A reserve so under the radar that up until this week he was listed as a safety on the Kansas football roster — even though he plays linebacker — Nick Channel got the sense ahead of the Jayhawks’ most recent game he was in line for his first real taste of action on defense. The sophomore walk-on really had no idea what was in store, though. By Benton Smith
While Kansas players and assistants alike admit the atmosphere around the football team’s complex feels a little different with the head coach’s office vacant, the Jayhawks insist their preparations for the next game on the schedule have regained normalcy, even in Les Miles’ absence. That’s not to say the news of Miles testing positive for COVID-19 left them unaffected.
According to Kansas football’s top two coordinators, there currently is no plan for who would fill in for Les Miles if the head coach isn’t cleared to travel with the Jayhawks this week for their game at West Virginia.
In a move head coach Les Miles has proven this year he might not make during a video press conference, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon decided Monday morning to announce who will start at quarterback for the Kansas football team.
Kansas football coach Les Miles found out Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced. By Benton Smith
With neither rushing nor passing plays functioning with any consistency behind an offensive line that continues to encounter issues, KU produced against Oklahoma State only 193 yards of offense — the second-lowest total during Miles’ 15 games as head coach and the worst output since Brent Dearmon became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the midway point of the 2019 season.
It sounds as if Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels will likely be out longer than originally expected.
Les Miles said after a 47-7 homecoming loss to Oklahoma State part of his plans for the extra time between games would be slightly different than usual. “I think the defense is improving,” Miles said, “but I want to spend some time with those guys, too.”
Previously one of the top prospects in the Kansas football program’s 2021 recruiting class — and a would-be walk-on for KU basketball — Keon Coleman announced Tuesday evening he no longer plans on playing for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
No Power Five college football program knows the despair of a blowout defeat quite like Kansas. It was an experience head coach Les Miles wasn’t too familiar with before inheriting the ever-rebuilding program.
After Pooka Williams Jr. finished with only 32 rushing yards against Oklahoma State in the Kansas football team’s 47-7 homecoming loss, head coach Les Miles addressed the challenging day for the junior running back. “Well, I can tell you. It’s not Pooka."
Only head coach Les Miles knows for sure whether he would have stuck with his QB game plan on Saturday versus the Cowboys. Either way, Miles said KU is “fortunate” to have junior backup Miles Kendrick.
When the Kansas football defense took the field versus Oklahoma State on Saturday, it had to do so without two starting defensive backs, a starting linebacker and a key reserve linebacker.
The jokes surfaced as soon as the University Kansas athletic department announced that it would allow fans in the stands for Saturday’s home football game against Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait
With the Kansas football offense overwhelmed even before it lost its starting quarterback to an injury against No. 17 Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks never came close Saturday to securing the program’s first victory over a ranked opponent in a decade. By Benton Smith