Jan 14, 2020 8:22 PM

K-State’s Youngblood named Freshman All-American by FWAA

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MANHATTAN – Kansas State kick returner Joshua Youngblood received his second honor from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and sixth overall All-America accolade as he was named a Freshman All-American by the organization on Monday.

Youngblood, who was a Second Team All-American by the FWAA, was previously named to ESPN’s lone All-America team and was a Second Team All-American by CBS Sports, while he was a Freshman All-American by The Athletic and a True Freshman All-American by 247Sports.

The freshman was part of an overall kickoff-return unit that led the nation in both average (29.50) touchdowns (4). The unit’s average tied for the 14th best mark in NCAA history and set a new school and Big 12 record.

A product of Tampa, Florida, who was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, Youngblood led the country with three kickoff-return touchdowns during the regular season. His three scores rank third in school history for a season and fourth in a career, while he ranks third in Big 12 history for a season and already tied for seventh in a career.

Youngblood held a Big 12-leading 35.9-yard kickoff-return average, which would rank first in the nation and broke both the school and conference records if he had two more attempts to meet the NCAA required minimum.

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KU men begin two-game road stint at Oklahoma tonight
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LAWRENCE -- No. 6/7 Kansas (12-3, 2-1) will begin a two-game road trip when it journeys to face Oklahoma (11-4, 2-1) in Norman tonight.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (CT) from Lloyd Noble Center on ESPN. Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst) will call the action.

TIPOFF

Kansas leads the overall series with Oklahoma, 148-68, including a 52-44 in games played in Norman. The series is tied at 19-19 in meetings in Lloyd Noble Center.

Kansas is 95-13 following a loss in the Bill Self era, which started in 2003-04, including 2-0 this season. Incredibly, KU has been even more efficient over the last six seasons, amassing a record of 44-5 after losses. This includes an 8-1 mark last season.

KU is ranked No. 5 in the NET rankings through games of Jan. 12. The Jayhawks’ strength of schedule is No. 1 nationally.

Kansas is the only school with six Quadrant 1 wins. KU is 6-3 against Q1.

The Jayhawks have also played the most difficult slate of defensive teams in the nation, ranking No. 1 in opposing defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com. Despite this, KU ranks fourth in the NCAA in field goal percentage (50.3%) and eighth in scoring margin (+16.5).

The Jayhawks are 134-59 (69.3%) on the road in Big 12 play since 1996-97, which includes a 1-0 mark so far this season.

The team with the next highest winning percentage is Texas, which is 86-108 (44.3%) in conference road games since the league formed.

Kansas is No. 6 and No. 7 in the latest national polls. Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 211 Associated Press polls, the longest streak in the nation. The Jayhawks have also been inside the top-10 in 96 of the last 110 AP polls.

Kansas’ three losses in 2019-20 have been to ranked teams with two by the then-No. 4 teams – No. 4 Duke on Nov. 5 and No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 11.

Through 15 games, five different Jayhawks – Devon Dotson, Isaiah Moss, Udoka Azubuike, Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack – have posted 20 or more points in a game this season.

THE KANSAS-OKLAHOMA SERIES

The series between Kansas and Oklahoma dates back to 1920 when both schools were members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Kansas leads, 148-68. KU has won six of the last eight meetings and, since 2006, the Jayhawks have won 19 of the last 23 matchups against the Sooners.

Kansas is 52-44 against Oklahoma in games played in Norman and the series is tied at 19-19 in Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma has won the last two meetings in Lloyd Noble. In the Bill Self era at Kansas, beginning in 2003-04, KU is 8-5 versus OU in Norman.

Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 26-9 against Oklahoma; 24-7 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 20-7 all-time against Oklahoma, including 20-5 while at KU. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger is 9-22 versus Kansas, 4-12 while at OU.

UP NEXT

Kansas will continue its two-game road trip at Texas on Saturday. The game will start at 1 p.m. (Central) and be televised on ESPN.

Kansas leads the overall series with Texas, 33-9, including a 10-7 in games played in Austin with all 17 battles in the Erwin Center. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, KU has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with UT claiming a 73-63 win last year in Austin.

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