Thursday, April 5, 2018

OC Doug Meacham now KU football’s QBs coach, too

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.


A year after witnessing the Kansas football team finish ninth in the Big 12 in passing and 10th in total offense, coordinator Doug Meacham will take on new responsibilities in his second season with the program, working every step of the way with the players he asks to make the proper reads and throws at the line of scrimmage.

KU’s receivers coach in 2017, Meacham is now in charge of the quarterbacks, head coach David Beaty divulged Thursday, while speaking with the media for the first time since February.

“Particularly with those guys on the sideline all the time, and Doug talking to them, I think it's been a really nice, nice transition for those guys,” Beaty said, ahead of KU’s fifth spring practice.

Meacham last coached quarterbacks while serving as co-offensive coordinator at Houston, in 2013.

This year, he will work hands on with two quarterbacks who have starting experience, senior Peyton Bender and junior Carter Stanley, as well as sophomore transfer Miles Kendrick and redshirt freshman walk-on Miles Fallin.

Garrett Riley coached the Jayhawks’ QBs this past season. Beaty said Riley now will oversee tight ends, as well as fullbacks and inside receivers.

“We're really trying to make a commitment to doing a good job of running the football and doing some things with play-action pass off of that,” Beaty said. “In order to do that, you have to have a focus on that tight end.”

Current tight ends on the roster include junior James Sosinski, of KU basketball walk-on fame, graduate transfer Mavin Saunders (Florida State) and redshirt freshman Kenyon Tabor.

One of the newest full-time members of the KU staff, former offensive analyst Justin Johnson, is the new receivers coach. Johnson will work with the likes of seniors Steven Sims Jr., Jeremiah Booker and Ryan Schadler, juniors Daylon Charlot, Evan Fairs and Chase Harrell and sophomore Quan Hampton.


Barry Weiss 1 year ago

everything seems so helter skelter when it comes to our coaches. Hope this works.

1 year ago

in a surprise to absolutely no one...:"OC Doug Meacham now KU football’s QBs coach, too" The carousel continues.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year ago

Betcha they still run the 5 same plays every game.

Bryson Stricker 1 year ago

We run more than 5 plays, but CFB has gotten to the point that almost every team runs like 10 plays and just variates them a little bit with in game adjustments. Look @ Lincoln Riley.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year ago

The real question is ....has he told Doug yet ...seems to be that David is not good at dispensing information.

[''] 1 year ago

Riley should go get on his brother's team at OU. His talent is being wasted here.

John Brazelton 1 year ago

The key to this season is the offensive line. If Coach Riker can develop and re-position the upper class talent that's available KU should have a respectable season this year.

[''] 1 year ago

What's respectable around here, 3-9? Most P5 schools would say 5-7 or 6-6. That will never ever happen under Zenger-Beaty. A Zenger-era football team at KU has never won 4 games.

Jeff Coffman 1 year ago

You can't make this stuff oc that gets 23 yards against a team he is well acquainted with, ranks 10th in the league gets more responsibility because he did so well.

Don't worry Beaty is taking on more, was it year 1 he became the oc and things were atrocious. Year 2 special teams...I think his best play was when the player laid in the end zone hiding...oh wow...interior receivers and tight ends are going to be horrible to watch.

[''] 1 year ago

4th different WR coach in 4 seasons. #continuity

John Joseph Gorski 1 year ago

After the Baylor loss Meachum will also hold the title of interim Head Coach.

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