Saturday, September 16, 2017

Notebook: Jayhawks mix up offensive line; Stanley makes appearance at QB

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) look to cut around the Ohio defense during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley (9) look to cut around the Ohio defense during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.


Athens, Ohio — As so often has been the case during his two-plus seasons on the job, Kansas football coach David Beaty left a loss with more problems than solutions Saturday. Still, a potential fix for some of the Jayhawks’ woes up front might have been discovered with a change to the lineup.

Sophomore offensive lineman Andru Tovi made the first start of his KU career in a 42-30 loss at Ohio. And though sophomore Antione Frazier started his third consecutive game at right tackle, he soon gave way to graduate transfer Zach Hannon.

“Tovi is a guy who has been standing out to us for a while,” Beaty said of the 6-foot-3, 310-pound former Pima Community College (Ariz.) lineman. “Jayson (Rhodes, senior left guard) has been — he wasn’t unavailable, but he wasn’t fully healthy. So it was good to see Tovi step in there and get his first play.”

While Beaty admitted he will have to watch the game footage to tell for sure, he didn’t recall Tovi giving up much as the left guard, working in between regular starters Hakeem Adeniji and Mesa Ribordy on the line. “He played a bunch of snaps today, too, which I was worried about him toward the end, but he kept going,” Beaty said.

Hannon, a 6-4, 315-pound Kansas City, Mo., native who graduated from Nebraska earlier this year, made KU better up front, too, according to Beaty.

“I think he helped us a bunch because of his experience. He kept himself out of trouble a couple times. I thought that was good to be able to get some balance there between him and Antione,” Beaty added. “And Zach went in and wound up playing most of the rest of the game, which was good. The good news is we, like we said, we feel like we’ve got a lot of guys that can play up front and we utilized quite a few today. We’re going to have to continue to do that, and that’s a luxury we just didn’t have in the past.”

Although junior quarterback Peyton Bender suffered five sacks at the hands of Ohio (2-1), he admitted he held the ball too long on most of those instances.

Bender said Tovi and Hannon brought some stability to the Jayhawks’ O-line.

“Definitely. I thought in the second half they blocked pretty good. I don’t remember getting heated up that much in the second half,” Bender said. “So that was good to see. That was encouraging. Hopefully we can keep that up moving on into week.”

After sophomore Khalil Herbert rushed for a career-best 137 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, the running back explained why he felt confident in his big blockers.

“I think our O-line is really plug-and-play. So anybody that gets in, they’re going to do a good job,” Herbert said. “And I’m proud of those boys. They did good today.”

First-time starters

True freshman running back Dom Williams and junior linebacker-turned-fullback Hudson Hall joined Tovi as first-time KU starters against Ohio.

Williams, who a week earlier versus Central Michigan led KU’s ground attack, didn’t feature as much into the plans after a slow start.

“We slipped a couple times on open-field situations,” Beaty said of Williams, who only had four runs for five yards. “We’ve just got to do a better job of cutting on the outside foot and not stepping on the inside cleats.”

The coach said Hall, a junior from Austin, Texas, “continues to build himself into someone we can use in packages at the fullback spot.”

Stanley cameo

Backup Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley checked into a game for the first time this fall.

The redshirt sophomore who entered the season with a hand injury relieved Bender briefly in short-yardage situations. Stanley did not attempt a pass but handed the ball off to Herbert on one option-read and converted a fourth-and-one as a rusher on another.

Afterward, asked whether Stanley can throw the ball in a game, too, Beaty replied: “Oh, yeah. He can pass. He’s available. He’s available.”

Onside kick opens second half

Down 25-14 at intermission, KU attempted an onside kick to open the third quarter. Ohio, though, benefited when freshman Liam Jones’ kick was downed after traveling only eight yards.

“We had something planned all week. We saw some things on video that it played out exactly like we thought,” Beaty said. “We just didn’t execute the kick well. We knew we were going to have to steal a possession in the second half, just the way the defensive series were going.”

The third-year KU coach said the hope was to shift the momentum out of the third-quarter gates.

“We felt like we had a great opportunity. Liam played all week really, really good. He just didn’t hit it great on that one,” Beaty said. “We had Kyle Mayberry right in place exactly like we wanted. Just didn’t execute it well. You don’t get two shots at it. You’ve got to get it the first time.”

Hurt ’Hawks

Both junior running back Taylor Martin and senior defensive tackle Isi Holani missed the road loss due to unspecified injuries.

This and that …

Junior receiver Jeremiah Booker caught his first career touchdown, on a one-yard throw from Bender in the fourth quarter. … Junior defensive tackle J.J. Holmes made the first sack of his KU career. … Sophomore safety Mike Lee recorded his second interception as a Jayhawk. … Junior linebacker Joe Dineen again led KU in tackles, with 11 total. The Free State High graduate has three straight outings with double-digit stops. … Junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. made two tackles for loss and a season-best nine total tackles.

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Andy Godwin 5 years, 2 months ago

"Dineen again led KU in tackles, with 11 total". But unfortunately, he looked gassed at times in the game and missed several tackles that lead to touchdowns and had a poorly timed face masking penalty on a drive that could of held Ohio to a field goal attempt instead of a TD. He is clearly an essential piece of the defense and like many KU players yesterday, missed too many tackles and failed to get Ohio's offense off the field. Also, in hindsight the onside kick to open the second half turned into a poor decision by Beaty. Great if it works, look foolish if it doesn't, since it gave Ohio great field position, which lead to a TD.

