Kansas at Rice: Player Power Rankings

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas at Rice: Player Power Rankings

1. Ben Heeney, LB

Heeney was the best player on the field for both teams and it's not even close. He was all over the field, going from sideline-to-sideline, dropping into coverage and putting pressure on the quarterback. Heeney had 15 tackles, 11 coming of the solo variety.

2. Isaiah Johnson, S

Nine tackles and an interception that led to KU's second touchdown. He'll need to close in on receivers quicker or he'll give up the home run.

3. Dexter McDonald, CB

Starting to see a theme here? The defense was pretty good Saturday. McDonald had an interception and broke up three passes. Was with his man step for step the entire night.

4. Tony Pierson, WR/RB

Five touches? That's all he gets is five touches? Weis and Heaps have to do a better job of trying to get the ball in his hands. He's the most dynamic playmaker on the team. The 77 catch and run for a score is perfect example. And he's got his own hashtag (#ThatsWhatSpeedDo), so bonus points.

5. James Sims, RB

Sims had an average James Sims night running for 109 yards on 19 carries.

6. Trevor Pardula, P

Three of his six punts went further than 50 yards, including a 59-yard bomb that was inside the 20. Averaged 47.8 yards per punt.

7. Jake Love, LB

Pursued the ball well and recorded five solo tackles.

8. Keba Agostino, DL

Recorded three solo tackles and two assists, including a helper on a tackle for a loss. Showed some explosiveness off the line.

9. JaCorey Shepherd, CB

Looks more comfortable at cornerback after having a season under his belt. He broke up three passes.

10. Victor Simmons, Nickel

Followed up last week's eight-tackle game, with four against Rice.

Honorable Mention:

Chris Boswell, K, Rice: I can see it now: With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select... That would be so Jacksonville. But he hit field goals of 40, 28 and 56 yards. He might have the best leg in college football. If there's one better, I haven't seen it.

Dog House:

Charlie Weis: Needs to call more plays that involves Pierson, it's as simple as that.

Jimmay Mundine: Drops on drops on drops. Started running before he had the ball and had a critical drop in the fourth quarter that seemed like a sure touchdown.

Offensive Line: Needs to protect Heaps better. He's getting flushed out and he's running around. He's better when he can sit in the pocket and go through his levels.

Heaps: The timer in his head needs to be going off. Threw some really great balls that hit receivers in the hands/numbers, but also through some Dayne Crist-esque balls that were thrown at receivers' feet. Still not panicking, he just needs to be better.

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