Kansas Comets Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Northeast Tech

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KANSAS COMETS

Coach: JIMMY DUSHANE

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 4-6

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 2-8

2014 – 1-9

2013 – 6-5

OFFENSE

The run game and ball control are two ways the Kansas offense will look to control the pace of the game and grind out wins. Head coach Jimmy Dushane wants the success of the past and the efforts in the offseason to translate into victories on the field.

“As a coach, I would like to see the hard work from the weight room translate to the football field. We have been state champions and state runner-up the past two years,” said Dushane.

Daris Glass (5-8, 160, Sr.) rushed for 867 yards with a 6.4 per carry average last season and is expected to be the go-to guy in the run game out of the I-formation. Zack Lamont (5-9, 240, Sr.) is a versatile player seeing time on the line and at fullback. He will also play on the defensive side of the ball. Brent Morikawa (5-9, 160, Sr.) will get a few carries and be utilized in the passing game. Morikawa rushed for 91 yards last season. Also look for Chance Kolyske (6-0, 170, Sr.) at wide receiver where he caught 13 balls for 83 yards a year ago. Easton Wiggins (6-0, 170, So.) is tasked to lead this offense and with the amount of seniors around him, success may come a little easier this season. Wyatt Curtiss (6-0, 190, Sr.) is a nice change-of-pace back that can add some power to the run game.

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DEFENSE

Seven starters return to the field for the Kansas defense this season. Among them is Jager Pifer (6-0, 180, Jr.) at outside linebacker. Pifer recorded 76 tackles as a sophomore. Glass will also play linebacker where his speed allows him to close on the ball. In 2017 he notched 102 tackles averaging 10 a game. Lamont will start at defensive end giving the Kansas defense someone that can pressure the opposing offense off the edge. William Houston (5-9, 200, Jr.) and Blaine Pickup (6-0, 200, Sr.) round out the linebacker corps for Kansas. Houston grabbed 59 tackles a year ago with Pickup adding 18 of his own. Playing opposite Lamont at end is junior Jacob Jones (6-0, 195). Jones had 20 tackles and four sacks in 2017. The defense will base out of the 4-3. Assistant coaches include Todd Lankston, Todd Phillips, Jake Phillips and Cole Mott.

SCHEDULE

8-30 – vs. Colcord

9-7 – at Ketchum

9-14 – at Westville

9-21 – vs. Nowata

9-28 – vs. Salina

10-5 – at Chelsea

10-12 – vs. Wyandotte

10-18 – at Adair

10-26 – vs. Metro Christian

11-2 – at Chouteau-Mazie