KU Football

Pooka Williams speaks

Officially, freshman Kansas football players — even redshirt freshmen in their second season with the program — aren’t allowed to be interviewed by the media. So, unofficially (I guess?), here’s your first interview with KU freshman running back Pooka Williams. ESPN’s Holly Rowe, in ...

David Beaty: ‘No excuse’ for some of KU football’s timeout issues

According to Kansas football coach David Beaty, “there was a lot to learn” from his team’s Big 12 opening loss at Baylor this past weekend. Some of those lessons materialized as the Jayhawks handled timeouts. Asked Tuesday afternoon during his weekly press conference to address what all ...

Tom Keegan: Carter Stanley KU’s QB best suited to facing Big 12 competition

Carter Stanley’s nameplate was on an empty table in the front of the Gridiron Room, where select Kansas football players do media interviews every Tuesday afternoon. The empty table reserved for Peyton Bender was tucked in the left corner of the room. Neither player ever showed, a sure sign ...

Jayhawks learning from Pooka Williams’ Big 12 debut

Kansas football coaches and players knew headed into Big 12 play that opposing defenses would base their schemes around stopping freshman running back Pooka Williams. Now the Jayhawks have experienced what that looks and feels like. A potentially explosive playmaker in the open field, ...

KU AD Jeff Long announces another new hire

Nearing the end of his second month on the job, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long on Tuesday announced his second major hire. And it came from a familiar place. Chris Freet, who has served as the senior associate athletics director for external operations and strategic ...

QB Miles Kendrick ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

After suffering a shoulder injury during the Kansas football team’s 26-7 road loss at Baylor this past Saturday, sophomore quarterback Miles Kendrick’s status for the Jayhawks’ upcoming matchup with Oklahoma State remains undetermined. KU head coach David Beaty said Monday morning during ...

KU defense trying to adjust to Big 12 QB play

Members of the Kansas football defense figured Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer would test their mettle in their Big 12 opener. They left Waco, Texas, following a 26-7 defeat, understanding not only that Brewer outplayed them, but also that they have a long way to go in terms of defending ...

Basketball powers off to good start in football

Carrying the label “basketball school” doesn’t make recruiting any easier for football coaches, but multiple basketball powerhouses, including a pair ranked in the top 25, are showing it is possible to overcome the label. No. 17 Kentucky (4-0): Mark Stoops has taken the slow, steady ...

Tom Keegan: Army’s near upset of Oklahoma a nice blueprint

Look for eight more Big 12 defenses to play Kansas the way Baylor did Saturday in scoring a 26-7 victory vs. the Jayhawks: Put eight men in the box, gang tackle Pooka Williams and trust that KU’s receivers won’t get open deep. So if the Kansas passing game can’t take the heat off of the ...

5 stats that popped from KU football’s loss at Baylor

In a turnover-free Big 12 opener at Baylor on Saturday, the Kansas football team put together too few highlights on either side of the ball to keep up with the Bears in a 26-7 defeat. One 90-yard scoring drive was the exception rather than the rule for KU’s offense, and the Jayhawks (2-2 ...

Joe Dineen tops ratings in 26-7 loss at Baylor

1 - Joe Dineen: Had 11 solo tackles, two assists, two tackles for losses and two quarterback hurries. 2 - Pooka Williams: Thrown for 14 yards in losses on 14 plays to offset 103 gains for a net total of 89 yards on 14 carries. Busted a 72-yard run to set up KU’s only score. Defense keyed on ...

Quarterback Miles Kendrick injured during 26-7 loss to Baylor

By Tom Keegan Twitter: @TomKeeganLJW Waco, Texas — Backup quarterback Miles Kendrick left the game with an unspecified injury midway through the third quarter and did not return. Kendrick had run on back-to-back plays for gains of 13 and 5 yards. After getting up from the second play he ...

Kansas offense reverts to past in 26-7 loss to Baylor in Big 12 opener

By Tom Keegan Twitter: @TomKeeganLJW Waco, Texas — The Baylor football team’s defense figured out how to take Pooka Williams out of the game for all but one big run and poof, just like magic, the Kansas offense vanished. And even if the feel-good vibes born of a two-game winning streak ...

Bears welcome Jayhawks to Big 12 play with 26-7 defeat

The harsh reality of Big 12 football hit visiting Kansas hard Saturday afternoon inside Baylor’s McLane Stadium. After winning their final two nonconference games by an average margin of more than 30 points, the Jayhawks couldn’t score on the Bears until six-plus minutes into the third ...

Tom Keegan: KU football better prepared for Baylor this time

Waco, Texas — Embracing the safe, logical path of predicting the favorite to defeat the visitor in Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff at McLane Stadium easily can be defended. For one thing, one of the loudest unwritten rules of predicting sporting contests advises to never pick against a long ...

Game day breakdown: KU football at Baylor

— Kansas (2-1) at Baylor (2-1) • 2:30 p.m. kickoff at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas • Game-time forecast: 79 degrees, cloudy, 47 percent chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 1 • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage team ...

Friday forecasts for Saturday college football games

Since sports gambling eventually will make its way to Kansas, I’m going to try my hand and picking three college football games vs. the spread for the rest of the Fridays throughout the season. I’ll track my record to see whether I should make actual wagers once gambling comes to ...

Former FSHS standouts continue to lead KU defense

The names broadcast over the public address system for tackles in Kansas' 55-14 Saturday win over Rutgers had a familiar ring with Lawrence residents. After three weeks, a trio of former Free State players have become the Jayhawks' go-to line of defense. Joe Dineen Jr., Bryce Torneden and ...

Pooka Williams rated 3rd-best true freshman in FBS

Pooka Williams’ skills aren’t only dropping jaws around Lawrence. The freshman’s open-field speed, power, vision and agility, which have played a central role in consecutive victories for the Kansas football team, also are drawing the attention of college football evaluators ...

Can KU football lay another streak to rest?

No, the Kansas football team’s three-week nonconference schedule as a whole didn’t play out perfectly. But the Jayhawks’ victories over Central Michigan and Rutgers have allowed them to enter Big 12 play at Baylor on Saturday in a more ideal head space than seemed possible after their ...