Dezmon Briscoe: Re-Writing Kansas Record Book

Oct. 7, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is on the verge of breaking two more school records at Saturday’s homecoming game when the No. 16 Associated Press-ranked Jayhawks take on Iowa State.

Briscoe only needs 33 career receiving yards to pass KU great and 20-year record holder Willie Vaughn. Vaughn set the record with 2,266 career receiving yards from 1985-1988. Currently, Briscoe, a junior, has 2,234 career receiving yards.

Briscoe has already broken one of Vaughn’s records this season as he recorded his ninth career 100-yard game, besting Vaughn’s eight. He set the record with 117 yards against Duke on Sept. 19.

If this is not impressive enough, Briscoe only needs three receptions to pass Mark Simmons KU record of 155 career receptions set from 2002-2005.

Briscoe has caught at least four passes in seven consecutive games and at least two passes in 22 straight games.

This is not the first time Briscoe has gone down in Jayhawk history. He has a long list of awards and records that follow his name.

One of his biggest records occurred against Oklahoma in 2008. Briscoe racked up 269 receiving yards against Oklahoma, which was not only a KU record, but was also the most in the country last year.

Other number one records on the KU books with Briscoe’s name include: most receptions by a sophomore with 92, most receptions by a sophomore in a single game with 14, most receiving yards in a season with 1,407, most receiving yards by a sophomore with 1,407, most receiving yards in a game with 269, most consecutive 100-yard games with six, most touchdown receptions with 23 and most touchdowns in a season with 15.

All of these records were set last season. It makes you wonder if he is going to break his own records this season.

Briscoe is also on the NCAA leader board for active players. He is ranked fifth with 23 career touchdown receptions.

Last season Briscoe was named All-America Honorable Mention, All-Big 12 Second Team, Insight Bowl Offensive MVP, KU co-Most Improved Offensive Player, KU Offensive Player of the Week vs. Oklahoma and Nebraska, and KU Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Missouri.

This year he has been listed as a candidate for the Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award. The Maxwell is given to the nation’s top player, while the Biletnikoff is given to the country’s top wide receiver.

Briscoe’s record-setting habit started his freshman year when he scored seven touchdowns for a freshman record for a season. After that he never stopped breaking records, and he should continue to do so against Iowa State on Saturday.