KU Kenny Logan Jr.’s performance review in 2020 | Jackson’s Diary
As the clear leader in defense, it makes sense that junior security Kenny Logan Jr. was chosen to be one of two representatives for the Kansas soccer team on Big 12 media days this week.
Logan became one of the team’s top producers last year, playing in all nine games and leading the Jayhawks in tackles with 58 this year. He produced 40 solo saves to accompany three breakouts and two interceptions.
According to NCAA Premium Stats on Pro Football Focus, Logan recorded 444 total shots in 2020 after just 53 total games in 2019. He posted a coverage rating of 61.8 and a fighting rating of 61.5 in the fall. last, but even those numbers don’t explain everything he’s done on the football field.
Before Logan spoke to reporters on Thursday about the upcoming season, I took a closer look at what he accomplished in sophomore via PFF’s premium stats. Here are three things that came out:
End in force for the second season
For safety, Logan is not targeted that often in a particular game. Kansas State attacked him the most in 2020, connecting on all three passes thrown in his direction for 63 total yards in an unbalanced 55-14 affair on Oct. 24.
Logan had a nice response after one of his worst passing coverage games, however. After that, Logan has allowed just two receptions total in the last four games in a streak against Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. He gave up a total of 36 yards during that time.
For the season, Logan allowed nine receptions on 16 targets for a 56.3% receive rate in nine games. He allowed 138 total yards, including 33 combined yards after the catch.
If that stretch in the final month of the season was any sign that Logan was feeling more comfortable, it could mean the talented security is set for an even bigger year in 2021.
Best used as free security in the area
Logan was versatile last year in KU defense. It lined up as free security on 179 snaps, while moving in the box on 190 snaps. Logan was even used in the slot machine on a total of 64 games last year.
But it was clear that Logan was at his best playing free safety. According to PFF College Football Preview Magazine, Logan ranked second in the Big 12 in terms of free safety coverage, while that rating fell to 18th out of 24 qualifying safeties when he lined up in the box.
This would suggest that Logan is more comfortable when he can keep the action in front of him, which makes sense given his use in pass coverage. Per PFF, Logan played zonal defense on 77.5% of his coverage shots.
It will be interesting to see whether or not the new coaching staff build on Logan’s strengths as a player.
Ranked among the best of the Big 12 as a kick returner
Logan landed on the Honorable Mention All-Big 12 team as a returner, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he has ranked well by PFF in this facet of the game.
Among the top 12 players with at least 10 kickoff returns in 2020, Logan ranked fifth in the league with a 69.3 kick return score. He turned 14 kickoff returns into 352 yards by PFF numbers, which included the 104-yard touchdown against Iowa State.
Just behind Logan was KU wide receiver Jamahl Horne, who has been involved as a kick returner in each of the past two seasons. Horne posted a 67.9 punt return rating in 2020, racking up 339 total yards on 15 of those opportunities.
Logan and Horne are expected to continue to be an integral part of KU’s rematch this fall.