Advertisement

Staff

Benton Smith

KUsports.com reporter

Photo of Benton Smith

Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with KUsports.com, as a digital editor, blogger and writer and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer.

Recent Stories

Tease photo

Fish Smithson reaches free-agent deal with Redskins

KU CB Stewart gets offer from Chargers

The final rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft drew to a close Saturday without former Kansas safety Fish Smithson getting the optimal congratulatory phone call for which he hoped. After seven rounds and 253 picks, though, Smithson’s professional aspirations weren’t thwarted. The 5-foot-10, 201-pound defensive back from Baltimore knew entering the weekend free agency could be his path toward his dreams. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Former Cornhuskers O-lineman Zach Hannon transferring to Kansas

A graduate transfer from Nebraska looking to play closer to his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., offensive lineman Zach Hannon plans to do so at the University of Kansas. Listed most recently on the Cornhuskers’ roster as a 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman, the former Rockhurst High standout announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter he will enroll at KU, where he will be eligible for the 2017 season. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Ahead of draft, KU's Fish Smithson leaning on advice of two all-pros

Regardless of how this weekend plays out for NFL Draft hopeful Fish Smithson, the three-year University of Kansas safety will go back to a lesson passed on to him from a couple of men who know more than most about making it as a defensive back at football’s highest level. “It’s not about how you start. It’s about how you finish. So don’t really worry about it,” Smithson said recently of some pre-draft wisdom he picked up from former KU standouts Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Jayhawks land first in-state commitment of 2018 class

Kansas football coaches began their annual spring “Kansas blast” on Monday, hitting various high schools around the Sunflower State to not only build relationships with prep coaches but also search out in-state talent. One day into the strategic recruiting approach, the Jayhawks landed their first in-state commitment for the Class of 2018. Wichita Collegiate offensive tackle Mac Copeland declared on Twitter Monday night his intentions to sign with KU football. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

KU's QB battle continues: Jayhawks will wait to name starter

As anticipated, the race to become the Jayhawks’ No. 1 QB won’t draw to a close until at least August. Had one candidate dominated and the other floundered, David Beaty, offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley could have reached a verdict. Instead, Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley enter the next portion of the offseason still aiming to overtake the other. All of which is absolutely fine with Meacham. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Spring practices and competition not over for KU football just yet

Although this past Saturday’s spring game served as the mark-your-calendar and tell-your-friends date for Kansas football players, it didn’t double as the conclusion of the Jayhawks’ offseason schedule. KU’s coaches still had two more sessions on the docket this week to both build off what players accomplished at the scrimmage and/or address issues that remained as the Jayhawks near the spring ball finish line. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Longtime KU assistant Clint Bowen expects D-line to be strength

Armstrong, Wise make Jayhawks strong up front

Currently in his 18th season working on the Kansas football staff in some capacity, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Clint Bowen has seen a multitude of Jayhawks try and make an impact as defensive linemen through the years. Few have impressed Bowen more than junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong, who, along with junior tackle Daniel Wise, gives KU what their coach likes to call “two impact guys” By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Beaty hoped for more scoring, but pleased with offense in spring game

Third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty left Memorial Stadium Saturday feeling good about his Jayhawks’ performance at the team’s spring game. Beaty just wished they could have given the fans a little bit more of an offensive show. “We’ve just got to do a better job of finishing. I would’ve liked to see more points scored today," Beaty said. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Prep receiver Tevailance Hunt commits to KU during spring game visit

Less than two hours after the completion of his program’s annual spring game, Kansas football head coach David Beaty was on Twitter, firing off his favorite hashtag, “Neat deal.” By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: KU quarterbacks embrace competition element of spring game

Kansas quarterbacks Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley began competing for the program’s starting job the day Bender set foot on campus a few months back, so Saturday’s spring game didn’t feel too different for the two players on the field with the most eyes on them. By Benton Smith

More stories