Advertisement

Staff

Back to profile

Benton Smith

Stories by Benton

Tease photo

KU punter Kyle Thompson enters transfer portal

Senior punter Kyle Thompson, who holds two of the highest season punting averages in Kansas football program history, won’t be booting the ball for the Jayhawks anymore.

Tease photo

'They're not throwing the ball to him': Freshman CB Karon Prunty building reputation with pass coverage

Opposing quarterbacks loved the idea of testing true freshman cornerback Karon Prunty — or at least they did for awhile. It seems the more Kansas football foes learn about Prunty, the less inclined they are to challenge him.

Tease photo

Jayhawks assess pros, cons of starting 3 true freshmen on O-line

Kansas football coach Les Miles hasn’t minded sending some of the program’s youngest athletes onto the field this season, but Saturday’s home loss to TCU featured an even greater reliance on inexperienced players than usual, with the Jayhawks starting three true freshmen on the offensive line.

Tease photo

Notebook: Miles says QB Kendrick has chance to compete for starting job

Starting OL Lott opts out

With only two games left to play, the winless Kansas football team might not necessarily have a quarterback controversy brewing, but head coach Les Miles hesitated Monday to completely endorse the incumbent.

Tease photo

3-star DE Garfield Lawrence joins KU football's 2021 class

With a little more than two weeks left before the early signing period, there’s still work to be done on the recruiting front for the Kansas football coaching staff. But the Jayhawks got a step closer to filling out their 2021 recruiting class on Monday.

Tease photo

3 TCU passes and a whole lot of run calls wipe out Jayhawks

Quarterback Max Duggan only needed to complete three of his 11 passes to help TCU football demolish Kansas on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Horned Frogs’ rushers proved too unstoppable for the relative absence of an air attack to matter in a 59-23 rout of the Jayhawks. Plus, the KU defense ceased to function on each of Duggan’s three completions — all of which resulted in a touchdown.

Tease photo

Notebook: Jayhawks participate in unusual Senior Night; KU also tweaks starting offensive line

Fitting for 2020, the Kansas football team’s Senior Night looked a little out of the ordinary on Saturday, prior to the kickoff versus TCU at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. TCU

For three weeks now, the Jayhawks have worked on an issue that has plagued them throughout their winless season: protecting the quarterback.

Tease photo

Benton Smith: Jayhawks better early on playing small, with Jalen Wilson

Bill Self still envisions David McCormack becoming the leading scorer on this Kansas basketball team by March. But two games into the season, McCormack isn’t even the Jayhawks’ best option at center. As of Friday’s 94-72 win over St. Joseph’s, that title belongs to Jalen Wilson, who happens to not be a center at all.

Tease photo

Benton Smith: Season opener proved KU big man David McCormack has long way to go defensively

With a national spotlight on Thanksgiving afternoon against top-ranked Gonzaga as the backdrop for McCormack’s season debut in that role, the 6-foot-10 junior struggled to do what KU’s defense needs most out of him, and the Zags found their way to the paint over and over in a 102-90 victory at the Fort Myers Tip-Off.

Tease photo

Notebook: Miles hopes to bring back WRs Robinson and Parchment

There are at least two seniors on the Kansas football roster Les Miles would like to see take advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver for an extra year of eligibility. KU’s head coach, while discussing some of this year’s seniors on his “Hawk Talk” radio show on Wednesday evening, identified receivers Stephon Robinson Jr. and Andrew Parchment as players the staff would want to invite back for the 2021 season.

Tease photo

Texas prep WR Xavion Brice on board for KU's 2022 recruiting class

The Kansas football coaching staff kept steadily building for the future on Wednesday, adding a fourth member to the program’s 2022 recruiting class.

Tease photo

Jayhawks confident extended time off won't hurt them

Since losing at Oklahoma on Nov. 7, Kansas football players have seen their time off extended unexpectedly, the result of their home game versus Texas being postponed following a bye. But the struggling Jayhawks this week, ahead of their scheduled return to action versus TCU on Saturday, downplayed the idea that they might also have to deal with some rust when they play for the first time in 21 days.

Tease photo

Jayhawks' 2021 recruiting class loses 3-star O-lineman

The Kansas football program lost a potential addition to its 2021 offensive line on Tuesday evening, as Christien Hawks, an in-state prospect from Norton, decided his future won’t include the Jayhawks.

Tease photo

Jayhawks eager to see what type of impact interim O-line coach John Morookian makes

When Les Miles fired Luke Meadows as Kansas football’s offensive line coach with just three weeks left in the season, it had plenty to do with the Jayhawks’ play up front throughout an 0-7 start. While speaking Monday with media members for the first time since what Miles described as “a tough decision,” though, KU football’s head coach chose to focus on the future and how he thinks interim O-line coach John Morookian will help the blockers.

Tease photo

Notebook: Miles optimistic KU will have numbers necessary to face TCU this week

LB Kyron Johnson hoping to play extra season

One never really knows for sure in 2020 whether any given college football game will be played as scheduled, but as of Monday at least, Kansas coach Les Miles felt optimistic about the Jayhawks returning to action.

