Sunday, September 8, 2019

Kansas QB Carter Stanley: ‘I let the team down’

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.


After an emotionally draining loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday night, Kansas football quarterback Carter Stanley expressed his remorse about his play in particular, going as far as to say he was to blame for the 12-7 setback.

Stanley described the scene in the locker room afterward as “tough” and “what you would expect” from a group of KU players and coaches who felt as though they should have left Week 2 with a victory.

“That’s a game we should win 10 times out of 10,” Stanley said. “I give credit to those guys (the Chanticleers) — they had a really good game plan and some talented guys. Just being around these guys and this staff, we should win that game.”

Given his belief that KU had the personnel and staff to make a 2-0 start a reality, Stanley took the loss hard.

The fifth-year senior, who a week earlier orchestrated a game-winning drive against Indiana State, never could duplicate that type of rhythm or accuracy against CCU (1-1).

Stanley finished the loss 13-for-19 passing, with only 107 yards to show with his two interceptions and zero touchdowns.

“Me personally, I let the team down today,” Stanley said, fighting back tears, after KU fell to 1-1. “We had more than enough. We’ve got to move on from it, come to work (Sunday) and be ready for Friday (at Boston College).”

As of Saturday night, KU head coach Les Miles refrained from making any immediate decision about Stanley’s role as the starting QB moving forward.

Whether Stanley keeps his spot atop the depth chart throughout the week and at Boston College (2-0) on Friday night remains to be seen. His battle with junior Thomas MacVittie to become KU’s No. 1 QB lasted throughout spring football, preseason camp and some of the week leading up to KU’s opener.

Stanley said he could have done much better in Week 2 on a pair of throws that ended up being picked off by CCU cornerback Chandler Kryst.

The first mistake came early in the second quarter and killed what had the makings of a promising drive. KU already had picked up three first downs on the series and had a second-and-4 at the visitors’ 39-yard line when Stanley forced a throw toward the end zone for junior Andrew Parchment.

“We’re looking to make it 14-0,” Stanley recalled. “I didn’t like the look originally downfield. I kind of moved in the pocket, went to the right. I’ve just got to take off right there. I’ve got to be able to run.”

Instead, he thought a defensive back near Parchment was breaking toward him. That’s when Stanley decided to throw and CCU secured its first takeaway.

“I’ve got to know that there wasn’t a lot of room there,” Stanley said. “If I were to run I would’ve got a lot more yards and it would’ve helped our team a lot more.”

Interception No. 2 for Stanley, who played a part in three lost fumbles for KU a week earlier, came about early in the third quarter, just after the Kansas defense opened the second half with a three-and-out.

The Jayhawks began the drive 39 yards away from the end zone. But on third-and-9, Stanley said a “miscommunication” for which he took the blame resulted in the QB scrambling while pressured and trying to lead Stephon Robinson into a reception, with a defender on his tail.

Some receivers were out of position on the call, as well, the QB said. Stanley said the particular play verbiage included two words that are pronounced similarly, but “mean two completely different things.”

Ultimately, three defenders ended up in the area where Stanley aimed to lead Robinson, and Kryst picked it off.

“I’ve got to manage that play better, knowing the situation,” Stanley said. “You don’t have to make a big play out of it. You’ve either got to look backside at my checkdown or scramble or throw it away or something. But definitely not that.”


Michael Maris 2 years, 11 months ago

Okay. You're a 5th year senior. By now, if you don't recognize what should be done in situations where WR's are not where they should be. Then, tuck the ball and make a play.

Dane Pratt 2 years, 11 months ago

I like Carter and wish he was the guy but if he is behind center against BC then the QB battle between him and MacVittie was not as close as we were led to believe.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 11 months ago

Carter is correct and hopefully he better prepares. Knowing where you are at before the play begins. On both interceptions it appears Carter is unaware of the game situation. Especially on the first interception he tossed if he had remembered where the first down marker was he would have just held the ball and ran. Not to say Carter isn't good or can't be successfull but maybe part of this is just being comfortable in the game and not getting flustered....if MacVittie is that close in skills maybe it's time to see how he does under pressure.

HCLM, needs to eval his game decisions and fix it. 37 runs to 19 pass with this group of talented ball catchers makes no sense and the much to list....enuff said.

W Keith Swinehart II 2 years, 11 months ago

It was better we lost a game to a team we should have beaten. A victory would have been fools gold. Our flaws and mistakes are out there for all to see. We know what to work on. Focus on fundamentals and execution. Every opponent is dangerous, but we have the talent to beat everyone on our schedule. Learn and get better.

Dale Rogers 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm not sure about having the talent to beat EVERYONE, given our upcoming schedule. However, I do think we have the talent to win some games and be competitive in others. It will take time. Here is some information from another site's article I find very interesting and is something we need to keep in mind. Url is at the end.

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Rebuilding a program is almost never successful in year one. Here are year one results for a few coaches who have successfully rebuilt a struggling program:

Bill Snyder, K-State 1991: 1-10

Mark Mangino, Kansas 2002: 2-10

Mike Leach, Washington State 2012: 3-9

Matt Campbell, Iowa State 2016: 3-9

Les Miles, Oklahoma State 2001: 4-8

Sometimes it takes two years, sometimes it takes five; the point is, rebuilding a program like Kansas is really hard and takes a lot of patience from fans.

Fans of the Kansas football program are all tired of hearing this, but they have to give their head coach time to prove his worth. It’s become a trite request by now, but unlike the Kansas coaches before him, Les Miles has successfully done this before. Trust him.

Chris Bailey 2 years, 11 months ago

Agreed 100%. Miles has proven he can win and he will win we simply need to trust him. He will get us the right players and put wins together. It may be year 3 but he will do it. People forget that even our top recruits seldom start as freshman with the exception being running back.

Darin Bradley 2 years, 11 months ago

Reading the message boards and Twitter it's really interesting to see how high expectations climbed for this team. Coaching will certainly help but personnel wins the day. We have the same guys who are still learning how to win. I'm disappointed but not totally surprised. This is not the time to throw in the towel. Breaking the cycle takes time and patience. Rock Chalk!

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