Under the radar: Kansas Jayhawks

June, 7, 2012
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Time for the next team in our series examining one player on each Big 12 team who will enter 2012 with a profile that doesn't quite match his worth to the team.

In other words, they're coming in under the radar.

Next up: the Kansas Jayhawks.

Under the radar: D.J. Beshears, WR

Kansas needs big playmakers on offense, and Beshears is the most likely candidate to provide it in the passing game next season. The Jayhawks had 30 fewer plays longer than 10 yards than any team in the Big 12 last season, and that has to change if Kansas is going to compete at a legitimate level in the league.

Fellow receivers Daymond Patterson and Kale Pick should be productive with a new quarterback in Dayne Crist, but Beshears looks like the big hitter of the bunch. Kansas hasn't had a quarterback who could sling it since Todd Reesing, but Beshears has shown his gamebreaking ability in the return game, returning a kick for a score in 2010 and averaging better than 20 yards a return last year.

Beshears quietly led the team in receiving last year while Patterson redshirted because of injury, but look for him to shoot past his 437 receiving yards last season very early this year. Running deep routes or even medium routes was unproductive with Jordan Webb throwing the ball, or KU's revolving door of quarterbacks in 2010. Almost no receiver could have been productive in that slot.

Things have changed. KU's got a quarterback now. The receivers will flourish. None more than Beshears.

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