Tuesday, September 6, 2016

KU football heads into Week 2 with even more hop in its step

Kansas running back Taylor Martin (24) and Kansas wide receiver Tyler Patrick (4) celebrate Patrick's touchdown reception during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Taylor Martin (24) and Kansas wide receiver Tyler Patrick (4) celebrate Patrick's touchdown reception during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


Kansas football coach David Beaty said Tuesday that the lingering effects from Saturday’s 55-6 victory over Rhode Island have done wonders for KU’s preparation heading into this week’s 1:30 p.m. kickoff against Ohio on Saturday.

“Obviously, there is some momentum coming off of that,” Beaty said. “Lot more smiles walking in that building and a lot more hop in their step so to speak when we got to the practice field (Monday) which was good to see.... I thought the practice was spirited. I thought the energy was really good, and I thought their attention from Week 1 to Week 2, with the scouting report that we were putting together for this team, was really good. I think it's motivated them and driving those guys. So they like the taste and so do we. So we're going to keep working to try to earn another one.”

Beaty said the hope for that was greater than ever because of the progress he and his coaching staff saw during the Week 1 win.

Whether it showed up in receivers making catches and securing the ball the proper way, other wideouts blocking down field or offensive linemen playing with proper technique and pad level, Beaty said the opener provided plenty of evidence that his team was improving.

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"It's like we talked about the other day, a great start makes for a great finish," Beaty said. "And we put a lot of emphasis (on that). There were some good carry over, and those are things that you like to see."

Freshman initiation

Beaty said several freshmen stood out during Saturday’s victory and the number of freshmen that played came as a bit of a surprise.

“We knew there were going to be a few that had to help us early,” said Beaty of players like running back Khalil Herbert, defensive backs Mike Lee, Kyle Mayberry and Bryce Torneden and defensive end Isaiah Bean. “There were a few others that we thought were going to help us, but their week of practice went downhill so they didn't help us at all. So it was a great lesson for a bunch of guys that had opportunities to play Saturday but they didn't get to play because the week started getting a little bit tough for them. So I think they learned hard lessons because you go through that camp and the grind and things start getting tough on you. And instead of fighting through, you got to wind up getting what you earn.”

Nothing new at QB

It sounds as if Beaty and company plan to take their quarterback-rotation of junior Montell Cozart and sophomore Ryan Willis into another week because both players performed so well in the debut of Beaty’s new offense last week.

“I was proud of those guys,” said Beaty, adding in Carter Stanley’s name for good measure. “They played the game the way it was supposed to be played. They didn't do anything extraordinary. All they did is play by the rules. That's why I love the offense that we run. I believe in it. The thing that I saw is their eyes when they came to the sideline when they said, ‘Hey, man, the thing coach is telling me is right. I've got the answers to the test. And they pushed us so hard. They told us it was going to be easier in the game.’ And that's what Montell said, and he was like, ‘Coach, man, you were right. It slowed down for me out there.’”

Room to grow

Pleased by the 49-point victory, Beaty was far from content about the overall product.

In fact, the second-year KU coach said Tuesday that for all of the good things that happen for the Jayhawks during Saturday’s season-opening victory, there also were more than a few areas in which Kansas still could improve.

“The penalties that we took are inexcusable, and that's not just on the players; that's on us as coaches,” Beaty said. “A couple things that happened throughout that game, man, those are things if they don't bother you, there's got to be something wrong with you. And it's been a hard couple days around here for myself, our staff and our players because those things were definitely preventable.”

In the victory, the Jayhawks committed four penalties for 37 yards and lost one fumble and threw one interception.


Dirk Medema 5 years, 11 months ago

Glad he's taking ownership of the penalties, because half were on the coaches, and the most preventable.

The taste of success should be motivating. Hopefully, we can get a couple D players back to shore up the run D in particular. The exhibition season is over.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 11 months ago

Bill Self could learn something from David Beaty about taking ownership when things don't go right.

Greg Ledom 5 years, 11 months ago

Tell me your not serious. If you are, it's quite comical. Examples please.

John Randall 5 years, 11 months ago

Examples aren't exactly hiding under the floorboards of Naismith Court ... My take is that HCBS knows when he has screwed up, and slowly weans himself away from the one style he has succeeded with – as the necessity is sometimes thrown in his face.

Fans don't need to spoon fed by publicizing things better handled 'in house'. We aren't privy to interactions between Bill and players/assistants/staff which is the way it should be.

Doug Cramer 5 years, 11 months ago

It was SO relieving to hear coach talk about Mangino and what made his program successful.

Attention to detail, control what you can control, be the tougher team, but more importantly, winning is a by-product of those items.

You go out there to take care of those details the best way possible, and hopefully the outcome is a win.

Gil and Weis had no concept of that. They went out on the field TO WIN ! They didn't go out to take care of the details that lead to the by-product of winning. They just wanted to win.

Hate to tell all you Mangino haters this, but Beaty is more like Mangino and Snyder than ya'll realize. Beaty gets it !

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 11 months ago

Yeah and he is even likable enough to be a great recruiter also. MM's problem is he lived every minute in the "I'm tough" moment and could not up the level of recruits even though he won the Orange Bowl. Therefore, our '09 season went in the tank when Todd got hurt and we have been in a downward spiral ever since.

Doug Cramer 5 years, 11 months ago

You have no clue what you're talking about.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm not a Mangino hater but I did not like the way he treated players and the arrogance he displayed around non-football people, especially on campus, such as janitors, security guards. Those two things are night and day between Mangino and Beaty. In Beaty I think we're getting Mangino's strengths without the shortcomings. I'm looking for big things from this guy as time goes on.

Greg Ledom 5 years, 11 months ago

Excellent points Dale. I'm not a Mangino hater either. He brought the program back to respectability. But along the way he burned bridges with key people within the university, donors, players and most likely recruits. So let's reverse it and say that if Mangino had Beaty's overall polish with how to treat people, how to be tough but not break a players will, recruit (he was serviceable but not good), talk to fans, donors, and university staff with respect and dignity, he would probably be a hall of famer at some point. As it is, he went back to his small college roots to coach, left them for Iowa State and got canned, and is now out of work again. I wonder why........You see, many coaches embody the things Mangino (he didn't create them) believed in and did well, and many embody the things coach Beaty believes in and does well, and then you have those that embody all of them (Snyder) and have great success. I believe coach Beaty embodies them all, and I also believe that given time he can be one of the most successful Kansas football coaches in the history of the program. It's too early to tell, but I BELIEVE! Rock Chalk Coach Beaty!!!!!

Jeff Coffman 5 years, 11 months ago

I know there were two poor coaches fault penalties, but 4 fouls for 37 yards is fairly good if not excellent.

Michael Maris 5 years, 11 months ago

Boy, I really enjoyed listening to Coach Phillips and his assessment of the current WR's group.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 11 months ago

I like Coach Phillips too. I think his product is way better than what we've had for a long time. I thought Cozart threw some great balls.
I think his accuracy has improved quite a bit.

I'm really looking forward to this next game.

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