Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Revolving Door: Kansas
By ESPN.com staff
Here, we'll take a look at a couple of key players going, staying and coming for each team in the Big 12.
Todd Reesing, QB
Reesing entered Kansas undersized and underrecruited. He left as the most prolific passer in school history and an Orange Bowl champion. His 11,194 career passing yards are fifth-most in Big 12 history. A logjam of six candidates, currently led by Kale Pick, Jordan Webb and Christian Matthews, will vy to be Reesing's replacement next fall.
Dezmon Briscoe, WR
A first-team All-Big 12 performer a season ago, Briscoe was a big-time receiver for his final two seasons in Lawrence. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder caught 92 passes for 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns. His encore last season featured 84 catches for 1,337 yards. That was good enough for ninth in the nation in receptions per game.
Bradley McDougald and Johnathan Wilson, WRs
McDougald and Wilson might not be the next Meier and Briscoe, but both posted solid numbers in 2009 and will need to see those numbers grow to support a new starter at quarterback. Wilson caught 35 passes for 449 yards and McDougald caught 33 passes for 318 yards.
Drew Dudley, LB
Dudley, with 88 stops a season ago, is the Jayhawks' leading returning tackler. On a defense devoid of big-time talent, he's the most likely candidate to emerge as a household name on defense.
Runner-up: Jacob Branstetter, K. A two-year starter, Branstetter booted a 57-yard field goal last season against Oklahoma.
Brandon Bourbon, RB
Never mind his automatic qualifier on the All-Name team. Bourbon is a balanced running back, running a 4.48 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds. His time could be coming soon, but he could earn at least a few carries in his first season on campus.
Keeston Terry, WR
Terry isn't coming from far away, only a few miles east across the state line in Blue Springs, Mo., but the 6-foot-2, 179-pound receiver could give the Jayhawk receivers some additional depth. Missouri and Kansas State were both after one of the top receivers in the state of Missouri. Turner Gill got him.
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