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Big 12 Media Days are right around the corner, which means the 2023 college football season is less than two months away.

The burning questions for every team are starting to build some momentum and at media days we will finally get the answers to some of those questions.

As each fanbase prepares itself for another season of Big 12 football, we’re here to help with the three biggest questions that each team is facing before heading to Arlington for Media Days on July 12-13.

With that being said, here are the three biggest questions that the Kansas Jayhawks are facing heading into 2023 Big 12 Football Media Days.

 

Is an Encore Possible?

After a shocking 6-7 season, including a bowl game, in 2022, the biggest question surrounding KU is whether or not last season was a fluke or if the Jayhawks are here to stay. The Jayhawks return 17 starters from last year’s squad, which bodes well for at least avoiding a major setback.

But for over a decade, KU was chalked up as an automatic win for every Big 12 opponent. Those days are over as Kansas’ three Big 12 wins last season ties their number of wins in the Big 12 from 2017 to 2021. This is a program that hadn’t won more than two conference games in a season since Mark Mangino was the head coach in 2008.

But now the question remains how Kansas handles being a team that is taken much more seriously by its Big 12 opponents.

 

Jalon Daniels Hype

Despite missing four games due to injury, Daniels was incredible last season, throwing for 2,014 yards and 18 touchdowns to four interceptions while completing 66.1% of his passes. He also added 419 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, making him one of the most dangerous dual-threats in the country.

And now, Daniels has been picked by the Big 12 media as the 2023 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. The last time we saw Daniels on the field was in the Liberty Bowl, when he put together a record-breaking 544-yard, six-touchdown performance to help lead a KU comeback down from 38-13. Daniels kept the Jayhawks in the game, bringing them all the way back to tie it 38-38 at the end of regulation before falling short in 3OT, 55-53.

But Daniels will now get far more attention from defenses who know they can’t overlook a Kansas offense that was second in the Big 12 in points per game last season. Is he ready and can he handle the hype and expectations that will surround this team and this offense? We’ll see.

 

The Defensive Questions

The biggest question marks for this team in taking the next step is whether or not they can step it up defensively, where they ranked last in the Big 12 in points allowed and yards allowed per game.

The good news is that the defensive back position should be stronger, with their top six players returning, led by Cobee Bryant, Ra’Mello Dotson and Kenny Logan, while also adding quality transfers like Damarius McGhee from LSU. Kansas returns its three starting linebackers, and add some veterans in the mix via the portal. The biggest questions are now up front, so we will see how Leipold and the players address these concerns this week.

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