WRITER: Benton Smith

Notebook: Jayhawks would like to get WR Trevor Wilson 'back in the flow'

A starter for the Kansas football offense the previous five weeks, receiver Trevor Wilson came in off the bench for the Jayhawks this past weekend against Oklahoma and wasn’t as involved as much as usual. Wilson, who entered KU’s seventh game averaging 2.8 catches and 47.8 receiving yards per game, went without a reception for the first time this season — his first at KU, after joining the program as a ...

KU football freshman RB Devin Neal named Big 12's co-newcomer of the week

As Kansas running back Devin Neal’s freshman season keeps surging, his latest performance secured the Jayhawks’ go-to rusher his first weekly honor from the Big 12. Following Neal’s 100-yard, two-touchdown outing against unbeaten Oklahoma, the conference announced Monday that Neal was the co-newcomer of the week, sharing the distinction with West Virginia’s Charles Woods. Neal, the former Lawrence High ...

'Holistic' success helped KU football defense exceed expectations vs. Oklahoma

After routinely giving up 500-plus yards and seeing FBS opponents light up the scoreboard week after week, the Kansas football defense had its best stretch of the season during the first half against Oklahoma. While the defense couldn’t keep its shutout going in the second half and the Sooners rallied for a 35-23 win, KU held an FBS opponent below 400 yards for the first time this season, as the Sooners ...

'We got a taste of it': Jayhawks hope battle with unbeaten OU can propel KU football forward

A Kansas football team that had lost its previous five games by an average margin of 32.6 points wasn’t expected to pose much of a threat to Oklahoma last week at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks had the unbeaten Sooners on upset alert before OU recovered just in time to get out of Lawrence with a 35-23 win. Though the Jayhawks’ losing streak extended to six games, they hope ...

No. 3 Oklahoma rallies for 35-23 road win over KU football

An upset bid for the long struggling Kansas football program came with a dose of fourth quarter drama before No. 3 Oklahoma got out of David Booth Kansas Stadium with a 35-23 victory on Saturday. After going scoreless in the first half, the Sooners had to rally and convert a bizarre fourth down late in the game to head back to Norman, Okla., with their undefeated record intact. The Sooners (8-0 overall, 5-0 ...

Notebook: KU football RB Devin Neal goes for 100 yards for 2nd time in freshman season

The scare the underdog Kansas football team gave No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday wouldn’t have been possible without prolonged offensive drives and a solid running game. So although the Sooners rallied for a 35-23 road victory at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, true freshman running back Devin Neal felt encouraged by the Jayhawks’ showing. “I’m just super-proud of the O-line, and the receivers blocked ...

Halfway through challenging Year 1, KU football coach Lance Leipold disappointed for his Jayhawks

His Kansas football team has lost five times in a row since rallying for a late-game victory over South Dakota in his debut. But Lance Leipold said midway through his first season as the Jayhawks’ head coach that he’s disappointed for the players — not disappointed in them. Although KU has lost each of its past five outings by 19 or more points and been blown out by 27 or more in all three of its Big 12 ...

Jayhawks looking for more consistency out of QB Jason Bean in weeks ahead

Through the first third of the Big 12 schedule, the struggling Kansas football offense hasn’t found much success through the air. In the weeks ahead, head coach Lance Leipold said, the Jayhawks are looking for more consistency in their passing game, and they think that can be achieved with improved decision-making by quarterback Jason Bean. “Jason’s unhappy with his performance,” Leipold said, “and ...

Q & A with KU football LB Gavin Potter

Now a junior and one of the more experienced players for the Kansas football defense, linebacker Gavin Potter started 10 games in a row before coming off the bench this past week against Texas Tech. A 6-foot-2, 222-pound veteran from Broken Arrow, Okla., Potter responded with what head coach Lance Leipold said was one of his better games of the season. Now with 18 career starts, including eight as a true ...

Jayhawks expect emerging RB Devin Neal to 'keep getting better and better'

Midway through his first season with the Kansas football program, true freshman Devin Neal — KU’s third option at running back in Week 1 — has become an integral part of what the Jayhawks want to do offensively. His coaches say Neal, a former star at Lawrence High and the top-rated prospect in KU’s freshman class, ascended not only because he started running more physically and confidently over the ...

