LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas didn’t have a single wide receiver score a touchdown last season, so it makes sense that an overhaul of the passing game would be in order this spring.
Coach Charlie Weis has been working to install a new quarterback in former BYU starter Jake Heaps, who had to sit out last season while redshirting and then watched the Jayhawks finish 1-11 as Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist struggled.
“You can’t worry about what happened last year,” said Heaps, who is No. 1 on the depth chart entering Saturday’s spring game. “You have to focus on correcting the mistakes from last year and building on those things, developing a mindset and an attitude that we are going to win games and we are getting there.”
Along with a new quarterback, the Jayhawks are trying to find someone dependable he can throw the ball to, and that means tinkering with their most successful offensive group: running backs.
Tony Pierson and James Sims shared carries much of the season, but after Pierson sustained an elbow injury, Weis started to explore his potential as a wide receiver. Apparently, he liked what he saw, because Pierson is now catching passes on 80 percent of his touches in spring ball.