Apologies to our two interview subjects for bumping them down thepage so quickly, but the season is upon us and we have meaningless analysis to get to. While perusing Barking Carnival the other day I came across the Texas Big Board according to Scipio Tex. Since I found the post interesting and he mentioned his interest in knowing what KU's Big Board would look like, I decide to throw mine out their for the masses (It should also be noted that I'm stealing his entire format as well as idea). Enjoy…
Rod Harris, Jr.
Comments: You can see here what you probably already knew. The team is heavy on skill players, solid on the line, but clearly there are some holes to fill from last year. At this point Crawford is entirely a guess on my part but having seen the guy and knowing what he did at the JUCO ranks I think it's at least somewhat warranted. The one that worries me the most is how far down I have Adrian Mayes as I thought he was the definite low-man last year. Here's to hoping I have him pegged a little too low…
Richard Johnson, Jr.
Comments: Again, no real surprises here with linebackers dominating the board. Of more concern is the d-line, which only had two representatives in the top ten. That being said, there are still 7 reps among the 20 slots so it's not like they don't have the bodies to throw out there. Of similar concern to me would be the depth at cornerback. Harris and Harper are somewhat proven commodities, but beyond that it's hard to know what we can expect from Barfield, who is one of only two others listed on the roster as a CB (of course, since Mangino runs this team no one knows where he'll play anyone once the season actually starts).
The biggest difference between the two units is depth. Offensively, I'd be surprised if a player not on my list had any sort of impact on the year. Defensively, though, I got to twenty before I could incorporate Jake Schermer, Tang Backeyie, Maxwell Onyegbule, Darius Parish, Patrick Dorsey, etc. The first three of which are sure to see the field and could definitely make an impact; that isn't going to happen on the other side of the ball.
Before we go, I'd also like to provide you with a link to an Excel spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is organized by tabs and features a schedule for every team in America (denoted by helmets) and even has a tab for the five biggest games of each week. Download and save.