2011 Kansas Jayhawks football team

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2011 Kansas Jayhawks football
Conference Big 12 Conference
2011 record 2–10 (0–9 Big 12)
Head coach Turner Gill (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Chuck Long
Defensive coordinator Vic Shealy
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 50,071)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Oklahoma State $   8 1         12 1  
No. 15 Kansas State   7 2         10 3  
No. 13 Baylor   6 3         10 3  
No. 16 Oklahoma   6 3         10 3  
Missouri   5 4         8 5  
Texas   4 5         8 5  
Texas A&M   4 5         7 6  
Iowa State   3 6         6 7  
Texas Tech   2 7         5 7  
Kansas   0 9         2 10  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Jayhawks were led by second year head coach Turner Gill and played their home games at Memorial Stadium. They were a member of the Big 12 Conference.

The Jayhawks were picked to finish last by most voters in the preseason Big 12 polls. The Jayhawks conference schedule began with a loss at home to Texas Tech and ended with a loss to the Missouri in the Border Showdown game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Jayhawks finished with a 2–10 record, 0–9 in Big 12 play, and did not play in a bowl game for the third straight year. The Jayhawks had one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The Jayhawks schedule is currently ranked 4th in the nation according to Collegefootballpoll.com. During the season, the Jayhawks played Texas A&M and Missouri as members of the Big 12 for the final time, as both schools left for the SEC in July 2012.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 6:00 PM No. 20 (FCS) McNeese State* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 42–24   41,068[1]
September 10 6:00 PM Northern Illinois* Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS FCS W 45–42   48,084[2]
September 17 11:30 AM at Georgia Tech* Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA FSN L 24–66   42,025[3]
October 1 11:00 AM Texas Techdagger Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS FSN L 35–46   39,621[4]
October 8 2:30 PM at No. 7 Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK L 28–70   58,030[5]
October 15 8:15 PM No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS ESPN2 L 17–47   42,580[6]
October 22 11:00 AM No. 16 Kansas State Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS (Sunflower Showdown/Governor's Cup) FSN L 21–59   47,157[7]
October 29 6:00 PM at Texas Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX LHN L 0–43   99,211[8]
November 5 11:30 AM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA FCS L 10–13   51,575[9]
November 12 1:00 PM Baylor Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS L 30–31 OT  35,188[10]
November 19 11:00 AM at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX FSN L 7–61   86,411[11]
November 26 2:30 PM vs. Missouri Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO (Border War) FSN L 10–24   47,059[12]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

McNeese State[edit]

Game One – McNeese State Cowboys (0–0) at Kansas Jayhawks (0–0)
1 2 34Total
No. 20 (FCS) Cowboys 0 3 13824
» Jayhawks 7 14 71442

at Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas

  • Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 41,068
  • Source: [15]
Statistics McN KAN
First downs 22 23
Total yards 420 447
Rushes–yards 33–95 55–301
Passing yards 339 158
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 31–41–0 7–10–0
Time of possession 21:27 15:29
Team Category Player Statistics
McNeese State Passing Cody Stroud 22/27, 218 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Riley Dodge 11 carries, 45 yards
Receiving Champlain Babin 5 receptions, 108 yards, 1 TD
Kansas Passing Jordan Webb 7/10, 146 yards, 3 TD
Rushing James Sims 19 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD
Receiving JaCorey Shepherd 3 receptions, 107 yards, 2 TD

Northern Illinois[edit]

Game Two – Northern Illinois Huskies (1–0) at Kansas Jayhawks (1–0)
1 2 34Total
Huskies 7 14 14742
» Jayhawks 7 14 141045

at Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas

  • Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 48,084
  • Source: [15]
Statistics NIU KAN
First downs 27 32
Total yards 462 534
Rushes–yards 29–147 60–253
Passing yards 315 297
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 27–33–0 21–30–0
Time of possession 13:54 22:03
Team Category Player Statistics
Northern Illinois Passing Chandler Harnish 27/33, 315 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Chandler Harnish 11 carries, 89 yards, 3 TD
Receiving Nathan Palmer 9 receptions, 86 yards
Kansas Passing Jordan Webb 21/30, 281 yards, 3 TD
Rushing James Sims 26 carries, 110 yards, 2 TD
Receiving D.J. Beshears 7 receptions, 70 yards, 2 TD

at Georgia Tech[edit]

