WRITER: Benton Smith

Early signs indicate KU might need to embrace its ground game

No one expected the Kansas offense to feature an elite passing attack when college football returned. But the first weekend of Big 12 games also magnified how far behind the rest of the league the Jayhawks might be in that category in 2020. While Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech posted the top three passing totals among all the teams that played this past weekend, with each topping 400 yards, KU in its home loss ...

Notebook: Lack of spring reps showed for KU's O-line in loss, Miles says

In a 2020 college football calendar filled with pandemic-related oddities, one of the strangest discrepancies occurred long before the season's kickoff: Some programs, unlike KU, were able to get in some spring practices before the entire sports world got put on lockdown. One of those teams happened to be the Jayhawks' first opponent — a Coastal Carolina team that not only had reps in the spring, but got ...

Andrew Parchment bluntly gives himself an F after frustrating performance

Andrew Parchment made it unmistakably clear that the Kansas football team’s second home loss to Coastal Carolina in as many years was unacceptable. And the senior receiver did so by pointing the finger at himself. After the Jayhawks’ offense turned the ball over three times in the first half of their opener, leading to 21 points for the Chanticleers, there were plenty of questions about KU’s issues. ...

Jayhawks appreciate assertive offensive approach on 4th downs and 2-point conversions

If there was one thing for Kansas football’s offensive players to at least feel somewhat positive about following a season-opening home loss to Coastal Carolina, it was the assertive approach their coaches took on 4th downs and 2-point conversions during the Jayhawks’ failed rally. Over the course of the second half, KU went 2-for-3 on 4th downs (and picked up another thanks to a penalty). And as the ...

2021 Kansas Relays postponed due to pandemic

Citing financial obstacles created by the COVID-19 crisis, Kansas Athletics announced Wednesday the 2021 Kansas Relays will be postponed. KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said the move will save the athletic department $300,000, and said the event likely would have cost more than usual due to virus testing protocols. “This is a difficult but necessary decision in the midst of a very trying time for our ...

Jayhawks address defensive issues that arose in season-opening loss

As the turnovers piled up for the Kansas football offense in the Jayhawks’ season opener versus Coastal Carolina, veteran linebacker Kyron Johnson had a primary message for the rest of his teammates on the other side of the ball. “Three and out. Let’s just get off the field as fast as we can.” It proved easier said than done, though, in a 38-23 home loss this past Saturday. The Chanticleers scored on ...

Notebook: Les Miles reveals KU football had 2 new positive COVID tests last week

Like most everything else these days, college football game week anticipation looks a lot different in 2020. As head coach Les Miles and his Kansas Jayhawks learned leading up to their opener, it can also come with some anxious moments of waiting for test results. Ultimately, KU was able to easily meet the thresholds for playing, but Miles said Monday during the Big 12 coaches media teleconference that his team ...

Turnover-plagued 1st half dooms Jayhawks in home loss to Coastal Carolina

The raw emotions of a discouraging loss in the season’s opener couldn’t be masked by Kansas senior receiver Andrew Parchment late Saturday night. Still feeling the brunt of the Jayhawks’ home loss to Coastal Carolina — for the second year in a row — Parchment told reporters during his postgame video press conference he felt “like a loser” in the aftermath of a 38-23 defeat. “I feel like I let ...

Direction of KU's QB competition remains unclear following L to Coastal in opener

The Jayhawks’ starting quarterback in their season opener, Thomas MacVittie, had his last name misspelled on the back of his jersey Saturday night versus Coastal Carolina. Perhaps the “MacVitte” on his shoulders was an omen that the Kansas football team would run into some issues at QB. A 6-foot-5 senior, MacVittie started for the Jayhawks, but head coach Les Miles stuck to his plan of playing Miles ...

'Nothing but respect': Kansas QBs describe vibe of competition

Kansas football coach Les Miles decided not to publicly name a starting quarterback ahead of his team’s season debut Saturday night versus Coastal Carolina, maintaining in interviews that the competition would last through this week. Miles even claimed the Jayhawks might play both Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick in the opener. With that as the backdrop for their week of preparation, both Kendrick and ...

