LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite a 1-11 record last year, the Kansas Jayhawks are confident about the 2013 season as they head into fall camp.
The poor record isn't the only thing KU has to improve. Their offense didn't produce the numbers they needed to compete in the Big 12. Last year, KU was last in scoring offense in the league, only putting up 141 points in the team's nine conference games.
The confidence from KU may be the result of their new quarterback, junior transfer Jake Heaps.
"I'm a competitive guy. I want to go out there and win and make a statement every time I step on the field," said Heaps.
Heaps transferred to Lawrence after spending two seasons at Brigham Young University. The junior will look to improve on KU's 146.8 yards per game passing in the Big 12 last year.
"We've worked extremely hard this offseason to get to where we are right now and where we need to be by the time the season rolls around," said Heaps. "We are about winning games and that's how I'm going to judge whether we are good or not. I expect us more games than you guys expect us to win."
Even before fall camp opened Thursday, Heaps' teammates say they have faith in their new quarterback.
"He's the leader on offense. He's going to be that guy at the control of the offense and work on things he needs to work on. I feel like he's going to be that guy and I expect him to do a lot of great things this year," said senior running back James Sims.
Heaps and his teammates opened practice Thursday. They are scheduled to practice in full pads for the first time on Monday. KU opens the 2013 season September 7 against South Dakota in Lawrence.