Advertisement

Staff

Back to profile

Benton Smith

Stories by Benton

Tease photo

How KU's offense moves on from Iowa State dud

Perhaps the most difficult part of enduring the kind of nightmarish game the Kansas football team’s offensive players did this past weekend at Iowa State, in a 45-0 shutout, is not allowing the clunker to further haunt them as they try to move forward. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Beaty: Jayhawks have 'great opportunity' in prime time at No. 4 TCU

Loss would tie KU for all-time worst road streak

In its early years, long-running T.V. variety series Saturday Night Live branded its cast members as “the not ready for prime time players.” Those who follow the Kansas football program closely might say the same of the Jayhawks, particularly after back-to-back debacles — against Texas Tech and at Iowa State. Third-year head coach David Beaty would disagree. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

KU defense played 'by far' its best game of season at ISU

The statement on its own defies logic, but here it is: the Kansas football team’s defense surrendered five touchdowns and a field goal Saturday at Iowa State and played better than it had in any other game during the first half of the season. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Khalil Herbert sits with injury; punting unit struggles in 45-0 loss

On a cringeworthy day for the Kansas football offense, the Jayhawks had to make due without two key first-stringers. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Mounting Miscues: KU offense shutout in road loss to Iowa State

On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium, the Kansas football team’s Air-Raid-branded offense slowly drowned the Jayhawks’ chances of challenging Iowa State in a 45-0 shutout. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Iowa State

Get the keys to the game before the Kansas football team tries to topple Iowa State on the road. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

KU football picks up commitment from juco DE

The day before the Kansas football team’s second road game of the season, head coach David Beaty and his assistants received some good news on the recruiting front. Najee Stevens-McKenzie, a defensive end at ASA College (N.Y.), called Beaty, en route to Ames, Iowa, to inform the third-year coach of his decision to commit to Kansas. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Joel Embiid 'thankful' for time at KU

It had been three years, seven months and 18 days since he last played basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. So forgive former University of Kansas center Joel Embiid if he couldn’t recollect the most specific details of his home finale as a Jayhawk, while visiting the venue he loves Thursday afternoon with the rest of his Philadelphia 76ers teammates. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: KU football closer to full strength with scholarship players

Due to players leaving the program for various reasons in the years before he took the job, the Kansas football roster David Beaty inherited close to three years ago was lacking in the scholarship category. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Beaty remains faithful in Bowen and KU defense

A few days removed from Texas Tech’s 65-19 thumping of KU, head coach David Beaty stated his satisfaction with how defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has handled the adversity that comes with such unwelcome results. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Beaty: Jayhawks already know starting QB's identity

Publicly, Kansas football coach David Beaty doesn’t want anyone to know which of his team’s quarterbacks will start Saturday at Iowa State. Within the walls of Anderson Family Football Complex, the identity is no secret. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Beaty doesn't plan to name starting QB ahead of trip to ISU

Now that the starting quarterback job is back in a state of flux on his Kansas football team, head coach David Beaty doesn’t plan on naming a No. 1 QB ahead of the Jayhawks’ upcoming trip to Iowa State.By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Sluggish again: Early defensive missteps haunting KU football

Another Saturday. Another colossal first-half crater too deep to escape. Another loss for the Kansas football team. In the Jayhawks’ fourth consecutive defeat they suffered their worst start yet in Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Herbert limited in run game, hurts hamstring; Armstrong notches first sack

After back-to-back monster rushing days, Kansas running back Khalil Herbert couldn’t extend his streak of 100-plus performances Saturday in the Jayhawks’ 65-19 homecoming loss to Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Deja vu: Kansas rotates quarterbacks in 65-19 loss against Texas Tech

Here we go again. The Kansas football program is back to using two quarterbacks and claiming neither as the clear-cut starter in the wake of a 65-19 loss to Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Time to shine: KU needs pass-rush production from star D-linemen Armstrong and Wise

Had someone told coordinator Clint Bowen back in August that a third of the way through the season his Kansas football defense would have just three sacks on its resume, he likely would have left the conversation baffled. Two of the most talented players on the Jayhawks’ roster — juniors Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Daniel Wise — man the defensive line. However, between the two of them they have made just one sack. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Texas Tech

Get the keys to Kansas football's homecoming game before the Jayhawks take on Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

To run or not to run: Where KU's offense goes from here

Doug Meacham’s coaching career included stops as an offensive coordinator or co-coordinator at six other college football programs before he arrived at Kansas. As a play-caller, the Jayhawks’ Air Raid authority almost felt out of his element during a rush-heavy loss to West Virginia on Sept. 23. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

