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.
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.
For three weeks now, the Jayhawks have worked on an issue that has plagued them throughout their winless season: protecting the quarterback.
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.
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.
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.
The Kansas football coaching staff kept steadily building for the future on Wednesday, adding a fourth member to the program’s 2022 recruiting class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Spoiler alert for the quickly approaching college basketball season: David McCormack is not Udoka Azubuike. By Benton Smith
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An overmatched Kansas football team failed to muster a touchdown until the final snap of the day at No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday.
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.
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."
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While a misfiring offense may lie at the heart of an 0-5 start for the Kansas football team, the Jayhawks’ defense, while flashing signs of progress of late, is hoping to take another crucial step toward making the team more competitive. In each of KU’s recent back-to-back road losses, the defense showed some mettle early before the opposing offense took off in the third quarter.
Kansas football coach Les Miles can’t seem to get through a press conference these days without mentioning one of the program’s youngest talents by name. Miles doesn’t necessarily have to be asked about the secondary or even the KU defense, but inevitably he will find a way to bring up cornerback Karon Prunty.
If all goes according to plan, an influx of new players will be joining the Kansas football secondary next year. KU picked up a sixth commitment from a high school defensive back in the Class of 2021 — all of whom are from the southeast — when Jayson Gilliom announced Monday night his plans to sign with the Jayhawks.
It appears the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback question is finally resolved. Barring an injury or any other unpredictable turns, freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels should retain his spot atop the depth chart from here on out.
Playing for the first time this season without preseason All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams, the Kansas football team’s rushing attack, which hadn’t been that productive with Williams, once again rarely found success in a blowout loss to rival Kansas State — even with the added element of a rushing quarterback.