For the second time in three weeks, a Kansas Jayhawk has earned one of the three Big 12 Player of the Week honors distributed by the conference.
Two weeks ago it was senior linebacker Justin Springer, for his standout performance against Georgia Tech � a performance which included 15 tackles, seven of them solo, and a sack.
This week, it’s wide receiver D.J. Beshears. The speedy sophomore was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week Monday morning for his game Saturday versus New Mexico State. Beshears had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, the Jayhawks’ first since Dezmon Briscoe’s 98-yard return in last year’s matchup with the Texas Longhorns.
Beshears also tacked on a pair of rushing touchdowns in the contest, and Head Coach Turner Gill said he and the coaching staff are trying to find new ways to get the ball in the hands of the young playmaker each and every week.
“I think he’s a very talented young man,” Gill said. “He’s only a sophomore, but he’s definitely shown that he can do some things when he has the ball in his hands. We’re just trying to find different ways to put him in different spots to get him a few touches, where he can have a chance to make some big plays for us.”
For his part, Beshears certainly doesn’t mind the extra work.
“I’m a receiver, but as of now I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” he said. “Whatever position Coach (Gill) wants me to play, that’s what I’ll play.”