Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beaty reportedly ready to add new D-line coach

Kansas head coach David Beaty yells at the offense during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Kansas head coach David Beaty yells at the offense during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.


It didn’t take David Beaty long to find a new defensive line coach.

Days after news of Michael Slater’s departure from the Kansas football staff emerged, his replacement was identified.

Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant reported Wednesday night KU intends to add Jesse Williams as its fourth D-line coach in four seasons.

Williams has spent the previous five seasons working on Frank Solich’s staff at Ohio.

The Bobcats defeated Beaty’s Jayhawks, 37-21, at Memorial Stadium this past September, when Ohio limited Kansas to 26 rushing yards and made three tackles for loss.

In 2016, with Williams coaching the defensive line, Ohio ranked fifth in the nation in rushing defense (104.4 yards a game), and tied for 12th in sacks (3.14 a game) and 20th in tackles for loss (7.4 a game).

Previously, Williams had worked as a defensive assistant at New Mexico State, Nebraska-Kearney and Colorado State, as well as San Jose State, Eastern Washington, Holy Cross, Portland State and Sonoma State.


David Robinett 1 year, 1 month ago

Those stats from Ohio sound fantastic! Hopefully we can see that type of performance against the run next year as well.

Joe Ross 1 year ago

Meh. Impressive stats achieved against a soft schedule are not that impressive. We got Turner Gill that way. Williams has been around a lot of football, but his experience is around smaller conferences and schools. He'll be moving up from the MAC to the Big 12. I guess we'll see...

Brett McCabe 1 year ago

Looks like proven performer in a good football conference. Beaty had special insight by watching film on him for last year's game and this year's game. If he can tune up our d-line in the way he's upgraded Ohio's, then we could be onto something special.

Thumbs up.

Randy Glenn 1 year ago

If u can`t beat em...hire em!! Looks like a good hire to me.

Robert Brock 1 year ago

Small college coach. Hope he's ready to coach at the P5 level. Good luck!

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

He has coached several players that went to the NFL including Clark Haggens, Mason Brodine, Jesse Nading, Tommie Hill, Brian Save, Andre Summersell, Larry Allen, and Sam Hernandez. (from JayhawkSlant)

Sounds P5-ish to me.

Michael Maris 1 year ago


Your statement is right along the lines of what I was thinking.

Addition by subtraction, Jayhawks couldn't get a ground game going against the Ohio Bobcats Defense. So, hire away their DL Coach.

Thereby, giving your team a better shot of beating them (this fall) down in Southnern Ohio.

Beaty hiring decisions of assistant coaches hiring seem to be improving as he goes into his 3rd season. So, I will continue to support Coach Beaty as I've always done to date.

Michael Maris 1 year ago


It looks like the High School Head Coach was ready for NCAA P5 Football competition.

Give them a chance.

Jim Stauffer 1 year ago

Seems to me the evaluation of a coach such as Williams would be to watch his kids play and see if they are good technically. If he is coaching a bunch of 4 and 5 stars and they just beat other teams because of superior physical talent he may actually be a poor coach with great stats. If they have the same talent as your kids and beat you because they have been trained and taught to play the right way, you might have a guy who can really teach kids. We need a teacher. We have some very talented kids we want to develop to the fullest.

Randy Bombardier 1 year ago

Sounds good to me. I like several things about it. He's from the right part of the country where the know the value and role of line play, both offense and defense.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

It didn’t take David Beaty long to find a new defensive line coach, because he's Coach Slater’s departure was only a matter of time. When you give every coach a raise except one, it's rather obvious what the coach's status is.

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