KU defensive standouts Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen make pre-season all-league list

Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise and other members of the defense watch over a drill during practice on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Though they play for a team often overlooked on the national landscape, Kansas football redshirt seniors Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen won’t go unnoticed in their final year with the Jayhawks.

Both veteran defenders landed this week on Athlon’s preseason All-Big 12 first team.

One of the program’s most recognizable faces, Wise, a defensive tackle, ranked second in the conference in 2017, with his 17.0 tackles for loss, and also recorded 7.0 sacks.

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Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen (29) catches a pass during practice on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Another unmistakable team leader, Dineen, a linebacker, led the Big 12 in total tackles (137), tackles for loss (25.0) and solo tackles (93) this past year.

Thanks to its marquee players, KU tied Iowa State, Texas and Texas Tech for most first-team defensive selections.

The program’s standouts weren’t the only Jayhawks on Athlon’s list, though. Another redshirt senior, kicker Gabriel Rui, made the second team.

By connecting on 17 of 20 field goals in 2017, Rui led the conference in kicking accuracy (85 percent).

While the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches’ postseason all-conference teams end at two, Athlon’s preseason blowout included third and fourth teams.

Running back Khalil Herbert, offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji and kick returner Steven Sims Jr. — all juniors — showed up on the third team.

Fourth-team KU selections were Sims (this time at receiver) and junior safety Mike Lee.

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Jeff Coffman

It's always interesting to me, KU has two and OU does not have at least two, but I'm guessing they will have one of the best defenses in the B12.

I know it is about the players, I wonder how much the loss of Armstrong and the double teams will shift to Wise; how much that will affect the team.

Bowen I'm sure will have come up with some schemes (sarcasm...~Rank about 120th in defense)

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Chris DeWeese

I'm a little concerned the coaching staff will try to change something about the way Wise lines up, effectively nullifying his abilities and what makes him good for the D. They basically robbed Armstrong of a great season by doing just that.

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What makes me shake my head is that this coaching staff from the beginning was touted as being great recruiters of high-flying talent for their vaunted Air Raid offense -- and in all the years they have been here they haven't had any offensive players of any note get top league recognition and all the top players on the team have been and are defensive. Ol' Zengie was sold a bill of goods he was....

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Bill Kackley

WellI for one am glad we have Bowen. He is a hell of a lot better defensive coach than a lot of you naysayers give him credit for. I was for him being given the reins as head coach when they dumped Weis.

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Kevin Robert Fest

Naysayers? Credit? Maybe we are talking about a different Bowen. SMH. They lost 2 games in a row last year where the combined score was 88-0. Yeah thank goodness we have ole Clint any other DC would've allowed over 100.

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Jeff Coffman

In 2006 and 2007 as a Co-Defensive Coordinator Bowen had two of the best seasons for KU including arguably the best season with a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory. The "co" person left and Bowen was left to move the program forward. The following year was respectable and losing future pro bowl defensive players we would expect a downturn in play. When Turner was hired, he relieved him of his Duties. At WKU, he was the DC leading a team to an improvement of 2-10 (0-12 the year before). The defense gave up several points that year, but the team lost by 1 point in 3 games. North Texas improved as well, going 5-7 (3-9 prior year). He returned under Weis. Bowen has been present through both Tenures of Weis and Beaty, where I don't think that he has ranked inside the top 100 in defenses in any of those years.

I think that he was 1-7 while interim coach, with a lone victory over ISU 34-14. He was 0-7 otherwise. He had success as a co-defensive coordinator, but has been awful otherwise. He has had talent with the likes of Armstrong, Wise, Dineen and others, but has been unsuccessful as a team to succeed in getting the defense to be successful. I think that we have been nice to Bowen.

Bowen has never recorded a shut-out since the

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Aaron Paisley

2008 should've still been a top of the B12 caliber defense considering the pieces that were still there.

Bowen is a good position coach based on the number of DB's Bowen has gotten to the NFL, but Bowen can't scheme to stop a peewee team.

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Dane Pratt

I don’t disagree but were it not for Clint’s win over Iowa State in 2014 we would be staring down the barrel of a 10th consecutive last place finish.

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Chris DeWeese

Bowen can talk a good game and appear to be very competent. However, when you get down to brass tax the guy just can't keep up in the B12 (although I guess you could say that about other DCs in the B12). It's high time to say goodbye to Clint Bowen. I like the guy, but it's time for a fresh perspective.

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Bill Kackley

Benton thank you for writing about he football team and not having to put your two cents worth in as to how bad they are. We would have to be really stupid to not understand they have been very bad the last several years. I dont feel it is necessary for JW sports department to pout it on. Thanks for unbiased reporting.

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Chris DeWeese

Don't confuse news articles with blogs/editorials.

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John Brazelton

Turner recruited a lot of skill players and very few offensive and defensive linemen. Weis attempted to recruit JUCOs to make-up the shortfall positions in the roster. Unfortunately, most of them never made it to the playing field. The 2018 season will be first season where we have offensive linemen, both JUCOs and re-shirt juniors and seniors, who have the weight, strength and playing experience to hopefully produce on the field this season. Let's let the players and coaches play the season and see what they can do. Unfortunately, most fans who comment on this site only hope for negative outcomes.

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Chris DeWeese

Man, I hope you're right.

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Bill Kackley

I agree John

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Bill Kackley

Also its extremely hard to keep the other team from scoring when the offense continually goes 3 and out, the punter shanks every other punt and the othe team starts most if their possessions in Kansa territory.

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Jim Stauffer

Well Sims is not a third team returner and he certainly is not a 4th team receiver. This indicates how people vote looking at a big picture instead of how good a kid is.
Sims is a very good receiver and there aren't too many better in our league.
Give him a decent running game and QB and you will see his stats go through the roof.

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