards receiving to go along with five receptions and two touchdowns. Sims also was the second most targeted Jayhawk in the game.

2. Daniel Wise – Led the team in tackles with five (including four solo) and was a monster early on when the Kansas defense set the tone. Also added two QB hurries and played a major role in one KU takeaway.

3. Montell Cozart – If not for one bad decision, which Cozart said he regretted the minute he let the ball go, the junior quarterback probably would’ve been No. 1 in these rankings. He finished 18-of-25 for 199 yards and 3 TDs and looked crisp, confident and in complete control most of the night.

4. LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Showed up early and finished as KU’s leading receiver with seven receptions on nine targets. Finished with 78 yards and one touchdown that showed off his athleticism, coming back to an under-thrown ball and plucking it away from a defender.

5. Ryan Willis – Rotating with Cozart, Willis also had a good night, firing quick, crisp passes that found the right hands 7 of 9 times. Finished with 144 yards and 2 TDs.

6. Courtney Arnick – Senior linebacker filled up the stat sheet with four tackles (3 solo), KU’s lone sack and one pass break-up.

7. Tyler Patrick – Somewhat quietly finished with 51 yards and a touchdown on five receptions while being targeted six times. Patrick continues to show steady progress and sure hands, which make him one of the most reliable wideouts on this roster.

8. Bazie Bates IV – Four tackles, one for loss, one pass break-up and one all-instinct-and-athleticism interception made for a great night for a player who struggled early last season but came on late and appears to have picked up right where he left off.

9. Damani Mosby – Senior defensive end poked knocked a ball loose to give Kansas its second takeaway of the night. Also added 2 solo tackles.

10. Chevy Graham – Graham’s fumble recovery following a punt on KU’s first offensive possession sparked the rout. Also recorded a pass break-up.

Season standings

  1. Steven Sims Jr. – 10
  2. Daniel Wise – 9
  3. Montell Cozart – 8
  4. LaQuovionte Gonzalez – 7
  5. Ryan Willis – 6
  6. Courtney Arnick – 5
  7. Tyler Patrick – 4
  8. Bazie Bates IV – 3
  9. Damani Mosby – 2
  10. Chevy Graham – 1
Reply 5 comments from Dirk Medema John Randall Texashawk10_2 Karen Mansfield-Stewart

Safety Fish Smithson finishes season as KU’s top player

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

Reply 5 comments from Leikness Texashawk10_2 Michael Lorraine Oklahawk58 Dirk Medema

Joe Dineen stands out in rout

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen, Jr., left, pursues West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) in the first-half against the Mountaineers Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen, Jr., left, pursues West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) in the first-half against the Mountaineers Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Memorial Stadium. by Mike Yoder

No. 1 - Joe Dineen: Never gets discouraged and never stops playing rugged football. Made 16 tackles, all solo, one for a loss. Added a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

No. 2 - Derrick Neal: Converted from receiver to cornerback in midseason, he showed nice skill for playing the ball and had two pass breakups in the end zone and an interception.

No. 3 - Michael Glatczak: Had his first career interception and returned it 15 yards. Also had six tackles.

No. 4 - Greg Allen: Had six tackles.

No. 5 - Ben Goodman: Had four tackles.

No. 6 - Marcquis Roberts: Had seven tackles.

No. 7 - Kent Taylor: Freed himself and caught the pass for KU’s longest play from scrimmage, a 27-yard gain.

No. 8 - Matthew Wyman: New to punting, Wyman spent a good portion of the half-time break working with special teams coach Gary Hyman on catching simulated snaps. Caught all snaps cleanly and averaged 40.6 yards on 12 punts. Has had no shortage game reps to refine his new skill.

No. 9 - Ryan Schadler: Showed sprinter’s speed in returning a kickoff 30 yards, a play that was one of the afternoon’s brighter flickers of hope for Kansas. Hyman was big-time fired up by it.

10 - Brandon Stewart: Blocked a field goal.

