The Kansas Jayhawks finished 5-7 on Football Picks in 2009. Gone is Mark Mangino and in comes former Nebraska quarterback and University of Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill. KU supporters hope that Gill can come in and revitalize a program that ended in turmoil last football season and put the program is disarray. The good thing for Gill is that Mangino didn’t leave the cupboard bare, Fifteen overall starters return, eight on offense and seven on defense. The Jayhawks went 3-8 against the spread in 2009, going over the total seven times and under 4 times. The Kansas offense ranked 26th in total offense averaging 421.9 yards per game. The passing game averaged 310.2 yards per contest which was 7th in nation. The running game was not as efficient running for only 111.7 yards per game and that was 102nd in the nation. The offensive unit also scored 29.4 points per game. The defense in 2009 gave up 381.8 yards per game which ranked 74th overall. The unit gave up over 243 yards per game in the air and that was 96th nationally. The rush defense gave up 138.3 yards per game and opponents scored 28.4 points per contest.
The Jayhawks must replace three of the most productive players in school history on the offensive side of the football. The schools all time passing leader Todd Reesing, receiver Kerry Meir was fourth in receptions and Dezmon Briscoe ranked fifth in receiving yards and was 1st team all conference. The quarterback job will be between Kale Pick and Jordan Webb, the coaching staff has not made a decision yet and these two will battle in two a days in August. Whoever is under center they will be throwing to Johnathan Wilson who finished third in catches behind Meier and Briscoe. Wilson will have a chance to shine even brighter this season. Bradley McDougald showed brilliance as a true freshman แทงบอลออนไลน์ and Daymond Patterson will battle for the other wide receiver position. All five starters return on the offensive line and they will provide blocking for running back Tobin Opurum who had 564 yards in a pass happy offense.
The KU defense has been terrible the past few seasons and were rated nearly at the bottom of every category statistically in the Big 12. Seven starters return form least year but they still could be in for a long football season. Defensive end Jake Laptad had 6′ sacks last season and is a good candidate for All Big 12 honors. John Williams started seven games at defensive tackle last season after moving over form the offensive tackle position. The linebackers will be a need of concern for the new coaching staff, the only player with experience is Drew Dudley who finished second on the team with 88 tackles last football season. The Jayhawks ranked ninth in the Big 12 against the pass last season and were at the bottom of the league with only 7 interceptions. Lubbock Smith and Phillip Strozier will be the new safeties with veteran Chris Harris holding down the cornerback position and Calvin Rubles slated to play the other corner.