Kansas soccer is enjoyable once more and right here’s why


People … I hope you’re sitting down for this.

Kansas soccer could be enjoyable once more.

After what seems like ages sitting within the doldrums of school soccer, Kansas soccer could be not solely enjoyable, however aggressive on the sport. The Jayhawks are 2-0 and are fourth within the nation in factors per recreation, sitting at a tidy 52.5 factors per outing.

What’s thrilling, nevertheless, is the way in which that the Jayhawks are creating explosive and sustainable offense. Kansas head coach Lance Leipold has stated earlier than that his offense is predicated on successfully working the soccer, but additionally eager to have the power to take pictures downfield. In his second 12 months with the Jayhawks, the scheme is lastly matching up with the personnel.

So let’s discuss Kansas’ offense, and why they’re making the Jayhawks must-see.

Various personnel pairings and diversified offensive schemes

Lance Leipold is a large zone primarily based offensive coach. Final 12 months the surface zone scheme made up a majority of what the Jayhawks needed to run, however they ended up working inside zone 128 instances, by far the main idea of their offense in accordance with Sports activities Information Options(SIS). Additionally they solely ran any option-based play as soon as. Their EPA per run ended up being -0.171.

This 12 months, the Kansas offense seems to be like they’re leaning extra into the triple possibility (school soccer writers and intensely on-line folks rejoice), nevertheless it’s not the service academy triple. Based on SIS, the Jayhawks have run some type of the triple possibility on 22 snaps, fifth most within the nation, and the one 4 groups above them run a real beneath middle triple possibility. Leipold and the Jayhawks are utilizing triple possibility ideas, however from the shotgun, permitting their steady of athletes to get out in area whereas additionally manipulating eye self-discipline and creating benefits by means of movement and totally different personnel.

The Jayhawks have a troublesome steady of backs, however what stands out is just one of them are under 200 kilos. They’re all robust runners between the tackles, however shifty sufficient to make you miss. Devin Neal is the star of the group, and the previous Honorable Point out All-Massive 12 again combines nice imaginative and prescient with toughness between the tackles to guide the group.

The triple possibility ideas are so cool from the gun as a result of you may nonetheless play with defenders eyes. In opposition to Tennessee Tech, Kansas would run the triple possibility a number of methods, from a full home like proven above, or with a receiver turning into the pitch man after stepping into movement. The Jayhawks would preserve giving the ball to the again time and again, till the second {that a} security’s eyes get misplaced. Then they’re off to the races.

Kansas can run this offense out of any personnel too. They use Jared Casey (he of 57-56 lore) as a fullback/H-back, digging out any second degree defenders. They’ll get into 12 personnel (2 tight ends and one working again) and drive groups to maintain their base personnel on the sphere.

In opposition to West Virginia, this potential to govern second-level defenders eyes is on excellent show. The Jayhawks line up with two backs within the backfield, and a good finish off the road of scrimmage. The Jayhawks appear like they’re working the triple with break up zone motion, they usually’re hoping to govern the defenders who’re on the second degree. That is for the linemen, and creating higher angles. These guys are circled right here:

The break up zone motion mixed with Neal (4) working behind QB Jadon Daniels strikes the linebackers and the security that’s in the course of the sphere, creating a large gap for Daniel Hishaw Jr. to run nearly untouched into the endzone:

At a faculty the place you may’t essentially recruit each 4 and 5 star within the nation, creating benefits by means of deception and eye manipulation is essential, and the Jayhawks beneath Leipold are doing that this 12 months.

The Jayhawks even have an offensive line that returned 4 of its’ 5 starters from a unit that allowed solely 17 sacks and 133 pressures, sixteenth within the nation (min. 100 passing makes an attempt). By 2022 the unit has solely allowed 5 pressures and hasn’t given up a sack. These guys go to WORK, and it’s enjoyable to look at:

The passing recreation has additionally popped for the Jayhawks this 12 months, and that’s primarily as a result of…

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels is a DUDE

The 6’0, 215 pound junior performed in six video games final 12 months and received the beginning job within the spring, however he has full management of this offense. With the way in which the Jayhawk offense can manipulate eyes on the second degree, it pries open passing lanes that Daniels hits with accuracy:

What stands out essentially the most about Daniels although is how aggressive he’s as a passer. Leipold himself says he needs to take pictures downfield, and Daniels exhibits not solely the decisiveness to take these pictures, however the arm energy to tug it off. That is play motion off of a break up zone look, and Daniels sees he has his receiver in a one on one going downfield. It results in this rainbow of a throw:

Daniels is an efficient soccer participant, man. Kansas’ sign caller has the athleticism to run level on this offense, but additionally create for others downfield:

Thus far, Daniels is twenty third within the nation in whole EPA and is thirty first within the nation in adjusted web yards per try, at 9.4 yards each time he throws the ball. Not solely is he including EPA, he’s doing it whereas throwing the ball nearly on the sticks each time he drops again. Oh, and he’s additionally throwing an on-target move 82.2% of the time. Looks as if QB to me.

The Jayhawks’ schedule will inevitably get tougher, doubtlessly beginning this Saturday after they play Houston. The Cougars have a quick and bodily defensive position, so the offense shall be examined early and sometimes. Nonetheless, ought to the Jayhawks come out with a win…we’d have to debate the potential for the Jayhawks not solely being enjoyable, however ranked.

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