Tease photo

Developing freshmen during off weeks a priority for KU football

By the time the Kansas football team finally plays again, the Jayhawks will have gone 21 days in between games. The extended down time at the very least should allow head coach Les Miles and his staff to further develop some of the program’s youngest players.

Tease photo

KU fires O-line coach Luke Meadows

Kansas football coach Les Miles has fired offensive line coach Luke Meadows seven games into a season filled with O-line issues, the university announced Friday afternoon.

Tease photo

Notebook: Les Miles 'excited' about potential of 2021 recruiting class

In just a few weeks, Kansas football coach Les Miles will be allowed to go into greater details about some members of his third KU recruiting class, once they sign and make their pledges official. But Miles didn’t mind sharing his anticipation regarding what’s to come with the Class of 2021 during his “Hawk Talk” radio show on Wednesday night.

Tease photo

DB Kenny Logan Jr. wouldn't mind lining up on offense for KU, too

Though he leads the Kansas football defense with 50 total tackles and two interceptions, there are times sophomore Kenny Logan Jr. admits, when he gets an itch to play some offense.

Tease photo

KU football's home game vs. Texas postponed until Dec. 12

Jayhawks don't have enough D-linemen available

As multiple college football games across the country got postponed or canceled each week throughout the past couple of months of the pandemic, the Kansas football schedule somehow remained unharmed through seven games.

Tease photo

KU adds Georgia prep OT Corey Robinson II to 2021 recruiting class

As the next phase of the Kansas football rebuild under head coach Les Miles approaches, the Jayhawks on Tuesday added a fourth offensive lineman to their 2021 recruiting class.

Tease photo

Jayhawks expecting improved pass protection heading into final 3 games

As one would expect from a team that has surrendered more sacks than any FBS program in the country, the Kansas Jayhawks focused much of their recent bye week on addressing a glaring issue. With just three games remaining on the schedule, the Jayhawks emerged from their final week off feeling like they made strides on offense, specifically in the pass protection category.

Tease photo

Notebook: QB Jalon Daniels 'working,' but 'not extensively'

Although Kansas football coach Les Miles said leading up to his team’s most recent bye week that he thought Jalon Daniels would be able to practice, the Jayhawks ultimately took a different approach with their hobbled quarterback.

Tease photo

S Davon Ferguson latest KU football starter to leave team during season

A starter for the Kansas football defense in each of the first four games of the season, safety Davon Ferguson is no longer with the team, head coach Les Miles revealed on Monday. “I think he’s opted out,” Miles said during a video press conference, when asked about Ferguson, who had missed KU’s previous three games. “And we wish Davon the very best.” By Benton Smith

Tease photo

How KU junior David McCormack can fill the void left by Udoka Azubuike's departure

Spoiler alert for the quickly approaching college basketball season: David McCormack is not Udoka Azubuike. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Heading into season's home stretch, KU offense rarely finding end zone

While the blowout margins from the Kansas football team’s losses in Big 12 play routinely lead to questions about the Jayhawks’ defense, head coach Les Miles thinks it’s difficult to excessively criticize what’s happening on that side of the ball, considering how the offense is performing.

Tease photo

Jayhawks plan to give RB Daniel Hishaw Jr. 'more looks'

On a mostly forgettable recent Saturday for the Kansas football team, soundly defeated on the road by Oklahoma, one of the Jayhawks’ promising young offensive players, Daniel Hishaw Jr., had what amounted to a career day.

Tease photo

Former KU great Aqib Talib to make debut as NFL analyst

One of the greatest players in Kansas football history, Aqib Talib, who happens to be known for his magnetic personality, too, is about to have a new platform.

Tease photo

Missouri DB Dewuan Mack becomes 3rd recruit in KU's 2022 class

Still more than a year out from when current high school juniors can first sign with their college football programs of choice, the Kansas coaching staff now has three commitments lined up for the Class of 2022.

Tease photo

AD asks KU football fans for leniency as Les Miles rebuilds program 'right way'

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long has heard the concerns and disappointments from fans and donors alike, regarding the KU football program. And in response, Long is asking the fan base for some tolerance during head coach Les Miles’ rebuilding project.

Tease photo

Notebook: Multi-sack games a rarity for KU football

It’s not often that one Kansas football player gets to the quarterback for a sack multiple times in a game. In fact, when senior outside linebacker Kyron Johnson contributed two sacks in a blowout loss at Oklahoma this past Saturday, he was the first Jayhawk to record more than one on the same day in a little more than two years.

Tease photo

QB Jalon Daniels expected to practice, return to lineup vs. Texas

Kansas starting quarterback Jalon Daniels wasn’t able to finish the Jayhawks’ blowout loss at Oklahoma this past weekend, after the Sooners’ ninth sack of the day injured the freshman QB’s left leg in the fourth quarter. But according to head coach Les Miles, Daniels should be able to return to the lineup following KU’s bye week, when Texas visits Lawrence on Nov. 21.

