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Kansas sophomore running back Khalil Herbert has had a breakout of sorts over the last two weeks as the Coral Springs, Florida, native has exploded for a combined 428 yards in games at Ohio and against West Virginia.
Herbert was challenged by the Jayhawk coaching staff after the first two games to pick up his practice habits and boy has he risen to the challenge. After only getting 10 yards on four carries through the first two contests of 2017, Herbert made his presence felt at Ohio by picking up 137 yards on 19 carries against the Bobcats.
Following that high level of production, the Kansas staff chose to make Herbert a featured cog in the game plan heading into the West Virginia game. Herbert rewarded the staff for making that decision by turning in the top rushing performance in the FBS so far this year against the Mountaineers.
Herbert rushed for 291 yards against WVU, including two runs of 60 yards or longer. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry on the day as he tallied the most rushing yards by a Jayhawk since Tony Sands turned in 396 yards against Missouri in 1991.
Herbert’s 291-yard performance put him at third on KU’s all-time single-game rushing chart, moving him one place ahead of the legendary Gale Sayers—whose top day as a Jayhawk saw him rush for 283 yards against Oklahoma State in 1962.
Another underclassman stepping into the spotlight shows the future is very bright for Kansas football.