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Bowen: KU defense has lacked 'edge' expected at preseason practices

The defensive playbook has been installed and athletes on coordinator Clint Bowen’s side of the ball have no problems getting lined up or identifying assignments. Still, following Kansas football’s 13th preseason practice Monday, Bowen explained what the defense has shown him has left him underwhelmed. By Benton Smith

KU walk-on Vaughn Taylor making early impact on defensive line

At one of the deepest and most talented position groups, defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. quickly impressed his Kansas football teammates and coaching staff. By Bobby Nightengale

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Golf tournament a reminder of strong connection between Lawrence and former KU star Mario Chalmers

There are very few people who can steal the spotlight of an entire golf tournament without ever swinging a club. But that’s exactly what former Kansas star Mario Chalmers, the hero of the 2008 national title game, did on Monday afternoon at The Jayhawk Club, which hosted Chalmers’ ninth annual charity golf tournament benefitting the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. By Matt Tait

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Camp notebook: Meacham doesn't mind observing lengthy QB competition

While observing the ongoing quarterback competition between junior transfer Peyton Bender and redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley, Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has gone on record saying he doesn’t care if the Jayhawks wait until kickoff of the Sept. 2 opener to announce a starter. Meacham had no update on the timetable while speaking with media Monday, but said the lengthy battle has benefited both Bender and Stanley. By Benton Smith

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Bowen: KU defense has lacked 'edge' expected at preseason practices

The defensive playbook has been installed and athletes on coordinator Clint Bowen’s side of the ball have no problems getting lined up or identifying assignments. Still, following Kansas football’s 13th preseason practice Monday, Bowen explained what the defense has shown him has left him underwhelmed. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas State primed for great football season

Kansas State left tackle Scott Frantz, a Free State High graduate, earned a spot on the Associated Press all-bowl team by holding No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett of Texas A&M without a sack. Right tackle Dalton Risner did a better job against Big 12 2017 preseason defensive player of the year Dorance Armstrong than anyone Kansas faced in 2016.

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KU guard Lagerald Vick continuing to emerge

Set to enter his third year with the program, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick continues to make the kind of progress that has transformed him from deep reserve as a rookie to bona fide weapon in Year 3. By Matt Tait