Texas Longhorns: Rodriguez Coleman

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I'm betting this guy would be a pretty good running back.

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He's back, and he's still gettin' buckets.
HornsNation is breaking down Texas' 2013 football schedule every Monday this summer. This week: The Longhorns' eighth game of the season vs. the Kansas Jayhawks on Nov. 2 at DKR.

Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas' 2012 record: 1-11, 0-9 in the Big 12

Last time against Texas: Texas won 21-17 in Lawrence in 2012.

Record against Texas: Texas leads series 10-2

Returning starters: OL Randall Dent, OL Aslam Sterling, RB James Sims, RB, Tony Pierson, DT Jordan Tavai, DT Kevin Young, LB Ben Heeney, DE Keba Agostinho

Starters lost: QB Dayne Crist, WR Kale Pick, S Bradley McDougald, CB Greg Brown, CB Tyler Patmon, DE Toben Opurum, S Lubbock Smith, LB Huldon Tharp, TE Mike Ragone

Statistical leaders

Passing: Michael Cummings (43 of 94 for 456 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions)
Rushing: Sims (1,013 yards)
Receiving: Pierson (291 yards)
Tackles: Heeney (112)
Sacks: Young (1.5)
Interceptions: KU does not have a returning player with an interception.

Texas defense pressures Jake Heaps
Brendan Maloney/US PresswireNew Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps has experience against Texas, as he started for BYU against the Longhorns in 2011.
Did you know: For the second year in a row, KU coach Charlie Weis is hanging is hopes on a high-profile transfer quarterback. (Dayne Crist proved to be a failed experiment in 2012.) This time it is Jake Heaps, a transfer from BYU. Texas fans might remember Heaps. As a sophomore in 2011, Heaps started against Texas and went 22 of 38 for 192 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 17-16 Texas win.

What to watch for

Team transfer: Not only does KU have a transfer quarterback but the Jayhawks are attempting to rebuild their receiving corps with transfers. Weis has brought in two junior college receivers, Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas, as well as Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay. Coleman could prove to have the biggest impact as he had 70 catches and more than 1,000 receiving yards in his two years at Garden City Community College.

Passing out: Kansas was ranked 116th in pass efficiency defense a year ago. (Anyone who witnessed Greg Brown drop a bread-basket interception thrown by Case McCoy can attest to why the Jayhawks had such a low rating.) And now all KU has to do is replace its entire secondary and three other defensive starters. The Jayhawks do not have a player on their roster who intercepted a pass last season and only have two players on the roster who recovered a fumble last season.

Rushing to judgment: The one area where KU was effective on offense was in the running game. Kansas was No. 22 nationally in rushing offense and has its two running backs, Sims and Pierson, returning. Kansas, which rushed for negative yards against Texas in 2011, had 234 rushing yards against the Longhorns in 2012.

View from the other side: Rustin Dodd, Kansas beat writer, The Kansas City Star

Another year and another new quarterback for KU. Any chance Jake Heaps is better than KU's last transfer?

The answer is probably yes, but that's partly because KU's quarterbacks set a pretty low bar last year. The Jayhawks' receivers failed to record a receiving touchdown and the passing game was anemic all year. Heaps had a solid freshman year at BYU -- before some second-year struggles -- and he has the skills and pedigree to be a vast improvement. He's much more mobile than Dayne Crist, and he could benefit from having transfer receiver Nick Harwell (Miami of Ohio), who is attempting to become eligible as a graduate transfer.

With only five starters returning on offense, is there any hope that KU can become competitive on that side of the ball?

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