Kansas QB Jalon Daniels' drastically different reactions to wins over West Virginia and Houston illustrate KU's elevated confidence
Momentum and confidence are massive things to have on your side in the world of sports, and it’s safe to say that after its 3-0 start the Kansas football team has a firm grip on both.
Not only have the Jayhawks jumped out in a way that very few saw coming, but they also have done it with two wins on the road and one of those coming in conference play.
The KU players believed something like this was possible. After all, they were the ones who put in all of that work in the offseason and built up the kind of chemistry and belief that said the corner could be turned.
But even they have to be a little shell-shocked by things going so well so early for the 2022 Jayhawks.
That showed loud and clear in a postgame video featuring quarterback Jalon Daniels that surfaced after the win at West Virginia.
Daniels, who has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season, was seen yelling into the camera, “We here! We here! New era! You heard it. New era!”
The words were dripping with passion and even featured a little bit of anger, that good type that helps you pull off a big win like that on the road and shows the rest of the world you’re serious about being relevant.
Fast forward one week to the scene on the field after KU’s 48-30 victory over Houston on Saturday and you find a very different vibe from Daniels.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there was still a whole lot of yelling and screaming, but the video that KU captured and released after that win showed a much calmer quarterback, one who seemed comfortable in the moment and far less surprised that it happened.
This time, Daniels said simply, “3-0. 3-0, let’s keep going.”
Just like that, in a matter of seven days, you saw KU’s leader transform his reaction from euphoric, unbridled joy to cool, calm and collected. It's a dramatic change in a short period of time and it says a lot about where this program is and where it's headed.
That’s a player who believed the Jayhawks were going to win that game at Houston and then went out and made it happen.
Now that that’s the case, there’s no telling what’s possible from here.
Next up, KU plays host to unbeaten Duke (3-0) at 11 a.m. next Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.