Say something nice about Kansas football: Ke'aun Kinner finishing career in style

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner (22) evades Oklahoma State linebacker Devante Averette (40) during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner (22) evades Oklahoma State linebacker Devante Averette (40) during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Senior running back Ke’aun Kinner is having a terrific senior year.

Kinner has had two huge games, rushing for 145 yards on 14 carries vs. Oklahoma State and 152 yards on 18 carries Saturday against Iowa State.

He’s averaging 5.8 yards per carry, up from 4.2 last season, and already has surpassed last season’s 566 rushing yards with 644, even though he has 23 fewer carries than in 2015. His season rushing total is the highest by a Kansas running back since James Sims rushed for 1,110 yards in 2013.

Kinner would need to rush for an average of 178 yards in his final two games to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. That's an impossibility, as good as he looked Saturday, but not likely either.

KU head coach David Beaty sounded as if he’l be looking to call Kinner’s name more often, provided he recovers sufficiently from a rib injury that limited him in the fourth quarter.

KU’s increased use of Michael Zunica as a blocking has brought out the best in Kinner and improving Taylor Martin, the fastest player on the roster.

Khalil Herbert, sidelined by a toe injury, is a good-looking back as well.

Barring a shocker against either Texas in Lawrence or Kansas State in Manhattan, Kinner will end his KU career with a 1-23 record, not at all an accurate reflection of the sort of career he's had for the Jayhawks.

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Dirk Medema

"That's an (not?) impossibility," I think.

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Dirk Medema

The O-line is really starting to coming together since they flipped OT's. I'm recalling an article about it about a month ago.

It is also really encouraging to me that Beaty is actually calling Kinner's number more. (Even if I wish it would have happened from the beginning.) It doesn't seem that it fits well within the whole Air Raid concept, but Coach is learning to adapt the game to his personnel. Dana seems to have done that a bit at WVU, and is all the better because of it after getting off to a rougher than anticipated first few years.

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Steve Corder

I'd like to see an article about the academic support side of the KU athletic department and it's involvement in career planning.

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