September 14, 2007

Final call: Kansas vs. Toledo

Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt is coming off his best game of his career against Central Michigan last Saturday, throwing for 334 yards with two touchdowns. Opelt benefited from the superb play from his wide receivers, especially the speedy sophomore Stephen Williams. Williams had over 157 yards and a touchdown.

What makes the 6-foot-5 Williams so difficult to defend is his height and leaping ability. Drops have been a problem for Williams in the past, but he showed good hands against Central Michigan last week and reminds some people of former Kansas wide receiver Brandon Rideau.

Aaron Opelt also did a great job of spreading the ball around the field with three different players getting touchdown receptions. Another thing Opelt improved on was not throwing any interceptions against Central Michigan. Often in the past, Opelt would try to force a throw instead of taking the sack or throwing it away. One major thing Opelt has to work on is his slow delivery. That could mean Aqib Talib, who excels at reading the quarterback, could have a big day if Toledo dares to throw in his direction.

Running back Jalen Parmele had a rough game against Central Michigan averaging only three yards per carry. Toledo's bread and butter play is to run it behind All MAC left tackle John Greco. While Greko will be one of the better offensive tackles KU will see all season, the rest of Toledo's offensive line has been in flux. Right tackle Jan Gewont is out for the season and many others have been dinged up this season. The interior of the line needs to improve in pass protection.

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