Sep 22, 2012; DeKalb, IL, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes the ball against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the second quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Staff Roundtable: Did Sims and Kansas Run the Ball Well Against NIU?


Before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies, head coach Charlie Weis said that he would like to run the ball a little bit more. This was a good sign for Jayahwk fans because, before this game, Kansas had ran the ball well in previous games and they were getting a huge piece of the rushing attack back in James Sims.

Sims ran for 91 yards on 18 carries and had two rushing touchdowns. Kansas as a team ran for 179 rushing yards on 45 total carries (Sims had the only touchdowns).

Did Kansas run the ball enough against NIU and how well did Sims do in his Kansas return?

George: At moments, yes, Kansas did run the ball, and run it well. Though it seemed they abandoned it for the pass and quarterback Dayne Crist too early. Sims had a great game, but Pierson and Cox should have gotten more carries. They have a great trio of backs who deserve to get carries, its up to Weis to keep them all in action. On Saturday, he failed at this.

Ricky: Overall in the game, Kansas did run the ball effectively, but Sims cannot be the one to do it all. Pierson and Cox definitely need more carries to accompany Sim in the Kansas rushing attack. However, the rushing game needs to be the center of the Kansas offense.

I say this because I honestly have little to no faith in Dayne Crist. I feel wish him at the helm of the Kansas passing game that the Jayhawks are in bad shape.

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