Sure, when Todd Reesing was tougher to catch than the wind, scrambling in every direction and still managing to keep his eyes downfield, spectators flocked to Memorial Stadium to watch him lead Kansas to victory. It became very fashionable to attend games and talk about them all week.
Generally, college football coaches downplay the significance of a spring game. It’s no different than any of the numerous other offseason practices, they will tell you, with the players getting analyzed and coached up — same as a Tuesday afternoon on a field void of spectators. The designated head coaches for the Kansas Jayhawks’ intrasquad scrimmage would agree with all of that, too, but at least Tony Hull and Kenny Perry are making sure all involved thoroughly enjoy the experience. By Benton Smith
Throughout his youth and first few years as a college athlete, Ryan Schadler never felt quite right. No one ever would have guessed Schadler, who returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown in his debut with the Jayhawks in 2015, had any sort of health issues, let alone jumbled organs. By Benton Smith
On his way to earning first-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore, Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong generated more NFL-prospect buzz of any Jayhawk since Aqib Talib, first-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.
The texts just kept coming to Kenny Perry’s phone on Tuesday night, all carrying the same general inquiry: “Who’s it gonna be? Who’s it gonna be?’” Kansas football players would not leave Perry, the cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator, alone, because every Jayhawk wanted to know who would be the first pick in the program’s spring game draft. By Benton Smith
A la any talented wide receiver, Kansas sophomore Daylon Charlot is absolutely convinced that if the season started Saturday he would be good for two, maybe three touchdowns. Instead, it starts 21 Saturdays from Saturday and that's eating at him.
The invented word first became a part of the Kansas football vernacular in February, when running backs coach Tony Hull’s impact as a recruiter in his home state of Louisiana became abundantly clear. Hull, a second-year assistant at KU whose success on the recruiting trail in and around his hometown of New Orleans at least played a part in Beaty naming him associate head coach, wishes he could claim Louisianimals as his own. By Benton Smith
After two seasons in the Kansas football program, tight end Jace Sternberger announced Friday he will transfer and look to continue his college career elsewhere. By Benton Smith
Now that overseeing the Kansas football team's quarterbacks is his responsibility, assistant coach Garrett Riley wants to make sure his throwers aren’t costing KU possessions in 2017. While Riley will critique their reads and technical approaches, as well, he has a broader plan he hopes will curtail all of KU’s quarterbacking woes. And it starts with the QBs gaining confidence. By Benton Smith
A year ago at this time, Kansas offensive lineman Charles Baldwin was trying to win the starting right tackle job for national powerhouse Alabama. His short-lived stay in Tuscaloosa, Ala., didn’t go as the Windsor, Conn., native originally envisioned, but Baldwin said he learned a lot about discipline, work ethic and football over the course of his few months there before starting over at KU. By Benton Smith
On David Beaty’s long checklist of things to accomplish this spring, finding Kansas football’s starting quarterback for 2017 ranks at the top. So KU’s head coach told the man playing behind the top two candidates, No. 3 QB Tyriek Starks, it would be in his best interest to not let a single snap go to waste. By Benton Smith
The words repetition and spring football essentially are synonymous these days around Anderson Family Football Complex. It’s the time of year when head coach David Beaty and his assistants install their plays, in doses of three practices. By the time the Jayhawks conclude training after 15 total sessions, they will have gone through the complete install five times over. By Benton Smith
When head coach David Beaty and his assistants met ahead of spring football to discuss the areas where they needed to identify players who can help Kansas in 2017, it wasn’t hard to spot the position with the biggest question marks: cornerback. By Benton Smith
David Beaty and his assistants hadn’t sent their Kansas football players through drills and one-on-one situations or hit them with various install instructions in nearly two weeks, but the head coach said his Jayhawks didn’t look behind schedule when the team reconvened for practice Tuesday, following spring break. By Benton Smith
Ask David Beaty about new quarterback Peyton Bender this spring and odds are the Kansas football head coach won’t fire off too many words in response without bringing up returning QB Carter Stanley. Or vice versa. By Benton Smith