No. 3 Concern: Sizable talent gap still evident defensively for Kansas football
Missed tackles and poor pass coverage were central themes of the last game. Texas players were far too strong for the Jayhawks, while Adonai Mitchell and Xavier Worthy had 5-to-10 yards of separation on every route they ran. The Kansas football defense was outmatched in every way possible.
This is something I expect to see less of in future games. UT’s whole roster only consists of four and 5-star recruits, especially on the defensive end of the ball. Kansas’ defensive talent is more comparable to the Oklahoma State’s and Iowa State’s of the conference.
The growth of Austin Booker is something to keep tabs on. He continues to be a difference-maker on the Kansas D-line and forces pressure on the quarterback constantly. He’s a project player but could be one of the best edge rushers in the conference next year if he returns.