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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 diehard 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, as a digital editor, blogger and writer and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer shortly after the World Company sold the Lawrence Journal-World and to Ogden Newspapers.

Since the sale, Smith has become an even more important member of the team, expanding his coverage to include writing columns at men's basketball games and continuing to oversee our coverage of KU football, which included the hiring of Les Miles as KU's new head football coach in late 2018.

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3 keys for KU football at Duke

Rudimentary as it may sound, simply making tackles has been an emphasis for the Kansas football defense at practices this week.

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5 questions with KU football starting LT Earl Bostick Jr.

Ahead of KU’s nonconference finale at Duke (3 p.m. Saturday, ACC Network), Earl Bostick Jr. reflected on his career path and looked ahead to how KU’s O-linemen hope to make progress.

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KU football coaches hope to get former QB and WR Torry Locklin more touches at RB

When Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold and his staff finally got to start evaluating players during practices in August, Leipold figured the Jayhawks would find a way to use Torry Locklin. He just wasn’t sure how.

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Jayhawks appreciate seeing KU football coach Lance Leipold's fiery encounters with officials

Lance Leipold, like most head coaches, takes on a number of responsibilities from the sideline during a game. One of his duties, the Kansas football coach said this week, is letting officials know when they miss a call on the field that impacts his players.

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Notebook: Class of 2022 3-star CB Jalon Peoples decommits from KU football

The first high school recruit to publicly commit to Kansas football after Lance Leipold took over the program, Texas prep cornerback Jalon Peoples backed out of that decision on Tuesday.

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With Velton Gardner gone, RB Devin Neal to take on expanded role for KU football

Though the abrupt departure of Velton Gardner caught the Kansas football staff by surprise this week, head coach Lance Leipold explained Tuesday how the Jayhawks plan to quickly move forward and ask more of true freshman Devin Neal at running back.

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Reports: RB Velton Gardner leaving KU football via transfer portal

Three games into his junior season, running back Velton Gardner is ready to move on from the Kansas football program.

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2 defensive takeaways rare bright spots for KU football in Week 3 home loss

Following a game during which hardly anything went right for his Kansas football team, head coach Lance Leipold felt enthusiastic about at least one aspect of the Jayhawks’ performance against Baylor.

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'Highly disappointed' after blowout loss to Baylor, Jayhawks aim to regroup quickly

Kansas football players will have to add regrouping to their typical game week preparation after the Jayhawks suffered their first one-sided defeat of the season against Baylor. One key takeaway from an unprosperous Saturday, KU sophomore receiver Trevor Wilson said following a 45-7 beating, was that the players can’t let what transpired impact their motivation.

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Notebook: QB Jason Bean sits during 4th quarter of KU football's blowout loss

With the Kansas football team’s chances of opening up Big 12 play with a win all but gone by the fourth quarter Saturday against Baylor, head coach Lance Leipold let starting quarterback Jason Bean sit.

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