Iowa State defensive back Jomal Wiltz (17) tackles Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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The Eyes of Texas: Three Jayhawks the Horns will be watching

Posted November 19th, 2016

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On Saturday at Kansas, the eyes of Texas will be upon…

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

CARTER STANLEY, QUARTERBACK

Kansas has started three different players at quarterback, and Stanley is the latest to get his turn. The redshirt freshman earned his first-ever start in last week’s 31-24 home loss to Iowa State. He converted 26 of his 38 attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw his only interception with just over two minutes to play as the Jayhawks tried to rally for a tying touchdown.

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Iowa State defensive back Jomal Wiltz (17) tackles Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Iowa State defensive back Jomal Wiltz (17) tackles Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

STEVEN SIMS JR., WIDE RECEIVER

No one on either side of the field Saturday has more catches (60), receiving yards (739) or receiving touchdowns (7) than Sims, and his per-game averages for those categories also rank him among the top 10 in the Big 12. Sims, a 5-10 sophomore from Houston, has caught a pass in each of the 21 games he’s played in for the Jayhawks.

 

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 05: Kennedy McKoy #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers rushes against Fish Smithson #9 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half during the game on November 5, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 05: Kennedy McKoy #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers rushes against Fish Smithson #9 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half during the game on November 5, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

FISH SMITHSON,  SAFETY

Smithson leads Kansas with 70 tackles, 16 of which came in a 44-20 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 22. Smithson also has recorded three of Kansas’ seven interceptions, although he has yet to record any return yardage off those picks. He was the only Jayhawk to earn All-Big 12 first- or second-team honors in 2015.

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