Sep 22, 2012; DeKalb, IL, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) scores a touchdown against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the second half at Huskie Stadium. Northern Illinois defeats Kansas 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Staff Roundtable: Most Important Jayhawk Against Kansas State


This week the Kansas Jayhawks will play their biggest game of the season against Kansas State. Right now, the Wildcats are undefeated and looking to just cruise past their interstate rivals. Collin Klien is having a great year and seems to be putting up points at will for KSU this season.

However, who needs to step up the most for the Jayhawks this week against Kansas State? Does Dayne Crist need to play better and be the leader this team needs? Does the rushing game need to “put the team on their back” in order for the Jayhawks to win? Does the defense need to carry all the work in order to stop Collin Klein?

The staff at Through the Phog takes a look at who is truly the most important Jayhawks coming into this week’s game against Kansas State.

George: The most important player for Kansas against Kansas State has to be Bradley McDougald. For Kansas to stay in the game, McDougald and Toben Operum are going to have to pressure Klein. Turnovers are going to have to happen.

Ricky: James Sims and the rest of the Jayhawks rushing attack are the most important players heading into this week’s game against KSU. Dayne Crist has not been the true leader Kansas needs and will not be a leader in this game. Sims and Tony Pierson will need to carry the load in order to make Crist look good. Honestly, all KSU needs to do is shut down the run to beat Kansas because Crist will not outshine Klein in this contest.

Who Needs to Step Up the Most for the Jayhawks This Week?

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