Saturday, September 7, 2019

Notebook: Les Miles will wait to watch the film on QB Carter Stanley

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley fumbles the ball as he tries to make a pass against Coastal Carolina Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019.

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley fumbles the ball as he tries to make a pass against Coastal Carolina Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019.


Carter Stanley got through his first start of the season without an interception but the Kansas quarterback couldn’t extend that streak to two games on Saturday against Coastal Carolina.

On Stanley’s ninth throw of what proved to be a 12-7 KU loss at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the KU QB got picked off looking for receiver Andrew Parchment deep down the right sideline, early in the second quarter.

Shortly after halftime, Stanley misfired on a much shorter throw, while being pressured on 3rd and 9. The fifth-year senior from Vero Beach, Fla., was on the move and again looking for Parchment after KU opened the drive in CCU territory.

However, Coastal senior cornerback Chandler Kryst picked off Stanley for the second time on the night, as Stanley threw well to the right of and past Parchment.

Stanley finished the game completing 13 of his 19 passes, for only 107 yards and no touchdowns, to go with his two interceptions.

Head coach Les Miles said afterward he would wait before addressing Stanley’s status as the starting QB.

“I’m going to do the old coach thing. I want to watch this film,” Miles said. “I want to see what he say and why.” “We’ll have to see what the film brings and allows us to be more finite.”

No Burt

After starting for the first time in his KU career in Week 1, junior defensive end Sam Burt, a former walk-on, was forced to sit out Saturday’s game against Coastal Carolina due to an undisclosed injury.

In Burt’s absence, KU plugged in senior Codey Cole III on its defensive line, next to regular starters Jelani Brown and Darrius Moragne.

Cole, in his first career start, produced one tackle.

As early as CCU’s second offensive series, the KU defense subbed in sophomore defensive lineman Malcolm Lee for Cole at defensive end. Lee finished with five total stops.

Borcila debuts at kicker

A week following an opener that included a missed field goal and a missed extra point by junior Liam Jones, KU switched up its look at place kicker versus Coastal Carolina.

A true freshman from Westerville, Ohio, Jacob Borcila made his first appearance as a Jayhawk a few minutes into the game against Coastal Carolina.

After KU struck first with a 41-yard Khalil Herbert rushing touchdown, Borcila ran onto the field for the extra point and sent the PAT through the uprights for a 7-0 Kansas lead.

It wasn’t until the final seconds of the first half that KU had a chance to call upon Borcila again. With the Jayhawks trying to add to their narrow, 7-6 lead, Les Miles opted to have Borcila try a 40-yard field goal with 6 seconds on the second quarter clock.

CCU head coach Jamey Chadwell used his last two timeouts of the half before Borcila finally was able to kick, and he missed it wide left.

Jones still handled KU’s kickoffs. Borcila had no other attempts.

O-line rotation

On an offensive line expected to rotate players in and out throughout this season, KU only made one change to its starting five up front against CCU.

At right tackle, senior Kevin Feder started instead of senior Clyde McCauley III. The other four starters remained the same: senior left tackle Hakeem Adeniji, junior left guard Malik Clark, senior center Andru Tovi and junior right guard Chris Hughes.

As expected, KU rotated immediately on the second series at three of those spots: junior Api Mane at center, junior Adagio Lopeti at right guard and senior Clyde McCauley III at right tackle.

Crazy week for Chanticleers

The players and coaches for Coastal Carolina experienced a far from normal game week leading up to their trip to KU.

Hurricane Dorian forced the Chanticleers out on Conway, S.C., on Monday. They spent the days that followed setting up shop in Greenville, S.C., and preparing for their matchup with the Jayhawks at various facilities in that general area.

CCU took advantage of the hospitality offered by programs small and large, from Christ Church Episcopal School, to North Greenville University, to Furman University to national powerhouse Clemson.

The team arrived in Lawrence on Friday after the hectic week.

It marked the second season in a row CCU football had to relocate due to a storm. Hurricane Florence, in 2018, forced the Chanticleers to evacuate campus and their homes in September. After spending 12 days on the road in North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana, they returned home. But campus was still closed due to flooding and the team spent another week in hotels.

KU to face Virginia — eventually

KU announced it has set up a home and home series with Virginia. The first of the nonconference meetings will not come, however, until 2029, when the Jayhawks are scheduled to travel out to ACC country to face the Cavaliers.

Virginia will then play at Kansas in 2030.

“While it may seem that this series is far into the future,” KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a release, “that is the reality of scheduling college football games in 2019. We are pleased to add a Power Five program to our schedule, especially one that shares our AAU status and is a peer institution for our university.”

The Jayhawks have faced Virginia twice in football. UVA won both meetings, in 1990 and 1991.

New pregame tradition?

As KU looks to reinvigorate its long struggling football program, some new game day routines have been introduced to students, as well.

As the Jayhawks took the field before each of their first two home games on the schedule, they were greeted by 250-plus students, lined up north of KU’s band on the field, as KU players and coaches ran out of the tunnel with music blaring and pyrotechnics firing.

Long stated in a letter he wrote to fans that the athletic department wanted to test out the possible new tradition in the opener and KU will incorporate students into the team entrance for every game moving forward.


Dane Pratt 2 years, 10 months ago

Carter has made a convincing argument to become the backup QB. Not much point in him being behind center if we go 1-11 or 2-10. MacVittie has two seasons left and I'd rather lose with him than with a guy who won't be here next season.

