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The Sports Xchange

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

–WR Kerr Johnson is establishing himself as one of the Jayhawks’ top receiving threats after snagging touchdown receptions in each of the first two games. His 31-yard score was the only first-half touchdown in the Sept. 8 win at Central Michigan, staking the Jayhawks to a 7-0 halftime lead. It was the longest strike for QB Peyton Bender and one of four catches for Johnson for a team-high 68 yards.

–QB Peyton Bender has not been spectacular in either of the Jayhawks’ first two games, but the senior has yet to turn over the ball. Bender was sacked only once in the Central Michigan win after Kansas allowed six sacks in its opener. Mobility remains an issue for Bender, though Kansas again inserted backup QB Miles Kendrick for a second-quarter series after its first TD drive. Bender passed for 130 yards, going 17-of-26.

–LB Keith Loneker was a disruptive force at Central Michigan, getting in on nine stops while recording 1.5 tackles for loss. Loneker certainly has chemistry with the Jayhawks’ leading tackler, LB Joe Dineen. The two were high school teammates in Lawrence before moving on to start for the hometown Jayhawks.

–P Kyle Thompson was able to pin Central Michigan inside its 20 with five punts in the Sept. 8 win. Thompson averaged 40.4 yards on eight punts.

SERIES HISTORY: Rutgers leads Kansas 1-0. The Knights won the first matchup in this home-and-home arrangement, outlasting the Jayhawks 27-14 in 2015. The Jayhawks’ last nonconference win over a Power 5 opponent was in 2010 at Georgia Tech.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “A guy (RB Pooka Williams) that’s that explosive that can do the things he can do, he can change games. A single guy can make a difference a lot of times. I don’t know that he can take you single-handedly to new heights all by himself, but I think he certainly can get it started and make guys around him better.” — Kansas coach David Beaty.

 

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