Season Report Card: Kansas
Coming off a one-win season under Weis’ tenure, Kansas improved to 3-9 (1-7 Big 12) and won its first conference game since 2010. It is still widely considered as one of the worst programs in the FBS, but at least noticeable progress was made.
Here are the Jayhawks’ final grades, which received a little boost when they beat West Virginia in Week 12:
Former four-star quarterback and BYU transfer Jake Heaps was a complete bust from the moment he stepped on the field, really setting the tone for what was an awful offensive output by Kansas. Running back James Sims was the only positive highlight, rushing for 1,110 yards and seven touchdowns off 4.8 yards per carry. The Jayhawks scored an abysmal 14.0 points against conference opponents.
As expected, Kansas’ defense struggled—but it was still better than once thought. Safety Isaiah Johnson was a nice surprise as he emerged as one of the conference’s better defensive backs, reeling in five interceptions and earning Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year honors. Still, his presence wasn’t enough to overcome the unit’s lacking talent or the offense’s incompetence as it allowed 31.8 points per game (94th in the country).
Special Teams: C
Kansas’ return units never helped changed the outcome of a game, but nor did it ever really hurt it. The punting was solid and the Jayhawks hit 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) of their field goals as a team.
Charlie Weis gon’ Charlie Weis, but at least Kansas is moving forward rather than backward—although it would have been pretty difficult to do the latter.
While winning three games gives Weis at least one more year in Lawrence (I feel for you, Rock Chalk fans), it means that more will be expected of him in 2014. Kansas has a few pieces it can build around, but needs to add many, many more before we can even consider it to be a bowl contender again.
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