Game Three – Kansas Jayhawks (2–0) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2–0)
1 2 34Total
Jayhawks 7 10 0724
» Yellow Jackets 14 10 281466

at Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, Georgia

  • Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011
  • Game time: 11:30 a.m. CDT (12:30 p.m. local EDT)
  • Game attendance: 42,025
  • Source: [15]
Statistics KAN GT
First downs 19 24
Total yards 362 768
Rushes–yards 42–151 50–604
Passing yards 212 175
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 17–27–0 4–7–0
Time of possession 19:07 16:26
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas Passing Jordan Webb 11/19, 148 yards
Rushing Darrian Miller 11 carries, 53 yards, 2 TD
Receiving D.J. Beshears 5 receptions, 65 yards
Georgia Tech Passing Tevin Washington 4/7, 164 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Orwin Smith 5 carries, 157 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Orwin Smith 2 receptions, 108 yards, 1 TD

Texas Tech[edit]

Game Four – Texas Tech Red Raiders (3–0) at Kansas Jayhawks (2–1)
1 2 34Total
» Red Raiders 7 17 21045
Jayhawks 20 7 0734

at Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas

  • Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 39,621
  • Source: [15]
Statistics TTU KAN
First downs 28 26
Total yards 530 478
Rushes–yards 40–164 51–239
Passing yards 373 244
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 29–46–1 16–22–3
Time of possession 17:30 23:37
Team Category Player Statistics
Texas Tech Passing Seth Doege 29/46, 366 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Eric Stephens Jr. 26 carries, 124 yards, 2 TD
Receiving Cornelius Douglas 4 receptions, 98 yards
Kansas Passing Jordan Webb 16/22, 239 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing Brandon Bourbon 10 carries, 101 yards, 1 TD
Receiving D.J. Beshears 3 receptions, 76 yards

Roster[edit]

2011 Kansas Jayhawks football roster
(starters in bold)

Quarterbacks

  •  2 Jordan WebbRedshirt So.
  •  8 Quinn Meacham – Sr.
  • 14 Michael Cummings – Fr.
  • 16 Brock Berglund – Fr.
  • 17 Blake Jablonski – Redshirt Fr.

Running Backs

  •  3 Darrian Miller – Fr.
  •  6 Rell Lewis – Redshirt Sr.
  • 23 Anthony Pierson – Fr.
  • 25 Brandon Bourbon – Redshirt Fr.
  • 29 James SimsSo.
  • 37 Ryan Burton – Redshirt So.
  • 39 Josh Smith – Redshirt Fr.
  • 43 Ed Fink – Redshirt Fr.
  • 45 Nick Sizemore – Redshirt Jr.

Wide Receivers

  •  7 Kale PickRedshirt Jr.
  • 12 Christian Matthews – Redshirt So.
  • 15 Injury icon 2.svg Daymond Patterson – Sr.
  • 18 Neal Barlow – Redshirt So. (TR)
  • 20 D.J. BeshearsJr.
  • 22 Connor Embree – Redshirt Fr. (TR)
  • 26 Chase Knighton – Redshirt Jr.
  • 80 Ricki Herod – Redshirt Fr.
  • 81 Marquis Jackson – Fr.
  • 82 Andrew Turzilli – Redshirt Fr.
  • 83 Chris Omigie – Redshirt So.
  • 84 Brian Maura – Redshirt Fr.
  • 88 Erick McGriff – Redshirt So.
  • 89 JaCorey Shepherd – Fr.

Tight Ends

  • 11 A.J. Steward – Redshirt Sr.
  • 38 Justin Puthoff – Redshirt So.
  • 41 Jimmay Mundine – Redshirt Fr.
  • 44 Scott Baron – Fr.
  • 46 Chris McEnaney – Fr.
  • 49 Brandon Olson – Fr.
  • 85 Trent Smiley – Redshirt Fr.
  • 86 Tim BiereSr.
  • 87 Ted McNulty – Redshirt Sr.
 

Offensive Line

  • 53 Tom Mabry – Redshirt So.
  • 54 Justin Carnes – Redshirt So. (Long Snapper)
  • 59 Tanner Gibas – Fr. (Long Snapper)
  • 62 Cooper Kerns – Fr.
  • 63 Chad Kolumber – Redshirt Fr.
  • 66 Dylan Admire – Fr.
  • 67 Duane ZlatnikRedshirt Jr.
  • 68 Luke Luhrsen – Fr.
  • 69 Trevor MarrongelliRedshirt Jr.
  • 70 Gavin Howard – Redshirt So.
  • 72 Tanner HawkinsonRedshirt Jr.
  • 73 Damon Martin – Fr.
  • 74 Jeff SpikesRedshirt Sr.
  • 75 Travis Bodenstein – Fr.
  • 76 Bryan Peters – Fr.
  • 77 Jeremiah HatchRedshirt Sr.
  • 78 Josh Burgoon – Redshirt So.
  • 79 Riley Spencer – Redshirt So.

