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Strategy And Personnel

The Sports Xchange

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am.

GAME BREAKDOWN

KEY MATCHUP: The Kansas defense must continue to show its effectiveness against the Rutgers offense. The Scarlet Knights managed just 134 total yards and 12 first downs in a Sept. 8 defeat, but then that was against Ohio State, which has not allowed Rutgers a touchdown in the last three meetings.

Nonetheless, Kansas showed the makings of a decent defense in its romp at Central Michigan. LB Joe Dineen is a tackling machine and DT Daniel Wise commands double teams up front. The secondary must continue to respond favorably behind S Mike Lee.

DRAFT SLANT

–LB Joe Dineen gave some consideration to leaving early and declaring for the NFL, but the senior realized he was better off attempting to improve his stock with another season at Kansas. He led the Jayhawks with 14 tackles and also had an interception against Central Michigan. After leading FBS tacklers in solo stops last season, Dineen is off to a good start and remains rangy and instinctive.

ROSTER REPORT

–RB Pooka Williams was not cleared for his freshman debut at Central Michigan until late Friday, hours before kickoff, according to Kansas coach David Beaty. Williams sat out the Jayhawks’ opener because of eligibility issues. His status will continue to be monitored.

–C Alex Fontana lost his starting position after several errant snaps in the season-opening loss to Nicholls State. OG Andru Tovi moved to center, replacing Fontana, and OG Malik Carter, a redshirt sophomore, moved into the lineup.

–WR Takulve Williams made his debut at Central Michigan and caught a 10-yard reception. CB Elijah Jones and CB Elmore Hempstead also made their debuts.

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