Looking at the past five years of Kansas Jayhawk Football it almost seems like the 2008 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech happened in EA Sports’ NCAA Football series. Since the BCS win, Kansas has gone 14-46, and went through a prolonged buyout negotiation brought forth from alleged misconduct towards players by former head coach Mark Mangino, and a disastrous coaching journey with Turner Gill that lead to the hiring of current head coach Charlie Weis.
Believe it, or not the Jayhawks did have one of the best offenses in the country in 2008. KU fans had the privilege of enjoying QB Todd Reesing and CB Aqib Talib on the same team. Oh, but how far this program has fallen since.
The Jayhawks only won three games in 2013, finishing last in the Big 12. The record looks better than what happened on the field. KU couldn’t put points on the board. They had by far the worst scoring offense in the conference (120th nationally), and failed to score more than three TDs in all nine losses.
With quarterback Jake Heaps leading the charge on offense, there was a bit of optimism mixed in with curiosity, but he was clearly not able to help through the air. In 11 games behind center, Heaps didn’t even complete half of his passes, threw 10 picks and only averaged 128 passing yards a game. To be fair, the offensive line never gave him much of a consistent chance. He just never looked comfortable in the pocket.
You’d have to think as long as Kansas wins three or more games in 2014 Weis’ job is secure for another season, but how long does he really have? It isn’t realistic to expect Weis to bring Kansas fans a six or seven wins this season, but SOME progress is needed in year three. What’s a bit concerning is the regression from year one, where KU lost five games by a single possession, to year two where they lost eight Big 12 games by an average of 27 points.