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2004 Season | Team Page
The Lowdown 2005 Schedule
Coach: Mark Mangino
(4th season, 12-24)
2004 record: 4-7
Big 12 finish: 2-6 (t-5th North)
2004 I-A offensive rankings: Rushing: 110th (94.0 ypg)
Passing: 53rd (220.5 ypg)
2004 I-A defensive rankings:
Rushing: 23rd (117.6 ypg)
Passing: 76th (227.8 ypg)
Date Opponent
Sept. 3 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 10 Appalachian State
Sept. 17 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 1 at Texas Tech
Oct. 8 at Kansas State
Oct. 15 *Oklahoma
Oct. 22 at Colorado
Oct. 29 Missouri
Nov. 5 Nebraska
Nov. 12 at Texas
Nov. 19 Iowa State
* in Kansas City
Depth Chart: Offense
6 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
WR 13 Marcus Herford Fr. 86 Marcus Henry So.
WR 83 Mark Simmons Sr. 88 Dexton Fields Fr.
WR 22 Brian Murph Sr. 80 Dominic Roux Jr.
LT 71 Cesar Rodriguez So. 57 Scott Haverkamp Fr.
LG 77 Bob Whitaker Jr. 64 Jake Cox Jr.
C 72 Todd Haselhorst So. 50 Ryan Cantrell Fr.
RG 74 David Ochoa Jr. 69 Travis Dambach Jr.
RT 55 Matt Thompson Sr. 78 Anthony Collins Fr.
TE 85 Derek Fine So. 81 Jim Reuber Fr.
QB 7 Adam Barmann Jr. 8 Jason Swanson Sr.
RB 30 Clark Green Sr. 29 Jon Cornish Jr.
Depth Chart: Defense
8 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
DE 97 Jermial Ashley Sr.   Rodney Allen Jr.
DT 90 Tim Allen Sr. 91 Wayne Wilder Jr.
DT 93 James McClinton So. 79 Chris Brant Jr.
DE 99 Charlton Keith Sr. 98 Paul Como Jr.
LB 7 Nick Reid Sr. 37 Joe Mortensen Fr.
LB 45 Kevin Kane Sr. 58 Mike Rivera Fr.
LB 5 Banks Floodman Sr. 33 Eric Washington Jr.
CB 3 Charles Gordon Jr. 17 Ronnie Amadi Sr.
CB 20 Theo Baines Sr. 26 Donnie Amadi Sr.
SS 28 Aqib Talib Fr. 24 Jerome Kemp Jr.
FS 32 Rodney Harris Jr. 23 Rodney Fowler Sr.
Special Teams
Ps. No. Player Yr.
K 39 Scott Web So.
P 15 Kyle Tucker So.
KR 3 Charles Gordon Jr.
PR 3 Charles Gordon Jr.
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When it comes to rebuilding Kansas' football program, head coach Mark Mangino jokes that making progress is like "sawing wood."

"Just keep after it," Mangino often said, "and eventually you'll get the job done."

The problem is that, instead of using an electric blade, Mangino is approaching the 2005 season with nothing more than a butter knife. Yes, even with one of the conference's top defenses, Kansas seems to have enough problem spots to keep it from improving on its 4-7 record of a year ago.

The Jayhawks' biggest deficiencies are on offense, where glaring weaknesses exist in two key areas: quarterback and running back. With leading rusher John Randle dismissed from the team and Adam Barmann and Jason Swanson still battling to become Kansas' starting signal-caller, it appears the Jayhawks will have even more trouble scoring points this fall than they did in '04.

OFFENSE

Kansas would challenge for the Big 12 North title if only it didn't lack two key ingredients -- a proven quarterback and a big-play tailback.

Barmann started the first eight games under center in '04 before a shoulder injury forced a premature end to his sophomore season. Still, even when healthy, the 6-foot-4 QB hardly posed a threat to opposing defenses. He had trouble when his first option was covered and often ended up forcing passes. Swanson, a junior college transfer, struggled to adapt to the Division I-A level last season. But Mangino seems more comfortable using Swanson now that he's had a year of experience.

The X-factor could be incoming freshman QB Kerry Meier, who chose Kansas over Kansas State and Texas A&M. Meier has said he wants to redshirt, but he may not be afforded that luxury.

Kansas took a major hit during the offseason when Randle was dismissed from the team following yet another run-in with the law. With Randle out of the mix, the Jayhawks will look to senior Clark Green to spark a ground attack that averaged just 94.0 yards per game a year ago.

KU boasts an experienced line with the return of players such as Bob Whitaker and Matt Thompson. The Jayhawks' receiving corps is the best it's been in years, with Mark Simmons, Brian Murph and Marcus Herford leading the way. Still, someone has to get them the ball.

DEFENSE

Along with being one of the Big 12's best, this is easily the top defense Kansas has fielded since the Glen Mason years. Leading the way is linebacker Nick Reid, a returning first-team All-Big 12 selection who notched 109 tackles in '04. Reid is the marquee player in a linebacking trio that includes fellow seniors Kevin Kane and Banks Floodman.

Third-team All-America cornerback Charles Gordon returns after tying for the national lead with seven interceptions last year. And the Jayhawks boast a pair of menacing defensive ends in Charlton Keith and Jermial Ashley.

The key will be whether Kansas' offense can sustain drives long enough to give its defense a break. As good as it was in 2004, Kansas' defense often wore down in the third and fourth quarters simply because the Jayhawks' offense had trouble mustering a first down.

SPECIALISTS

Former kicker Johnny Beck may have been sporadic when it came to accuracy, but his NFL-caliber leg made Kansas a constant threat for long field goals. Scott Webb is money on extra points and short kicks, but he hardly has Beck's leg strength. Webb missed from 37 and 55 yards in Kansas' spring game.

Kyle Tucker, who took over as a true freshman in 2004, could blossom into one of the Big 12's top punters by season's end.

FINAL ANALYSIS

The Jayhawks have a defense good enough to contend for the Big 12 North title, but the Jayhawks' championship hopes will be dashed because of an offense that will struggle all season to put points on the board. It also doesn't help that Kansas plays its first four Big 12 games away from Memorial Stadium. That could be a major momentum-killer for a program that's managed to stay upbeat in tough times.

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