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Big 12 Statistical Preview: The Chase

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The Chase: Curtis Jones vs Jamari Callahan

 

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The Big 12 has no shortage of great historic defensive line play.  From Jeremy Miller, Anthony Ortiz and Curtis Lewis to more recent names like Hudson Adam, Aaron Pagan and Samir Sample, the Big 12 is one of the premier conferences to watch when it comes to scouting NFL talent on the defensive line.  

 

This year is special though.  2 players are going to embarking on what the conference is dubbing: “The Chase”  Curtis Jones and Jamari Callahan are both within a sack of breaking the conference record for sacks in a career.  What is unique about this race is that these 2 are both seniors with one last season to make their mark on the conference record books.  


Tale of the Tape:

Curtis Jones:
2021: 54 tackles, 7 TFL, 12 sacks, 1 FF
2022: 32 tackles, 6 TFL, 11 sacks, 1 FF

Total: 22 Statsheets, 86 tackles, 13 TFL, 23 sacks, 2 FF

Jamari Callahan:
2020: 48 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 safety

2021: 23 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR
2022: 22 tackles, 7 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 safety
Total: 24 Statsheets, 93 tackles, 11 TFL, 22.5 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR, 2 safeties 

 

Jamari starts 0.5 sacks behind Curtis who has currently tied the record at 23 career sacks.  But we have seen in the past that Jamari is no stranger to getting in the backfield.  Both players have the capability to end up on top.  It just depends on how the season progresses and how they play.  

The 2 players are both unique in their own right in terms of player fit in their respective defenses.  


DE Jamari Callahan 6-0 250 Sr Basehor-Linwood (Basehor KS) 5.0 of 5.0 [Contain]
ATH Curtis Jones 6-5 275 (Sr) Anson (Anson, TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain]

Callahan has played in a 4-3 scheme for most of his tenure in Lawrence, but this season he will be moved back to more of his natural fit in a 3-4.  We will have to see how this affects his play and if he is able to get back to those 2020 numbers.  He has been a 4 year starter for the Jayhawks and has been an anchor in that defense for a while.  

 

Curtis on the other hand has been played in a 3-4 his whole career.  He took a redshirt year in 2019 and played a myriad of roles on the edge his RS freshman year.  Starting in 2021 he entered the starting lineup and was a force.  He is an incredibly unique player overall as he is projected to be a hybrid DE/OLB at 6-5 275.  
 


Both players are set to play huge roles for their respective teams this season.  Be on the lookout for this enticing storyline in the Nation’s Most Exciting Conference™! 

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Curtis Jones has been more consistently productive while Callahan made the big splash as a freshman. I would give the edge to Jones given his constancy and lack of scheme change. But it will be fun to watch it play out. 

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2 minutes ago, HAFFnHAFF said:

Curtis Jones has been more consistently productive while Callahan made the big splash as a freshman. I would give the edge to Jones given his constancy and lack of scheme change. But it will be fun to watch it play out. 

Jones has been more consistent, but it is still an open race.  Anything can happen!

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