Bee Bee 2 years, 10 months ago

It s a bigger dumpster fire than we all thought. The only Big 12 player on the field tonight was Pooka. That's it. Miles has to find some TOUGH guys. The O and D lines are soft as you can get. I m not sure how you can be 6 5 325 lbs and be soft be they sure the hell are. Pushed all over the field by players they out weighed by 40-60 lbs. Stanley is a joke. McVittie can't be a lot worse. He needs to be given a shot. The play calling was a joke.

Layne Pierce 2 years, 10 months ago

Fact is, Stanley tried to make plays that just weren't there. Coastal Carolina went with a zone that we simply failed to attack, that means the receivers as well as the coaches and the qb.

If Stanley would just have pulled the ball down and ran for the first down on the first interception the field was open.

This is nauseating, but let's not start immediately bailing out. Let's see what the team does from now on. We have so many things to improve. Realistically I thought we could win 2 or 3 games, now I think 2, if we are lucky, unless our line play really improves. With adequate line play and our running backs we could control the possession game and put pressure on pass defenses, this is when STanley can be effective, or even run some option, Stanley is not a pro-quarterback.


Chris Condren 2 years, 10 months ago

The coaches can watch all the film I want. The score tells the complete story. If these coaches must watch film to determine that the performance against Coastal Carolina was pitiful then they don’t know what they are doing. This football season is over. Kansas is destined to be the sewer of college football.

Dale Rogers 2 years, 10 months ago

I guess this is why you are not a coach. The score tells the big story. It's the details that made up that score. It's the details that have to be understood so corrections can be made. The big question to me is whether we have the personnel to put adequate corrections in place. After all, Miles had a very short lead time for recruiting. He's playing mostly with last season's team. The true test is when he has his own players. It's kind of like in basketball, when Bruce Weber took Illinois to the National Championship Game in his first season..... with Bill Self's players. Once he had his own players, he failed. Miles is playing with essentially Beaty's players. Yes, there are some quality players there, just not enough. And they have to be taught things that can only be known once it's seen how they perform in actual games. That's where we are now. Time will show whether there will be improvement with this season's team. I hope and expect that improvement to be there by last half of this season. Future years will show what he can do with his own players. Until then he's playing against a stacked deck.

Kevin Kelly 2 years, 10 months ago

I thought we hired Les Miles? This guy is unrecognizable. Every interview he's soooo soft spoken I can barely hear what he's saying. Did Les have a stroke or something? He seems really confused on the sidelines. I hate to just project my experience onto a situation but my first thoughts at looking at him is 'heavily medicated'. I hope everything is going okay with him.

Michael Maris 2 years, 10 months ago

@ Kevin Kelly, the University needs to actually turn on the microphone.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 2 years, 10 months ago

I was excited to see Stanley get the nod the past couple of games but he didn’t step up to the challenge last night. He and the entire offense looked terrible. It’s disappointing to see us score on the very first drive and not put another scoring drive together the entire game and look outmatched running the ball. I think the coaches originally thought Stanley would be a good game manager by not turning it over and knowing the plays and players. I agree with the other posters. Give MacVittie a chance now. The team I watched last night will get pounded by every team left on the schedule.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 10 months ago

Before the ISU game, Koenning mentioned that they would focus on finding the best game manager for the team. With a must-win home game vs. ISU, I was not surprised to see Stanley start given his experience playing P5 football. His three turnovers in that game almost cost us the game but it seemed like they were the types of mistakes that could be coached and corrected. So, having him start another must-win game was, at the very least, somewhat understandable. Clearly, though, it’s time to move on.

As Dane stated above, it’s time to start thinking about the future and see if another guy can react/respond to the sub-par line play more effectively, or provide a better counterpart to Pookah’s electric running. The case for Carter vs. Coastal Carolina was shaky, The case for Carter vs. the Catholics is a non-starter.

The team needs a spark and we need to start working on who our starter will be next year (unless it’s an incoming freshman). Either get busy living or get busy dying. Let’s show some resilience and get busy living.

Michael Sillman 2 years, 10 months ago

Since the coaching staff stopped calling for Stanley to pass, one has to assume that it’s time to move on to another quarterback. No way to run the ball even with a good offensive line if the opponent knows what’s coming.

If he does change quarterbacks, it better be to a mobile one with the Big 12 season on the horizon.

I’m concerned that Miles is still stuck in the old offense that got him fired at LSU. We’ll find out soon enough whether he’s a dinosaur or can make the changes necessary to at least make the offense entertaining.

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 10 months ago

For the sake of the future we absolutely must move on. If not Mcvittie then a freshman or sophomore. Play more young players to give them more reps. If we can find a way to win now then do it but my gut tells me we need to focus on the future.

Stephen Johnson 2 years, 10 months ago

So far the biggest failure has been the current coaching staff. From preparing the team, to play calling and then in game decisions. Grade: F-

John Smith 2 years, 10 months ago

Kevin Kelly, I thought Les Miles was more soft spoken that I expected as well. But, I watched him in the espn+ series Miles To Go where they show him coaching in practice and he is quite different behind the scenes than he is in those press conferences. Much more energetic and forceful in the way he communicates with the players. There was some really odd play calling in that game, like to back to back timeouts. I’m afraid we will be 1-11 this year, but Miles does have a proven track record and may make some adjustments to squeeze out another win or two.

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