KU Football

‘Back home’: Hasan Defense returning to CB for senior year with KU

When Chevis Jackson approached Hasan Defense with the question, the assistant coach caught his new player a bit off guard. Jackson, shortly after being hired to coach defensive backs at the University of Kansas, sought out Defense’s opinion on which position he wanted to play. Recruited to ...

KU’s Pooka Williams and Kyle Thompson land on preseason All-Big 12 team

Despite an offseason full of uncertainty regarding his exact status for the coming Kansas football season, expectations remain high for sophomore running back Pooka Williams. A day after being cleared by KU’s athletic department to rejoin the football program after a seven-month suspension ...

Why Les Miles might bring stability at QB for Kansas football

Only two teams will be bringing a quarterback to Big 12 Media Days next week. Kansas obviously was not going to be one of those programs, though it is surprising to see how few signal callers will be in attendance. KU head coach Les Miles has yet to name a starter, and he does not have to ...

Group of KU seniors to accompany Les Miles to Big 12 Media Days

While Les Miles will attract most of the cameras, questions and attention during his first trip to Big 12 Media Days as the head coach at the University of Kansas, The Mad Hatter will have some veterans alongside him for the ride next week in Arlington, Texas. KU announced Monday that four ...

Why KU’s rushing production should improve under new coaching staff

Since taking over the Kansas football program, Les Miles has not revealed many details about his offensive scheme during any of his press settings. There is a reason for that, of course. Miles, like most head football coaches, would like an element of surprise for his 2019 opponents. That is ...

Acting was a ‘passing fancy’ for football lifer Les Miles

Les Miles never thought while in between head coaching jobs he’d suddenly find himself in another line of work. But that’s what happened to the up-for-anything football coach when, during his downtime, a friend of Miles’ put him in contact with an executive producer on a small budget ...

Drew Harvey could play key role for inexperienced KU linebackers

With preseason camp and more concrete answers to some of the issues facing this year’s Kansas football team a little less than a month away, no position group on the roster appears quite as unpredictable as the Jayhawks’ linebackers. Even if KU’s starting lineup in Week 1 ends up ...

KU football D.C.: Steven Parker ‘very similar’ to young Josh Allen

Back when D.J. Eliot worked for the University of Kentucky football program as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, he came across a mostly unrecruited Class of 2015 linebacker from New Jersey. Four years and two jobs later, Eliot, now in charge of the defense and the ...

Multiple factors kept Luke Meadows in Lawrence when Chip Lindsey left for Troy

Kansas offensive line coach Luke Meadows wasn’t surprised when Chip Lindsey approached him. Their relationship is the very thing that brought Meadows to KU. Five weeks after Lindsey was named the offensive coordinator for the Jayhawks, he left that position to become the head coach at Troy ...

Joe Dineen confident about future with Denver ahead of Broncos’ training camp

For someone who loves the city of Lawrence, where he grew up playing football and even stuck around for another five years after graduating from Free State High in order to play linebacker at the University of Kansas, Joe Dineen hopes to soon become a longterm resident of Denver, Colo. Since ...

Unlikely path led juco LB Hayden Hatcher to join Jayhawks this year

An unheralded junior college linebacker out to make a name for himself at a summer camp inside the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium a couple weeks back, Hayden Hatcher was caught off guard when someone pulled him away from a drill to let him know he needed to take a break. “Les ...

KU assistant Mike Ekeler has unique way of communicating with players

Ask any player he has coached. Mike Ekeler doesn’t talk. He doesn’t text.  That doesn’t mean the University of Kansas football team’s special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach is antisocial. As a matter of fact, Ekeler is anything but that, as anyone who follows Ekeler on ...

Notebook: Miles, Long offer thoughts on KU’s early 2020 recruiting success

Kansas football coach Les Miles won’t be able to talk on the record about any of his staff’s Class of 2020 recruits until those players officially become part of the program by signing National Letters of Intent. However, Miles was able to speak far more generally on the subject of KU’s ...

How Kansas football has fared against new Big 12 coaches

On the surface, Kansas might have an easier schedule than normal. At least as easy as it can be for a power five football team trying to finish higher than last in the Big 12 for the first time since 2014. A common response from [a blog about KU’s win tota][1]l was the fact that the team ...

Trying to identify potential standouts in KU football’s 2020 recruiting class

While there’s little question that the Kansas football team’s 2020 recruiting class is shaping up favorably, what with its June commitment bonanza, it’s difficult to project which players in the group could turn out to be the most impactful at the college level more than a year from ...

Former KU football DB D’Juan Moore transferring to Delaware

After one redshirt season with the Kansas football program, defensive back D’Juan Moore officially has moved on. The 5-foot-9 cornerback from Baltimore who had entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal this spring announced on Wednesday his plans to join the football team at the ...

Over/under win totals released, KU projected to finish last in Big 12

Why is FanDuel giving away money? That was my first thought when FanDuel Sportsbook released 2019 win totals for a majority of the FBS teams on Tuesday. I immediately scrolled to the team I cover to see what the number was. And, I must admit, I was shocked. Kansas opened with a 3.5 over/under ...

Former KU standout Darrell Stuckey hosting youth football camp in KCK

Former Kansas football standout Darrell Stuckey will be coaching up youth athletes in his hometown of Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday, when the one-time San Diego Charger pro bowler will head up what’s being touted as Dotte Football Camp. “I am hosting a free camp solely because I love this ...

KU football’s latest recruiting haul reminiscent of another in Class of 2018

As momentous as this past weekend turned out to be around the Kansas football facilities, with eight new recruits committing from the Class of 2020 — nine if you count Tuesday’s addition of three-star linebacker Taiwan Berryhill — it wasn’t completely extraordinary for the program. In ...