After Carter Stanley passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the Kansas football team’s 48-28 home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, head coach David Beaty was reluctant to name the redshirt junior the team’s new starter.
In fact, Beaty didn’t want to talk about the position at all after a few questions on the subject.
Beat writer Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss what is going on with KU’s QB situation and where the Jayhawks go from here.
After the same Kansas football team (sort of) that lost at home to Nicholls State delivered its second consecutive convincing victory, Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss the ramifications of the Jayhawks’ 55-14 drubbing of Rutgers.
Carried once again by its defense and running game, KU (2-1) suddenly looks like a team capable of competing when Big 12 play begins next week at Baylor (2-1).
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.
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."
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."
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.”
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.”
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.”
After snubbing Baker Mayfield of a handshake before Saturday’s 41-3 loss to Oklahoma, the KU football captains met with the media on Tuesday to address the incident and reaction.
The captains were stripped of their captaincy for the final game of the season against Oklahoma State. That role will instead be held by the seniors.
“Kind of an impulse decision,” said Daniel Wise. “That’s not who we are, really.”
“We weren’t thinking, at all,” added Jeremiah Booker, who stood next to Wise during the pregame festivities, but wasn’t noticed because he was in a hoodie.
Joe Dineen, the only captain to speak after the game, said he wasn’t frustrated by being the face of the incident. He said he took full responsibility for his actions and echoed the words of his coach earlier in the day.
“It was dumb,” said Dineen. "Obviously looking back it was a horrible idea."
The KU football team didn’t need to wait for kickoff for the fireworks to start.
As the captains stood at midfield, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield extended his arm for a handshake. No KU players stepped forward, prompting the quarterback to clap a few times before heading back to the sideline.
Speaking after the game, KU coach David Beaty provided some clarity on the moment.
“I’m proud of our guys for getting to a point (where) we’re not going to take it any more,” Beaty said. "I’ve got to do a better job as their coach, maybe teaching them how to manage that a little bit better.”