Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KU's Love Showing Abilities ; KU: LB Ranks Second in Tackles

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KU's Love Showing Abilities ; KU: LB Ranks Second in Tackles

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LAWRENCE -- Every football team has an unsung hero. For Kansas, that's junior linebacker Jake Love.

To hear KU coaches and players tell it, Love, the 6-foot, 220- pounder from Tonkawa, Okla., always has been a playmaker. It's just that some of his best plays often go unnoticed from the outside looking in. So when Love made consecutive stops on two screen passes and added a sack in the fourth quarter of last week's win against Central Michigan, everyone in the stadium took notice.

Love's sack came early in the fourth quarter, which led to a UCM punt. But his stops on the screen passes came on a drive when the Chippewas could have potentially tied the score. The second play was impressive as Love recognized the play, and fought through the offensive line to make the hit.

"You just love guys like Jake Love, first of all," said KU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clint Bowen. "The guy shows up every day and works his tail off. He is a great team guy to be around every day, and on the football field he is a very instinctual kid, and that was an instinctual type of play. He was part of the blitz package to go. He's actually a contained blitzer, and the tackle peels off to go block the guy on the setup screen and Jake fields it, peels off and makes a fantastic play.

"I don't know if Jake gets enough credit for all of the things he does. He shows up every week and does really good things for us. I was happy to see him put together a string of three plays that other people noticed because he does so many things that we love in our defense."

Love finished with five tackles, including four for loss, and was the only player KU coach Charlie Weis singled out in the locker room after the game, something Weis does not do that often.

"I try to do my role to the best I can," Love said. …

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