Monday, October 1, 2018

David Beaty sticking with Carter Stanley as KU’s starting QB

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley throws a pass to a teammate at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley throws a pass to a teammate at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.


Following his team's home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Kansas football coach David Beaty said he would need to further review quarterback Carter Stanley’s play before deciding whether the redshirt junior would remain the starter.

By the time Beaty spoke on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference Monday morning, he had seen enough to keep Stanley at the top of the depth chart.

“You know, he didn’t play great,” Beaty began, when asked about Stanley and KU’s QB situation. “He played good. And that’s the thing that leaves us encouraged. Even though he went 24 of 32 and he had 247 yards passing and three touchdowns and zero interceptions, which was a key for us, we’re encouraged more by the fact there were so many things with some critical errors that we made that we can be a lot better. I know he sees that and I look for him to improve this week.”

KU’s fourth-year head coach said all of that before revealing Stanley will start again this week, when the Jayhawks (2-3 overall, 0-2 Big 12) play at No. 9 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday.

“He’s been a guy that our guys really are drawn to,” Beaty added of Stanley.


Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley is sacked by Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

A 6-foot-2, 198-pound QB from Vero Beach, Fla., Stanley didn’t play at all in either of KU’s first two games of the season, as the staff strategized to use two quarterbacks — starter Peyton Bender and backup Miles Kendrick.

Stanley made his season debut in Week 3, in mop-up duty of KU’s blowout win over Rutgers, after Bender and Kendrick were through for the day.

The following week, at Baylor, Stanley became more involved in the second half, once Kendrick suffered a shoulder injury — something Beaty said Monday will continue to sideline the sophomore this week.

After completing four of his six passes for 37 yards and running for 27 yards at BU, Stanley quickly moved from the No. 3 QB to the starter for KU’s fifth game of the season.

“The good thing is, Carter’s played a lot of ball around here, so it’s not like your typical third-string guy,” Beaty said of Stanley, who entered the season with seven career starts, one of which came in KU’s win over Texas in 2016. “We would have loved to have been just crystal clear that it was such a differential between the guys, but it wasn’t that way.”

KU named senior Peyton Bender its No. 1 QB for the season opener 2 1/2 weeks into preseason camp. After four weeks of starting and splitting some time at QB with Kendrick, Bender has completed 59.6 percent of his 89 pass attempts for 490 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. He didn’t take a single snap against OSU, as Stanley never subbed out.

Entering this week’s trip to WVU, Stanley is 29 of 39 (74.4 percent) passing, with 289 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“You have to decide who you’re going to give reps to in fall camp,” Beaty said, referring to choosing Bender, “and the other (QBs) were going to have to take more air reps, and (Stanley) took great advantage of that.”

Following his first start since KU’s home loss to Oklahoma in 2017, Stanley explained how he and the other KU quarterbacks have handled the apparent uncertainty surrounding the position.

“I think the personalities and the guys’ attitude in there are good. I think everyone’s ready, top to bottom,” Stanley said on Saturday. “We all know that it can happen in one play, in one week, I mean, who knows? But I think everyone prepares the same.”

KU’s offensive terminology hasn’t changed, Beaty added, since Stanley started four games in 2017, so the QB’s transition from No. 3 to starter went smoothly.

“It gives us an advantage because it’s not like a normal third-string quarterback, like a guy who’s never played” Beaty said. “He has played. So I think that really helps us.”


Drew Doerfler 3 years, 12 months ago

ok, david beaty saying that stanley didn't play well is pathetic......if he had to critique his own coaching then he would have to say that he hasn't coached well and that would be a huge understatement......i used to at least think he was a decent guy, but honestly, he just needs to keep his mouth shut until he is fired for an actual coach...i would have to say stanley did amazingly well considering he hadn't taken any actual snaps with the starters and he was put into a horrible situation by his 'coach'......if i had to grade both stanley and Beaty....stanley would get an a and beaty would be flunking for his coaching

Greg Ledom 3 years, 12 months ago

Just to be clear, he didn’t say he didn’t play well, he said he didn’t play great but played good. I think for the most part an accurate statement. He also wasn’t judging himself in this instance as he wasn’t asked but I’d bet he’d be hard on himself as well. Bottom line, Carter deserves to start and lead this team and Beaty will deserve to be fired by the time the season is over. I wonder how much Beaty would open his mouth to speak if he wasn’t asked any questions......

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 12 months ago

Well and Good are synonymous terms. Beaty has not coached well, good, or great throughout his tenure at KU. He shouldn't be making the trip to WVU.

Sarah Reagan 3 years, 12 months ago

I don’t get why this coach can’t see the benefit in picking the right guy to start at the beginning, so the player can be eased into competition via a softer non con warm up?? To even say Stanley will improve upon errors is to blatantly ignore the fact that he could have done this exactly against Nichols, CMU and Rutgers, and been more in rythym by now. This is de ja vu from last year, so Beaty should be familiar with the decision consequences. Also, in the post game interview Beaty tried to say Stanley wasn’t third string and pushed away from the term. Now he’s saying Stanley is third string, but we’ve put him through the misery of jumping into competition midway through the season before, so he should handle it. C’mon Jeff Long! Send this guy packing and give us an interim. Please!!

Michael Maris 3 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps the reason AD Long doesn't do as you are asking, is the Interim Coach's salary would then be increased for the remainder of the season (while still paying Beaty to not coach). And, AD Long is not ready to execute such actions and increase the one Assistant Coach's salary for the rest of the season. Just speculation on my part.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 12 months ago

Incorrect...Assistant and Associate Coaches have clauses if they are named an interim coach and there is no additional payment for those services. They might get certain payments for doing coaches night at the salty iguana, but when that happens the coach doesn't get those. It costs us nothing in salary to switch to an interim that is already on the team. It costs us an additional $125,000 for each game Beaty coaches, because he gets 2 years salary upon an early termination. Technically its slightly higher because he actually gets a $100,000 raise for each year he coaches.

