Remember on some of the older NCAA Football video games where they had all-time great teams? I feel like I remember that, although I couldn’t tell you what editions. At the very least, some of the more recent versions had historical teams that you could play with.
Anyway, the other day, friend of mine - a K-State fan - showed me this list of K-State players. This list appears to be limited to the Bill Snyder era, which, let’s be honest, makes sense. But it got me to thinking that it’s time to try and piece together an all-time team for KU football.
However, my list won’t be restricted to the last 30 years. This is an ALL-TIME team. So in EA Sports depth-chart style, here is my recommendation for the All-Time Great Kansas Football Roster. (All that’s left is to come up with player ratings, EA Sports. Let me know if y’all need any help with that.)
NCAA Football 14 limits you to 70 roster spots, so without further ado:
The Ultimate KU Football Depth Chart
|WR4||Steven Sims Jr||2015-18|
|TE1||Otto Schnellbacher||1942, 46-47|
|CB1||Ray Evans||1941-42, 46-47|
Unlike the K-State list, only 26 of our 70 guys played in the last 30 years, which in a way speaks to the state of Kansas football over the past three decades. But, it also speaks to some of the really strong teams KU has put on the field post-World War II.
Overall, what do you think? Do you go full Mike Leach Air Raid? Or maybe go full triple option and get as many of those halfbacks and fullbacks on the field as possible?
In today’s college football, you would probably have to go with the second-string offensive line, simply due to the sheer size and strength of opposing defensive lines. But if you could play another historical team, I think you could do quite well with any of those guys.
And let’s be honest - if you’re going with a 4-3 base defensive scheme, you’re starting all three of those middle linebackers. A 3-4 is probably the way to go, and a 4-2-5 shouldn’t have any trouble shutting down anything today’s spread Air Raids could throw at you.
You could make arguments for some snubs, maybe along the third string. I could understand pitches for Gabe Toomey or James Holt or Bradley McDougald and probably a few others. But overall I think this all-time team could hold its own against just about any other school out there. Your thoughts?