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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

David Beaty: Injury situation at O-line made playing spring game too ‘difficult’

Kansas offensive lineman Chris Hughes (76), left, Beau Lawrence (60) and Hunter Saulsbury (66) work through a drill during practice on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Kansas offensive lineman Chris Hughes (76), left, Beau Lawrence (60) and Hunter Saulsbury (66) work through a drill during practice on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

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Kansas football coach David Beaty opened his press conference Wednesday afternoon by offering the program’s fans a further explanation on the decision to replace this year’s spring game with an open practice.

Beaty emphasized he would prefer the Jayhawks play a full scrimmage on April 28 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

“I think it's valuable for our players,” he said of a traditional format, “and it's valuable for our fans to be able to see it. Just we're down to eight available offensive linemen right now.”

The current KU roster lists 16 players as O-linemen, but one of those is Charles Baldwin, who no longer participates with the team in any capacity. Elsewhere up front, junior tackle Hakeem Adeniji is still in the rehab portion of his off-season, following a pair of shoulder surgeries.

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Without going into full details, Beaty revealed KU has four offensive linemen out for the remainder of spring activities due to various surgeries, while others such as senior Jacob Bragg, juniors Andru Tovi, Hunter Saulsbury and Antione Frazier, and true freshman Nick Williams are “battling through” some less serious ailments.

While projecting the depth situation along the O-line will be “OK” by the time the Jayhawks head into pre-season camp months from now, Beaty deemed the numbers too thin right now to play a spring game.

“So we have about eight guys to get us through, and it's difficult to play a game when you're there,” Beaty said. “And we still have five practices left to go.”

Other offensive linemen currently on the roster are: senior Larry Hughes, juniors Beau Lawrence and Clyde McCauley III, sophomores Earl Bostick Jr., Malik Clark, Chris Hughes and Cam Durley, and redshirt freshmen Joey Gilbertson and Jack Williams.

Offensive linemen recruits who will join the program in the summer include: junior college transfer Reuben Lewis and true freshmen Jacobi Lott, Mac Copeland, Jack Murphy and Spencer Roe.

While punting on the concept of a spring game this year isn’t ideal, senior defensive lineman Daniel Wise said the players understand.

“I think it’s what’s best for the team,” Wise said. “Like Coach Beaty said, the whole offensive line is not at its best. But we’re doing what’s going to help the team.”

The fourth-year KU coach said his staff and players will “do what they have to do,” even under less-than-perfect circumstances as fans watch from the stands on the last Saturday of the month.

“And we're still going to get a lot out of that day,” Beaty added, “which is important for our guys.”

Comments

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 3 months ago

We have three confirmed linemen that are going to come in June that will make an impact. If we can land the three massive linemen we are trying to pull in right now, there will be a lot of depth and skill at this OL position. Sucks to have the situation this much up in the air currently but im confident that more than a few of those last minute OL are going to end up here, those kids will be huge.

Andy Godwin 1 year, 3 months ago

The most important position on the offensive side of the ball is not looking so good. Hopefully they collectively will get healthy and have time to gel. Otherwise, another very long season ahead.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 3 months ago

Better to be safe than sorry. But l have a feeling that the o line will be an on going issue this season.

1 year, 3 months ago

“make an impact” “depth and skill” cant wait to see this through to fruition BS... #rcjh

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Bryson - we have Rueben and the 3 freshman for a total of 4 planning to come this summer. Which of the 3 aren't you referring to and who are the other 3 massives you refer to?

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

Not going to reveal names at this time because I enjoy being in DB's good graces unlike the staff here at LJW. 4/17/18~Bryson Stricker.

Mike Bennett 1 year, 2 months ago

Another long year for us. The worst unit on the team has injury issues. Not good. They need to catch up with the rest of the Big XII, not fall further behind.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

I think inexperience, lack of depth and injuries will be the things that hurt the o line all year no 2 ways about it going to be a long season.

[''] 1 year, 2 months ago

Yikes -- if our players are getting that hurt in Spring Ball before they even get into hard hitting in the Fall....we might as well pack up our stakes. Beaty talked about Bender practicing quick kicking the other day -- guess that's because we will be quick-kicking on second down each series because we have no lineman to block. Wow.....

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

The quick kicks are supposed to confuse the defense thinking that we are going for it on 4th down then SURPRISE quick kick. Stupid to make a qb waste time practicing that. Some of our qbs have a hard enough time practicing qb stuff.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

Some of these are injuries from last year players just aren't healthy enough to go yet

[''] 1 year, 2 months ago

No worries. We have a fancy indoor practice facility that will solve all of our problems and make us more competitive in the Big 12. You know that we are 1-26 in the Big 12 under Beaty. The new facility will change that. Don't forget.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 2 months ago

Watching Beaty pretend to coach has become to tough...

The spring game isn't what makes me upset about Beaty and Co, it is about every year we have 10-15 new excuses to why we aren't going to be good. He is in his fourth year and the excuses just keep piling in.

Just win...I'm on record on saying if he doesn't win all of the first three games, he should be terminated.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

Beaty has to know that by this time next year he will be an assistant coach at some jc somewhere.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

It won't be in Texas....he's proven that he can't recruit there.

Richie Wilson 1 year, 2 months ago

God! I hope this isn't "we look no better than last year and the longer we keep this to ourselves the better off we all are" situation.

Barry Weiss 1 year, 2 months ago

there is no pretty way to paint this picture. the one position this team needed massive improvement at is looking like a dumpster fire. Hope I'm wrong, but odds are we are staring down a one win season, if that. Beaty knew this was our weakness.

Lucas Town 1 year, 2 months ago

I have two brothers that coach at different JC's. They said this is a common problem for JC's. Not power 5 teams. This situation is concerning.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 2 months ago

Year four and we STILL don't have enough players to field a damn scrimmage???????? We're a power-five conference school. What a joke. Why Beaty is still the coach I'll never understand. After year 5 we're still gonna be having the same conversation. He's a joke. All talk and puts an inferior product on the field. That's his MO, period.

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