The Kansas Jayhawks took to the field last Friday as they displayed their 2018 Spring Showcase. Typically, one would say Spring Game, but this is not the case for Kansas. Instead, the Jayhawks who “lack depth” were forced to put on a live scrimmage rather than an actual game.
Despite being unable to truly see what the Jayhawks have in store in terms of an actual game, there were some positive takeaways from the Spring Showcase, including the impacts each new-recruit for 2018.
Throughout the showcase, the defense did their part, practically stuffing the run game each and every play and preventing every quarterback from moving down the field. The defense, which could be one of the top defenses in the Big 12, came to play and already look prepared for the 2018 season. However, it is the offense that every Jayhawk fan should be worried about.
Four-star running back, Anthony Williams did not look like his typical self throughout the scrimmage. He was unable to make the cuts he made all-throughout high school and seemed to struggle in his few plays.
A big credit to Williams’ lack of production is the strong defensive line for Kansas, but if Williams can find a way to make plays against the Jayhawks’ defensive line, he should be able to make plays against every team’s defensive line.
Another recruit who saw the field was four-star cornerback Corione Harris. Harris, unlike Williams, was on the field seemingly the entire game. Although he was unable to walk away with any turnovers or major plays, he showed his consistency and his ability to prevent opposing teams from moving downfield.
The first 20 plays of the game were all passes, and the Jayhawks completed 14 of those passes and threw one interception. Harris was a tremendous help in preventing too many completions as well as preventing the offense from making any throws for huge chunks of yardage.
The defense only allowed two field goals in the time they played which shows not only how good the Jayhawks’ defense could be but also how bad Kansas’ offense could be.
Another recruit to take the field was JUCO quarterback Miles Kendrick. Although none of the quarterbacks had any flashy games, Kendrick did display a little bit of speed and ability to move out of the pocket. Kendrick has also proven that he could make a run for the starting quarterback at some point next season.
Once again, the Jayhawks disappointed their fans by not having a Spring Game, but there were enough positive takeaways to give those fans some hope. If Kansas has any hope of winning games next season, they will need more production from their offense. For now, the Jayhawks have given their fans something to look forward to.