Kansas junior quarterback Peyton Bender (No. 7) runs through warm-ups with teammates at the start of a recent spring football practice.

Newest KU football additions already impressing Beaty

Typically enthusiastic any time he gets to talk about his Jayhawks, third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty came across predictably excited this past week at the start of spring practices. While the Jayhawks’ exuberant leader entered spring ball curious to check in on the development of returning players, he paid closest attention on the first day to mid-year additions, to see what they had to offer. By Benton Smith

March 21, 2017


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Tom Keegan: Clint Bowen sees better days ahead for Kansas football

An assistant coach to four different Kansas head coaches in 17 seasons, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen can attest as well as anybody to how tough it is to compete against a Big 12 schedule. That realty probably helps to explain why Bowen tends not to spread hype about the football program for which he has worked for most of his adult life.

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Beaty and Meacham expect seamless transition for KU offense

The Kansas football team’s offense has a new coordinator for 2017, but that doesn’t mean the Jayhawks hit the restart button on the Air Raid system head coach David Beaty implemented prior to Doug Meacham’s arrival. By Benton Smith

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Let the QB competition begin

KU football opens spring practice

Is it possible by the end of KU’s spring schedule in late April Beaty will have a clear No. 1 QB in sophomore Carter Stanley or junior college transfer Peyton Bender? By Benton Smith

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Fish Smithson leads batch of NFL hopefuls at KU's pro day

Fish Smithson couldn’t sleep Sunday night. The safety’s three-season Kansas football career ended nearly four months ago and almost everything he had done since was leading up to Monday morning and a couple hours full of measurements and stop watches at KU’s annual pro day. By Benton Smith

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Five things to watch with Kansas football this spring

Third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty and his players still have close to six months to get through before the 2017 season officially begins, but it feels much closer than that as of this weekend, with spring practices beginning on Monday. Here are five things to watch as KU enters spring football, a crucial portion of the offseason. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty, KU football players support basketball counterparts in KC

Three days before the start of spring practice, Kansas football players and coaches had basketball on their minds — at least for a little while — Thursday at the Power & Light District. By Benton Smith

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Spring practices just around corner for KU football

Kansas football players will finally get to graduate from the strength-and-conditioning and seven-on-seven portion of the offseason in less than two weeks, when third-year head coach David Beaty and his staff put the Jayhawks through their first spring practice, on Sunday, March 12. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Former KU football player directs compelling documentary on Thailand prison fighters

Micah Brown's project to air on Showtime

Imagine a world where the better a prisoner is at beating up another man with his fists and feet, the greater his chance at gaining freedom. Better yet, don’t imagine that world. Immerse yourself in it from a safe distance for 90 minutes Friday night in front of your television. You can do that by watching former Kansas football player Micah Brown’s documentary, “Prison Fighters: 5 Rounds to Freedom." By Tom Keegan

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David Beaty announces KU's new strength coach

Currently operating within a crucial portion of the college football offseason, Kansas head coach David Beaty wasted no time in filling a staff vacancy. Beaty announced Thursday the addition of Zac Woodfin as the new director of strength and conditioning. By Benton Smith

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Montell Cozart transferring from Kansas

No longer a part of the Kansas football team’s plans at quarterback, former starter Montell Cozart announced Tuesday afternoon his intentions to transfer. By Benton Smith

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Tony Hull creating national buzz for KU football

When a football program such as Kansas — which hasn’t posted a winning record in eight seasons or won more than three games in seven — starts landing commitments from four-star prospects and appearing on national top-10 lists dedicated to recruiting success, those following the sport can’t help but wonder how something like that occurs. As a result, the college football nation is getting an informal introduction to second-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull. By Benton Smith

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Defensive line coach Jesse Williams officially joins KU football staff

Looking to bring an experienced defensive assistant to his third Kansas football staff, head coach David Beaty officially announced Friday the addition of former Ohio defensive line coach Jesse Williams. By Benton Smith

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Another Louisiana prospect backs out of initial commitment to KU football

And then there were four. Once a group of six, the number of Class of 2018 Louisiana prospects committed to the Kansas football program again shrank on Thursday, when three-star defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins announced his intentions to play closer to home, at LSU. By Benton Smith

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Beaty reportedly ready to add new D-line coach

It didn’t take David Beaty long to find a new defensive line coach. Days after news of Michael Slater’s departure from the Kansas football staff emerged, his replacement was identified. By Benton Smith

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