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."
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.