Bob Bailey 5 years, 2 months ago

No one has taught tackling in 7 yrs, Get Schaake's Rules and compare them to the ESPN of Bo Jackson. Jackson was one of three mentioned as having a perfect body. If you didn't follow Schaake's Rules, you couldn't tackle Bo Jackson! Till he himself disjointed his leg trying to pull it out of a tackle.

Doug Cramer 5 years, 2 months ago

Bob - we haven't tackled since Bowen took over at defensive coordinator Mangino's last year.

Buck Bukaty 5 years, 2 months ago

Interesting, Bob, I wasn’t familiar with the Schaake's Rules tackling technique. It wasn’t difficult to find references using my web browser. Regardless I wouldn’t expect the defensive staff to address our tackling technique deficiencies. As much as I am a fan of our hall of fame head basketball coach it is inexplicable that year-in and year-out our blue blood basketball players are terrible free throw shooters. The feedback to that appears to be to send them to the line to shoot more free throws during practice which apparently only reinforces terrible technique and such future results.

We’ve just got skunked by what should be considered two inferior teams from the same inferior conference, yet each of those teams, I thought, exhibited excellent tackling techniques. Coach Williams used to coach defense at Ohio. I’d like to see a LJW staffer ask him how much time Ohio works at tackling technique during practice. So as not to seem a loaded question, then ask a different defensive coach how much time KU spends on tackling technique during practice. I’m certain even the most casual observer knows the answer to the second question.

Bob Bailey 5 years, 2 months ago

By the way, Tenn and TX both got burned by the Hail Mary, yesterday. FL beat Tenn because of it. Didn't stay up to see TX UCLA final score.

Lloyd Kinnison 5 years, 2 months ago

Two comments: 1. The QB is taking almost 5 seconds to decide to pass. Last night TT QB released ball within 3 seconds. This is a taught skill and practiced skill. The KU coaches are. Not teaching a fast read. Let us place the coaches on a production requirement. When the team does not produce and meet requirements for each play and total, coaches only are paid for productivity. Head coach is paid a percentage of productivity for the game. Poor performance equals less pay. The D has major problems. Same errors for past 3weeks have resulted in same outcome! The coaches must teach the essential skills. The players should demand skill expertise.....otherwise NFL not interested. I see same "reasons" given by coaches as last year. Improvement has not been apparent. New coaches has not worked for the football team. KU has a high rating as an institution of higher learning. Coach... consult the faculty expertise for help! Help is needed!!!!

Barry Weiss 5 years, 2 months ago

Has anyone heard a complete presser with Beatty? All the articles I read he seems to keep throwing his players under the bus. Not once have I seen him say HE did not have his team prepared, or at least put some of this disaster on the coaching staff.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 2 months ago

Watched Syracuse and Central Michigan some yesterday. I've never been a big fan of the air raid because the name is misleading. If you don't throw the long ball, you're just playing basketball on grass so to speak, rubs, picks, quick passes are not true football passing attacks. Basic proven routes with fewer tipped balls, fewer pick 6s. If there's a pick it's as good as a punt. Most risk/reward is the basic quick slant. A few screen passes. I know, I'm old school. But those kinds of playstuff are all designed to keep a defense honest.

Lloyd Kinnison 5 years, 2 months ago

I suggest we have a QB but has not been taught to throw the ball within the 3 s required for the offense attempted by the coaching staff. The issue with the offense is a consensus in the coaching staff related to time given the QB. O line understanding of time requirements is key to success.

Jerry Walker 5 years, 2 months ago

Here's a little perverse pleasure concerning the Missouri football team from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

"It looked an awful lot like his players packed it in. Gave up. Quit.

The result: Purdue 35, Mizzou 3...

Forget for a moment the latest collapse by a defense that can’t tackle, can’t cover and can’t stop the most routine plays — even when an opponent runs the same ones time and time again.

Disregard briefly that Josh Heupel’s up-tempo offense spits up on itself every time it encounters a defense that doesn’t earn a paycheck for playing.,,

The long-overdue dismissal of defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross did nothing to spark a defense that continues to hemorrhage yards and points. Purdue quarterback David Blough started for the first time this season, then completed 15 of his first 17 passes, ran for a touchdown and totaled 147 passing yards in a first-half performance that left the slack-jawed Tigers trailing 28-3. Purdue, which had won nine games combined in the past four seasons entering 2017, had not finished the first quarter of a road game ahead 14-0 since 2007. Its halftime lead was its largest on the road since 1998. Reminder: It could have been worse. Purdue missed on two field-goal tries...

The walk to the locker room at halftime could have used a dirge.

You had to wonder what athletics director Jim Sterk thought as he watched this, especially on a day SEC commissioner Greg Sankey came to campus. Sterk is a patient man, but he’s a proud man, and he did not hire Odom. Sterk’s fundraising efforts have big money rolling in. On Saturday, he watched the fans who showed up flee...

Out beyond the four fans who were the lone remainders in section 302, seven turkey buzzards slowly circled."

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