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OSU Five Spot: Five players, coaches in the spotlight for OSU vs. Kansas

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Modified: November 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm •  Published: November 19, 2010

The term “trap game” gets thrown around just about every time some team goes from a big game to a dud game these days. Often, it's out of place. Not today. Not with frequently KO'd KU up and high-stakes Bedlam on deck. The Jayhawks have produced occasional outbursts (Georgia Tech and a 35-point fourth quarter against Colorado). And it is Senior Day in Lawrence. Still, the core Cowboys haven't allowed a loss of focus this season. And they shouldn't today. Not with high-stakes Bedlam on deck.

Five guys on the spot today:

WR Justin Blackmon, Cowboys

With bad news building around Auburn's Cam Newton by the minute, the Heisman race could become a free-for-all. Blackmon could make his case with a monster game here, setting himself up for the spotlight of Bedlam.

DC Bill Young, Cowboys

There's an easy way to squash trap-game trappings on the road: squash the enemy offense. The Jayhawks are ill-equipped to hang around. Don't let them. Young's biggest chore may be making sure his crew is zoned in.

QB Quinn Mecham, Jayhawks

All week long, KU players and even coach Turner Gill have talked about the need to score and keep pace. That's only happening through the air, meaning Mecham will have to be better than his 3 TD/4 INT showing so far.

RB Kendall Hunter, Cowboys

The Jayhawks rank No. 110 nationally in rush defense, allowing 205.5 yards per game. If Hunter — and Kansas-product Joseph Randle — expose that weakness today, the Cowboys could make this trip to-and-from Lawrence simple.

DE Jake Laptad, Jayhawks

Laptad is a quality defensive end who can pressure the quarterback. And he's a Bill Young disciple, recruited to KU by Young. On Senior Day, Laptad will be looking to show his old mentor what he has become.