Can Montell Cozart and John Reagan spark a woeful offense?
Cozart, a sophomore quarterback from Bishop Miege, won the starting job in the spring. Reagan, a first-year offensive coordinator, is back at Kansas after serving as an offensive assistant under Mark Mangino last decade. After spending the last three seasons as Rice’s offensive coordinator, Reagan will bring a familiar no-huddle spread offense back to Lawrence (You might remember a similar scheme during Mangino’s last years). Reagan (and KU coach Charlie Weis) will be banking on Cozart, who completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes last season.
Who will replace James Sims’ yards in the backfield?
Sims piled up two straight 1,000-yard seasons before finishing his career last year. But the Jayhawks do have options in the run-game. Senior Brandon Bourbon took first-team reps in the spring, while senior Taylor Cox returns after being granted a medical redshirt last year. Junior college transfer De’Andre Mann could also be in the mix. Former Gardner Edgerton star Traevohn Wrench didn’t qualify academically and is headed to junior college, but speedy freshman Corey Avery could have the opportunity to play.
Is Nick Harwell the answer at receiver?
Harwell, a transfer from Miami (Ohio), put up monster numbers during his sophomore and junior seasons in the Mid-America Conference. He caught 97 passes for 1,425 yards as a sophomore. After sitting out a year, will the skills transfer to the Big 12?
Can the offensive line hold up?
The Jayhawks will once again go to battle with a makeshift offensive line. There are questions at center and both tackle positions. Can the new spread offense cover up some of the problems?
How good can the defense be?
Middle linebacker Ben Heeney, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, returns for his senior season. The Jayhawks also have a veteran secondary featuring former Rockhurst star Dexter McDonald. The defense took a step last season. Can it take another in 2014?