Benton Smith ( reporter)

Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with, as a digital editor, blogger and writer and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer.

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Kansas redshirt sophomore quarterback Carter Stanley greets a young fan and signs a football for him Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at the KU Kickoff at Corinth Square, in Prairie Village.

The Big 12's preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. answers questions at the Big 12 Media Days, in Frisco, Texas, on July 17, 2017.

Kansas football players Mike Lee and Daylon Charlot compete in a game of P-I-G during a KU basketball pep rally at Power & Light, in Kansas City, Mo., on March 9, 2017.

Kansas football coach David Beaty wore a Frank Mason III jersey in Kansas City, Mo., on March 9, 2017, prior to the KU basketball team's Big 12 quarterfinal versus TCU.

Kansas football players Carter Stanley, Daniel Wise, Dorance Armstrong Jr., Joe Dineen, Peyton Bender, Daylon Charlot and Mike Lee (center) pose for photos at the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Mo., on March 9, 2017.

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