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KU Sports Extra: Nicked by Nicholls State

Following the Kansas football team’s 26-23 overtime loss to Nicholls State in the season opener, Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss the many issues that led to the program’s 12th consecutive loss.

From trouble along the offensive line to failing to capitalize on Nicholls’ gifts, the Jayhawks often looked like past KU teams while losing to their FCS foe.

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Peyton Bender discusses bye week, Texas Tech

KU quarterback Peyton Bender had last Saturday off because of the bye week. That didn't mean, however, he spent his time away from the task at hand — the team's game this Saturday against Texas Tech.

"Yeah, I watched. I watched a lot of the game," Bender said of Texas Tech's 41-34 loss to Oklahoma State. "Definitely try to scout them out a little bit."

Sitting at 1-3 (0-1 Big 12) on the season, Bender and the Jayhawks will look for their first conference win since defeating Texas late last year. Here is what the quarterback had to say on Tuesday with regard to the Red Raiders, KU's bye week and his own performance so far.


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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KU Sports Extra: Jayhawks at Big 12 Football Media Days

Second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty and three of his players — quarterback Montell Cozart, linebacker Joe Dineen and safety Fish Smithson — are in Dallas for Big 12 Football Media Days.’s Matt Tait and Benton Smith preview what’s in store for the group of Jayhawks, as well as what we might learn about the 2016 season from the KU representatives this week.

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KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Has Arrived

Now that the Kansas basketball team is keeping summer campers entertained with scrimmages and top recruit Josh Jackson has arrived at KU, Tom Keegan and Matt Tait share what already has impressed them about the new Jayhawk.

Will Jackson lead Kansas in scoring next season? They answer that question and many more on the latest episode of KU Sports Extra.


KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Impact and Spring Football Recap

There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our 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.


Peek inside KU football’s open practice

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.


LaQuvionte Gonzalez excited about making KU debut

A transfer from Texas A&M, junior Kansas receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez says Saturday’s spring game festivities at Memorial Stadium kind of felt like a game day to him.

Gonzalez stood out on KU’s offense, snagging six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown during the scrimmage.

“I kind of gave you all I got,” Gonzalez says, before clarifying. “Not really all I got, but I made some plays out there. So, yeah. That’s what you’ll be seeing all year.”

— See what people were saying about Saturday’s spring practice during's live coverage.


Joe Dineen: Brandon Bourbon meant a lot to program

During Joe Dineen’s freshman season playing football at Kansas, a series of injuries forced the coaching staff to move him to running back, a position Dineen hadn’t played before.

One of the Jayhawks who helped Dineen get acclimated at running back was Brandon Bourbon. Dineen, now a junior linebacker, says news of Bourbon’s death shook the entire program.

“For a lot of the guys that were really close to him, I think it was good to kind of get back to something familiar, like football,” Dineen says of KU’s spring game, an open practice which fans could attend at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the day after news of Bourbon’s death became public.

“It’s going to go back to the grieving process,” Dineen adds, “but for the short time being, I think it was good for the guys that were really close to him.”

— See what people were saying about Saturday’s spring practice during's live coverage.


Steven Sims Jr. connected with QBs Ryan Willis and Montell Cozart

Sophomore Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. spent his high school days in Houston lining up in the slot. However, while playing in 11 games and starting six for the Jayhawks in 2015, Sims moved to the outside.

The most difficult part of that transition, Sims says, was facing press coverage.

“Mostly every team in the conference, they press man on the outside receivers,” Sims explains. “Playing slot, I didn’t have to deal with that every play, so that was the biggest change. But coach (Jason) Phillips, we’re working on that every day… I think I’m gonna be ready.”

Steven Sims Jr., who hauled in 30 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman, formed a connection with quarterback Ryan Willis last season, but also says he works well with senior Montell Cozart — the only experienced QB at KU’s spring practices, with Willis sidelined by a wrist injury.