Thursday, November 16, 2017

Notebook: Meacham breaks down Stanley’s 3 interceptions at Texas

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) throws a pass during the third quarter that was intercepted, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) throws a pass during the third quarter that was intercepted, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.


In his third start this season and sixth during his time at Kansas, redshirt sophomore quarterback Carter Stanley threw a career-best three touchdown passes this past Saturday at Texas. The Jayhawks’ ninth consecutive loss, though, also included three costly Stanley interceptions, a career-worst for the second-year QB.

Offensive coordinator Doug Meacham broke down what went wrong for Stanley and his teammates on each giveaway.

Stanley’s first mistake put KU in a 14-0 hole, because Antwuan Davis picked it out of the air and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown.

“He’s standing five yards deep in the end zone and our right tackle (Clyde McCauley III) hit air,” Meacham said of a missed block. “I think (Stanley) thought he was about to get sacked from behind, because he felt that (pass-rusher) and he panicked a little.”

Though Davis was perfectly positioned for the UT defense, which dropped eight into coverage for the third-and-long play deep in Kansas territory, his teammate, safety Deshon Elliott, free-lanced, and ended up in a spot over the middle where he stood between Stanley and Davis, almost shielding the soon-to-be intercepter.

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Later in the first quarter, with KU trailing 21-7, Kansas lined up receivers Steven Sims Jr. and Tyler Patrick on the weak side of the formation. Given the defensive alignment the Longhorns were in, safety Jason Hall should’ve covered Patrick in the slot, as the KU receiver made a turn toward the middle of the field a few yards off the line of scrimmage. Hall didn’t, though, and his mistake landed him directly in Stanley’s passing lane to Sims on the timing throw. It made it easy for Hall to pick off the pass.

“That could happen to Tom Brady, that one,” Meacham said. “The first one Carter just should’ve took off.”

In the final minute of the first half, with the Jayhawks (1-9 overall, 0-7 Big 12) down 35-17, Stanley’s final interception came on third-and-goal at the Longhorns’ 4-yard line.

Meacham’s explanation of another pass taken away by Davis was straightforward: “There was a running back and a nose guard in his lap when he threw the ball,” Meacham said of a play when Stanley overthrew tight end Ben Johnson in the end zone under pressure, because nose tackle Poona Ford bull-rushed right guard Larry Hughes and running back Dom Williams.

Despite those turnovers and taking numerous other hits, on top of the four sacks he suffered, Stanley completed 27 of 43 passes (62.8 percent) for 268 yards.

“He did a good job,” Meacham said. “I mean, they’re a good team. I think OSU scored 13 on (Texas). And without the pick on the 4-yard line we put 35 on them, in Austin, so there’s a bright spot there if you just want to try to coat it the best way you can. I think a lot of our guys pressed just trying to make something happen and it ends up backfiring on us a little bit. I think he just needs to do a better job of ‘let’s just punt the damn thing’ at times.”

O-line issues

Mistakes and/or losing battles on the offensive line have been at the heart of many shortcomings for Meacham’s Air Raid offense this season.

At times this past week, the Longhorns (5-5, 4-3) only rushed three players and still pressured or hit Stanley.

“There’s a couple guys that just played bad,” Meacham said of the O-line’s rough night in Austin, Texas.

To make matters worse, Kansas lost three starters — left guard Andru Tovi, right guard Chris Hughes and right tackle McCauley — to injury in the first half at UT.

Backups left guard Jayson Rhodes, right guard Larry Hughes and right tackle Zach Hannon spent most of the game protecting with left tackle Hakeem Adeniji and center Mesa Ribordy.

Asked whether he thought the O-line would be closer to full strength Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1), Meacham said the team’s injury report had 34 names on it (some of whom are players remaining in the lineup while hurt). Meacham felt hopeful one, “maybe two” of Tovi, Chris Hughes and McCauley would be back on the field.

Giving the ball away

Kansas head coach David Beaty understands ball security has to be a requirement for his perpetual underdog Jayhawks. When KU committed four turnovers in its road loss at Texas, the Longhorns won comfortably, 42-27.