SEASON STANDINGS

Fish Smithson — 48

Joe Dineen — 40

Marcquis Roberts — 38

Ke’aun Kinner — 37

Tre’ Parmalee — 36

Steven Sims Jr. — 32

Ben Goodman — 32

Ryan Willis — 26

Kent Taylor — 24

Ryan Schadler — 23

Dorance Armstrong Jr. — 21

De’Andre Mann — 21

Tyler Patrick — 20

Montell Cozart — 18

Daniel Wise — 16

Derrick Neal — 16

Darious Crawley — 15

Tyrone Miller — 15

Tevin Shaw — 14

Damani Mosby — 13

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

Marnez Ogletree — 4

Beau Bell — 3

Courtney Arnick — 2

Nick Bartolotta — 2

Bobby Hartzog — 1

D.J. Williams — 1

Kyron Watson — 1

Osaze Ogbebor — 1

Brandon Stewart — 1

Reply 2 comments from Dirk Medema Cmdradama

Marcquis Roberts leads KU defense in near upset

No. 1 - Marcquis Roberts: The bigger the situation the more visible he was. Teamed with Anthony Olobia on fourth-and-1 stop when TCU was 12 yards from the goal line with 3:55 left in the first half. Big play enabled KU to go into locker room tied. Finished with 12 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, and had a quarterback hurry.

No. 2 - Fish Smithson: Intercepted a Brahm Kohlhausen pass and returned it 22 yards to the KU 30, preventing TCU from scoring on its first drive of second half. Also had 12 tackles.

No. 3 - Damani Mosby: Played like the defensive end Kansas had hoped it had based on his encouraging summer camp. Had a sack and six tackles.

No. 4 - Ben Goodman: Had a sack, two tackles for loss and eight tackles overall.

No. 5 - Anthony Olobia: In addition to joining Roberts for a key fourth-and-1 stop late in the first half, Olobia worked his way behind the line of scrimmage on multiple plays and finished with three tackles and a quarterback hurry.

No. 6 - Joe Dineen: The Local Boy plays with no fear. Had 11 tackles and a sack, but couldn’t make tackle stick on Shaun Nixon’s 42-yard reception for touchdown that put TCU up, 20-10.

No. 7 - Corey King: Playing low to the ground with passion and strength, the graduate transfer from Miami had his best day in a KU uniform. One of his three tackles came behind the line of scrimmage.

No. 8 - Matthew Wyman: Averaged 43.4 yards on 11 punts and put two inside the 20. Kicked a 42-yard field goal and made both extra points.

No. 9 - Marnez Ogletree: Despite a blatant pass-interference penalty, Ogletree had a strong coverage day. Biggest play came on fade to left corner of end zone on fourth-and-2 early in fourth quarter. Ogletree blanketed the intended target and Kansas took over at the 6.

10 - Bobby Hartzog: When team was running out of chances to stay in game, he soared for and held onto an amazing catch good for 36 yards on third-and-seven. Worthy of a prominent spot in team’s season highlight reel.

SEASON STANDINGS

Fish Smithson — 48

Ke’aun Kinner — 37

Tre’ Parmalee — 36

Marcquis Roberts — 33

Steven Sims Jr. — 32

Joe Dineen — 30

Ben Goodman — 26

Ryan Willis — 26

Dorance Armstrong Jr. — 21

Ryan Schadler — 21

De’Andre Mann — 21

Kent Taylor — 20

Tyler Patrick — 20

Montell Cozart — 18

Daniel Wise — 16

Darious Crawley — 15

Tyrone Miller — 15

Tevin Shaw — 14

Damani Mosby — 13

Chevy Graham — 13

Jeremiah Booker — 12

Schyler Miles — 10

Corey King — 7

Shakiem Barbel — 7

Derrick Neal — 7

Anthony Olobia — 6

Jordan Shelley-Smith — 6

Matthew Wyman — 5

Marnez Ogletree — 4

Beau Bell — 3

Courtney Arnick — 2

Nick Bartolotta — 2

Greg Allen — 2

Bobby Hartzog — 1

D.J. Williams — 1

Kyron Watson — 1

Osaze Ogbebor — 1

Reply 3 comments from Dirk Medema Don Johnson Jayhawkmarshall

Ke’aun Kinner shows flashes of early-season success

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner (22) pushes aside Texas defensive back Jermaine Roberts Jr. (16) during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner (22) pushes aside Texas defensive back Jermaine Roberts Jr. (16) during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas. by Nick Krug

No. 1 - Ke’aun Kinner: Rushed for 67 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and caught two passes for 40 yards. Regained his early season spark.

No. 2 - Dorance Armstrong Jr.: Stretching his long arms, he was credited with three pass break-ups to go with three tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Is having strong second half to his true freshman season.