KU offense showing progress under coordinator Doug Meacham

While the addition of offensive coordinator Doug Meacham to the Kansas football staff hasn’t yet translated to more victories, the Jayhawks’ current version of the Air Raid offense has proven more effective than the 2016 model. Through four games a year ago, when Meacham still worked for Gary Patterson at TCU, the KU offense floundered, averaging just 353 yards — 102nd among FBS programs. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Jayhawks used bye week to self-assess, prepare for Texas Tech

When the 2017 calendar first came out, third-year head coach David Beaty didn’t know whether he liked the timing of the Jayhawks’ bye. But in retrospect, Beaty entered preparation for this Saturday’s home game against Texas Tech glad the off week came when it did. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Starting slow: Latest KU football loss similar to 2 preceding it

In three consecutive losses for the Kansas football team, a troublesome trend emerged. First came an 18-point deficit against Central Michigan, then another on the road at Ohio. In Saturday’s Big 12-opening defeat at the hands of West Virginia, the Jayhawks fared even worse, falling behind by 25. All three of those substantial holes came before halftime, too. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Jayhawks disappointed by 'unacceptable' penalties in loss to WVU

Among the miscellaneous errors that made it impossible for the upset-minded Kansas football team to topple West Virginia Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the penalties and turnovers bothered head coach David Beaty most of all. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Falling Short: Khalil Herbert's career day not enough in 56-34 loss to West Virginia

If it were possible for one man on an outmatched Kansas football roster to carry the entire program to an upset victory over West Virginia Saturday, it was going to be Khalil Herbert. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Memorial Stadium renovation plans unveiled; campaign bolstered by $50M pledge

The future of Memorial Stadium now has a vivid picture to go with it — and some of the money required to eventually carry out that vision. Kansas Athletics on Friday unveiled renderings for large-scale improvements to the football program’s facilities, which were met with a $50 million pledge — the largest in the athletic department’s history — from KU alumnus and benefactor David Booth.

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. West Virginia

Get the keys to the KU football team's Big 12 opener before the Jayhawks (1-2) take on West Virginia (2-1). By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Meacham stoked to get RB Martin back; QB Stanley 'not 100 percent'

While first-year Kansas coordinator Doug Meacham never would claim his offense is anywhere near where he wants it to be three games into the season, he does think the Jayhawks are improving. Headed into Saturday’s Big 12 opener against West Virginia, Meacham feels even better about the offense, which is averaging 452.7 yards a game, because junior running back Taylor Martin will be back in the mix. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Dorance Armstrong 'determined' to erase 0 from his season sack total

Much like the KU football fan base, standout defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. knows all too well he enters Week 4 behind schedule in the sack department. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Kansas DT Isi Holani out for season

Other banged-up Jayhawks hope to return

Although diehard optimist David Beaty opened his Tuesday press conference with some good news on the injury front for his football team, the Kansas coach also revealed the Jayhawks suffered a blow to their defensive line. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

KU opens Big 12 play vs. 'explosive' West Virginia

The non-conference portion of the Kansas football schedule didn’t exactly go to plan. Now, Saturdays turn even more demanding for the Jayhawks, with West Virginia’s upcoming trip to Lawrence marking the opening of Big 12 play. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Kansas QB Bender needs to find 'quick answer' to avoid sacks

In the early stages of Peyton Bender’s evolution as the starting quarterback at Kansas, new lessons come every week. Saturday, in the Jayhawks’ 42-30 loss at Ohio, though the junior transfer misfired on some passes, Bender found a bit more consistency in terms of completions, going 30-for-47 for 343 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Jayhawks mix up offensive line; Stanley makes appearance at QB

As so often has been the case during his two-plus seasons on the job, Kansas football coach David Beaty left a loss with more problems than solutions Saturday. Still, a potential fix for some of the Jayhawks’ woes up front might have been discovered with a change to the lineup. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

The Beat Goes On: Kansas' road losing streak continues in loss at Ohio

During the course of the past eight seasons, the Kansas football team’s personal road-losing streak phantasm accrued enough frequent flier points to make the trip outside of Big 12 country, all the way to Ohio’s Peden Stadium, where the Jayhawks lost their non-conference finale Saturday, 42-30. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Former Ohio assistant Jesse Williams helps KU enter road game well informed

For five years, the Ohio sideline inside Peden Stadium served as defensive line coach Jesse Williams’ workspace. It’s where he educated Tarell Basham, whom Williams helped mold into the 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and a third-round NFL Draft Pick. Saturday, though, Williams will find himself on the opposite boundary of the field, instructing other potential pros on what they need to do to help Kansas defeat his former boss, Frank Solich. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Ohio

Get the keys to the Kansas football team's Week 3 road trip to Ohio, a score prediction and much more in this week's Gameday Breakdown. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Bowen: KU's D-linemen 'doing their part' versus opposing passing attacks

