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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Notebook: Miles Kendrick learning QBs must ‘run the show’

Kansas sophomore quarterback Miles Kendrick pulls back to throw during practice on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Kansas sophomore quarterback Miles Kendrick pulls back to throw during practice on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

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Miles Kendrick first met the man who will mold him into whatever type of quarterback he becomes for the University of Kansas football program late this past year.

Leading a small contingent of KU assistants, offensive coordinator Doug Meacham traveled out to California in November to watch Kendrick, a true freshman at the time, at the College of San Mateo.

Meacham saw something in Kendrick, setting the stage for the unheralded juco QB to transfer to Kansas for the spring semester.

Since arriving in Lawrence, every single thing Kendrick has thrown into making himself a better player has come under the examining watch of Meacham, now his position coach. Kendrick, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound dual-threat QB, thinks working directly with the team’s offensive coordinator will advance his development.

While many lectures and exercises regard arm mechanics, footwork and reading defenses, Kendrick said what he has learned most from Meacham is how a QB must carry himself.

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“I feel like he always stresses to quarterbacks that we run the show,” Kendrick shared. “We have to make sure that everybody’s on the same page and everyone knows what they’re doing. If they don’t it falls on our shoulders. We have to make sure that those guys know where they need to be and just make sure that we conduct the offense in an efficient way and are smart.”

Kendrick described Meacham as “high-energy” and said he appreciates the coordinator and QB coach’s ability to relate with the players while instructing.

“To have a coach like that who’s down to earth and cracks some jokes every now and then, keep the mood light, to have that, I think it’s a great thing,” Kendrick said.

The newest QB in the program also appreciated how veterans Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley helped integrate him, even though all three are competing for the starting job.

“They’re cool dudes and they help me out,” Kendrick said, noting Bender and Stanley assisted him in picking up signals and learning the playbook before spring practices began. “We’re all trying to make each other better and we all have the same goal, and that is to win games.”

Wise veteran presence

Entering his fifth and final season in the KU football program, redshirt senior Daniel Wise has procured as much knowledge as any player on the roster.

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Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise and other members of the defense watch over a drill during practice on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

In 2017, the defensive tackle shared, some key lessons materialized in the leadership department.

“You say things maybe you shouldn’t have said or you bit your tongue and you should’ve said something,” recalled Wise, a 6-3, 290-pound tackle from Lewisville, Texas. “I wouldn’t say there’s no particular thing that I shouldn’t have said or should’ve said. It’s all a learning experience.”

Wise, who took a redshirt in 2014, after arriving on campus as a two-star prospect, said he has been around KU long enough now that he and his fellow veterans know each other well and “have each other’s best interests at heart,” and that helps them push each other.

“So I don’t think it’s singular leadership. Everybody’s stopping up, pushing each other,” Wise shared. “I got guys pushing me and it’s all love.”

Graduating Jayhawks

The 146th commencement at the University of Kansas will include 15 members — some current, some former — of the football program.

Those expected to walk down the campus’ famed Campanile Hill Sunday and include: Charles Baldwin, Joe Dineen, Bobby Hartzog, Lay’trion Jones, Cole Moos, Tyler Patrick, Joey Bloomfield, Josh Ehambe, Larry Hughes, Derrick Neal, Keith Loneker Jr., Isi Holani, Ryan Schadler, Deron Thompson and Wise.

Not all of the players will be done with their undergraduate degrees as of Sunday. Those with coursework remaining are on pace to officially earn their degrees this summer or in the fall.

Comments

Kevin Robert Fest 4 months, 1 week ago

Most importantly is getting a degree. STUDENT athelete. Good for them.

[''] 4 months, 1 week ago

If a QB is just learning NOW that he has to "run the show"..... uhhggghh.... my Jr Tackle coach in 6th grade taught us this....what next?...."KU coaches stressing the need to score more pts than the other team in order to win"......

Gerry Butler 4 months, 1 week ago

Always look forward towards your bundle of sunshine - - what a pleasant thing. lmao

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

I remember my HS cross country coach saying to our team the first day I went out for the team (happened to be the day of a race) that you didn't have to worry about running so hard that you would die. You'd pass out first. Obviously a joke, but really just another way of saying what no one needed to say. Push yourself. There are millions of ways to do this and in turn breakdown your opponents.

It gets back to what the BB teams commonly talk about - the seasons within a season, and the level of intensity change, or the transition from AAU/HS/JC to Big12. Uhhggghh. How could they possibly not know to try harder? Fire Coach Self.

John Fitzgerald 4 months, 1 week ago

Would love to see Kendrick get a shot. He can’t be much worse than Bender and Stanley.

https://hawkjock.com/2018/05/11/three-key-areas-for-improvement-in-2018/

Dane Pratt 4 months, 1 week ago

The kid can scramble. With our line that's a very useful skill.

Edward Daub 4 months, 1 week ago

KU Definition of "Run the Show" = "Run for your Life"!

Let us Hope that Miles can improvise like Fran Tarkenton.

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