Watch out college football world, Kansas is coming for you. At least that’s what wide receiver Steven Sims believes.
Head coach David Beaty found himself at The Well Bar in Kansas City for the team’s “Football in June” event and was joined by some of his players, including defensive linemen Dorance Armstrong, Josh Ehambe and Daniel Wise, linebacker Joe Dineen, center Mesa Ribordy, tight end Ben Johnson and receiver Steven Sims.
Sims first addressed the team’s improvements in the weight room thanks to new strength coach Zac Woodfin, saying, “I think we’re going to be a way more explosive team, more flexible. I think that’s going to help us win a lot of games.”
But Sims really came out strong telling KUSports.com:
“Our coaches and everybody on the team is hard working and we’re going to prove everybody wrong.”
Beaty just added to that comment, saying:
“We expect to go to a bowl game. That’s big talk but we have to go do it.”
Now to reach a bowl game, Kansas would have to win 6 games this season, more than they’ve won the past 3 seasons combined (5).
That being said, I respect Beaty for trying to instill as much confidence into the Jayhawks as he possibly can. No one that’s been in this program for the past couple or few seasons have come anywhere close to a bowl game. And as the old cliche goes, if you’re not going to believe in yourself, who will?
That being said, a jump from 2 to 4 wins would be an enormous success for Kansas. KU has 3 winnable games to open the season against Southeast Missouri State, Central Michigan (don’t tell that to Oklahoma State) and Ohio. They could be anywhere from 3-0 to 1-2 over this stretch.
But to reach Beaty’s accomplishment of a bowl game, they can’t settle for anything less than 3-0 to start the season. If so, they’d have to beat Texas Tech at home, Iowa State on the road, and try and pick someone else off. It all seems like just too much to happen this season in a Big 12 that may not have a National Championship contender, but has a very deep stable of teams. Even the bottom of the conference with KU, like Iowa State, is improving drastically.
So while there is no obvious path to a bowl game for the Jayhawks, it’s easy to make that claim in June.
Heck, that’s why they play the games, right?
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