Kansas football coach David Beaty met with the media Wednesday and discussed the competition for starting quarterback, offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji recovering from surgeries and Joe Dineen's legacy heading into his redshirt senior season.
Steven Sims has already started to notice a change when it comes to the KU quarterbacks.
"Once Miles (Kendrick) came in those guys (Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley), they've taken on the competition, they've taken it head on," Sims said.
Sure enough, the quarterbacks aren't the only ones hoping to show improvement.
Sims, who will be returning for his senior season, said his personal goals include putting on some weight to be able to endure more hits.
A team goal, however?
"We're tired of losing," Sims said. "So everybody's coming to work competitive."
After incumbent starting center Mesa Ribordy had to retire from football, the KU football team sought out a full-time replacement to slide in.
Through a handful of Spring practices, Andru Tovi appears to be in line for the position.
"I didn't know, like, you have to be so vocal," Tovi said. "(The coaches) talked to me about the position. And I told (them) that I was open to playing any position to help out the team."
Carter Stanley is no stranger to quarterback controversies.
In his last two seasons, Stanley has split time at the helm of the KU offense with players like Montell Cozart, Ryan Willis and Peyton Bender. Now, entering Stanley's redshirt-junior season, it seems to be down to three players to earn the starting job: Stanley, Bender and JUCO transfer Miles Kendrick.
“Yeah it’s been good,” Stanley said of the competition. “I think every day we come to work with a good mindset knowing that really it’s anyone’s job to win and whoever is going to do what the coaches tell ‘em and execute is going to get the job.”
One position that has already changed hands, though, is the spot of KU football quarterbacks coach. KU coach David Beaty announced the change on Thursday, a move Stanley said he was a fan of.
“Yeah, he’s great,” Stanley said of offensive coordinator and new QB coach Doug Meacham. “I like it a lot.”
KU football's Joe Dineen remembers his freshman days all too well.
“I’ll tell you, when I was true freshman," Dineen said, "I came in here a little timid."
Such does not seem to be true for freshman corner Corione Harris.
KU coach David Beaty said he could tell almost instantly that Harris was a little different. Dineen agreed, heaping praise on the young standout for what he'd already seen.
“He’s crazy athletic,” Dineen said with a smile. “He’s going to be good for us.”
David Beaty’s roster already has seen a few shakeups — for a number of different reasons.
Addressing the media for the first time in the Spring, the soon-to-be fourth-year football coach discussed several of the changes to the 2018 football roster, while giving the latest on the presumed quarterback battle between Carter Stanley, Peyton Bender and Miles Kendrick.
“We’re obviously very early in Spring. We’re four days into it,” Beaty said. “Certainly don’t want to put the cart before the horse with regard to any of that.”
The Kansas football team conducted one of its spring practices on Wednesday, giving a peek at its quarterbacks and special teams.
San Antonio — After the Kansas basketball season ended at the Final Four with a loss to Villanova, sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot expressed his gratitude for what seniors Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young helped the Jayhawks accomplish.
Although some doubted this KU team’s ability to live up to the program’s standards a few months ago, Lightfoot said the skepticism helped the players en route to Big 12 titles and four wins in the NCAA Tournament.
Lightfoot expects this March’s postseason run will prove beneficial for him and other Jayhawks who will be back for the 2018-19 season.
San Antonio — Following the Kansas basketball team’s Final Four loss to Villanova, sophomore guard Malik Newman shares his thoughts on the Jayhawks’ struggles at The Alamodome.
Newman, who became one of KU’s best players late in the season, said he hasn’t yet decided whether he will turn pro and leave the program early.
The season he spent playing alongside All-American Devonte’ Graham, Newman added, taught him a lot.
San Antonio — After witnessing an elite shooting display by the Villanova Wildcats, KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend had nothing but respect for the opposition.
"It seemed like they just made everything," Townsend said. "I think the best team won tonight."
The Wildcats blitzed the Jayhawks offensively, drilling 13 3s in the first half and finishing with 18 for the game.
However, Townsend didn't think the loss should sour what KU fans thought of the season.
"I think in a good way," said Townsend, asked how fans should remember the team. "I think they accomplished a lot."