There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our KUsports.com team to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have run out of topics for discussion.
For one, KU and coach Bill Self received some humongous news this week when the top-ranked senior in the Class of 2016, Josh Jackson, announced he’ll play for the Jayhawks next season.
Just what does the addition of such a talent mean for Kansas?
Find out, and get some KU football knowledge, too, on this week’s episode of KU Sports Extra.
Take a peek inside the Kansas football team’s 14th practice of the spring, on Tuesday, inside Memorial Stadium.
The Jayhawks, who practiced in front of fans three days earlier, at their annual spring game, wrap up their offseason allotment of full coaching sessions this week.
KU opens its second season under head coach David Beaty, on Sept. 3, against Rhode Island.
New Kansas linebackers coach Todd Bradford says when he arrived in Lawrence this offseason, the first thing he heard from head coach David Beaty and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was the importance of the linebacking corps — just like every other unit within the program — finding ways to make improvements every single day.
But just as important, Bradford adds, is recruiting players to KU that can help the Jayhawks win in the Big 12.
“We think we have a core group of guys here that we can do that,” Bradford says.
The goal for all involved in the program, the new assistant explains, is to make Kansas a great place for players and coaches alike.
“And by the time we get to that first game,” Bradford adds, “we’ll be ready to play.”
According to Bradford, KU’s linebackers have adopted that mentality.
“It’s been a great spring. They had a great winter before I got here, with coach Jackson (Je’Ney, strength and conditioning). I feel like they’ve prepared well for spring practice, that they’ve changed their body types. They’re a little bit faster, a little bit bigger, they’re a little bit stronger, which is all part of playing football in the Big 12.”
Kansas senior cornerback Brandon Stewart says the defensive work during spring practices seems a lot smoother this year, the second at KU for head coach David Beaty and cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry.
“Last year, we were all pretty new,” Stewart says, “including Coach Perry. So this year, we all got a year underneath our belt. So we know what to do, and then the guys behind us can follow us. Everything is smoother in and out of drills, the transition from individual to seven-on-seven — everything’s just smoother than it was last year.”
Returning defensive players such as Stewart, the corner added, expect much more out of themselves in 2016.
Here’s a very brief peek inside the Kansas football team’s seventh spring practice of 2016.
During the limited time open to media members, coach David Beaty’s Jayhawks got loose, stretched and broke off into position groups for drills.
Featured in today’s fleeting glance at what goes on at KU’s practice fields: new defensive line coach Michael Slater, as well as second-year offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Zach Yenser.
Sure, we’re on the brink of the most important time of the year for college basketball teams. But Tom Keegan and Matt Tait had to have an emergency football discussion, after Kansas coach David Beaty’s announcement that he’ll be calling offensive plays and coaching the quarterbacks in his second season in charge of the program.
Tom Keegan and Matt Tait examine an eventful week for Kansas athletics, which included basketball coach Bill Self calling out junior Brannen Greene for his antics and Kansas football coach David Beaty bringing in his second recruiting class.
Tom Keegan and Matt Tait discuss the improving Kansas football team, and just how difficult it might be for the Jayhawks to continue trending upward, considering KU plays at No. 14 Oklahoma State this weekend.
Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have some good news and bad news about Kansas football’s Saturday Big 12 opener at Iowa State. They reveal those and spread knowledge with great pageantry in this week’s episode of KU Sports Extra.
A peek inside Tuesday’s Kansas football practice, where cornerbacks Brandon Stewart (No. 8), Tyrone Miller Jr. (19) and Marnez Ogletree worked with each other on footwork and technique during some down time.