Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spring practices just around corner for KU football

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) heaves a pass to a  receiver during the Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) heaves a pass to a receiver during the Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


Back in late January, the anticipation finally got to Kansas football receiver Daylon Charlot, leading him to begin hitting up teammates with the question on his mind.

“When do we put our pads on?” Charlot would inquire, feeling impatient about returning to the field in 2017 after sitting out this past season, as a transfer from Alabama.

The 6-foot sophomore from Patterson, La., and all of his teammates finally will get to graduate from the strength-and-conditioning and seven-on-seven portion of the offseason in just more than a week, when third-year head coach David Beaty and his staff put the Jayhawks through their first spring practice, on Sunday, March 12.

KU on Wednesday unveiled its spring football schedule, which includes 15 total sessions for the Jayhawks over nearly six weeks — with spring break providing a respite for the players from March 17-27.

Practice No. 15 doubles as KU’s Spring Game, at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at Memorial Stadium.

For the Jayhawks whose college careers wrapped up this past November, KU will have its annual Pro Day for NFL Draft hopefuls on March 13.

Primarily, though, the weeks ahead at the football complex are about the 2017 Jayhawks, and building on the positive momentum created in November with an overtime win over Texas that helped lessen any residual displeasure within the fan base regarding KU’s 2-22 record since Beaty took over the downtrodden program.

Expectations among the Kansas staff and players are to surpass the 2-10 record they posted in 2016. With Charlot, fellow Alabama transfer and offensive lineman Charles Baldwin, one-time Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender and other additions already on campus to join forces with key performers from this past fall, such as defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., receiver Steven Sims Jr., defensive tackle Daniel Wise, safety Mike Lee, linebacker Joe Dineen, quarterback Carter Stanley and receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez, the talent on the roster fuels the Jayhawks' hopes.

That’s why Charlot and others can’t wait to put on pads again and get to work.

“I’m just ready to practice, man,” Charlot said.


Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

And just think, after the Spring game, only five more months till another season of incompetent football!

David A. Smith 4 years, 9 months ago

You took time out of your day to post this? Did it dawn on you that recruit or those who would recruit against us may check these boards out?

Gerry Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

Holy crap- - - - Do you really ever seriously THINK before open your mouth and type your BS on this site? - - I didn't think so - -your a true piece of work. - - -How about this take your happy - - a- - on down the road and take ur attitude with you.Wish we could have thousands mo just like you roflmfao -have a GREAT DAY

Don Everett 4 years, 9 months ago

Nice post. Thanks for being so positive. Maybe you should think about not posting anything. Most everyone will be very appreciative.

John Brazelton 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm looking forward to a 6-6 season and a minor bowl game!!!

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 9 months ago

Lots of reasons for KU fans to be optimistic. So if you are not optimistic, maybe you're not a KU fan.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Lots of reasons for KU fans to be optimistic? Like what? Based on what we've seen the past seven seasons, why should I believe anything will be any different?

Gerry Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

So Bryce, just where in the hell did you think this program was at BEFORE Coach Beaty took over?- - in the penthouse? mercy man are you really that brain dead? It's all about progress and if you can't see it - - -then I truly sorry for you

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

You fail at reading comprehension. Past. Seven. Seasons. Gill and Weis were coach for five of those seasons. Nothing has changed aside from the head coach. And aside from a win over Texas, which said more about Charlie Strong than it did about David Beaty, what progress has been made?

Dirk Medema 4 years, 9 months ago

What is there to be optimistic about?

How about having a full roster. Did you really expect us to be competitive in a P5 conference with an FCS roster?

How about the players on the roster? We've got current all-conference players returning and several top recruits ready to put on the crimson and blue that we've never had before.

Lots to be optimistic about if you want to look forward and see the positives, or you can look back at 7 years of despair.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

We had full rosters under Gill and Weis, and we weren't competitive in a BCS/P5 conference. So why would I have expected Kansas to be competitive when we didn't?

Great that we finally have a full roster, I guess. Great that we have a bunch of returning players and top recruits, I guess. But unless it translates to more wins, what does it matter?

Let me know when Kansas wins at least four games in a season, wins more than one Big 12 game in a season, and picks up at least one win away from Memorial Stadium in a season - then I might start feeling more optimistic about KU football. Until those things happen, progress is not being made.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

Spot on Randy, couldn't agree more - there is some well mainly ONE that doesn't have a clue. - -must be a really miserable life for them

Brian Hosfelt 4 years, 9 months ago

how can a Jayhawk fan not be optimistic? Crap I watched the K-state game 3 times. Carter Stanley can lead this team with out a doubt, and he might not even start...add a new wide out of Alabama, a new lineman form all the young O-line we had last year...ya we lost a lot of DBs, but return Mike Lee and some top juco DBs are already here...and Joe Dineen will be back at LB....hell ya im ready!!!!

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 9 months ago

And add a top offensive coordinator, 4 star running back, top 10 player from KS, and a highly rated kicker!

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 9 months ago

Im optimistic, Beaty is not calling the plays this year no more God-awful passes to the sidelines that take way too long to develop and never worked anyway. Im hoping for 4 or 5 wins with a surprise win maybe finally take down TCU this year. Need an O line!!!

Andy Godwin 4 years, 9 months ago

Beaty and company are 2 1/2 years into a massive rebuilding process. After the 4th and 5th year when Beaty's first HS recruits are seniors and redshirt seniors, respectively, should the wins and loses be used to truly judge what he did to change the KU football landscape. While rebuilding, Beaty too is learning how to run a program. He has made mistakes on and off the field, but he appears to be learning (for example upgrading the coaching staff with new hires while retaining key staff). Unlike basketball where just one or two players can turn around a program and a season in short order, football requires years to develop players. Most are not physically and mentally prepared to play in the Big 12 straight out of HS (except for likes of players such as Mike Lee). Beaty is clearly an upgrade from Gill and Weis (in terms of building a disciplined program), so patience and support (and hope to those few who think KU will go to a bowl next year) are what KU fans need to provide.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

There is no progress to see - not until Kansas accomplishes the following: (A) Wins four games in one season, (B) wins at least two Big 12 games in one season, and (C) wins at least one game away from Memorial Stadium. Until those things actually come to pass, there's nothing to be excited about as far as I'm concerned.

Terry N Tom Denner 4 years, 8 months ago

Bryce, you sound more like a miserable adult toddler from KST or MU !!

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 8 months ago

Well Bryce performance is more than wins and losses. Just the improvement i saw last year was exciting. Forget the new talent, forget the new OC, although those reasons alone excite me. But the progress is steady, is inevitable. When we finally found a quarterback who looked like he belonged it was very encouraging. I contend if Stanley was the starter from day one we win a minimum of four games last year. Now, add talent, add an impressive new OC and we should be very competitive. Forget the wins. How many games have we been competitive in over the last 7 years? Not many. Too many blowouts by huge margins. I still cringe at Gills second year and the embarrassing loss at Georgia Tech. I think they averaged about 10 yards per play. We are way better today. The margin from last place to 9th place in the conference is not huge in number but significant in progress. I for one will be satisfied if i see KU rise one rank per year for the next 6 years. To me that is progress. Too many do not have the patience to accept slow, sure, and steady progress. I think most fans and the administration now embrace this as a reality, that is how we will improve. I think most of us realize we will never get out of the cellar being impatient, that a long term commitment is required. Let the other programs run off their coaches for flimsy reasons and unrealistic expectations. That will serve us well. If we are so foolish we may permanently inhabit the cellar.

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