University of Kansas

KU football season at a glance

2011 record:

2-10 overall, 0-9 Big 12 (10th)

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Key starters lost:

LB Steven Johnson; TE Tim Biere; RB Darrian Miller.

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Key starters returning:

OT Tanner Hawkinson; G Duane Zlatnik; RB James Sims; WR Kale Pick; S Bradley McDougald; LB Toben Opurum.

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Banking on …

Senior quarterback Dayne Crist. Charlie Weis’ program facelift began with Crist, a Notre Dame transfer who became a captain just a few months after arriving on campus. For the first time since former QB Todd Reesing was a senior in 2009, the Jayhawks will have an unquestioned leader under center — and a quarterback who has a mastery of the offensive system.

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Don’t bet on

Defensive coordinator Dave Campo to work miracles. KU ranked dead last (120th) in Division I in total defense last season. An infusion of juco defensive linemen will no doubt speed up the rebuilding process, but the Jayhawks still have to face a Big 12 schedule. And even a much-improved D will likely rank somewhere near the bottom of the conference.

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Smart money is on …
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