Short quarterbacks long on success at Kansas in recent years


FORMER KANSAS UNIVERSITY QUARTERBACK BILL WHITTEMORE is among the many Jayhawks who transferred to Mount Oread from Jayhawk Conference schools. He played his junior-college ball at Fort Scott Community College.

FORMER KANSAS UNIVERSITY QUARTERBACK BILL WHITTEMORE is among the many Jayhawks who transferred to Mount Oread from Jayhawk Conference schools. He played his junior-college ball at Fort Scott Community College.

All three bowl-game starting quarterbacks for Kansas were vertically challenged by Big 12 standards, but not challenged at stretching the field vertically, which of course is far more important.

Bill Whittemore, Jason Swanson and Todd Reesing combined to go 3-1 in bowl games at Kansas. Reesing was listed at 5-foot-11, Whittemore and Swanson at 6-foot.

Miles Kendrick, a native of San Jose who spent one semester at San Mateo Community Collge before enrolling at Kansas, is even shorter at 5-10.

That doesn’t mean he’ll be good, but it does take the air out of the inevitable question: If he’s any good, why didn’t anyone else offer him a scholarship? The bigger the program, the less likely the coaching staff will take a chance on a short quarterback.

Kendrick started the season second on San Mateo’s depth chart behind Shawn Akina, son of Stanford defensive backs coach Duane Akina. Despite Akina playing well, Kendrick beat him out from the fourth game on and took his team all the way to the California state juco championship game.

In his first start, Kendrick completed 14 of 21 passes for 263 yards and threw touchdowns without throwing an interception. He rushed for 84 yards on 10 carries and was on his way.

Kendrick wasn’t KU’s first choice. When it became obvious to the KU coaching staff that Texas high school standout Clayton Tune merely was using Kansas to get better offers, he was scratched off the list. Lindsey Scott, Jr., a 5-11 dual-threat QB from East Mississippi CC, visited Kansas but didn’t sign during the early period, which meant he was going elsewhere.

Kendrick will have a chance to show during spring football whether he has the arm strength to make the throws favored by offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. If Miles can beat out Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, great. If not, he could always spend a year as a redshirt, spending four-and-a-half years at Kansas. Either way, his addition to the class means that the coaching staff doesn’t have to force the issue in making sure a high school quarterback is part of this recruiting class.

At this point, not as many prospects are available as in the Class of 2019, so might as well delay that a year. Best guess as to how many scholarships KU has left this season: Four. Why waste one on a high school quarterback unless a must-have prospect surfaces?

KU will have a senior (Bender), junior (Stanley) and two sophomores (Kendrick and Tyriek Starks) on scholarship in 2018, and four is the right number to have on a roster.

Obviously, without better blocking and fewer receiver drops, it will be tough for any QB to get much accomplished this coming season.


Jacob Zutterman 1 year, 3 months ago

Pretty sure Starks is transferring to SW Mississippi

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 3 months ago

Article released at 11:51. Tyriek Starks out since 9am this morning...


Good article however Tom!

Although I would like to point out that Kendrick was completely down on the list, they went and watched him play quite some time ago and it went undocumented for the reasons we are seeing that they believe he was a steal and didn't want other teams aware of his availability.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 3 months ago

Someone said earlier, and I can't remember who, that Miles is Reesing 2.0. That I don't agree with but what I will say is he's the same type of QB Reesing was, as in a Dual Threat. A big difference though is this guy seems to be more of a runner than Reesing. He had over 400 yards rushing in less than a full season and Reesing only had 646 yards rushing his entire career at KU. Either way, I don't think this is a bad recruit at all. I think it's a smart pickup by Beaty and company. But if he's anything he's Michael Cummings 2.0, which would still be a big upgrade to what we have now.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Miles looks to be faster than Michael or Todd.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 3 months ago

That’s pretty obvious. Not sure what point you’re making.

Skyler Owen 1 year, 3 months ago

That sucks Tyriek Starks is transferring was waiting patiently to see if he could ever take over and be the no. 1 guy....thought he had a lot of potential as a dual threat to be involved in a more RPO type offense....wish we could have seen him play I don't have high hopes for bender and stanley

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 3 months ago

Was Starks just not good enough? Or was he more of a development project?

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

In the limited amount of action I saw Starks play, he seemed to have plenty of potential, but lacked the consistency to lead the team play after play, drive after drive. I got the sense that it was a similar scenario for Charlot at WR. Hope he develops as a safety, but he'll need to be consistent regardless of where he plays (or not).

Skyler Owen 1 year, 3 months ago

Also wish we would go back to those Bill Whittemore uni's those were the best imo with the red socks....the limestone alternate jerseys they wore last year were sweet too would like to see them wear those at least one game a yr

Chandler Accipiter 1 year, 3 months ago

I heard HS QB Brock Purdy was going to make a visit in two weeks. Purdy just visited Boise and has UCF up next week. He also had Alabama meeting with him here in AZ earlier this week and UCLA will later on, and with U of A hiring Sumlin, I don't have high hopes for him even making that trip to Lawrence. With every school that shows interest I think KU gets further buried down the list. Anyone have a Dodge Charger we can give this kid?

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 3 months ago

Brock Purdy informed the coaches he will not visit.

Skyler Owen 1 year, 3 months ago

Who do you guys see as the starting RB next year? I feel like were loaded at rb with Herbert, Dom Williams, and now Pooka....I wish we would abandon the air raid and run the ball excited to see what pooka can do when given space would be interesting to see if he can play any slot wr too similar to a tyrik hill role

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 3 months ago

I'd see Pooka in the role you're talking about but being more familiar for the audience, being close to Tony Pierson's. (hopefully minus the injuries).

Skyler Owen 1 year, 3 months ago

forgot about martin as well we have 4 capable backs

John Brazelton 1 year, 3 months ago

Let's hope that Kendrick has a littleTodd Reesing ability in him. We've got another walk-on QB from CA also if he's still with the program.

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