The Kansas football team’s quarterback competition could carry over into actual games instead of reaching a conclusion during this week’s practices.
Backtracking from what he said less than a week ago on the matter, head coach Les Miles stated during his Monday video press conference that “there’s a good possibility” both of KU’s top two QBs could play in the Jayhawks’ season opener Saturday versus Coastal Carolina.
Just five days earlier, when asked about the likelihood of KU using more than one quarterback, Miles said, “I think the advantage would be with the guy that we put on the field and kind of stay that way.”
Whether Miles’ new stance on the battle between senior Thomas MacVittie and junior Miles Kendrick — both were listed as a possible starter on the team’s first published depth chart Monday — is gamesmanship or reality remains to be seen.
If KU really does play both Kendrick and MacVittie in the team’s debut, Miles said the decision on how to rotate them in and out would probably come possession by possession.
“If we substitute it’s not necessarily representative of quality of play or lack of quality of play,” the coach said, remaining intentionally vague on the strategy. “It’s always been smart not to just talk off the cuff.”
As the QB competition possibly extends past its expected target date for completion and continues into the regular season, Miles thinks both MacVittie and Kendrick are “in position to play and play well.”
Neither of the top two QBs on the roster have ever started an FBS game.
“Let’s see how they perform before we judge them,” Miles said.
MacVittie didn’t take in-game snaps at QB for KU in 2019, rather lining up at receiver on a couple of occasions. His one pass attempt, on a failed trick play at Oklahoma State, got intercepted.
Kendrick didn’t play in any games for the Jayhawks in 2019, after making four appearances as a backup in 2018, when he completed 11 of 19 passes for 100 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.