Charlie Weis Using JUCO Transfers To Turn Around Kansas Jayhawks

By Amanda Staver
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The Kansas Jayhawks have a lot of work to do before the start of the 2013 college football season. While taking a look at their schedule, it seems as though it may be another 1-11 season on their hands.

It will be head coach Charlie Weis‘ second year running the program. He is seriously looking at the possibility of starting the season continuing on their 11-game losing streak. Their only win in 2012 was opening weekend, against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

Weis has now gone full throttle on bringing in JUCO transfers to help turn things around. Weis and company signed 18, yes 18 JUCO transfers on National Signing Day in February. A rather risky move by Weis – genius if it works out – but the likelihood that all the transfers will all be able to get down with the playbook, live up to expectations and have the right grades is very slim.

They transferred for a reason. Let’s just hope Weis remembers that when trying to work up a game plan for 2013. If it does end up working out, Kansas just landed themselves a bus full of experienced players to help move them out of their slump. Chances that it will all work out aren’t high. Remember we are talking about Charlie Weis here.

The Jayhawks relied on a transfer quarterback at the start of 2012 until he got himself benched mid-season. They are going with the same game plan for 2013 as BYU transfer Jake Heaps is set to take over. Heaps was a Cougar for two seasons and broke freshman passing records before losing the job to Riley Nelson.

Even though it doesn’t show in their record, the Jayhawks’ defense is showing signs of spark. Dave Campo has done a decent job, especially with the secondary. Losing key players will force the Jayhawks to get as many reps on guys as possible. Eleven early enrollees on the roster are on the defense, so hopefully that will help some.

If Kansas doesn’t find themselves on the winning side of a couple games this season, Weis may once again be on the hot seat. With that said, I think his seat is always hot.


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