If you take a quick look at the 2010 Kansas Jayhawks, their 3-9 record jumps off the page at you. However, for Georgia Tech the numbers 28-25 hold special meaning as it was these same Jayhawks that upset the Yellow Jackets by that same score in Lawrence. Tech entered that game 1-0 and ranked No. 15 in the country only to be shocked by Kansas. There should be no shortage of motivation as you can rest assured that coach Paul Johnson and his staff won't let this year's football team forget last season's loss.
A Closer Look At The Jayhawks
Coach: Turner Gill 3-9 in 2nd season at KU, 23-39 overall
Last Season: 3-9, 1-7 Big 12 North
Returning Starters: 15 (seven offense, eight defense)
Key Players: QB Jordan Webb, RB James Sims, LB Steven Johnson
All eyes will be on sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb as he was recently named as the team's starter after a battle in fall camp for the job. Webb through for 1195 and seven touchdowns last season as a freshman and figures to be the best option for the Jayhawks at this point. Webb's case as starter could be helped if he can get a solid contribution from running back James Sims and the Kansas running game. Sims ran for over 700 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman last season.
The good news is that the Kansas defense can't get much worse than it was in 2010. The Jayhawks surrendered 206.4 yards a game on the ground and gave up 291 in the win over Georgia Tech. That has to improve this season if they are going to have any chance of success in the Big 12.
After what should be a couple of warm up wins for the Yellow Jackets, Tech will be looking for revenge when Kansas comes to Atlanta. Sims and company may provide a little bit of a challenge for the Tech defense, but the Yellow Jackets' offense should be able to control the line of scrimmage and roll up big numbers on the ground once again.