KU cornerback Corione Harris reinstated

Junior cornerback Corione Harris’ eight-month suspension from the Kansas football team, dating back to a January arrest, finally reached a resolution this week, as head coach Les Miles reinstated the defensive back. In a statement to the Journal-World on Friday afternoon, Miles said Harris’ official return to the team comes with the “expectation that he continues on a positive path.” Harris will serve ...

Game day breakdown: KU football vs. Coastal Carolina

— Kansas (0-0) vs. Coastal Carolina (0-0) • 9 p.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 62 degrees, cloudy, 47% 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. Avoid archaic offense The last time ...

'I haven't done enough': Andrew Parchment striving to produce even more for KU as senior

No college football player has to play this year, in the midst of a pandemic. But Kansas receiver Andrew Parchment wanted to anyway. With his eyes set on a future in the NFL following what will be a truncated 10-game season at KU, Parchment wasn’t interested in opting out. He hopes to use his final collegiate games to prove his personal goals are more than just talk. “I want to play at the next level, and ...

Notebook: Coastal playing 'cat and mouse' with QB decision, too

Les Miles isn’t the only head coach headed into this Saturday’s Kansas football opener keeping his quarterback plans to himself. Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell told reporters during his Wednesday video press conference he has decided on a starting QB, but will not announce the winner of the Chanticleers’ competition publicly. “We’ll play a little cat and mouse, I guess, with Kansas a little ...

Notebook: Miles claims KU hasn't spent much time working on Wildcat plays

Maybe the Kansas football offense won’t feature a lot of Torry Locklin early in the season. Or maybe Les Miles doesn’t want Coastal Carolina spending time preparing for Locklin. Either way, KU’s head coach downplayed this week his team’s interest in running plays out of a Wildcat formation. The subject came up during the Big 12 media teleconference on Monday when Miles fielded a question about the ...

Jayhawks envision Velton Gardner being much more than a reserve RB

Pooka Williams Jr. is the undisputed star of the Kansas football offense. If you ask some of the Jayhawks, though, the preseason All-Big 12 running back has more than just a backup or sidekick in Velton Gardner. Even though Gardner is entering his sophomore season having not yet carried the ball more than five times in a KU game, at least one of his teammates views Gardner as the co-star in Williams’ magic ...

Les Miles: KU could use 2 QBs instead of picking 1 starter after all

The Kansas football team’s quarterback competition could carry over into actual games instead of reaching a conclusion during this week’s practices. Backtracking from what he said less than a week ago on the matter, head coach Les Miles stated during his Monday video press conference that “there’s a good possibility” both of KU’s top two QBs could play in the Jayhawks’ season opener Saturday ...

KU football's first depth chart of season features few position battles

Barring any unexpected developments between now and Saturday night, it seems most of the Kansas football team’s starting lineup for the upcoming season opener is set. The Jayhawks unveiled their first public depth chart of 2020 on Monday, and only two starting jobs on offense remained unresolved. The defensive two-deep didn’t include any either-or scenarios. As head coach Les Miles throughout preseason ...

Kenny Logan Jr. could play 'several spots' for KU's defense, special teams

Kenny Logan Jr. appeared in all 12 games for the Kansas football team as a true freshman a year ago. But you might have missed him if your eyes weren’t glued to the action during special teams situations. With his role expanding to defense, Logan should be much easier to spot when the Jayhawks play this season. “I think he’ll play several spots for us,” KU head coach Les Miles said of Logan, a ...

No substitutes: Once Miles picks a KU QB, the plan is to stick with him

Apparently the Kansas football team’s ongoing quarterback competition remains too close to call, a little more than a week before the Jayhawks’ 2020 debut. That doesn’t mean KU will try to play both Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick when the season arrives, though. Head coach Les Miles indicated this week he would stick with whomever is No. 1 on the depth chart when KU kicks off versus Coastal Carolina ...