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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.


Peyton Bender reflects on Ohio, looks for improvement heading into first Big 12 test

With Big 12 play right around the corner, KU quarterback Peyton Bender met with the media to discuss his own performance through three weeks, as well as that of a teammate who had a career day in the team's 42-30 loss at Ohio.

"He had a rough go the first few weeks of the season," Bender said of running back Khalil Herbert. "Coach challenged him and he had an incredible game."


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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KUsports Extra: Early reaction to Ryan Willis being named KU’s starting QB

Monday night, Kansas coach David Beaty went against his usual philosophy of keeping his depth chart mysterious and named sophomore Ryan Willis the starting quarterback for KU's 11 a.m. home game against TCU on Saturday.

Benton Smith had the story last night and he provides his initial thoughts on what this means for KU football.

Update: 3:09 p.m.

Here's a quick look at a video clip of Beaty and Willis talking about the decision to put the sophomore under center to start Saturday's game against TCU, along with the full audio of Beaty's Tuesday press conference, which provides a few answers to some of the questions posed above.

In short, the following quote best sums up why Beaty made the decision to announce the move:

"At this point in our season, given the variables and the circumstances that exist today, I felt like it was best for our team," he said. "I felt like it was best for Ryan and our team overall just to get out in front of this and move forward and really kind of give our guys the confidence that they need moving forward today to know where we were headed with the start of the game."

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KUSports Extra: Previewing KU-Texas Tech & Late Night in the Phog's Matt Tait and Tom Keegan dive into another week of Kansas football, volleyball and basketball and preview Thursday's nationally televised Big 12 opener at Texas Tech and Saturday's annual Late Night in the Phog.


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.”

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