P Curtis Ansel

2002 Statistics

Coach: Mark Mangino
2-10, 1 year
2002 Record: 2-10
at Iowa State LOST 3-45
at UNLV LOST 20-31
at Tulsa WON 43-33
at Baylor LOST 32-35
at Missouri LOST 12-36
at Nebraska LOST 7-45

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

Overall, KU will be lucky to improve much on its 2-10 showing from 2002. The Jayhawks' talent level is far behind that of its Big XII competitors. In its two encounters with the cream of the Big XII crop last season, blowout losses to Nebraska and Kansas State, KU was outscored by a total of 109-7.

Although Mark Mangino is an excellent coach who has managed to bring some football talent to Lawrence (much of it through the junior college route), the Jayhawks are outmatched on a week-in, week-out basis for Big XII play. This season's schedule offers a handful of opportunities to earn the school's first Big XII win of the Mangino era - home games with Missouri, Baylor, and a depleted Iowa State squad. Even these three teams, hardly the class of the conference, beat KU by a combined 69 points in 2002.

The non-conference schedule should be good for a few wins, thanks to less-than-challenging home games against UNLV, Northwestern, and Jacksonville State. It is a reflection of the state of the program, however, that only the JSU game can be considered a lock. Kansas must also travel to Laramie, Wyo. to face the Cowboys - a tough matchup.

With athletic director Al Bohl out the door in Lawrence, Mangino's job security must begin to be questioned. Although the former Oklahoma and Kansas State assistant has not had nearly enough time to turn the Jayhawks' fortunes around, the new athletic director (the position had not been filled at press time) may want to install his own hire as the football coach. Double-digit losses should result in a revamped approach for 2004.

Projected 2003 record: 2-10
QB Bill Whittemore
QB Bill Whittemore
SS Nick Reid
C Joe Vaughn
QB - 3.5 DL - 1.5
RB - 3 LB - 1
WR - 2 DB - 3.5
OL - 1 ..

Passing: Bill Whittemore, 305-151-6, 1666 yds., 11 TD

Rushing: Clark Green, 197 att., 813 yds., 4 TD

Receiving: Clark Green, 37 rec., 408 yds., 0 TD

Scoring: Bill Whittemore, 11 TD, 66 pts.

Punting: Curtis Ansel, 82 punts, 42.2 avg.

Kicking: Johnny Beck, 7-17 FG, 23-27 PAT, 44 pts.

Tackles: Nick Reid, 62 tot., 37 solo

Sacks: Nick Reid, 6 sacks

Interceptions: Remuise Johnson, 6 for 7 yds.

Kickoff returns: Greg Heaggans, 28 ret., 24.7 avg.

Punt returns: Remuise Johnson, 19 ret., 6.5 avg.


OFFENSE: Byron Gasaway-WR, Justin Sands-OT, David Hurst-OG, Greg Nicks-C, Tony Damiani-OG, Marcellus Jones-WR
DEFENSE: Charlie Dennis-DE, Greg Cole-LB, Leo Etienne-LB, Johnny McCoy-FS, Jake Letourneau-SS

written by Collin Mickle

For the second straight year, Kansas' offense is in good hands. Quarterback Bill Whittemore, the Big XII's 2002 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, should be even better in his second year at the helm of Mark Mangino's offense. Despite playing in only nine games, Whittemore accounted for 22 touchdowns - 11 each passing and rushing. Whittemore's athleticism and strong arm are the perfect combination for Mangino's version of the spread offense. Individually, he will be tough to stop.

Another standout position for the Jayhawks' offense will be at running back, where all but one major contributor return. Sophomore Clark Green shone, both in leading the team with 813 yards rushing and as the Jayhawk's second-leading receiver. Look for Green to be a receiving focus again. Joining him in the backfield will be senior reserve tailback Harold McClendon and a pair of fullbacks, juniors Brandon Watkins and Austine Nwabuisi. True freshman Jerome Kemp had an outstanding spring and could replace McClendon as the top reserve.

After those two positions, however, it will be rough sailing for the Jayhawks, who finished no better than eighth in the conference in 2002 for every major offensive category.

The Jayhawks will have to replace the bulk of their wide receiving production due to the loss of starting wideouts Byron Gasaway and Marcellus Jones. Junior Brandon Rideau and senior Derrick Mills, the third and fourth wideouts of 2002, will have to step into the starting lineup. Sophomore Mark Simmons will also see plenty of time as the third receiver. Junior Gary Heaggans and redshirt freshmen Charles Gordan and Dominic Roux will provide depth, but are unproven in real-game capacities. This could be a surprise position with the accolades these newbies have compiled in prep ball. Accordingly, talented juco transfer Lyonel Anderson will be the tight end.

Kansas finished ninth in the Big XII in rushing. But they must replace four players (and the top reserve) from 2002's offensive line. That does not bode well for the Kansas rushing attack. The inexperienced group is led by returning starter Tony Coker at right tackle. Senior Adrian Jones, who spent the previous three years of his KU career at tight end, will play left tackle. Sophomore Justin Henry will play at one guard position, while juco transfer Joe Vaughn settles in at center. Seniors Danny Lewis and Nick McCaslin will compete to see who can fill the remaining guard slot. Really, anyone who can prove that their helmet-to-helmet technique works will get a shot.


