September 26, 2006

Breaking down the Kansas Jayhawk offense

Who: Kansas Jayhawks
School Location: Lawrence, Kansas
School Colors: Crimson and Blue
2006 Record: 3-1
National Ranking: Not Ranked
Conference: Big 12 (North Division)

Head Coach: Mark Mangino (Youngstown State, 1987): In fifth season at Kansas (22-29 overall, 1-3 vs. Nebraska)
Offensive Coordinator: Nick Quartaro[/db[
When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, 6 p.m. (CDT)
Where: Memorial Stadium - Tom Osborne Field
TV: Fox Sports Network
Radio: Pinnacle Sports Network
Series Record: Nebraska leads 87-22-3

Returning Letter Winners On Offense: 22
Returning Starters On Offense: 7
Base Offensive Formation: Multiple

Field General: KU has yet to announce a starting quarterback for Saturday's game. Starting for the injured [db]Kerry Meier, senior Adam Barmann (6-4, 210) threw for 273 yards last weekend in leading Kansas to a 13-7 win over South Florida. Barmann completed 25 of 35 pass attempts in the game. Meier, a 6-3, 220-pound freshman, started the Jayhawks' first three games of the season before going down with an arm injury against Toledo on Sept. 15. In hiis three starts this season, Meier is 47-of-86 passing for 538 yards, with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. On the ground, he's averaging nearly 50 yards per game rushing, with four touchdowns.

Running The Football: As expected, senior running back Jon Cornish (6-0, 210) is producing nice numbers on the ground this season for KU. Cornish is averaging 109 yards per game and has scored a pair of touchdowns. He ranks 15th on the national rushing chart. Despite sitting out the South Florida game, Meier is the Jayhawks' second leading rusher with 146 yards gained on 39 carries.

Catching The Football: Senior wideout Brian Murph (6-1, 190) is KU's leading receiver with five receptions and a 21.8-yard average. Junior Marcus Henry (6-4, 200) and sophomore Dexton Fields (6-0-200) have also been popular targets for the KU quarterbacks, averaging 13.5 and 10.2 yards per reception respectively. Between the three of them, Murph, Henry and Fields have scored six touchdowns this season. Tight end Derek Fine (6-3, 245) has hauled in nine passes for 85 yards.

On The Line: With 10 offensive linemen back from
last season, the Jayhawks have experience and depth down in the trenches on the offensive side of the ball. The KU O-line includes talented senior center David Ochoa (6-4, 285), senior guard Bob Whitaker (6-5, 315), junior tackle Cesar Rodriguez (6-7, 300), sophomore guard Ryan Cantrell (6-3, 290) and senior guard Jake Cox (6-5, 295).

Kicking The Football: Junior place kicker Scott Webb has a strong leg. He's connected on 2-of-4 field goal attempts this season, converting from 37 and 42 yards out in the Jayhawks' 13-7 win over South Florida last Saturday.

Return Game: Murph is fifth in the nation in punt returns, averaging 21.8 yards per attempt. Marcus Herford is ranked ninth nationally for kickoff returns with a 30.5-yard average.

Jayhawk Quick Hits

***The Jayhawks posted their first win over Nebraska in 36 years with a 40-15 thumping of the Huskers last November in Lawrence. The loss to the Jayhawks was the low point of the 2005 season for NU.

***KU features a balanced offensive attack, averaging 159 yards per game on the ground and 206 yards in the air.

***The Jayhawks rank 49th nationally in total offense and 40th in scoring offense. KU is averaging 28.5 points per game.

***KU signal caller Kerry Meier is the younger brother of Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier.

***Kansas' all-time record at NU's Memorial Stadium is 15-41-2. The Jayhawks' last win in Lincoln came in 1968.

Kansas Schedule
Sept. 2 - Northwestern State (W, 49-18)
Sept. 9 - Louisiana Monroe (W, 21-19)
Sept. 15 - @ Toledo (L, 31-27 - 2OT)
Sept. 23 - South Florida (W, 13-7)
Sept. 30 - @ at Nebraska
Oct. 7 - Texas A & M
Oct. 14 - Oklahoma State
Oct. 21 - @ Baylor
Oct. 28 - Colorado
Nov. 4 - @ Iowa State
Nov. 18 - Kansas State
Nov. 25 - @ Missouri

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