Coming off a troubling home loss to Central Michigan, Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen knows the numbers as well as anyone. Two games into the season, the Jayhawks have made just one sack and been credited with five quarterback hurries. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Both KU and Ohio looking to recover from losses fueled by turnovers

Earlier this week, when Kansas football coach David Beaty began watching video of the Jayhawks’ next opponent, the footage seemed strangely familiar — and not just because KU faced Ohio at Memorial Stadium in 2016. As Beaty caught himself up on how the Bobcats’ trip to Purdue played out, he saw Ohio’s fortunes take a turn for the worst in a fashion comparable to KU’s turning point against Central Michigan. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: WR Steven Sims hopes to return at Ohio

The most experienced skill player on the Kansas football roster, Steven Sims Jr. knew his hobbled right ankle would limit his effectiveness this past Saturday, but he wanted to give it a shot and see if he could overcome the pain enough to play. However, both Sims and his head coach felt optimistic Tuesday about the team’s leading receiver getting back on the field for KU’s road opener at Ohio. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Juco teammates de-commit from KU football

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class took a pair of losses a little more than 48 hours after the Jayhawks dropped a home game to Central Michigan. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: Beaty says 'rough' outings part of learning process for QB Bender

A couple days removed from seeing his team’s starting quarterback complete 51.6 percent of a program-record 62 attempts, without even one touchdown throw to fortify the numbers, Kansas football coach David Beaty hadn’t taken on a defeatist attitude regarding Peyton Bender’s ability or potential. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

KU's road opener at Ohio moved up, to air on ESPNU

With Hurricane Irma leaving many college football programs in the southeast scrambling to rearrange their schedules, the Worldwide Leader in Sports found a gap in its programming which the Kansas Jayhawks will help fill. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Following loss, David Beaty declares need for balance in KU's offense

No quarterback in Kansas football history ever had attempted as many throws in one game as Peyton Bender did Saturday in a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan. And if head coach David Beaty has it his way, Bender’s new mark will stand alone atop the record book well into the distant future. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: KU receiver Steven Sims limited with ankle injury

A “tough sucker,” according to his head coach, junior Kansas receiver Steven Sims Jr. did all he could to try and get healthy enough to make an impact Saturday against Central Michigan. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

'We just sputtered': Jayhawks dropped by Central Michigan, 45-27

College football seasons almost never follow the idyllic scripts a program’s coaches, players and fans map out when they look at a schedule, as Central Michigan reminded Kansas Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Central Michigan

Get the keys for Kansas football's Week 2 matchup with Central Michigan prior to Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Using Daniel Wise on edge adds hulking look to KU's D-line

Coordinator Clint Bowen doesn’t have anything against the Kansas football team using a traditional defensive front, with two edge rushers bookending a pair of big tackles. But upon seeing what the Jayhawks could accomplish with a super-sized D-line, Bowen sees incentive to go big up front this season. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Successful introduction: KU football newcomers prove to be valuable additions

Amid the commotion that accompanies the first appearance of a ballyhooed quarterback such as Peyton Bender, it might have been easy for some to overlook the numerous Kansas football players making their debuts in the Jayhawks’ season-opening victory over Southeast Missouri State. From true freshmen to key transfers, head coach David Beaty entered Week 2 of his third season satisfied with how the least experienced players on the roster handled themselves under the Memorial Stadium lights. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Notebook: LB Joe Dineen named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week

Joe Dineen watched the final nine games of the 2016 season from either the Kansas sideline or a comfortable couch back in Lawrence, after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in the Jayhawks’ third game, at Memphis. Back on the field Saturday for the first time since, Dineen unleashed a game-high 15 total tackles, leading to a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Beaty not alarmed by KU's rushing output in Week 1

If a swath of the population that follows Kansas football left Labor Day weekend openly concerned about the Jayhawks’ running game, head coach David Beaty didn’t fall into that demographic. “Well, you've got to call a run play to get any rushing yards,” the third-year KU coach joked immediately following a 73-yard output against Southeast Missouri State, which by the end of the college football weekend ranked 107th among FBS teams. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

Jayhawks anticipating improved Central Michigan team following 3OT win

Some might cite Central Michigan’s triple-overtime victory over Rhode Island this past Thursday as a sign the Kansas football team should have no problem in Week 2 defeating the visiting Chippewas, picked by Mid-American Conference coaches to finish fifth in the MAC’s West Division. Third-year KU football coach David Beaty spun it the other way Monday morning, during his time on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

David Beaty expected much cleaner on-field product for KU's season debut

In general, upbeat Kansas football coach David Beaty is happy to see his Jayhawks notch a mark in the victory column in any fashion. Still, following KU’s season-opening win against overmatched FCS visitor Southeast Missouri State, Beaty pinpointed numerous areas in need of improvement. By Benton Smith

Older