Sunday, November 8, 2015

Keaton Perry replaces Ryan Willis late

Kansas backup quarterback Keaton Perry (8) pulls back to throws as Texas safety Kevin Vaccaro (18) closes in during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Kansas backup quarterback Keaton Perry (8) pulls back to throws as Texas safety Kevin Vaccaro (18) closes in during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.


— When David Beaty finally pulled the plug on injury-plagued quarterback Ryan Willis in the fourth quarter of the Kansas University football team’s 59-20 loss at Texas, KU’s head coach turned to third-string QB Keaton Perry and not immediate back-up T.J. Millweard.

The reason?

“In that game, we thought there was some quarterback run-game stuff that we were trying to get accomplished, and Keaton actually runs the ball a little bit better than T.J. does,” Beaty said.

With Willis’ status for the second half uncertain, Beaty said the coaching staff talked to Millweard at halftime about the decision to go with Perry.

“He was hurting,” Beaty said of Willis, who injured his groin during the loss. “He’s a tough dude. He kept playing. We weren’t sure if he was going to (take the field) at all in the second half.”

Coincidentally, Perry’s biggest contribution after spelling Willis came in the form of a 19-yard touchdown pass to Darious Crawley with 1:07 to play. Perry finished 2-of-6 passing for 20 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added seven yards on one carry on the ground.

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Michael Lorraine 6 years, 10 months ago

Isn't Perry the 6th string QB after Cummings, Cozart, Ford, Willis and Millweard?

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes and at this rate, Carter Stanley's redshirt may get burned as well.

Robert Brock 6 years, 10 months ago

Willis is taking a physical beating. He may need a walker at this rate.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 10 months ago

There is no way they are pulling Stanley's redshirt off him this stage of the season, hell they will use the center for the quarterback spot before that happens. I know we have a lot of weak spots, but the real obvious , is the offensive line I mean holy crap, I don't care who is back there, if you can't pas protect any better then that you could have Smith, Rogers, anyone back there and they gonna take a beating, how can you expect our QB to get anything accomplished when he is spending 3/4 of the game running for his life. I'm amazed Ryan has done as well as he has, having said that there were spots in the 1st half where you could see some, and I stress some improvement. It's just the difference from being a decent team to the really bad team we are that's costing us. If you look at it, this game should of been tied at the half 24-24 can't convert TD on 4th and goal inside the one, and the attempted field goal, a chippee that w managed to clank of the goal post, at the end of the half, we go in tied at half who knows? it's just the little things right now that's helping hold us back untimely penalities, really really poor open filed tackling, missed tackles, defensive backs getting burnt, cornerbacks,, inability to convert, to many turnovers, this is what we are suffering through this year. Have to give Coach another full year to bring in more of his players, kinda sucks when you have to suspend 2 of your top 2 receivers, but dam they have to know the team has rules, expectations, you don't conform to those then you have to pay, that's why the rules are there just wade through this mess and it's kinda like survivie and advance, keep working day by day, hopefully make improvement and look forward to next year. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Clara Westphal 6 years, 10 months ago

The team has some bright spots. Just get through the next two games and then look forward to next season.

John Boyle 6 years, 10 months ago

You are probably going to have to look to two seasons from now. I don't think they will get any wins (in conference) next year either. But given time Beaty will have them playing much more competitive.

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