Tease photo

Les Miles addresses KU's obvious O-line problems after blowout defeat

Foes sacking Jayhawks 5.4 times a game

As so often has been the case this year for the winless Jayhawks, the offense fell flat at No. 19 Oklahoma, behind an O-line that missed the mark.

Tease photo

Notebook: KU defense loses 2 starters due to positive COVID-19 results

The Kansas football defense’s chances of disrupting the Oklahoma offense at the line of scrimmage took a pair of blows before Saturday’s game in Norman, Okla., even began.

Tease photo

'We can't treat our quarterback that way': KU O-line falters as Sooners roll, 62-9

An overmatched Kansas football team failed to muster a touchdown until the final snap of the day at No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football at No. 19 Oklahoma

Kansas hasn’t scored more than two offensive touchdowns in any of its Big 12 games so far this season. And that type of insufficient production won’t help the Jayhawks win in this conference, especially on the road at No. 19 Oklahoma.

Tease photo

KU freshman WR Luke Grimm standing out with increased responsibilities

Lacking a number of regular offensive contributors for its home game against Iowa State this past weekend, the rebuilding Kansas football program called upon various freshmen to take on important roles. In the eyes of senior KU receiver Kwamie Lassiter II, one in particular stood out. “I think they stepped up and did what they had to do, especially Luke Grimm."

Tease photo

Notebook: Injury to keep Kansas LB Denzel Feaster out of lineup

When the Kansas football team travels to face No. 19 Oklahoma this week, it will be without Denzel Feaster, one of its starting linebackers, for a second week in a row.

Tease photo

Jayhawks think Da'Jon Terry and Marcus Harris will be 'special' duo on D-line

For those who are around Da’Jon Terry and Marcus Harris on a daily basis, the bond between the pair of Kansas football redshirt freshmen is beyond doubt. “Those kids, they about have their own language,” KU senior offensive lineman Chris Hughes said, when asked about Terry and Harris. “It’s almost like they can read each other’s thoughts and stuff like that. They move together well, they communicate well, and, man, they’re usually together — you see one, you see the other.”

Tease photo

KU O-linemen cleared from quarantine after false positive confirmed

The Kansas football team’s offensive line should be back at full strength this week after all, because senior starters Api Mane and Adagio Lopeti are no longer in quarantine.

Tease photo

Freshman RB Daniel Hishaw Jr. wowing KU teammates with his power

Daniel Hishaw Jr. wasn’t a recruit who generated a ton of buzz in Kansas football’s most recent signing class. But once the freshman running back arrived on campus this past summer, some of his new teammates didn’t even need to see him play to be impressed. “We knew Daniel Hishaw, from the very first time we saw his legs, that he was going to be something special,” KU receiver Andrew Parchment remembered.

Tease photo

2 starting KU O-linemen to miss another game; Jayhawks have Election Day off

The Kansas football offense will once again be without two typical starters up front this week, when the Jayhawks play at No. 19 Oklahoma. KU head coach Les Miles said Monday senior center Api Mane and senior right tackle Adagio Lopeti will miss their second game in a row.

Tease photo

Freshman Jalon Daniels learning through unexpected emergence as No. 1 QB

When Jalon Daniels decided late last year to play football at the University of Kansas, the young quarterback from Lawndale, Calif., saw it as an opportunity to do something remarkable. “I’ve always wanted to be the guy to turn around a program,” Daniels recalled.

Tease photo

Jayhawks lose commitment from prep WR Jaddai Henry

One of the first handful of recruits from the Class of 2021 to commit to the Kansas football program, prep receiver Jaddai Henry announced Sunday night his decision to go in a different direction.

Tease photo

KU sophomore Kenny Logan Jr. shows his 'talent's pretty extreme'

Though Kenny Logan Jr., who on Saturday against Iowa State became the first FBS player in a little more than two years to intercept a pass and return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game, couldn’t swing the outcome in KU’s favor with a pair of standout individual efforts in the second half, those plays were exactly what Les Miles expected out of the sophomore safety.

Tease photo

Notebook: Kansas LB Dru Prox opting out for the remainder of 2020 season

Winless through the six first games of the season, the Kansas football program will have to traverse the remainder of the schedule without one of its top defensive players, linebacker Dru Prox.

Tease photo

Shorthanded Jayhawks overwhelmed by Cyclones in 52-22 defeat

A depleted Kansas football roster couldn’t keep up with No. 23 Iowa State Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. With the Jayhawks missing nine potential starters, including two on the offensive line, a two-score game midway through the fourth quarter ended in a 52-22 rout.

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. No. 23 Iowa State

If this Kansas football team ever is going to truly compete with a Big 12 opponent this year, the Jayhawks will need to produce more than two touchdown drives in a game — a small feat that KU has yet to pull off in conference play in 2020. And the offense won’t be making any drastic improvements without some improvements along the offensive line.

Tease photo

Redshirt freshman Steven Parker beginning to prove he can 'rattle your chain'

The top-rated prospect in Les Miles’ first Kansas football recruiting class, Steven Parker is beginning to exhibit at the college level the type of defensive disruption that made him a four-star prospect.

Older