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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 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, as a digital editor, blogger and writer and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer.

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David Beaty: Offense looked better, but Jayhawks aren't scoring enough

The 250 passing yards and season-high 204 rushing yards posted in a loss to Oklahoma State allowed David Beaty to call his offense an improved product this week. The reality of life in the Big 12, though, meant the University of Kansas football coach could hardly characterize the effort as a success. By Benton Smith

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KU football notebook: Big play nets first career sack for KU's Smithson

When Kansas safety Fish Smithson delivered the first sack of his college career in the first quarter Saturday against Oklahoma State, the impact of the play didn’t stop with junior quarterback Mason Rudolph heading toward the Memorial Stadium turf. By Benton Smith

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Homecoming Horror: Mistakes cost Kansas again in 44-20 loss to Oklahoma State

Even on a homecoming afternoon when the University of Kansas football team teased the 26,262 in attendance at Memorial Stadium into thinking the Jayhawks just might stick around and give Oklahoma State a legitimate battle, KU’s upset bid Saturday only lasted as long as the offense’s ability to steer clear of self-inflicted wounds. By Benton Smith

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Montell Cozart to start at QB vs. Oklahoma State

After two weeks of sophomore Ryan Willis at quarterback, Kansas football coach David Beaty announced Saturday morning, a few hours before the Jayhawks’ homecoming game against Oklahoma State, his decision to return to junior Montell Cozart as the No. 1 QB. By Benton Smith

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KU football facing OSU QB who seldom makes mistakes

When Kansas football coach David Beaty watches his defense play Saturday against Oklahoma State, he’ll hope they can stop quarterback Mason Rudolph, a 6-foot-5 junior who has specialized in making wise decisions as a passer. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Oklahoma State

Get the keys for Kansas football this week as the Jayhawks take on Oklahoma State, and read about the mega matchup and much more. By Benton Smith

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Kansas defense unsatisfied, eager to bounce back

In a 49-7 defeat at Baylor, the University of Kansas football team surrendered just more than twice as many points as it did seven days earlier against TCU. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, though, didn’t head into this week’s preparation thinking his group regressed. By Benton Smith

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Who's No. 3? KU football looking for more productivity at WR

In the ongoing search for a more productive offense, the Kansas football team could benefit from the emergence of a third receiving threat within the passing game. Halfway through the season, the Jayhawks know they can rely on junior wideout LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims Jr. However, no other player on the roster averages more than three catches a game. By Benton Smith

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Injured KU linebacker Joe Dineen out again

Redshirt decision getting closer

Joe Dineen has missed every snap for Kansas since a hamstring injury forced him to walk off the field in the first of a Sept. 17 loss at Memphis. David Beaty said the would-be starting linebacker isn't expected to play for the fourth consecutive game Saturday, and it’s nearly reached a point where the staff isn't sure if the team captain will make another appearance this season. By Benton Smith

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KU quarterbacks not progressing like David Beaty hoped

David Beaty possesses no “magic little answer.” If the head coach could “sprinkle some dust” on a quarterback and fix the Kansas football team’s offensive tribulations he would. At the midway mark of his second season in charge and first as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Beaty said Tuesday at his weekly press conference the Jayhawks’ passers have not made the progress he envisioned. By Benton Smith

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