Far be it from me to criticize or think I know more than my team's head coach (at least until my next article). I'm not above pointing out a few potentially slanted statistics though. Here are a few tidbits you might like to know.
In six games with So. Michael Cummings as the primary quarterback, including a dismal seven-point effort in his first career start on the road at Oklahoma, Kansas has averaged 17.5 points per game. Scratch the OU game and that average score jumps to just a shade under 20.
In 10 games with Dayne Crist and Jr. Jake Heaps as the starting signal-callers, Kansas has scored more than 17 points just four times. During those 10 games, the Hawks did average 19.5 points per game, but take out two 31-point efforts against FCS opponents and that number dips to 16.6.
I suppose I should point out that Cummings has zero wins in six tries as a starter, while former five-star blue-chip quarterback prospects Crist and Heaps are 3-7 combined as starters.
Kansas has won eight games in the past four seasons. In five of those wins, Sr. James Sims rushed for more than 100 yards. In one of the other three games he was on the bench serving a suspension, and in a second he ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
In Kansas' 30 losses in the past four seasons, Sims has rushed for 100 yards just 7 times. Six of those occurrences came last season, and four of them after switching to Cummings at quarterback.
This season, Sims accounts for 26 percent of Kansas' offensive yardage and 22 percent of Kansas offensive touchdowns this season. He does take more than 31 percent of the total offensive touches, though the tendency for rushes to garner fewer yards per attempt than receptions is a factor in that "underperformance."
So far in 2013, Jr. F-back Tony Pierson accounts for more than 30 percent of Kansas' total yardage on a mere 15 percent of the total offensive touches.. However, he has scored just one of the team's nine total offensive touchdowns this season.
At 21 catches and 352 yards in his career, Jr. Andrew Turzilli leads all active wide receivers in career receptions and yards (Sr. Christian Matthews has 14 catches and 165 yards). He is tied for first in touchdowns (he and Jr. Justin McCay each have one).
This season his lone 28-yard touchdown catch, in the only game in which he's played snaps at wide receiver, makes him the No. 3 wide receiver by yardage (and tied for first in touchdowns).
Jr. wide receiver Connor Embree leads all Jayhawks with nearly 15 yards per touch (eight touches, 118 yards) so far in 2013, excluding Turzilli's single touch for 28 yards.
In 16 games under Head Coach Charlie Weis (who also serves as the offensive coordinator), the Kansas offense averages just 18.3 points per game and just over 350 total offensive yards per game.
In 24 games under Head Coach Turner Gill (with Chuck Long serving as offensive coordinator), the offense averaged 19.7 points per game. (On the other hand, more than 38 percent of those total points came in just four games, which is less than 17 percent of the schedule). The Jayhawks tallied those point totals, though, on only 310 total offensive yards per game.
I don't have the exact statistics, because I stopped adding almost immediately. With barely a glance at the rest of the Big 12's results during that tenure, one can tell that Kansas' point totals in particular have been by far the worst in the conference. Many sarcastic wisemen have pointed out that, in a contest such as football, the team that wins more points at the end of the game wins nearly every time (occasionally wins are vacated). The defense hasn't been great either, but it's fair to say that part of the the Jayhawks aren't winning is because they're bad at moving the ball and, especially, scoring points.