Kansas Football Rank 106 Overall for Return to Production Ahead of 2021 Campaign | Jackson’s Diary

A trio of Oklahoma defensemen close in on Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels on November 7, 2020, in Norman, Okla.

After an offseason that has seen many changes in roster and coaching staff, Kansas’ football schedule will be below the national average in terms of a return to production ahead of the 2021 season.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly released their updated return production rankings via his personal Twitter account on July 6. The list should provide a better understanding of where the 127 Division I lists stand in terms of what they report.

In this latest update, the Jayhawks rank 106th nationally returning 67% of their production from a 0-9 campaign in 2020.

The national average for return to production this offseason is 76.7%, which is actually up from previous years (2014-20) when the national average was 62.5%. In fact, only 14 teams are currently below the typical national average this summer.

Kansas isn’t the lowest-ranked Big 12 team in that specific category, however. Texas are expected to bring back 59% of last year’s production, placing the team in the nation’s 118th overall.

Iowa State, meanwhile, leads the Big 12 for the return to production. The Cyclones have recovered 88% of their production after reaching the conference title a year ago. They arrive at No. 24 in the nation.

TCU and Kansas State are the only other teams in the league listed in the top 70 in return production. The Horned Frogs rank 63rd at 77%, while the Wildcats rank 70th at 76%.

Oklahoma, which is the favorite to repeat as the Big 12 champions, is ranked 73rd in the country in what it brings back. The Sooners notably have the league’s preseason pick for offensive player of the year, Spencer Rattler, once again under center.

Baylor is ranked 78th at 75% and Texas Tech is 86th with a 74% clip. The state of Oklahoma is ranked 91st, returning 73% of its production from last fall. West Virginia is just above KU, dropping 68% of its production to 103rd in college football overall.

It’s also worth noting that KU’s two non-conference FBS opponents are on opposite ends of this list.

Coastal Carolina comes in 17th with 89% of her production coming back from an impressive season in 2020. Duke, who is set to face KU in the last week of September, only has 57% back from last year to place 120th in the country.

On offense, Kansas have their two best passers and their main return receiver this fall. Milestone Daniels and Miles Kendrick combined to pitch all but 10 of KU’s attempted passes in 2020. Kwamie Lassiter II is back for one more season after catching 43 balls for 458 yards and two scores.

On the defense, junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. returns after surveying the Jayhawks with 58 total tackles. He recorded 40 solo saves, while also scoring two interceptions and getting three pass deflections. Defensive end Kyron Johnson also has one more season after making 42 tackles last fall.

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