The Breakdown

Explaining how KU’s fake field goal was called and why it didn’t work

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* This week's Breakdown will look at Kansas' failed fake field goal on fourth and 10 in the second quarter of Saturday's 41-14 loss to Baylor. Video is below. Let's first explain the ...

How a two-hand tug and a positioning error helped Texas convert on fourth and six

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* This week's Breakdown will look at Texas' fourth-and-six conversion against Kansas in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 21-17 victory. Video is below. (Note: Lubbock Smith's interception is ...

Tanner Hawkinson adds to highlight film with block on James Sims’ 30-yard TD run

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* I figured this week would be as good as any to break down a good play for Kansas, so here's running back James Sims' 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Jayhawks' 20-14 loss ...

KU loses numbers game during Collin Klein’s (untouched) 28-yard TD run

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* Kansas coach Charlie Weis said his biggest disappointment during last week's 56-16 loss to Kansas State was the plays when a Wildcat scored without getting touched. I wanted to take a ...

‘Coach’ grades Dayne Crist’s performance against TCU

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* After hearing so many different opinions about Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist's performance against TCU, I thought this would be a good week to take a broader view and have Coach look over ...

What’s wrong with KU’s defense? Examining the issues against Oklahoma State

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* For this week's breakdown, I pulled out three successful offensive plays from Oklahoma State in its 70-28 victory over Kansas. My question to Coach this week was simple: What stands out ...

Showing why (on one play) a Georgia Tech player was so wide open

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* Let’s take a look at Tevin Washington's 52-yard touchdown pass to Roddy Jones in the third quarter of Georgia Tech's 66-24 victory on Sept. 17 to see where KU's breakdown was ...

Coach’s scouting report: Kale Pick and Jordan Webb

According to Kansas coach Turner Gill, the competition for the starting quarterback job is pretty much down to two candidates: sophomore Kale Pick and freshman Jordan Webb. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jun/02/practice.jpg What are the ...

Why fundamentals really are important, especially when defending the option

It seems like every week, when talking about correcting things, we hear Kansas coach Mark Mangino preaching about fundamentals. By now, it seems cliche. Of course KU needs good fundamentals. Every team does. Very rarely, though, do we talk about what happens when players don’t play ...

Why Texas Tech’s draw plays worked so well against KU

Welcome back to "The Breakdown," where we'll look at some KU plays each week and try to go a little more in-depth into why it did or didn't work. I promise we'll get to some successful KU plays in the future. But for this week, I wanted to look at what made a pair of Texas Tech draw plays ...