Without a sack through the first four games of the season, Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. said the bye week helped the Jayhawks diagnose some of their problems creating a consistent pass rush.
"It's just one thing: we were watching the quarterback instead of beating the man in front of us," Armstrong said. "It showed on film."
As a team, the Jayhawks (1-3) have recorded only three sacks heading into Saturday's home matchup against Texas Tech.
After rushing for 291 yards on Saturday against West Virginia in a 56-34 loss, Kansas sophomore running back Khalil Herbert thanked his offensive line and never thought about approaching any records.
Herbert's rushing total is the third-highest single game total in program history and the most in Div. I-FBS game this season.
"No, I'm in the game zone, so I just do what I do," Herbert said. "Do what the coach calls to do. Whatever happens happens during a game."
Kansas football coach David Beaty discussed his dissatisfaction with the fourth quarter, which saw the Mountaineers pull away with a few late touchdowns.
Three days following a 45-27 home loss to Central Michigan, Kansas football coach David Beaty said he's seen a strong response from players in practice and film sessions.
Preparing to go on the road to play Ohio, the Jayhawks' first road game of the season, Beaty mentioned that he believes that his players are in the correct mindset.
"Our guys are embarrassed, but they are also very prideful," Beaty said. "They are a group that's resilient and they are ready to get back on that field. There's no panic here. We what happened on the video and I think we're going to be able to move forward."
Sophomore left tackle Hakeem Adeniji agreed with Beaty that players have responded well to their first loss of the year and they expect to play much better in Week Three.
"The loss just kind of focused us in," Adeniji said.
Kansas junior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. and junior quarterback Peyton Bender talk about what went wrong in a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan.
Facing CMU quarterback Shane Morris (467 yards and five touchdowns), Dineen said KU's defense had breakdowns with "everything."
"Credit to those guys," Dineen said. "They came out and the quarterback slang that thing. Not much we could do about it."
As for KU's offense, Bender was pleased that the Jayhawks put together a couple of long drives, though he wished more of them would've ended with touchdowns.
"We knew coming out at halftime we were going to have to have a big third quarter to get back in the game," Bender said. "We came out hot, two quick scoring drives. We got back in it. We just couldn't sustain that."
After a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State in the season opener Saturday, Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender and receiver Steven Sims Jr. discuss the positives and negatives of the offense's first game.
Bender threw two touchdowns on KU's first two drives, which helped set the tone for the rest of the night. The junior transfer threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
"It just nice to see us clicking as an offensive unit early out of the gate," Bender said. "We just to get more consistent. We showed glimpses of how explosive we can be."
Entering the third week of preseason fall camp, the Kansas football team continues to ramp up its practices in preparation for the team's season opener on Sept. 2 against SEMO.
During the first 20 minutes of Monday's practice, the Jayhawks split into their usual position groups and worked on several individual drills. Running backs worked on ball security and keeping their eyes up field, while offensive linemen practiced blocking in space. Quarterbacks and receivers went through their usual passing routes, including some time in the red zone.
On defense, the KU secondary had a chance to work on defending the ball, while defensive linemen used the sleds to practice using their hands to shed blocks.
At the beginning of Friday's preseason practice, before a scrimmage, the Kansas football team worked on its special team units including punt return, kick return and field goals.
The Jayhawks had several returners practice fielding punts including receivers Quan Hampton, Steven Sims and Kerr Johnson.
After a couple of field goal attempts from various spots on the field, KU players shifted into their kickoff and kick return units and went live for a few repetitions, an area that coach David Beaty said needs to improve this upcoming season.
More than a week into preseason practices during fall camp, Kansas football players aren't afraid to share their lofty expectations for the upcoming season.
"I think a team goal of ours is definitely to go to a bowl game," junior transfer quarterback Peyton Bender said at the team's media day.
At the media day Bender, quarterback Carter Stanley, defensive end Dorance Armstrong, receiver Daylon Charlot and offensive tackle Charles Baldwin discussed the start of camp and much more.