The Kansas Jayhawks approach this upcoming season with low expectations from the outside, but the coaching staff believes they will surprise a lot of people in the country. They are a team that finish 1-11 last season and had 0 conference wins. Their lone win was against South Dakota St. however, they did have several competitive games that were within one score including against Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma St. Quarterback Jr. Jake Heaps - The Former transfer from BYU, also the former #1 overall QB in his HS class, will finally have his shot at starting at KU. He had a very solid Freshman season at BYU followed by a not so spectacular sophomore year where injuries caught up to him. He had to sit out a season and redshirted last year, so needless to say, Heaps is ready to get back on the field. Heaps is a pro style QB who has decent throwing power and accuracy. He also has decent speed, but with a new coaching staff that has made it no secret that they love to run a spread option type offense, it's wondered by most how they'll use Heap. Player to watch in the future at this position Fr. Montell Cozart - Montell is the true definition of a Spread QB but currently, his skills are way too raw for him to start right away, or even next season. Cozart was the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 and was a finalist for the award again in 2012. Many are expecting Cozart to take over after Heaps graduates. Depending on how he develops, he could be a great player in the near future for the Jayhawks. Running Backs Sr. James Sims- The Dallas, TX native is happy to have a head coach from his home state. Sims became just the 11th Jayhawk in history to rush for over 1000 yards in a season last year and looks to do it again this year. Sims is more a power back so look for him to get a lot of carries each game. With a pro style QB, and a more ground and pound type starting RB, the coaching staff has to be looking at options outside the spread to get the most out of the talent in Lawrence. Jr. Tony Pierson- Pierson is more of a speed back and should see a fair amount of carries. Look for the Jayhawks to get him involved any chance they get. He has the big play ability that can change a game in a few seconds. He will take over full time as the feature back next season and should be ready. Wide Receivers Jr. Justin McCay- McCay is from Kansas City, a former 5 star recruit, that signed with Oklahoma and transferred after 2 years of seeing playing time in only 3 games. He comes into Lawrence as the best receiver on the team, and at 6'2, is more of a possession receiver. Coaches normally don't allow players to transfer to conference opponents, but OU must not have thought a lot of about this guy. McCay has a chip on his shoulder and is poised for a huge season. Jr. Andrew Turzilli- Andrew is a little taller, a little faster, but doesn't catch as well as McCay, but the redshirt Junior out of New Jersey has been solid for the Jayhawks in the past. With only about 500 yards total in 2 seasons, the Jayhawks will lean heavily on him to make plays as the 2nd option in the passing game. Tight End Jr. Jimmay Mundine- Another Texas Native was on the Big 12 honorable mention team last year. Mundine isn't great at anything really, but he's decent enough at the position and let's face it, he's the best Kansas has. He can't block well, doesn't have much speed, not a lot of size, but the kid plays with HEART! Offensive Line JR LT Pat Lewandowski- This guy has switched from defensive line and will be the starting tackle for the offensive line this year. The coaching staff is worried about this, but again, he's been the best we have. He has decent enough pass blocking and impact blocking, so Heaps is hoping to keep the pass rush away from him. SO LG Damon Martin- Damon is another Texas native who is decent at both aspects of blocking. He is young, so the staff is hoping he can end up being a 3 year starter for them. If he can stay healthy, he could be something to watch when he's a Sr. Unfortunately for Jake Heaps, he will be gone by the time this guy is really good at anything. SR RT Riley Spencer- The lone SR on the line, and the most talented lineman, missed every game but 1 last year due to injury. He's hoping to have an injury free year, and hoping to play very well to possibly get some NFL looks. Riley is a pretty good pass blocker and can really lay you out. He will be the one leaned on HEAVILY to block. If he cannot hold up, the Jayhawks offense will be in trouble. Defensive Line SR LE Jordan Tavai- Decent speed and good finesse moves could lead to some big plays for Jordan. As a Sr., his experience will be heavily leaned on. The Jayhawks will be switching to the 4-3, something they're not used to playing, so it will be interesting to see how Jordan reacts. JR DT Andrew Bolton- The Junior College transfer from Hinds CC will come in and start right away in the 4-3. Bolton is kind of a wildcard as not many know much about him. A lot of division 1 schools stayed away from him when he was in High School due to academic reasons, which is why he ended up at a Juco. He did turn down an offer from LSU so the kid can't be bad. Linebackers ROLB Jr Ben Heeney- Ben is a Kansas native and is probably the best player on this KU roster. He's very quick with great pursuit of the play and isn't going to miss too many tackles. The Jayhawk defense is going to look for him to call the plays and make several plays throughout the game. The coaching staff has given Ben the defensive captain name and expect him to have a huge season. LOLB SO Jake Love- Jake has football in his blood as his father player at Northwestern and OK st. back in the day. Jake played in every game last year as a redshirt freshman, and started 4 games. He'll be a full-time starter this season. He needs to improve his coverage a lot, but like Ben, he's not going to miss many tackles. Secondary FR CB Greg Allen- Allen, out of Houston, TX, redshirted last season, but his senior year of high school, he was rated as one of the top 25 defensive backs in Texas. Right now, Allen is slated to start at the #2 spot. He has decent speed and coverage and uses his strength to really press receivers and knock them off their routes. They'll need him to be a playmaker this season and for seasons to come. Sr. FS Dexter Lincoln- Dex, another Texas native, is looking to have a huge Senior Season. He's played in every game the last two seasons and will finally get his chance to be a starter. He has great speed for Safety and plays very well in zone coverage. He does struggle with man, but should only be matched up against Tight Ends, so the Jayhawks are hoping that won't be exposed as much. On Paper, this team doesn't look like a contender, and surely doesn't look like a bowl eligible team. However, I wouldn't count this team out.