WRITER: Benton Smith

Kansas QB Carter Stanley doesn't think benching 'experience' helped him

The 10th consecutive start of Carter Stanley’s final season with the Kansas football program might go down as the most frustrating one for the senior quarterback. After so often this year expressing how much he appreciated Les Miles and the coaching staff sticking with him through his least productive moments, it was in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday that Stanley got benched. “It’s tough to tell if it ...

'It’s definitely concerning': KU's offensive woes linger in 31-13 loss at No. 25 Oklahoma State

Stillwater, Okla. — With two weeks to lick their wounds and mentally recover from an alarmingly ineffective offensive outing, the Kansas Jayhawks arrived at Oklahoma State intent on proving that what happened the last time they took the field was a blip. By the end of 31-13 loss to the No. 25-ranked Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium, though, KU’s offense hogged the spotlight for all the wrong reasons once ...

Notebook: Stanley still KU's starting QB after being benched in 3rd quarter at OSU

Stillwater, Okla. — Carter Stanley wasn’t injured. Nor was he demoted. But for the entire third quarter Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback watched from the sideline. “We were just looking for a spark,” KU head coach Les Miles said of the surprise move to Manny Miles at quarterback to open the second half. “See if we could get something ...

Game day breakdown: KU football at No. 25 Oklahoma State

— Kansas (3-6 overall, 1-5 Big 12) at No. 25 Oklahoma State (6-3, 3-3) • 11 a.m. kickoff, Boone Pickens Stadium • Game-time forecast: 54 degrees, mostly sunny, 0% chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 1 • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live coverage and follow our team on Twitter: @KUSports, @BentonASmith, @mctait and @SJacksonLJW Keys for Kansas 1. For the umpteenth ...

Bill Self might prove more patient with KU's 2-big lineups than expected

Don’t bury this Kansas basketball team’s two-big lineups just yet. Bill Self hasn’t. It doesn’t even sound like he has bothered locating his shovel. KU’s head coach wants to see more evidence of what combinations of Udoka Azubuike, David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa can do for the No. 5 Jayhawks before he gets too caught up in what they haven’t a couple of games into a long season. “Right ...

Self-examination critical aspect of bye week for KU football offense

Bye weeks usually involve plenty of reflection for most football teams, so the Kansas Jayhawks’ most recent stretch of downtime wasn’t unique in that regard. But the KU offense had so underperformed its expectations in its most recent loss that a hard, long look in the mirror basically became a priority. New offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon had plenty to tell the Jayhawks this past week, coming off a ...

Bryce Torneden named semifinalist for Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award

A senior Kansas football captain, Bryce Torneden was named Wednesday a national semifinalist for the 2019 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award. A Lawrence native and Free State High graduate, Torneden was one of 20 players from around the country to make the cut for the Witten award, which was established to honor players for their leadership, courage, integrity and sportsmanship on and off the ...

Les Miles looking forward to returning to OSU, where he first became a head coach

It was 15 years ago Wednesday that Les Miles last was inside Boone Pickens Stadium, in Stillwater, Okla., for a college football game. On that mid-November Saturday back in 2004, Miles led the Oklahoma State football team, ranked No. 25 in the country, onto the field. He’ll return, of course, this coming Saturday, in charge of the Kansas Jayhawks this time, and looking to knock off the No. 25-ranked ...

Notebook: Kansas S Jeremiah McCullough out for season

The Kansas football defense will finish out the season without one of its starting defensive backs. That much head coach Les Miles would admit Monday, even if he refused to publicly rule out a late season return for a starting linebacker. Miles said during his weekly press conference senior safety Jeremiah McCullough will not be able to rejoin the lineup in the next three weeks. Though he didn’t share his ...

'We have 3 opportunities left': Urgency a theme as Jayhawks prepare for final stretch

The days remaining in the 2019 Kansas football season are disappearing quickly. And as the Jayhawks’ game week preparations for Oklahoma State started rolling on Monday, the need for urgency wasn’t lost on anyone. Before a weight-lifting session inside Anderson Family Football Complex, an impromptu group talk among players epitomized the current vibe in the building. “We know that our back is against the ...