No. 3 - Darious Crawley: Caught three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.

No. 4 - Shakiem Barbel: Had three receptions for 19 yards and was credited with a touchdown when he fell in the end zone on De’Andre Mann’s fumble just shy of the goal line.

No. 5 - Ryan Schadler: Used his sprinter’s speed to spring free for a 23-yard run and finished with 56 yards on six carries, a 9.3-yard average.

No. 6 - Kent Taylor: Got open consistently and caught three passes for 28 yards.

No. 7 - Tevin Shaw: One of KU’s more physical defenders, the defensive back had seven solo tackles.

No. 8 - De’Andre Mann: Ran hard for 32 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and had a 14-yard reception, but fumbled into the end zone just shy of the goal line.

No. 9 - Courtney Arnick: Forced a fumble and had a tackle for a 3-yard loss.

No. 10 - D.J. Williams: Had a 14-yard sack and stripped the ball, enabling teammate Marcquis Roberts to recover the fumble on the Texas 7.

SEASON STANDINGS

Fish Smithson — 39

Ke’aun Kinner — 37

Tre’ Parmalee — 36

Steven Sims Jr. — 32

Ryan Willis — 26

Joe Dineen — 25

Marcquis Roberts — 23

Dorance Armstrong Jr. — 21

Ryan Schadler — 21

De’Andre Mann — 21

Kent Taylor — 20

Tyler Patrick — 20

Ben Goodman — 19

Montell Cozart — 18

Daniel Wise — 16

Darious Crawley — 15

Tyrone Miller — 15

Tevin Shaw — 14

Chevy Graham — 13

Jeremiah Booker — 12

Schyler Miles — 10

Shakiem Barbel — 7

Derrick Neal — 7

Jordan Shelley-Smith — 6

Damani Mosby — 5

Beau Bell — 3

Corey King — 3

Courtney Arnick — 2

Marnez Ogletree — 2

Matthew Wyman — 2

Nick Bartolotta — 2

Greg Allen — 2

D.J. Williams — 1

Kyron Watson — 1

Osaze Ogbebor — 1

Reply 3 comments from Jayhawkmarshall Ashwingrao Jhawki78

Freshman DE Dorance Armstrong making more plays

Members of the Kansas defense including Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (46) bring down Oklahoma wide receiver Durron Neal (5) during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Members of the Kansas defense including Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (46) bring down Oklahoma wide receiver Durron Neal (5) during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

No. 1 - Dorance Armstrong Jr.: The No. 1 prize of KU’s 2015 recruiting class has performed up to that distinction. The true freshman defensive end from Houston had two sacks, giving him 3.5 on the season, tied with Daniel Wise for second-best on team, behind Ben Goodman (4.5).

No. 2 - Tyler Patrick: Caught a pass when tightly covered and made a nice move that freed him for a 17-yard touchdown. Led team with five receptions and 46 yards.

No. 3 - Steven Sims Jr.: True freshman receiver caught four passes for 30 yards.

No. 4 - Ryan Willis: Playing behind a cobbled-together offensive line, Willis has enough zip on the ball to throw the ball into tight spots for completions. he made some freshman mistakes, including sliding just shy of the first-down marker, but he also completed 20 of 34 passes for 181 yards and did not throw an interception. Was sacked five times for 29 yards in losses.

No. 5 - Joe Dineen: The Local Boy was credited with nine tackles and a quarterback hurry.

No. 6 - Chevy Graham: Walk-on defensive back contributed three tackles, including a sack.

No. 7 - Fish Smithson: Made mistakes that led to big gains, but also had 10 tackles.

No. 8 - Beau Bell: His team down 55 points with 2:33 left on the clock, Bell raced down the field and made a great play, downing the ball on the 1.

No. 9 - Daniel Wise: Active for the third consecutive week, the red-shirt freshman defensive tackle had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and a quarterback hurry.

No. 10 - Kyron Watson: Badly missed a tackle on what would have been a sack, but also was in on three tackles and returned a fumble 13 yards.

SEASON STANDINGS

Fish Smithson — 39

Tre’ Parmalee — 36

Steven Sims Jr. — 32

Ke’aun Kinner — 27

Ryan Willis — 26

Joe Dineen — 25

Marcquis Roberts — 23

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