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Thursday, November 11, 2021

KU football OC: Freshman QBs Conrad Hawley, Ben Easters ‘have a passion to improve’

Kansas quarterback Conrad Hawley goes through a drill during one of the Jayhawks' spring practices at the team's indoor facility.

Kansas quarterback Conrad Hawley goes through a drill during one of the Jayhawks' spring practices at the team's indoor facility.

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Two of the least experienced quarterbacks on the Kansas football roster aren’t expected to be needed any time in the final weeks of the season. But that doesn’t mean freshmen Conrad Hawley and Ben Easters are taking an idle approach to their development.

The two QBs KU signed in its 2021 recruiting class, both Hawley and Easters are redshirting during their first year with the Jayhawks. Offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki described them as “two young guys who quite honestly have a passion to improve,” adding that the first-year college QBs are “super, super coachable.”

Though KU is dealing with significant injuries in the QB room, with Miles Kendrick out for the season and starter Jason Bean trying to be healthy enough to play on Saturday at Texas (6:30 p.m., ESPNU), there are still other QBs ahead of the freshmen on the depth chart.

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A Class of 2021 Kansas football signee, quarterback Ben Easters makes a throw for Brownsburg High (Ind.) during his senior season.

Sophomore Jalon Daniels, who started for KU in six games as a true freshman in 2020, will fill in for Bean in the starting lineup this week if necessary. And if Bean can’t play, redshirt senior walk-on Miles Fallin will back up Daniels.

Kotelnicki said KU’s quarterbacks coach, Jim Zebrowski, is always hearing from Hawley and Easters that they want extra work after practices, and the staff is happy to see that and offer ways to help facilitate those requests.

“They're hungry to improve their craft and their game,” Kotelnicki said.

A 6-foot-5, 220-pound QB from Raymore, Mo., Hawley was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals in the Class of 2021. Easters, a 6-3, 210-pound QB from Brownsburg, Ind., also received a three-star grade.

Both QBs graduated from high school early and were able to enroll at KU this past spring, enabling them to train and practice with the team months in advance of most of the incoming freshmen.

Comments

W Keith Swinehart II 2 months, 1 week ago

Good strategy: Coaches. Good attitude: Players. Hard work. Faith in preparedness.

Michael Maris 2 months, 1 week ago

If the Coaching Staff an recruit and coach up legitimate OL'man who can protect these QB's, then the KU Football ship will begin to sail again......

I really ADMIRE Miles Kendrick and his COMMITMENT to the Jayhawks Football program..... He's TRULY stuck with the University and Football program and endured a LOT of frustrating times......

Maybe, he stays on as a Grad Assistant and works his way into the Coaching ranks....

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