4. James Sims has obviously been one bright spot for Kansas. What are reasonable expectations for his senior season?
Sims wants to be a Top 5 back in the country this season and I don’t think that’s all that unrealistic. He worked just as hard this offseason as he did last and is now in even better physical shape than before. He continues to improve his speed and elusiveness and had been a consistent pile-mover for years. KU has great depth and talent throughout the RB position so some expect Sims to get fewer touches this season. But even if he does, the expected improvement of KU’s passing game could make Sims a more effective back even if he doesn’t carry as much of the load.
5. Where do you think Kansas’ greatest strengths are as a team, and where do you see potential weaknesses?
Obviously, with Sims and Tony Pierson and the return of Darrian Miller, running back is a strength. I also think this team has an underrated group of linebackers, led by Ben Heeney who finished third in the Big 12 in tackles in 2012. Heaps, in my opinion, is poised for a big year and could wind up somewhere on the all-Big 12 teams by the end of the season. As for weaknesses, a lack of experience, particularly on defense, could cause KU some problems, and the revamped offensive line, which has to replace more than 100 career starts by guys who graduated, will be a major question mark until it goes out and proves itself both in clearing the way for Sims and company and in keeping Heaps on his feet.
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