RCW: Inside Football 3.14
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Kansas’ 24-21 OT win over Texas marked the Jayhawks’ first win over the Longhorns in 78 years. KU’s last win over UT came in 1938 when the Jayhawks edged the Longhorns, 19-18.
- Sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., is in the conversation for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after a dominating 2016 campaign. Armstrong finished the year with a Big 12 leading 20.0 tackles-for-loss. He ranks second in the conference with 10.0 sacks and also was credited with five more quarterback hurries. The Houston, Texas, native forced three fumbles and had two fumble recoveries to go along with his 56 total tackles.
- Sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., finished his second season sporting the Crimson and Blue as KU’s most versatile and explosive weapon on offense. Sims led the Jayhawks with 859 receiving yards on 72 receptions—both the highest numbers for a Jayhawk receiver since 2009. In addition to his receiving prowess, Sims completed one pass for 40 yards, carried the ball twice, returned punts in the season finale and scored on a two-point conversion.
- Armstrong and kicker Matthew Wyman were both named Big 12 Player of the Week for their play against Texas, marking the first time since 2008 that two Jayhawks snagged the conference weekly awards in the same week. Kansas had three players (punter Cole Moos, Oct. 15) honored in 2016, the first time since 2007.
- Freshman safety Mike Lee continued to grow comfortable with his role in the Jayhawk secondary as the season unfolded. Lee finished second on the team in total tackles with 77 stops on the year-despite missing the Ohio game and playing sparingly in the season-opener against Rhode Island. Lee finished the season leading the Big 12 Conference and ranking fourth in the FBS in solo tackles per game at 6.4. It marked the third-consecutive season a Jayhawk has led the Big 12 and ranked in the top five in the FBS in that category with Lee joining linebacker Ben Heeney (2014) and safety Fish Smithson (2015).