1-8 in conference, 3-9 overall, and dead last in the conference. At first glance, Kansas’ 2019 season was a travesty. However, when you take a step back there were glimpses of a good football team.
The road win at Boston College and home win at Texas Tech were both signs of improvement. The narrow loss to Texas at home would have been one of Kansas’ most important wins in years. So it wasn’t all bad. Given the circumstances, one could argue Kansas has a bit of momentum heading into 2020.
While the word “momentum” may be stretch, there are a few reasons for optimism and its mostly, about the offense.
First off, OC Brett Dearmon will be in his second season and first full season. The offense should see improvements as Dearmon has had plenty of time to prepare.
In addition to that, Kansas is returning a number of skilled players. RBs Pooka Williams and Velton Gardner will be back as well as eceivers Andrew Parchment, Stephon Robinson, and Kwamie Lassiter II. If the Jayhawks can find someone reliable behind center this offense could see great improvements.
As for the defense, it looks like Kansas should return arguably their best LB, Dru prox. Prox left the 2019 season after four games due to an inury. Before his hiatus, Prox led Kansas in tackles with 39, 30 of which are solo tackles. He also totaled two sacks with 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one pass breakup. His return will undoubtedly have a positive impact on Kansas’ defense. Sure, one player won’t flip one of the worst defenses in the Big 12 but it’s a start.
So, while there are still a number of questions around Kansas’ defense, the offense should take a step forward in 2020. Whileit’s going to take more than a couple seasons to turn the whole team around, it looks like things are headed in the right direction.