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Jayhawks, coaches talk quarterback competition, spring game trash talk

After Team Jayhawks earned a 14-7 victory in the Kansas football team’s spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, quarterbacks Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender talked about their competition for the starting job.

Bender completed 11 of his 15 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Stanley was 13-for-24 for 114 yards.

“It does feel different compared to last year, but really, I think the goal is still the same: improve the guys around me,” Stanley said, “just learn from my coaches and make the most out of the opportunity."

Plus, receiver Steven Sims Jr., who scored a touchdown in the spring game, and coach Tony Hull talked about the friendly rivalries from the intrasquad game.

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Highlights from KU’s spring football game

Back on the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time before the upcoming fall season, the Kansas football team had plenty of highlights during its annual spring game on Saturday.

In the highlights are a peek at quarterbacks Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Tyriek Starks, including tough catches from Chase Harrell and Daylon Charlot, and touchdown grabs from Steven Sims Jr. and Kwamie Lassiter II.

Team Jayhawks beat Team KU, 14-7.

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Frank Mason III: National Player of the Year

In his fourth and final season at Kansas, senior point guard Frank Mason III became not just a fixture for Bill Self’s Jayhawks, but the national player of the year.

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Peek inside KU football spring practice No. 4

After a 12-day layoff in the practice schedule coinciding with spring break, the Kansas football team returned to practice Tuesday, with the annual Spring Game just more than two weeks away.

Check out some of the work put in by defensive linemen Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise — under the guidance of new D-line coach Jesse Williams — as well as some drills involving cornerback Hasan Defense, receivers Daylon Charlot and Evan Fairs, tight end Ben Johnson — working in front of the watchful eyes of new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham — and more.

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Frank Mason III: Jayhawks rushed a lot of shots in Elite Eight loss, couldn’t complete comeback

After his stellar Kansas basketball career ended in the Elite Eight, with a loss to Oregon in Kansas City, Mo., senior point guard Frank Mason III said the top-seeded Jayhawks didn’t give up after trailing by 18 in the second half, but couldn’t complete a comeback to get to the Final Four.

At times, Mason admitted, KU’s players felt a bit unlucky with Oregon’s shots falling and Kansas making only 35 percent of its attempts from the field and five of 25 3-pointers. Still, the veteran said the Jayhawks mostly had themselves to blame for those percentages.

“I think we had a few good looks,” Mason said, “but some of them was rushed shots and we didn’t give the defense a chance to break down and get a better look.”

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KU Sports Extra: Elite Eight Ending

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Josh Jackson: First-half foul trouble disrupted his rhythm versus Ducks; no NBA decision announced

Kansas City, Mo. — After two quick fouls in the first half kept him on the bench early in what became an Elite Eight loss to Oregon Saturday night, Kansas star freshman Josh Jackson addressed in the locker room his thoughts on the whistles.

“I feel like my first foul, yeah, I fouled him,” Jackson said. “My second foul? No. I don’t feel like I fouled him at all. Maybe he did travel. I didn’t look at his feet. It’s just an opinion. Refs, they’re all just people out there. They make mistakes, too.”

Jackson, who only played 10 minutes in the first half, said his early foul issues “screwed up” his rhythm and made it difficult for him once he returned to the floor.

The likely top-three pick in this June’s NBA Draft also opted not to discuss his immediate plans.

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Bill Self: KU settled for ‘marginal’ shots in Elite Eight loss to Oregon

Kansas City, Mo. — After rolling through the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas finally had an off night offensively in the Elite Eight versus Oregon.

After the Ducks moved on to the Final Four Saturday night at Sprint Center, KU coach Bill Self said his Jayhawks played tight at times and often settled for what he considered less-than-desirable shots, instead of finding opportunities within the rhythm of the offense.

“I thought we took a lot of marginal shots,” Self said after Kansas lost, 74-60. “Step-back threes. Corner threes that led to numbers for them. It’s one thing if you’re a terrific offensive rebounding team to shoot the ball as impatiently as we did. But we didn’t do much on the offensive glass.”

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Baseline View Highlights: Jayhawks season ends with 74-60 loss to Ducks

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Devonte Graham on tourney wins: We’re defending way better

Kansas City, Mo. — After three straight double-digit wins in the NCAA Tournament, Kansas junior guard Devonte Graham discussed why the team's playing so well and what the keys are against Oregon in Saturday's Elite Eight showdown (7:49 p.m., TBS) at Sprint Center.

"I actually think we are defending way better. I think that would have to be it," Graham said of KU's blowout wins. "We've just been locked in so, so much defensively, holding each other accountable."

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