Inside Jayhawk Nation

September 6, 2009 2:10 PM

Sharp vs. Reesing

KU fans for the most part should be happy with a 49-3 victory on opening day no matter who was on the schedule. Yes, there were some bone-headed plays (see Anthony Davis' three pass interference calls in the first half), but quarterback Todd Reesing adjusted well to a defense that forced him to run the ball, and the 'Hawks came out winners by 46.
Both Reesing and senior tailback Jake Sharp proved once again they are keys to a successful season by accounting for 77 percent of the team's total yards. So the question is: Who had a better day?

Here are the raw numbers:
Reesing: 13-20, 208 yards, 2 TDs; 13 carriers, 79 yards, 2 TDs
Sharp: 12 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 9 yards, 1 TD

On the surface Reesing looks like he had the better game. Despite being below his average in nearly every passing category, he still accounted for four total TDs and completed 65 percent of his passes.

But Sharp, a Salina native, rose to the challenge after the Bears decided to drop seven or more in the secondary to try and stop Reesing. He averaged nearly six yards per carry, causing the UNC plan to backfire. Of course, had they left more up front, Reesing more than likely would have torched the Bears' defense.

And while Sharp did torch the running defense, Reesing did as well. He set the tone early with a one-yard score in the first quarter and another 13-yard nifty running score in the second to make it 21-0. Considering he finished the game with 79 yards and two scores on the ground after attempting just 20 passes, it's safe to say Reesing was the game MVP.

But what hurt KU last season was a consistent running game. Sharp had his moments (888 yards and 12 TDs) but little help was provided by backups Angus Quigly and Jacques Crawford. If Sharp can run this way all season (especially in BIG XII contests), he could be the MVP of this team.

So, you decide, who meant more to the 'Hawks Saturday? In the end, it might not matter. Jayhawk fans are just excited to argue about something in September that doesn't involved the basketball team.

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