Kansas hasn’t shown the ability to stretch the field or pass the ball consistently this season
We talked about this point a little bit already. Still, the inability of Kansas’ offense to consistently get over the top on opposing defenses could limit their game plan against the Longhorns this weekend. Daniels was a decent deep ball thrower last season, grading in the middle of the pack among the starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 throwing to that part of the field.
Kansas’ best deep-threat target in the receiving corps is senior outside wideout Quentin Skinner. Last year, Skinner graded out among the best deep receivers in the Big 12. He caught seven balls for 262 receiving yards and four touchdowns on the deep ball last season.
But this season, the chemistry between Daniels and Skinner in the deep ball isn’t there. Kansas has attempted four deep balls to Skinner this season, resulting in just one catch for 24 yards and no touchdowns.
Notably, Skinner will often be matched against Watts on the boundary at corner in this game. Kansas might try to get over the top on Watts with Skinner a couple of times this weekend. But the deep ball is not the bread and butter of this Jayhawk offense.
Targeting the deep ball will take more time to develop for the Jayhawks. And I don’t know if the Kansas offensive line will give Daniels enough time to get set in the pocket and get the throw off to find the deep ball before the Texas defensive line gets home.