Defensive Line

  • 35 Toben OpurumJr.
  • 38 Josh Richardson – Redshirt Jr.
  • 55 Michael Reynolds – Fr.
  • 56 Javonte Daniel – Fr.
  • 62 Dylan Avery – Redshirt Fr.
  • 64 Randall Dent – Redshirt So.
  • 65 Mike Martinovich -Sr.
  • 71 Injury icon 2.svg John Williams – Redshirt Jr.
  • 78 Shane Smith – Redshirt So.
  • 90 Kevin YoungRedshirt So.
  • 91 Pat Lewandowski – Redshirt Fr.
  • 92 Patrick Dorsey – Redshirt Sr.
  • 93 Ben Goodman – Fr.
  • 94 Tyrone Sellers – Redshirt So.
  • 96 Keba AgostinhoSo.
  • 97 Richard Johnson, Jr.Redshirt Sr.
  • 98 JaQwaylin Arps – Redshirt Fr.
  • 99 Julius Green – Fr.
 

Linebackers

  •  2 Darius WillisRedshirt So.
  •  4 Prinz Kande – Redshirt So.
  • 17 Tunde BakareJr.
  • 31 Ben HeeneyFr.
  • 34 Huldon Tharp – Redshirt So.
  • 37 Brian Blackwell – Redshirt So.
  • 41 Jake Love – Fr.
  • 44 Malcolm Walker – Jr.
  • 46 Steve Mestan – Redshirt So.
  • 47 Isaac Wright – Jr.
  • 49 Tyler Hunt – Redshirt Jr.
  • 50 Jake Farley – Redshirt Fr.
  • 52 Steven JohnsonSr.
  • 53 Ryan Karlin – Fr.
  • 57 Colin Garrett – Fr.
  • 59 Blake Abbott – Redshirt Fr.
  • 60 Brandon Esposito – Redshirt So.

Cornerbacks

  •  5 Greg BrownRedshirt Jr.
  • 10 Corrigan Powell – Redshirt Jr.
  • 18 Adonis Saunders – Fr.
  • 19 Isiah BarfieldRedshirt Sr.
  • 22 Dexter McDonald – Redshirt Fr.
  • 26 Chris Robinson – Fr.
  • 30 Anthony Davis – Redshirt Sr.
  • 33 Tyler PatmonRedshirt So.
  • 39 Dominic Foreman – Jr.

Safeties

  •  1 Lubbock Smith – Redshirt Jr.
  •  9 Keeston TerrySo.
  • 14 Tyler Hill – Jr.
  • 24 Bradley McDougaldJr.
  • 27 Victor Simmons – Fr.
  • 32 Dexter Linton – Redshirt So.
  • 36 Brandon Hawks – Redshirt Jr.
  • 40 Ray Mitchell – Redshirt Fr.'
  • 43 Alex Matlock – Fr.

Punters

  • 13 Ron DohertySo.
  • 19 Victor McBride – Redshirt Fr.

Kickers

  • 10 Alex MuellerFr.
  • 13 Ron Doherty – So.

Postseason coaching change[edit]

Following their 59–21 loss to rival Kansas State, Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, expressed his displeasure to the Jayhawks performance during the season in a press conference. In the press conference, Zenger said "I don't expect any player, coach, administrator, fan or alum to accept the performance on the field today or in recent weeks. We will get this thing fixed. We will continue to evaluate the program on a week-by-week basis. At the University of Kansas, we will never make complete evaluations until the season is complete and the body of work is in." Many local sports analysts interpreted that statement as Zenger officially putting head coach Turner Gill on the "hotseat" meaning he could be fired if things do not change.[16] The day after losing KU's final game of the season to Missouri, Zenger fired Turner Gill who had a 5–19 record, 1–16 within the conference.[17] Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was hired to replace him on December 8.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McNeese State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. September 3, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. September 10, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Box Score". ESPN. September 17, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. October 1, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Box Score". ESPN. October 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. October 22, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  8. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns Box Score". ESPN. October 29, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones Box Score". ESPN. November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. November 12, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas A&M Aggies Box Score". ESPN. November 19, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Missouri Tigers vs. Kansas Jayhawks Box Score". ESPN. November 26, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks Schedule – 2011". ESPN. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  14. ^ "NCAA Football TV Listings". NCAA Football. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  15. ^ a b c d "2012 Kansas Football Media Guide". issuu.com. Kansas University Athletics. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  16. ^ McCollough, J. Brady (October 22, 2011). "Jayhawk AD: Football Program Evaluated on 'Week-by-Week Basis'". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  17. ^ "Gill Relieved Of Duties As Kansas Football Coach" (Press release). University of Kansas Department of Athletics. November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  18. ^ "KU to Introduce Charlie Weis as Football Coach" (Press release). University of Kansas Department of Athletics. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2014.