After Carter Stanley passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the Kansas football team’s 48-28 home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, head coach David Beaty was reluctant to name the redshirt junior the team’s new starter.
In fact, Beaty didn’t want to talk about the position at all after a few questions on the subject.
Beat writer Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss what is going on with KU’s QB situation and where the Jayhawks go from here.
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."
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.”
After watching the Jayhawks practice in pads for two days, Kansas football coach David Beaty talked about freshman running back Dom Williams, the quarterback battle and why he sees Keith Loneker Jr. as an inspiration to the team following his father's death in June.
After the first two practices of fall camp, Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham met with the media and discussed the quarterback battle between Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, along with a few freshmen receivers who have caught his eye.
"I think it's healthy to just let that competition roll so those guys are competing every day," Meacham said, "so at the end of it, you can make an assessment of who that guy is that you want on the field."
In addition to Meacham, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest discusses other players who have stood out at the beginning of camp.
After reporting to fall camp Monday, the Kansas football team followed with a practice in helmets and shorts on Tuesday morning.
When the practice was open to the media, the Jayhawks split into several position groups for individual drills.
The Jayhawks will start the 2017 season against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 2.