Saturday, September 17, 2011
KU finding ways to utilize its RB depth
By David Ubben
Kansas' strength is its running backs. The Jayhawks have a great mix with older talents like senior Rell Lewis and last season's leading rusher, James Sims.
But the Jayhawks also have a pair of true freshmen making an impact, Darrian Miller and Tony Pierson, and redshirt freshman Brandon Bourbon.
The answer? A formation like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State's "Backs" formation, but without a quarterback.
The Jayhawks debuted their formation with four running backs in the backfield on their second drive of the game. It'll be interesting to see how often that comes out later this season. It's a good move for the Jayhawks, and I've never seen anybody ever do much like it.
Miller finished off the drive with a broken tackle and a spin move for a 10-yard score that tied the game at 7.
Kansas gave up a 95-yard touchdown run on a counter by Orwin Smith out of Georgia Tech's tricky triple-option scheme. Smith was untouched with some nice blocking down the field to help make it happen. It was the third time in as many weeks that Georgia Tech scored on its opening play from scrimmage, and it was the longest run in school history.