October 6, 2006

Inside Slant: Kansas vs. Texas A&M

When Kansas has the ball:

The Jayhawks will be going up against a different look this week than your standard defensive alignment. Texas A&M plays a 4-2-5 defense which is supposed to get an extra defensive back on the field and more speed.

In the middle of the A&M defense is Red Bryant, a 6-foot-5, 320 pound defensive tackle. The ends have good size and athletic ability. So far the secondary has given up some passing yards on the year against suspect competition.

Once again the big question is who will be under center for the Jayhawks? According to Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione it doesn't matter in terms of game-planning.

"I think Meier is a little more apt to be the running quarterback," Franchione said. "But I mean they're not going to change their offense dramatically I don't think for either one. They will just do a few more running things with Kerry than with Barmann -- at least in what little we've gotten to see at this point in time."

We think the quarterback matters, because Meier will present a different option with his running ability. But either way we expect balance. Offensive coordinator Nick Quartaro has done a job of keeping things mixed up.

The Jayhawks will have to get Cornish going early and if that happens it will open a lot of things. We think the running game can get going because the A&M defense gives up some run-stopping ability with the extra defensive backs.

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