“Obviously that’s key and that’s critical to anyone in the country,” Beaty said of the need for a cleaner offensive product during the Big 12 coaches media teleconference Monday. “You’ve got to manage that. You take away the 21 points (for UT) off the four turnovers and you’re in pretty good position to win the game there.”

It marked the second time this season the Jayhawks lost four turnovers, the other coming in a 65-19 drubbing at the hands of Texas Tech.

KU now ranks 124th among FBS teams with 23 giveaways. Only Washington State (25), Rice (26), New Mexico (26) and San Jose State (39) have protected the ball worse.

Those 23 mistakes put Kansas as one of the worst in turnover margin, as well, at minus-14 through 10 games, which ranks 126th. Three teams have done even more poorly: New Mexico (-15), Rice (-21) and San Jose State (-28).

Jayhawks make Academic All-Big 12 teams

Seven Kansas football players landed on the Big 12’s Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the conference announced Thursday.

With a 3.2 GPA or better, the KU first-teamers were junior linebacker Keith Loneker Jr., junior offensive lineman Larry Hughes, junior receiver Jeremiah Booker, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Chris Hughes, senior punter Cole Moos, junior receiver Keaton Perry and sophomore defensive back Bryce Torneden.

Loneker, a graduate of Lawrence’s Free State High, and Larry Hughes, from Carrolton, Texas, became two-time members of the league’s academic first team.

KU also had seven second-team selections, with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19: sophomore tackle Adeniji, junior offensive lineman and fullback Jacob Bragg, redshirt junior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., redshirt sophomore O-lineman McCauley, redshirt sophomore Ribordy, junior receiver Ryan Schadler and senior long-snapper John Wirtel.

Wirtel was honored for the third straight season, all second-team awards.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, either cumulative or over the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 20 percent of their team's games. True freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation also are eligible.


Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

Since everyone including Keegan want to constantly kick our football program I'll post something positive for a change. Beaty has done a great job bringing in character guys who seem to do well in their studies and stay out of trouble. For a Division 1 program Beaty's company has had very little incidents and that is a good reflection of the quality guys they are bringing into the program. Also a reflection of the coach. Call me crazy but I would match rather suck this year with good character kids than win a bunch of games with thugs running loose in Lawrence. In time those good kids will be rewarded with winning games. Seems another coach in our athletic department (Self) has had some issues with recruiting kids with character. Seems like every year we have issues with the law on a basketball team with 13 scholarship guys. Very little issues on a football team with 70+ scholarship guys. Whatever wins games tho I guess.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

Name a good team with a bunch of “thugs” on it...

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

UCLA Basketball. President literally had to ask Chinese President to get them out of 10 years in jail.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

That’s not a thug that’s just a dumb kid. What you’re saying is just racist.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

I’d say theft of high value merchandise qualifies as thug like activity. Also I’m Black John. Lol nice try tho. Assuming my race, one might say that’s a bit racist.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

The word ‘thug’ is a racist term. You should know better. Educate yourself.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

Also, to educate you more (something your parents obviously failed at) the word “thug” refers to a violent person. One who steals a pair of expensive sunglasses is NOT a thug. That person is just stupid.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

And finally, your race does not change the racist undertones of that word. So don’t go fooling yourself into thinking you can say a word that’s racist, and it not be racist because you said it.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

First of all since you wanna pull out the dictionary. Racism refers to a feeling of superiority and malicious feelings towards another race. Nothing about the word thug suggests that. By your definition a thug can be black or white it has nothing to do with race so I don’t know why you brought it up. Lastly don’t ever lecture me on what I can and can’t say. You have no idea what my experiences are so keep your mouth shut about race to me John.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

Must be watching CNN lately. Every little word triggers you. Then you have the audacity to lecture me on race. Political correct hacks.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

I can't believe we now have set the bar so low that we can't win and have an expectation of high moral people.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

So he shouldn't be commended for running a clean program? How easy would it be to get a bunch of bad apples who are athletic and win games that way. I personally respect that he tries to find model citizens as well. Just my opinion.

