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.
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."
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 watching the Jayhawks practice in pads for two days, Kansas football coach David Beaty talked about freshman running back Dom Williams, the quarterback battle and why he sees Keith Loneker Jr. as an inspiration to the team following his father's death in June.
After the first two practices of fall camp, Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham met with the media and discussed the quarterback battle between Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, along with a few freshmen receivers who have caught his eye.
"I think it's healthy to just let that competition roll so those guys are competing every day," Meacham said, "so at the end of it, you can make an assessment of who that guy is that you want on the field."
In addition to Meacham, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest discusses other players who have stood out at the beginning of camp.
After reporting to fall camp Monday, the Kansas football team followed with a practice in helmets and shorts on Tuesday morning.
When the practice was open to the media, the Jayhawks split into several position groups for individual drills.
The Jayhawks will start the 2017 season against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 2.