After their recent bye week, the Kansas Jayhawks will play their interstate rival, Kansas State. Kansas lost to Kansas State by a score of 59-21 when the two teams met last year. The Jayhawks tried to limit KSU’s quarterback, Collin Klein, but could not. Klein threw a career-high of 195 yards and one touchdown. He also tore up Kansas on the ground as he ran for 92 yards and four touchdowns.
This year, Collin Klein has been a force to be reckoned with. So far, Klein has thrown for 758 yards and five touchdowns (two interceptions). He has also rushed for 289 yards and five touchdowns. Klein seems to always find someway to get into the endzone by either passing or rushing. In the Oklahoma game, the Sooners kept Klein from throwing a touchdown, but he was able to run for one.
Is there a way to completely limit Collin Klein’s production? What can Kansas do on defense to make sure that the offense has the proper chance to shine on Saturday?
George: Kansas needs to put constant pressure on Klein. Nobody has done this. Klein is having a super season, but if he gets pressured into doing something he doesn’t want to do, then things could change.
Ricky: I do not think there is a way to completely limit Klein’s production. I feel like he will always find a way to get the job done. If you cover the pass, he’ll run. If you spy the run, he’ll pass. I do not think that he will “shoot himself in the foot” and that is the only way I see the Jayhawks winning. The Jayhawks will just need to try and force a mistake and see if it works or see if Klein shines like he has this season.
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