TB Clark Green


Returning Starters in bold
QB Bill Whittemore-Sr Brian Luke-So
FB Austine Nwabuisi-Jr Brandon Watkins-Jr
TB Clark Green-So Jerome Kemp-Fr
WR Brandon Rideau-Jr Gary Heaggans-Jr
WR Derick Mills-Sr Mark Simmons-So
TE Lyonel Anderson-Jr Denver Latimore-Sr
OT Adrian Jones-Sr David Ochoa-Fr
OG Bob Whitaker-Fr Tony Coker-Jr
C Joe Vaughn-Jr ..
OG Justin Henry-So Nick McCaslin-Jr
OT Danny Lewis-Sr Travis Dambach-Fr
K Johnny Beck-Jr ..



written by Collin Mickle

After finishing last in the Big XII in rush defense and total defense, the Jayhawks (at least) return plenty of experience on the defensive line. The unit is led by a pair of junior tackles, Travis Watkins and end David McMillan. Sophomore NG Tim Allen, who started seven games last season, joins Watkins inside. More experience and increased playing time means his production numbers should skyrocket for the undersized (6-1, 260) but talented Texan. Senior Reggie Curry and redshirt freshman Kyle Knighton will compete for the other end position.

Sophomore free safety Joe Reid leads the secondary, which returns three starters - and to make a judgement, none of whom are Reid. Reid, who is the team's top returning tackler, played linebacker in 2002, thanks to injuries to several of the starters at the position. With the depth at linebacker improved, defensive coordinator Bill Young moves Reid back to the defensive backfield, where he can use his impressive speed and hard-hitting to greatest effect. Corners Remuise Johnson and Donnie Amadi combined for seven interceptions and 16 passes defended. Donnie's twin brother Ronnie is competing with senior Bobby Birhiray for the nickel-back job.

Senior strong safety Zach Dyer is one of the most interesting stories on the team. A former quarterback, Dyer moved to safety last season and totaled 46 tackles in just five games. Dyer enters the fall as the full-time starter, and should improve considerably in his second season at the position.

The linebacking corps, a team-strength last season, is the defense's major weakness in 2003. With Reid's return to safety and the graduation of senior stars Greg Cole and Leo Ettienne, the position loses a combined 264 tackles and 12 sacks. Sophomore Banks Floodman (entered 2002 as the starter at one outside linebacker position but was sidelined for the season with an injury, prompting Reid's move from safety) regained his job with a solid spring, although his rehab is not yet complete. Ditto senior Glenn Robinson, who will take one of the remaining two spots.

Sophomores Kevin Kane, Brandon Perkins, and Darren Rus will compete for the final spot. All three saw plenty of action as 2002 reserves and special teamers. No matter who wins the competition, all three will get plenty of playing time as Young tinkers with player combinations to determine his best lineup.


CB Remuise Johnson


Returning Starters in bold
DE Monroe Weekley-Jr Cory Kipp-Sr
NT Tim Allen-So Sid Bachmann-Sr
DT Travis Watkins-Jr John Cannon-Fr
DE David McMillan-Jr Chuck Jones-Jr
LB Banks Floodman-So Glenn Robinson-Sr
MLB Kevin Kane-So John McCoy-Jr
LB Brandon Perkins-So Gabe Toomey-Jr
CB Remuise Johnson-Sr Shelton Simmons-Jr
CB Donnie Amadi-So Marcus Hicks-Jr
SS Nick Reid-So Zach Dyer-Sr
FS Tony Stubbs-Jr Markeith Childress-Jr
P Curtis Ansel-Sr ..




As befits a 2-10 team, senior punter Curtis Ansel was one of Kansas' few bright spots. Ansel averaged 42.5 yards per punt as a junior and was one of 10 finalists for the Ray Guy award. Ansel is a solid directional kicker with 28 career punts downed inside the 20.

As solid as Ansel has been in his Jayhawk career, junior placekicker Johnny Beck has been as inconsistent. Beck hit only 7-of-17 attempts as a sophomore, a .412 mark, worst in the Big XII. Mangino and the rest of the Jayhawk coaching staff can be expected to search for a more reliable alternative for Beck, but none has presented itself so far.

Kickoff returner Greg Heaggans, who set a single-season KU record for kickoff yardage (due in part to the many scores given up by the Jayhawks' defense) returns. Heaggans averaged 24.7 yards per, a respectable figure. Not as impressive was the numbers turned in by punt returner Remuise Johnson. Johnson, the only KU player to return a punt all season, averaged only 6.5 yards per return on 19 attempts. Again, only 19 returns say much about 2002's defensive stopping ability.

KU's coverage teams were steady in 2002, ranking near the middle of the conference at 18.8 yards per kickoff return and 5.8 per punt return. With the attrition at linebacker and defensive end, however, reserve players are being forced to take on larger roles, which could weaken the special teams if reserves cannot take over when needed.