Kansas football: 10 observations from the Jayhawks victory over Illinois

Sep 8, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; A general view of the Kansas Jayhawks helmets prior to a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; A general view of the Kansas Jayhawks helmets prior to a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 26: Jer’Zhan Newton of the Illinois Fighting Illini speaks at Big Ten football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium on July 26, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 26: Jer’Zhan Newton of the Illinois Fighting Illini speaks at Big Ten football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium on July 26, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

8. O-line held its own against a top-10 draft prospect

Jer’Zhan Newton was everywhere in the backfield last night, but I think the Kansas football O-line stood its ground. Aside from a tough night from Ar’Maj Reed-Adams in his first game back from injury, the other four starters were on point.

The elusiveness of the running backs also assisted the O-line. I don’t know how many times I saw Neal or Hishaw cutting a corner around an Illini D-lineman. All I knew was that it was an extremely effective tactic.