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2006 Football Season Review: Rushing Offense

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Sorry about this being delayed. I had it all set to post on Saturday, but accidentally exited out of the webpage deleting all of my progress. Bumma! Anyways, let's talk about Jon Cornish and Co. today.

Runningbacks/Fullbacks:
Jon Cornish: 257 carries 1457 yards 8 TD
Kerry Meier: 99 carries 344 yards 5 TD
Jake Sharp: 21 carries 129 yards 0 TD
Brandon McAnderson: 31 carries 122 yards 5 TD
Todd Reesing: 13 carries 106 yards 2 TD
TOTAL: 438 carries 2117 yards 20 TD (including 5 other players with 14 rushing yards or less)

Departing Backs: Jon Cornish

Returing Backs: Sam Archer (Soph.), Donte Bean (Soph.), Gary Green II (Jr.), Nick Kurtenbach (Sr.), D'Marcus Lang (Soph.), Brandon McAnderson (Sr.), Angus Quigley (Soph.), Bruce Ringwood (Sr.) and Jake Sharp (Soph.)

Incoming Backs: Carmon Boyd-Anderson, Steven Foster and Brian Murphy

Cornish leaves as one of the better RB's in Jayhawk history as well as leaving a big hole in our offensive production. Promising Sophomores Jake Sharp and Angus Quigley figure to get an long look to become the every down back, with Boyd-Anderson possibly figuring into the mix. My choice for next year's RB? I know it's just December 20th, but what about last year's FB Brandon McAnderson being the feature back next season? He could probably handle the position, so if neither Quigley or Sharp comes out strong I say give McAnderson a shot at it.

Departing Offensive Linemen: Jake Cox, Travis Dambach, David Ochoa and Bob Whitaker

Returning Offensive Linemen: Marcus Anderson (Sr.), Rameses Arceo (Sr.), Ryan Cantrell (Jr.), Anthony Collins (Soph.), Matt Darton (Jr.), Matt Mann (Sr.), John Marshall (Soph.), Adrian Mayes (Jr.), Justin Pessetto (Soph.), Ceasar Rodriguez (Sr.), Jose Rodriguez (Soph.), Alex Smith (Soph.), Chris Whitchurch (Soph.), Carl Wilson (Soph.) and Ian Wolfe (Soph.)

Incoming Offensive Linemen: Chet Harley

Harley should come in right away and take over a starting positon, most likely left or right guard. Other than that, we will look for some candidates to emerge during spring practice to fill the rest of the holes, as we lost 3/5 of our starting line to graduation this season.

Where Do We Rank?
Rushing Yards Per Game: 176.4 yards a game (24th in NCAA/4th in Big 12)
Total Rushing Yards: 2117 yards (27th in NCAA/5th in Big 12)

Next time, we will look at the weakness of the 2006 Jayhawks team, the Passing Defense.

On Saturday we get our first real test in a while as the Eagles of Boston College pay a visit to Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised by CBS at 2:00 PM EST, and I will have a more complete game preview than this previous one.