2 O-linemen leave KU football's 2020 recruiting class

The Kansas football program’s 2020 recruiting class looks a little smaller as of Monday, when two potential signees — both of whom are high school offensive linemen — announced their futures won’t include playing for KU. Both Jackson Stoefen, rated by Rivals as a three-star offensive lineman from Iowa, and Tommy Brandt, a two-star O-lineman, shared hours apart via Twitter that they no longer were ...

Isaiah Moss, Tristan Enaruna ideal 6th men — for now

The attrition began in boot camp, when one reserve guard, Issac McBride, left the program on his own accord. Then came another blow to the Kansas basketball bench on Friday night, during the first half of the season’s second game, when freshman forward Jalen Wilson broke his left ankle. That depth and wealth of talent the No. 3 Jayhawks boasted entering the preseason suddenly looks significantly thinner than ...

KU's 3rd down defense a concern entering season's final 3 weeks

Following a letdown of a performance by the entire Kansas football team in front of a sold out stadium a week ago, the Jayhawks’ defense headed into a bye week with no shortage of concerns. With only three games remaining on their November calendar, it didn’t take any deliberating by safety Mike Lee to identify the most worrisome development in KU’s 28-point loss to Kansas State. “Third downs,” Lee ...

Jayhawks encounter different type of battle, beat UNCG in home opener

If Tuesday night was a blue blood battle, Friday was a dogfight in the streets. Led by a dangerously determined Devon Dotson and a strong surge to open the second half, the third-ranked Jayhawks scrapped their way past UNC Greensboro, 74-62, on Friday night in the home opener at Allen Fieldhouse. After opening the game with a two-big man lineup that included Udoka Azubuike and David McCormack for the second ...

KU football LT Hakeem Adeniji to play in Senior Bowl

The bye week came with some good news for Kansas football offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji, who discovered Thursday he will have a chance to showcase his skills to NFL draft coaches and evaluators in January. His head coach, Les Miles, had a little fun, too, in delivering the word to Adeniji. “Certainly I’m the older guy, and they could call me a senior, but I don’t think that this is for me,” Miles ...

KU big Silvio De Sousa will prove to be more effective than he looked in opener

The much anticipated season debut of Kansas big man Silvio De Sousa didn’t quite live up to the hype this week, when the Jayhawks lost to Duke at Madison Square Garden. After a lengthy appeal process with the NCAA that won De Sousa’s 2019-20 eligibility back, the 6-foot-9 forward looked more like someone who hadn’t played in a college basketball game in 19 months than an instant energy provider off the ...

Pooka Williams: KU offense 'out of character' in latest defeat

It had only been two games, but the Kansas football offense performed so well under new coordinator Brent Dearmon that the Jayhawks began looking at themselves differently. This was the type of team, they were convinced, that should regularly put up 500-plus yards of offense and 30-plus points. “It’s very disappointing,” KU running back Pooka Williams said of the team’s inadequate 241 yards in a 38-10 ...

Jayhawks' frontcourt not ready to defend 3-point shooting bigs

As alarming as all those turnovers were for the Kansas basketball team in its season opener against Duke, another issue that could vex head coach Bill Self and his staff all season popped up on the defensive end of the court. No, not all bigs who space the floor are as gifted as Duke freshman Matthew Hurt. But the Jayhawks’ issues with defending the 6-foot-9 forward on the perimeter during a 68-66 loss in New ...

Fiery KU football leaders Daylon Charlot, Andrew Parchment keep preaching postseason

As the first Kansas football team coached by Les Miles heads into the final three games on its schedule, a pair of outspoken receivers remain vigilant in spreading the message that the season doesn’t have to end in November. Senior receiver Daylon Charlot said the Jayhawks as a whole felt like they let their fans down in a 38-10 loss to Kansas State this past weekend. Despite their disappointment, Charlot ...

Jayhawks hoping to once again capitalize on bye week

It hasn’t even been a month since Kansas football players learned how valuable a bye week can be for a team. Now the Jayhawks will try to make the days surrounding their second open date of the season as productive as their first. With an idle Saturday in mid-October providing a break in the schedule, head coach Les Miles opted for drastic measures, firing offensive coordinator Les Koenning and replacing ...