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5 Reasons Why Kansas Jayhawks Football Will Be Better In 2011

Ben GartlandAnalyst IIDecember 4, 2010

5 Reasons Why Kansas Jayhawks Football Will Be Better In 2011

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    The first year into the Turner Gill regime is over with disappointing results. A 3-9 record is the not the best for a new coach trying to make a name in the big program.

    Even with the disappointing season, the Jayhawks had their moments and thoroughly improved throughout the season. A lot of Kansas fans have already written off the Jayhawks for the next few years as a terrible team, but others were given hope by the performance of this young team.

    Next year the Kansas Jayhawks should be better, and here are five reasons.

5. DJ Beshears and James Sims

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    James Sims should expect more touchdowns in 2011.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    This running back combo will be back in full force next year. Beshears will be a junior and Sims will be a sophomore. Both of these running backs improved greatly throughout the season and will be even better next year because both will have starting experience.

    Their stats don't reflect their talent and, with some improved blocking, they could run all over the Big 12. 

4. The Quarterback Situation Will Be Figured Out

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    Look for Quinn Mecham to lead the team at Quarterback next year.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Three different quarterbacks started for Kansas this year. Kale Pick, Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham all started a game this year.

    Next year will be Mecham's last year so he will most likely get the call to start. He performed greatly this season with the highlight being his fourth-quarter comeback against Colorado.

    Pick wasn't very impressive and will most likely be the third-string quarterback next season.

    Webb struggled at first but found his niche and finished strongly with a decent performance against Missouri. Webb will be a sophomore next year and will likely be the backup to Mecham, but will probably take the starting job in 2012. 

3. The Jayhawks Will Have Better Cohesion

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    Look for the Jayhawks to have better unit cohesion next year.Eric Francis/Getty Images

    The 2010 Jayhawks consisted of a mixture of a few upperclassmen with the majority of the team being sophomores or freshmen. With a young team, the players don't work as well together as if they were playing with each other as juniors or seniors. Next year the Jayhawks will be able to compete as an entire unit, instead of a few good players. 

2. The Jayhawks Will Have More Experience

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    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Many starters for the 2010 Jayhawks were starting at the collegiate level for the first time. Of course there was going to be some struggles. Next year the Jayhawks will have another year of experience to work with, and it will pay off in 2011.

1: The Jayhawks Will Become More Familiar With Turner Gill

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    The Turner Gil era will be be on the right path next year.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    After the Mark Mangino fiasco, the Jayhawks hired a coach who was almost the complete opposite.

    Turner Gil's way of coaching was different than what the upperclassmen were used to, and it showed on the field. Next year the Jayhawks will be ready for Gill's way of doing things, and they will perform better on the field.

    Thank you for reading, and comments are always appreciated!

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