KU football OC Doug Meacham not the only talented newcomer
Kansas will be better at quarterback, deeper at receiver, more experienced on the offensive line and armed with a dedicated offensive coordinator who does not have to spread himself think by handling head-coaching responsibilities.
It all should add up to the most high-scoring KU football team since Mark Mangino was the head coach and Todd Reesing was the quarterback.
A look at five individuals who bring the Jayhawks a different look on offense than they had during a 2-10 2016 season in which KU too often wasted strong defensive performance:1 - Daylon Charlot: The Alabama transfer gives Kansas three receivers with big-play potential, joining Steven Sims and LaQuvionte Gonzalez. Not only that, with Charlot fielding punts and kick returns, the defense will have company in giving the offense good field position. Kansas had negative punt-return yardage last season, so going from the worst in the nation to above average, a realistic expectation, indirectly will lead to many more points. His work ethic and humble attitude made him a favorite of the coaching staff during his red-shirt season. 2 - Peyton Bender: Head coach David Beaty takes great care to avoid hyping newcomers so as not to clash with his earn-it philosophy, but it's difficult for him when discussing Bender. His Air Raid history dating back to high school and ultra-quick release rank high among the traits that most excite Beaty. I'll be shocked if he doesn't win the starting job. 3 - Doug Meacham: He'll be calling the plays, which takes that responsibility off of Beaty's too-full plate. When the head coach runs one side of the ball, nobody with authority oversees him, not an ideal situation. Now Beaty will oversee Meacham, a big factor in TCU having its two best offensive seasons (2014 and 2015) under vastly improved quarterback Trevone Boykin. New quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley will play a big role in the offense as well. 4 - Charles Baldwin: Highly ranked juco prospect didn't do his repuation any favors in his one (spring) semester at Alabama and was tossed from the team. So the burden of proof is on him. If he brings a better attitude to spring football and summer conditioning he could become the biggest faster in an improved offensive line. 5 - Kenyon Tabor: At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Tabor gives the KU quarterbacks a big target and he's not just big, he's physical and blessed with outstanding hands. No reason the Derby High standout can't make a big contribution from the start of his career.
Woodland off to strong start in Hawaii
Former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas, 23, became the youngest golfer to break 60 in a PGA tour event when he fired an 11-under 59 in Thursday's first round of the Sony Open. Fresh off his victory in the Tournament of Champions, Thomas is being pursued by, among others, former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland, who shot a 6-under 64 to put himself in an eight-way tie for fourth heading into today's second round.
Woodland tees off at 4:10 p.m. Central time and Golf Channel will cover the event from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Woodland ranks 50th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
A check of the play-by-play detailed on pgatour.com reveals that the three longest putts Woodland made in the opening round came on back-to-back-to-back holes, all of which he birdied. Woodland teed off on No. 10 and hit putts of 36 feet, 11 inches, 20 feet, four inches and 9 feet, 7 inches on holes 12 through 14.