Author: Steven Wallace

Steve Wallace has worked for Gridiron Heroics since July of 2022. He covers the Kansas Jayhawks and College Football. A UCLA graduate, he lives in Kansas with his family.

Here we go Jayhawk fans!  After four weeks of high-scoring wins against competitive teams, a 3-1 Iowa State team comes to Booth Memorial Stadium for a showdown with the 4-0 Jayhawks.   Without further ado…your Kansas Jayhawks vs Iowa State Cyclones Quicklook! https://twitter.com/KU_Football/status/1575532554287218688?s=20&t=5EadEkv4CvU_vTYNMuFGtA Series History Unlike our previous four opponents, KU and ISU have played 101 times.  The series began with an 11-6 Kansas win in 1898 and the series has been pretty even over the years.  KU is 50-45-6 all time vs the Cyclones.  Iowa State has won the last 7 games vs KU, culminating with a 59-7 beatdown of…

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Kansas Jayhawks vs Duke Blue Devils Quicklook Welcome back Jayhawk fans! It’s your weekly Kansas Jayhawks vs Duke Blue Devils Quicklook!   If you think this going to be an article full of basketball puns…I promise…only a few.  There has not been this much excitement for a KU vs Duke matchup on the football field since…well, ever.  As our local basketball hero Christian Braun said: https://twitter.com/Ballin25Braun/status/1571482238306615298?s=20&t=R7O0qIf_tlsUe6xpM4VABw After a thriller in the rain in Houston, the Jayhawks welcome Duke to Booth Memorial stadium this Saturday.  Both teams are 3-0, both teams have explosive offenses and stingy defenses, and both teams have relatively…

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Welcome back Jayhawk fans!  A 2-0 start hasn’t happened in Lawrence since 2011 (and, as a pessimist would point out, in 2011, we started 2-0 and then dropped 11 straight).  Optimism is rampant in Jayhawk-land after an awesome win in Morgantown, WV last week.  The Jayhawks showed toughness, resilience, and heart…things that haven’t been seen in great quantities in the past decade of Jayhawk football.  Without further ado…your Kansas Jayhawks vs Houston Cougars quicklook! Series History Kansas and Houston have met 3 times on the gridiron…1994, 1995, and 2005.  Kansas has won all three games, playing the Cougars close in…

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Kansas Jayhawks vs West Virginia Mountaineers quicklook.  Here we go! Series History There are BIG games in college football…#1 vs #2, playoff games, rivalry games…this is not one of those. But then there are games that tell you a lot about your team…test games.  This is a test game for KU.  The offseason of hope, the new culture, all the new faces…this week is when we actually see if it all comes together against a traditionally strong opponent. Kansas and West Virginia played once in 1941…the only really notable fact from that game was that Bob Dole (Honorable Mention all-time…

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Jayhawk Fans are Optimistic After a productive off-season, a season-opening win, and a dominant performance from Lonnie Phelps, Jayhawk fans are optimistic.  With a 56-10 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Kansas looked good for the first time in awhile. Back in July we predicted a 48-10 victory over Tennessee Tech, a similar score.  Read the entire season prediction here. Tennessee Tech came into Memorial Stadium and faced a totally overhauled Jayhawk roster and culture.  With an Offensive Line that increased its average weight by almost 20 lbs per position while dropping 6% body fat, the Jayhawks bullied an…

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The all-time Kansas Jayhawk starting 11 — defense players is a highly debated topic at tailgates on Campanile Hill.  Dana Stubblefield or Gilbert Brown?  Aqib Talib or Chris Harris Jr? The rules for our all-time starting 11 on Defense are similar to our offense.  We’re running a 4-3 defense.  Stats are important but so are Pro Bowls.  Let’s get to it…below, your all-time Kansas Jayhawk starting 11 defensive players! Defensive Backs The good news is that there is a lot of depth in our defensive backfield.  We’ve got super bowl winners, pro-bowlers, and ring of honor members. Our 2 starting…

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The all-time Kansas Jayhawk starting 11 offensive players is a highly debated topic at The Wheel.  Riggins or Sayers?  Reesing or Jalon Daniels?  Tony Sands or Pooka? Kansas Jayhawk Football’s first season was 1890, 132 years ago.  There are few NCAA teams with as long a history as KU.  If we’re being honest, Memorial Stadium (built in 1921) is older than many NCAA teams.  Recent history has been hard, but over 132 years, some great players have played in the Sunflower State. As with any all time team, we need to lay out the rules up front.  Each position will…

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17 days until Tennessee Tech comes to Memorial Stadium under the Friday Night Lights!   Three weeks ago we predicted a 48-10 Kansas victory.  KU just began week 4 of their fall camp.  Let’s get to our Jayhawk Camp Update! Week 3 Camp Update “It’s a night and day difference here in August than it was a year ago. Our talent level is up, our buy-in is better than it’s ever been before. Now we have got to be able to take that daily competition that we’ve talked about so dearly and make it better playing on gameday and that’s our goal…

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Preseason recognition continues for Kenny Logan Jr Preseason recognition continues for Kenny Logan Jr, a 4th year Safety from St Augustine FL. Logan Jr is one of 52 players named to the preseason Paul Hornung Award watch list.  He returns punts and kickoffs for the Jayhawks, averaging 27.4 yds per kickoff, and 5.6 yds per punt, in addition to starting a Safety. The college football world is learning what has been known in Lawrence since 2020: Logan Jr is a legitimate playmaker and tackling machine. The two-time team leader in tackles is typically quiet on social media, but acknowledges the…

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Logan Jr named to Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list Kenny Logan Jr was named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list.  Logan Jr is one of 35 Defensive Backs on the list and one of three from the Big 12.  Also named were Julius Brents from Kansas State and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson from TCU. https://twitter.com/KU_Football/status/1551569311797583874?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1551569311797583874%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublish.twitter.com%2F%3Fquery%3Dhttps3A2F2Ftwitter.com2FKU_Football2Fstatus2F1551569311797583874widget%3DTweet Logan was a true playmaker for the Jayhawks last season, finishing the season as the only player in the country to have at least 113 tackles, six pass breakups and multiple forced fumbles. He was named to the all Big 12 preseason team earlier…

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