Players to Watch: Kansas


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O’Rien Vance attempts to tackle Baylor quarterback on Sept. 24

Iowa State: O’Rien Vance (LB)

The veteran linebacker has been a foundational piece in the success of the Iowa State defense. Vance leads the team in tackles and is tied for the top spot in sacks.

Vance’s constant pressure and ability to be everywhere on the field allow him to disrupt the opposing offenses constantly. He also has a knack for making big plays.

Vance has two forced fumbles on the year, both resulting in a great field position for the offense. His ability to be in the right place at the right time is why the Cyclones dominated in the run game in the first three games of the season.

Although Baylor moved the ball at will against the Cyclones, Vance stayed consistent and made plays when needed. With how volatile the Kansas offense can be, especially the run game, I have no doubt in my mind that Vance will be productive.

Kansas: Jalon Daniels (QB)

Daniels is the real deal. He’s been killing teams in the air, passing for 11 touchdowns, and running through teams on the ground, leading his team in all major rushing stats.

Daniels has single-handedly turned Kansas from the laughing stock of the Big 12 into a serious competitor. His 98.0 quarterback rating ranks first in the entire nation.

It’s clear that Daniels isn’t just a major part of the Jayhawks’ offense; he is the offense. Along with throwing for 890 yards with only one interception, Daniels leads the team in carries and is tied for the most rushing touchdowns with four.

If Iowa State can’t stop the dual-threat quarterback early, there’s no telling how much damage Daniels will do.