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Monday, October 30, 2017

Notebook: Why KU switched to Stanley at QB; Brown to join Ring of Honor

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) tries to escape Kansas State defensive end Reggie Walker (51) during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. At left is Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji (78).

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) tries to escape Kansas State defensive end Reggie Walker (51) during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. At left is Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji (78).

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At some point early this past week, head coach David Beaty and his Kansas football offensive assistants decided to try a different approach at quarterback.

After seven starts for junior Peyton Bender yielded 204.1 passing yards a game, eight touchdowns, nine interceptions and just one victory, Beaty and company made redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley the Jayhawks’ new No. 1 QB against Kansas State.

“You know, it was a situation where his skill set probably gave us a better opportunity,” Beaty said Monday on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference of favoring Stanley, “because of his ability to move in and out of the pocket and extend plays a little bit more.”

Stanley, who started the final three games of 2016 for Kansas, responded to his return to first-string status by passing for 418 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in a 30-20 home loss to Kansas State.

“It’s no secret that we have been banged up up front. We did get our center (redshirt sophomore Mesa Ribordy) back, which was a huge, huge deal for us. But we had several guys playing out of position for a couple of weeks there, which makes it very difficult for anybody in the back, back there,” KU’s third-year coach said, referring to Bender’s recent struggles. “But Carter’s ability to move around was something that we certainly felt like we had an opportunity to get better with.”

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Beaty stated Bender supported Stanley’s move up the depth chart, as Stanley supported Bender when their roles were reversed — though Stanley broke his hand in August, making it less of a competition early in the season.

“Those guys want to win,” Beaty said of Stanley and Bender. “That’s what I mean by having the right guys in the locker room. They just want to win. They want to do it for our fan base, they want to do it for our stakeholders. So they’ve got the right mentality. No doubt about it.”

KU, Baylor in similar situations

A scan of the Big 12 football standings shows only two winless teams in conference play: Kansas and Baylor, who will square off Saturday at Memorial Stadium (11 a.m. kickoff, FOX Sports Net).

Beaty predicted a lot of success for first-year Bears coach Matt Rhule and his staff in the future.

“The way that they battle to the wire every game. They just about had West Virginia,” Beaty said of the Mountaineers’ 38-36 win over BU on Oct. 21. “They played Oklahoma really, really tough (49-41 loss). They played several teams very, very tough. They’ve got a bunch of talented young guys, and usually that translates to a great future.”

Unlike KU (1-7 overall, 0-5 Big 12), which picked up a victory during the nonconference portion of the schedule, Baylor (0-8, 0-5) enters the weekend winless. The Bears dropped September home meetings with Liberty and Texas-San Antonio, and lost at Duke.

Brown joining KU’s Ring of Honor

The Jayhawks’ home date with Baylor doesn’t only represent a chance to end their seven-game losing streak. The penultimate home game this fall also will feature a special induction for all-time program great Gilbert Brown. KU announced Monday the former standout defensive lineman will be inducted into the Ring of Honor.

Brown, who played for Kansas from 1989-92, and members of the 1992 Aloha Bowl team will be part of on-field recognitions.

"Gilbert was our first big-time recruit," former KU football coach Glen Mason said in a release. "I remember his decision came down to Michigan and Kansas. He was a primary factor in turning KU into a winning program."

In Brown’s senior season of 1992, the Jayhawks went 8-4 overall, and 4-3 in the Big 12, finishing third. They defeated BYU in the Aloha Bowl, 23-20, and finished the season ranked No. 22 in the AP poll.

Brown became a third-round NFL Draft pick of Minnesota in 1993, had a 10-year pro career and won a Super Bowl with Green Bay.

Brown’s name will be the 19th on display in KU’s Ring of Honor, and the third to go up this season, joining Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins.

Comments

Brett McCabe 1 year, 6 months ago

Welcome Gilbert and congratulations. That really had to irk Vikings fans to watch you stuff up the middle for the Packers for 10 years!

Just watched a sports commentator talk about how recruiting season picks up in three weeks, which is why Florida made a move. Does Girod know about recruiting?

Len Shaffer 1 year, 6 months ago

" 'You know, it was a situation where his skill set probably gave us a better opportunity,' Beaty said Monday on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference of favoring Stanley, 'because of his ability to move in and out of the pocket and extend plays a little bit more.' "

In other words, what EVERY SINGLE JAYHAWK FAN has been saying ALL SEASON LONG???

And yes, I know Stanley was hurt for a few weeks, but given how long Beaty and Meacham stuck with Bender even after Stanley came back, is there any reason to believe things would have been different if Stanley had been healthy the whole time?

On the other hand, watching Stanley play again, and after what he did last year, it really does make you wonder if we could have won at least a couple more of our earlier games.

Larry Jackson 1 year, 6 months ago

Beaty chose to discard the process of developing Stanley initiated last season. Developing Starks was a better option than wasting a season with "wash out" Bender. Beaty set his bullheaded QB course again this season thus sealing his fate & future at KU.

Gerry Butler 1 year, 6 months ago

Your right. -See this is the argument I've been having with others, I said along time ago - not on this site, but other KU boards my question was - -WHY was Beaty being so bull-headed about not replacing Bender and putting Stanley in? - -I liked what I saw from hi at the end of last year mainly because of the fore mentioned reason. The ability to extend plays, toughness- has a little bit of an edge to him. - -Yet we continue to waste the season away with Bender who I consider an innerception looking for a place to happen and feet made out of concrete. - -Really tired of bringing in these post grads or transfers Crist - -Heaps - -& now Bender that's suppose to be the savior of the program. - Like you say makes you wonder if we couldn't at least been more competitive then what we got if Stanley was leading the Offense. - All I kept hearing from some on other boards was well what had Stanley proved to show he should replace Bender? - - Well hell he sure can't do anything to prove if he is standing on the sidelines every game helmet in hand.- -So I was even telling them - - -OK - -you don't like Stanley? - -Then NEXT man up Starks - -I've by far seen enough of Bender

Brett Gaul 1 year, 6 months ago

Well deserved for Gilbert Brown! Although in his Senior season, the Big XII didn't exist yet, it was still the Big 8.

Robert Brock 1 year, 6 months ago

KU’s Offense goes as Mesa Ribordy goes. Best player on the squad. Period.

Andy Godwin 1 year, 6 months ago

Most people if polled would identify the QB as the most important player on a team's offense. But as David Lawrence said 3 weeks ago, he ranked Sims #1 and Ribordy #2. Based on the resurgence of the big play offense against KSU, he seems well informed.

Ryan Woods 1 year, 6 months ago

You're saying that Ribordy is worth 400 yards of passing yards? Stanley was more of the reason for that. The offense was no longer zero dimensional. He fits Meachem's offense much better.

Jerry Walker 1 year, 6 months ago

One would have to be blind or a liar if they said that they didn't notice a resemblance to Reesing.

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