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WR Steven Sims talks KU quarterbacks, offseason goals

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."

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KU football’s Andru Tovi talks position change to center

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."

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Carter Stanley talks quarterback competition, new QB coach

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.”

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Joe Dineen discusses freshman corner Corione Harris, early Spring practices

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.”

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David Beaty addresses quarterback competition, roster changes to KU football

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.”

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KU assistant on loss to Villanova: ‘I think the best team won tonight’

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."

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Udoka Azubuike on Villanova: ‘I’ve never seen a team shoot this way’

San Antonio — Udoka Azubuike looked at the ground and shook his head. Moments removed from a season-ending loss to Villanova, he was asked to explain the shooting effort by KU's opponent.

"They don't even look at the rim sometimes," Azubuike said. "I've never seen a team shoot this way."

Azubuike and the Jayhawks struggled to defend the 3-point barrage from Villanova, surrendering 18 made 3-pointers and allowing the Wildcats to shoot better than 55 percent from the field.

Still, Azubuike said there were positives he could take away from the season, especially looking back on all KU accomplished.

"We just stuck together as a family," Azubuike said, "and tackled every obstacle."

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Svi Mykhailiuk reflects on KU career: ‘It’s like my second home’

San Antonio — Svi Mykhailiuk's words told the story. His face may have done so even more.

"It's over," said a stoic Mykhailiuk after KU's season-ending loss to Villanova. "They were better than us today."

The senior guard played his final game for the Jayhawks, scoring just 10 points on 2 for 8 shooting from the field.

That game capped off a four-year career in which Mykhailiuk became the all-time KU leader for made 3s in a single season, along with several other individual and team accolades.

"It's like my second home," Mykhailiuk said of KU. "I became the player I am because of Kansas."

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Bill Self recaps season-ending loss to Villanova, reflects on Devonte’ Graham’s career

San Antonio — Bill Self's post game speech was every bit a reminder to his team of what it had accomplished.

The Jayhawks finished the season 31-8. They won the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships and reached the Final Four under Self for the first time since 2012.

"Of all the teams that have gotten to a Final Four that we've had," Self said, "this one was probably the least expected one to do it."

Villanova, on the other hand, is still dancing.

The Wildcats knocked down a Final Four record 18 3-pointers en route to a 95-79 win over KU on Saturday.

"Today was a perfect storm early," Self said. "Unfortunately for us we were on the wrong end of it."

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Mitch Lightfoot breaks down KU-Villanova, talks about KU’s bigs

San Antonio — Mitch Lightfoot is happy to be at the Final Four for a number of reasons.

“It beats the hell out of sitting in class,” Lightfoot joked. “I love class and everything, but thank God I’m not there.”

Lightfoot and the Jayhawks will match up against Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday, attempting to advance to the National Championship game for the first time since 2012.

In prepping for the Wildcats, the KU sophomore has noticed some similarities between the two teams. One of those aspects, Lightfoot said, is that Villanova has six different guys who are all capable of shooting from 3-point range.

“That’s kind of how we do play,” Lightfoot said. “You’ve got to get out to their shooters.”

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