KU football plans to redshirt reserve QB Jalon Daniels this year

Don’t expect to see much of Kansas reserve quarterback Jalon Daniels the rest of this football season. Head coach Lance Leipold revealed Tuesday the staff plans for Daniels to use 2021 as a redshirt year. That wasn’t the plan for Daniels going into the season, as the sophomore and returning starting QB for the Jayhawks spent most of the preseason in a depth chart battle with Jason Bean and Miles Kendrick. ...

3rd down defense again an issue for KU football in 5th straight loss

As head coach Lance Leipold summed it up after his Kansas football team’s 41-14 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, “a lot of different things in a lot of different areas” didn’t go as planned for the Jayhawks. Defensively, one of KU’s more significant problems was a lack of third-down stops. The Red Raiders cruised to a road win with the help of a 9-for-11 success rate on third downs. Leipold expressed ...

3-star DB Dewuan Mack exits KU football's 2022 recruiting class

A senior safety from the Kansas City metro area on Monday announced his decision to decommit from the Kansas football program and reopen his recruitment. Dewuan Mack, who announced his move on Twitter, plays at Lee’s Summit North (Mo.) and is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals. Mack also thanked the KU coaching staff for believing in him. In particular, Mack thanked former head coach Les Miles, who was ...

KU football avoids shutout, but drops homecoming matchup with Texas Tech, 41-14

A pair of touchdowns in the final minute of the fourth quarter against Texas Tech did little to improve the mood of Kanas football head coach Lance Leipold on Saturday. With his Jayhawks coming off a bye week, Leipold expected a more competitive game than what transpired during a 41-14 homecoming defeat at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, in front of an announced crowd of 25,106. “That was ...

Notebook: Backup QB Miles Kendrick directs KU football's late-game TD drives

By the time the Kansas football offense finally reached the end zone Saturday in a 41-14 loss to Texas Tech, starting quarterback Jason Bean’s day already had come to a close. Reserve Miles Kendrick ended up being the QB who got the Jayhawks on the scoreboard — twice in the game’s final minute. “The score’s 41-0,” KU head coach Lance Leipold said of his decision to go with Kendrick late and allow ...

Notebook: Former Michigan LB Cornell Wheeler progressing for KU football behind the scenes

Although former Michigan reserve linebacker Cornell Wheeler hasn’t yet broken into the rotation during his first season with the Kansas football program, defensive coordinator Brian Borland described Wheeler as an “up and comer” behind the scenes. After sitting out the first four games, Wheeler, rated a four-star prospect in the Class of 2020 by Rivals, finally got onto the field for the Jayhawks during ...

3 keys for KU football vs. Texas Tech

— Kansas (1-4 overall, 0-2 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2) • 3 p.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 65 degrees, sunny, 0% chance of rain • Streaming: ESPN+ • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 Keys for Kansas 1. More pushing the pile Still in the early stages of new head coach Lance Leipold’s rebuilding project, the Kansas football team’s offense hasn’t ...

Q & A with KU football S Kenny Logan Jr.

The leading tackler for the Kansas football defense, safety Kenny Logan Jr.’s most recent game wasn’t his favorite — not only because the Jayhawks lost at Iowa State, but also because he had to sit out the entire first half after being flagged for targeting the week before. The junior safety has 39 total tackles, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles in his four and a half games of action so far. As ...

Former KU football coach David Beaty cleared in NCAA investigation

Officially cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoing during his tenure as the head football coach at the University of Kansas, an at times emotional David Beaty on Thursday said he’s eager to finally return to the profession he loves. Beaty spoke to reporters in a video press conference from Dallas along with his lawyer Michael Lyons. They said the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Resolution Process had sent ...

'We can't let this happen': KU football's O-linemen helping Jason Bean avoid sacks of late

When Kansas football quarterback Jason Bean got sacked five times during a Week 2 loss against Coastal Carolina — the team’s first FBS opponent of the season — no one knew for sure how much of an issue protecting the QB would be for the Jayhawks. In the three games since then, however, the play of KU’s offensive line has improved, and Bean has only suffered one sack. Head coach Lance Leipold said the ...