Bryan Mohr 3 years, 4 months ago

Clean program. Model citizens. You're just making stuff up. You don't know all of the football players and what they do. So all of KU's opponents this year are not clean programs with model citizens? If a coach doesn't win games none of it matters.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes Bryan, Model citizens. Nobody likes to talk about it because Bill Self is supposedly god himself. But in only the last few years we’ve had to deal with Nadiir Thorpe posting lewd photos in social media, Bragg domestic dispute, Jackson threatening and car vandalism, Vick kicking a girl in the face, Lawson breaking a teammates nose, Branden Greene’s endless list of bad deeds, etc. When it happens that often it’s a reflection of the coach. Sorry but that’s just how it is. And in terms of your question about our opponents let’s not forget we are only one year removed from Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon video of him clocking a girl with a haymaker being released. Added with the facts that stoops knew about it and tried to keep it under the rap. So don’t patronize me. So far Beaty has proven to have a high premium on running a clean program. He’s been quick to dismiss players for violation of team rules. Most coaches will get kids with questionable character and let’s things slide if they can win them ball games.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

You’ve also proven my point. I don’t know what all the football players are doing and I shouldn’t cuz it’s none of my business. I’m tired of knowing what all the basketball players are doing because it seems like it always ends up being something that puts a black eye on Kansas Athletics.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

ask rick pitino how running a dirty program worked out. Matter of fact ask Baylor.

Bryan Mohr 3 years, 4 months ago

How did it work out for Baylor? They pounded KU in Lawrence this year. That's how it worked out.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 4 months ago

Not the point. They were in the Playoff Conversation a few years ago, now they are 1-9. That’s the point. You might win some games but what’s the value if you get busted for running an unethical program. Im sure Coach Pitino felt great until he got busted. Now looking back was it worth it, probably not. Actually I remember quite a few posters on here praising art briles before we found out who he really was. Guess it’s not so easy to turn a Big 12 program around when you have to do it there right way.

David Kemp 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes Beatys epitaph will read I ran a clean program and won 3 games before my stint as a head coach ended.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

Two line problems and a bad throw. I'd say a little predictable as well. Are we still run run pass punt?

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 4 months ago

Not that 2-3 wins per year or 3 wins in 3 years is acceptable (and I have been as grumpy over Beaty's won-loss record as any), but there is the side of the coin that a combination of experience for Coach (never having been a HC before) and the maturation of our players and roster in general may actually produce 3-4 wins next year. If that happened, I would be inclined to keep him simply based on Jack's comments. He does run a clean program. Over an extended period, that will pay off with high retention and good development simply as a by product of high character. It is at least something that should be considered. Making another hasty fire and hire is just not the way to go.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 4 months ago

This type of loser mentality is the problem with KU football. Too many excuses, too much lowering of the bar, too much complacency. This is the worst football program in FBS and it's being run further into the ground right in front of our eyes. And you guys want to talk about character? Loserville.

Ashwin Rao 3 years, 4 months ago

I am OK with Beaty staying, as long as the Defensive Coordinator & Special Teams Coach are replaced.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 4 months ago

Why? What has Beaty done except hire both coaches? Why is he special? He's responsible for this mess.

Drew Matthews 3 years, 4 months ago

"You take away the 21 points (for UT) off the four turnovers and you’re in pretty good position to win the game there.”....Well we aren't living in a fantasy world here and we did turn it over 4 times so...

Brett McCabe 3 years, 4 months ago

I know....the excuse-making. Shocking that an interception was caused by pressure on the QB. I though all of Stanley's interceptions were because he was color-blind. Thank goodness this clown show has only two more weeks to inflict pain on the fans.

Maybe instead of an onside kick next week, we can punt on 1st down to really catch OU off-guard. They'll never see it coming. Plus, it will prevent Stanley from throwing more interceptions.

Bill Kackley 3 years, 4 months ago

I am more embarrassed by the so called football Fans on this site than I am by the football players. They work their tails off, the coaches work their tails off and you bunch of crybabies just criticize everything, never compliment anything. You make me sick

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