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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Former WSU QB Peyton Bender commits to Kansas

Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender (6) drops back to pass against Washington in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender (6) drops back to pass against Washington in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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This one won’t show up in the record book, but give the Kansas football program another victory for the weekend.

During an official visit to KU, former Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender watched the Jayhawks upset Texas in overtime at Memorial Stadium. Now Bender hopes to be a part of such wins for Kansas in the future.

A 6-foot-1, third-year sophomore, who spent this past season at Itawamba Community College, Bender told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he verbally committed to KU.

“I’m just really excited for the opportunity and it is a good fit for me,” said Bender, who has two years of eligibility remaining. “I think I can go in and compete and hope for some playing time. I think it is a good fit overall and I can go in there and hopefully have an impact.”

Rivals.com’s No. 25 QB in the nation coming out of Cardinal Gibbons High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Class of 2014, Bender started a game for Washington State as recently as a year ago. He spent two years — one as a redshirt — in Mike Leach’s version of the Air Raid offense.

Bender completed 36 of 58 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions, in a loss at Washington to close the 2015 regular season, while filling in as the Cougars’ starter.

After passing for 2,733 yards and 21 touchdowns with four interceptions in nine games for ICC, in Fulton, Miss., this season, Bender hopes his Air Raid knowledge will make it easy for him to pick things up in David Beaty’s system.

“I know a lot of the concepts. As far as the language and terminology, it is a little different,” Bender said. “But that is always going to be different from offense to offense. But there are similarities to what I ran at Washington State. I ran another form of Air Raid in junior college. I feel like I have a pretty good idea of it and what I will be coming into at Kansas.”

Bender transferred to Itawamba CC this past offseason after being ruled academically ineligible at WSU for the 2016 season.

According to what Bender told Jayhawk Slant, his relationship with Beaty, who had visited the QB recruit in Mississippi, helped his decision.

“He’s a great guy,” Bender said of KU’s head coach and offensive coordinator. “He’s enthusiastic and is always going 100 miles an hour. He’s a player’s coach. He’s a guy you want to go out there and win games for. As a player you can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Comments

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Sounds like a solid add. Here's hoping that he's a January arrival.

Beaty has absolutely got to quit messing with the minds of his QB's or we won't have appreciable improvement at that position. The best way for that to happen is a new O.C.

Steve Corder 4 months, 1 week ago

Good to have more QB options and athletes added to this offense, but no excitement at this time, recalling hype of former BYU and Notre Dame QBs.

Robert Brock 4 months, 1 week ago

So, he was recruited by the Pirate, eh? Haaaarrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

This means we probably won't be going after Pick's QB?

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

Will we be moving Cozart to a position where he can contribute?

Will Willis stay and ride the bench to earn his degree for the next 2 years?

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months, 1 week ago

Interesting. We've got a lot of QBs on the bench now. I hope Stanley is our guy but we'll see.

Jim Stauffer 4 months, 1 week ago

Just one opinion, but it would be neat if Willis redshirted next year. Cozart can help the team by mentoring in the QB room and on the field. Then you have Bender, Stanley and Starks as the players for next year. The following year you add Willis who will, along with Stanley have two years remaining and you will have Starks with 3 years left and Bender with one. You then add a QB every year and that position should remain solid.

Andy Godwin 4 months, 1 week ago

I don't think you can have this many quarterbacks (if Bender signs) taking up that many scholarships (7 of the 85) on a team with so many additional needs. It is disproportionate with other positions. Likely signals someone will be leaving.

"Kansas currently has six quarterbacks on its roster: starting redshirt freshman Carter Stanley, junior Montell Cozart, sophomore Ryan Willis, true freshman Tyriek Starks, sophomore Keaton Perry and junior Deondre Ford."

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Agreed. Beaty must be anticipating the Willis transfer and, possibly, some other movement among guys on the roster (Cozart graduates and transfers? Starks changes position?). On a team that is so scholarship limited, you can't put that many into one position. He's got to get this position right, but that doesn't mean having a platoon of QB's standing around on the sidelines.

Robert Brock 4 months, 1 week ago

Willis transfers and Cozart stands on the sidelines with a clipboard. Bender and Stanley vie for the starting position.

Gerry Butler 4 months, 1 week ago

better yet Carter And Starks vie for the starting QB. - -I think Bender is a wasted Scholi, we trying to find a home run or at least a triple and we ended up with a bunt single on this guy. Like some one else mentioned, all this does is messes with our other QB'S heads. I was afraid of this, very well could of used this Scholi on a O-Line position

David A. Smith 4 months, 1 week ago

The reality is that the three deep at this position hasn't changed yet. Starks and Bender havent earned anything. Crazy things happen during the course of a season, especially if the line is struggling. We really need to go about five deep to be safe. If anyone should switch positions, it should be Perry and Ford.

Suzi Marshall 4 months, 1 week ago

I don't know a thing about Bender but trust our coaches see him filling a critical need for us. However, something about the combination of playing Quarterback and ruled academically ineligible does not inspire the highest level of confidence. Nevertheless, hope he knocks it out of the park in the classroom and on the field when he comes to KU.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months, 1 week ago

Good point Suzi. I read that academically ineligible note and thought it was very odd as well. I'm not sure I see the need for another QB, but hope he winds up as the real deal now.

Larry Jackson 4 months, 1 week ago

This whole thing stinks like the pile of "Heaps" from the Charley era.

John Brazelton 4 months, 1 week ago

We beat Texas; a great win, but we only scored 24 points. You can't win very many games in the Big 12 with only 24 points! We still need help at QB throwing down the field. Stanley is a good QB with a weak arm. We still need help at every position on the football field. Beaty is going into year 3 of his contract. 2 wins won't cut it anymore. QB is the second most important position after the offensive line.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

It's 7 of 70 scholarships because of the reduced #, though I don't think Perry is a scholarship player (coach's son?) so he doesn't hurt to have around.

Ford was a gamble when starting with so little. We'll honor the scholarship because it sends a good message and will come off the books in another year.

This show 0 confidence in Willis as a QB so 0 chance he redshirts and counts against the total for an extra year.

It appears that the ship has also sailed on Montell as well so he could be a mentor or change positions and contribute on the field.

That really only leaves Stanley Starks and Bender as QB options and that's not much regardless of the roster limitations. Jr Soph Freshman is a reasonable spread. Do we find another HS player to RS next year and continue the progression.

Patrick Bryant 4 months, 1 week ago

Put Cozart @ RB. Brings in the solid element of an RB pass play(s). He would be an asset @ RB and would get him on the field as he is a good athlete.

Richard Duran 4 months ago

Is this going to be Heaps jr. or Christ jr.? I s Gunner Keil available?

Sean Kelly 4 months ago

I read where Bender's dad blamed the poor grades at WSU on Peyton joining a fraternity and losing his focus. Take that for whatever it's worth but it seems like he has as much potential as any other QB currently on the roster.

They definitely need an upgrade at the position.

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