Micky Baker 3 years, 12 months ago

You've read those contracts? If you have them, show them to everyone, otherwise you're only speculating too.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 12 months ago

When Bowen was named Interim it was announced he would not make any more. My assumption is based on those same standards are in place.

Mike Hart 3 years, 12 months ago

Sarah.. Kendrick is hurt... so it is really a choice between Bender and Stanley. As we saw in the non-conference and in the first Big 12 game... the OLine is still having problems protecting the QB... so Bender being a slightly more precise passer doesn't reap dividends if he doesn't have time.. .and can't create time to throw. Stanley is more mobile... and after the first few games, it was clear that Bender wasn't mobile enough to account for the OLine not being able to protect enough. So it's a choice between Bender and Stanley, since Kendrick's not available. As we have seen... Stanley has the ability to extend plays more so than Bender.

Sarah Reagan 3 years, 12 months ago

Yes, I’m aware that Kendrick hurt and is not a factor. My point is why not start Stanley and sub in Kendrick from the get go, instead of starting Bender? We’ve know for over a year with game history to prove it that Bender is immobile and our online has struggles. This is nothing new, which is hard to understand why we would repeat such mistakes. Maybe there is something more we don’t know with attitude, etc. I sure hope so.

Mike Hart 3 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps because our O-Line is entirely different than last year? A la Feder, Mavin Saunders at TE, Alex Fontana... need I go on?

Sarah Reagan 3 years, 12 months ago

No need to go on. The overall line performance so far has not been impressive.

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 12 months ago

I am content to let AD Long make the decision as to when, but Sarah is correct in saying DB simply has muffed the QB decision from day one. He has the problem of playing and coaching a kid who has behavioral issues. Ryan Willis has far more talent than any of the guys on our roster and yet he was essentially sent packing. Coaches have to find a way of swallowing their pride and giving the appearance they are not when it comes to top flight athletes. We would be surprised if we knew how many stars in sports had conflicts with the HC and yet continued to play and lead the team.

Mike Nicco 3 years, 12 months ago

Is it the way he is quoted or does Coach begin every thought about after Stanley with a negative?

Eric Eakins 3 years, 12 months ago

A., I believe there is something else going on here based on comments and actions by both staff and players but it is a lot of speculation so I will just leave it at that. Or option B is that our coach just can't evaluate the talent he has and how to use them. Option C Bender is a great practice player with no game pressure and our coach is a practice coach with no game I.Q.. Option D, all of the above.

Mike Bennett 3 years, 12 months ago

This may be the worst endorsement of a QB that has clearly outplayed anyone else the coach has played this year that I have ever seen. He clearly has foot in mouth disease. He needs to go.

Brett Hathaway 3 years, 12 months ago

“He’s been a guy that our guys really are drawn to"… What?!?!

Doug Merrill 3 years, 12 months ago

Coach is trying to come up with an explanation as to why he didn't go with Carter to begin with. That was a mistake.

How great it would be if Coach would say, "I made a mistake and should have gone with Carter from the first".

I don't know if admitting mistakes has been a life long problem for him or if he just now feels so under the gun that he can't afford to.

Eric Eakins 3 years, 12 months ago

It gets harder and harder when every year he makes the exact same mistake. At some point it is not "a mistake".

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 12 months ago

It doesn't seem as though Beaty is happy for Stanley. And then to say he's hoping Kendrick will be back next week is odd. I mean, you want the guy to be healthy but after Stanley's game you don't need him. I say red-shirt Kendrick and hope Bender and Stanley stay healthy.

Michael Maris 3 years, 12 months ago

I like your thought on red-shirting Kendrick.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 12 months ago

Do you really think Beaty is thinking anyone should redshirt? Beaty has to win or he won't be hear next year, he could care less about red-shirts and that is one more reason keeping him in the Head Coaching Position could cause additional problems.

Mike Hart 3 years, 12 months ago

Nothing like a couple of losses to bring Coffman out of his closet. Never saw you after Central Michigan or Rutgers... 0-11 remember?

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 12 months ago

You didn't look very hard, I was on there. I stated they were good wins, and I've been very consistent in my message, if you don't win the first three you shouldn't coach the Big XII, he didn't win the first three and it appears that he hasn't been coaching the Big XII.

And yes I admitted that I was wrong about 0-12 (not 0-11). I did pick the Nicholls State Loss back at Spring Game time, yes I think the team is better, but I think it would be much better under a real coaching staff, and not one piecemeal together.

Craig Carson 3 years, 12 months ago

KU scored 28 offensive far their best performance this season..Stanley actually played good..not his fault the defense sucked

Micky Baker 3 years, 12 months ago

Still wasn't good enough. Stanley didn't play well in the first half, he played better in the second half. If he had played well, we would have scored more than 28 points. He played better than Bender, but not so much better than Kendrick. Stanley was responsible for 2 turnovers. But yeah, he played much better in the second half but to say he played well, that wouldn't be fair to Stanley as you believe he can't be better than that.

Doug Stahler 3 years, 12 months ago

What 2 turnovers? Stanley played very well. Cowboy #94 was an NFL quality beast as well

David Kemp 3 years, 12 months ago

Defense was not as bad in first half as stated given no first downs in 2nd quarter by offense and only 7 points scored. OSU was averaging 40+. Offense must start fast or every game will be playing just to make the score look good but otherwise over at halftime.

Jayson Hawk 3 years, 12 months ago

Beaty (Todd Hoffman) just cant get out of his own way.

3 years, 12 months ago

exactly! beaty = todd hoffman. todds gone, beaty is next! rcjh

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