WRITER: Benton Smith

Former KU starting C Api Mane enters transfer portal

The Kansas football team’s starting center most of the year, Api Mane has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal as a graduate transfer, according to reports Friday from recruiting sites Rivals and 247 Sports. A 6-foot-3, 334-pound senior, Mane already had opted out of the rest of the season, ahead of the Jayhawks’ home loss to TCU this past weekend, KU confirmed. Mane posted a note about his decision ...

Game day breakdown: KU football at Texas Tech

— Kansas (0-8 overall, 0-7 Big 12) at Texas Tech (3-6, 2-6) • 11 a.m. kickoff, Jones AT & T Stadium • Game-time forecast: 49 degrees, partly sunny, 0% chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 2 • 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. Find your QB for the ...

Amauri Pesek-Hickson goes from 4th-string KU RB to 100-yard rusher

When the season began, it appeared Amauri Pesek-Hickson might have to wait a year or two before becoming more involved with the Kansas football offense. But eight games into the schedule, the Jayhawks needed the freshman to make his first career start. All the former fourth-string running back did was become the first Jayhawk in 2020 to produce a 100-yard rushing game. Pesek-Hickson, a 6-foot, 235-pound back ...

Undersized Dajuan Harris didn't need to hit a shot to have an enormous impact vs. Kentucky

In a primetime battle between two traditional college basketball powerhouses, a redshirt freshman guard who lacked the size and wingspan of most of the players on the court helped carry Kansas past Kentucky. Dajuan Harris, all 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds of him, didn’t even make a field goal for the Jayhawks in a 65-62 win Tuesday night at the Champions Classic. But everything else the backup point guard did made ...

'They're not throwing the ball to him': Freshman CB Karon Prunty building reputation with pass coverage

Opposing quarterbacks loved the idea of testing true freshman cornerback Karon Prunty — or at least they did for awhile. It seems the more Kansas football foes learn about Prunty, the less inclined they are to challenge him. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound defensive back from Portsmouth, Va., is the only player from KU’s 2020 recruiting class to start every game this year. And lately there aren’t many throws ...

KU punter Kyle Thompson enters transfer portal

Senior punter Kyle Thompson, who holds two of the highest season punting averages in Kansas football program history, won’t be booting the ball for the Jayhawks anymore. Thompson announced Wednesday afternoon his decision to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal as a graduate transfer and conclude his career elsewhere in 2021. An undisclosed ailment kept Thompson from suiting up for KU’s four most recent ...

Jayhawks assess pros, cons of starting 3 true freshmen on O-line

Kansas football coach Les Miles hasn’t minded sending some of the program’s youngest athletes onto the field this season, but Saturday’s home loss to TCU featured an even greater reliance on inexperienced players than usual, with the Jayhawks starting three true freshmen on the offensive line. Center Garrett Jones and right tackle Bryce Cabeldue both made their first career starts, while Armaj ...

3-star DE Garfield Lawrence joins KU football's 2021 class

With a little more than two weeks left before the early signing period, there’s still work to be done on the recruiting front for the Kansas football coaching staff. But the Jayhawks got a step closer to filling out their 2021 recruiting class on Monday. Garfield Lawrence, a strong-side defensive end from Tyler, Texas, announced on Twitter his commitment to KU. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, the senior ...

Notebook: Miles says QB Kendrick has chance to compete for starting job

With only two games left to play, the winless Kansas football team might not necessarily have a quarterback controversy brewing, but head coach Les Miles hesitated Monday to completely endorse the incumbent. True freshman QB Jalon Daniels, the starter in six of the previous seven games, sat during the entire second half of the Jayhawks’ loss to TCU, as junior Miles Kendrick handled the job. Miles gave an ...

High-scoring Jayhawks missed numerous good looks inside in 1-1 start to season

For a team that scored at least 90 points and shot 50% or better from the floor in each of its first two games of the season, Kansas, surprisingly enough, actually could have left the Fort Myers Tip-Off with even better numbers in both categories. The Jayhawks missed 10 layup attempts in their 102-90 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga, and then saw 12 more point-blank looks go awry the next day in a 94-72 win over St. ...

Game day breakdown: KU football vs. TCU

— Kansas (0-7 overall, 0-6 Big 12) vs. TCU (3-4, 3-4) • 7 p.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 42 degrees, mostly clear, 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. Pass protection For ...

Notebook: Jayhawks participate in unusual Senior Night; KU also tweaks starting offensive line

Fitting for 2020, the Kansas football team’s Senior Night looked a little out of the ordinary on Saturday, prior to the kickoff versus TCU at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Typically, every senior on the roster partakes in the annual tradition, gathering with family members and loved ones on the field during a ceremony before the team’s final home game of the season. But this year, amid the COVID-19 ...

3 TCU passes and a whole lot of run calls wipe out Jayhawks

Quarterback Max Duggan only needed to complete three of his 11 passes to help TCU football demolish Kansas on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Horned Frogs’ rushers proved too unstoppable for the relative absence of an air attack to matter in a 59-23 rout of the Jayhawks. Plus, the KU defense ceased to function on each of Duggan’s three completions — all of which resulted in a ...

Benton Smith: Jayhawks better early on playing small, with Jalen Wilson

Bill Self still envisions David McCormack becoming the leading scorer on this Kansas basketball team by March. But two games into the season, McCormack isn’t even the Jayhawks’ best option at center. As of Friday’s 94-72 win over St. Joseph’s, that title belongs to Jalen Wilson, who happens to not be a center at all. Christian Braun scorched the nets and Ochai Agbaji out-quicked and jumped higher than ...

Benton Smith: Season opener proved KU big man David McCormack has long way to go defensively

Bill Self tried to speak it into existence before the season began. It was reasonable, Self shared with the reporters during the preseason, to ask Kansas veteran big man David McCormack to defend ball screens and protect the lane in a way that could at least somewhat resemble former KU defensive stalwart Udoka Azubuike. With a national spotlight on Thanksgiving afternoon against top-ranked Gonzaga as the ...

Jayhawks confident extended time off won't hurt them

Since losing at Oklahoma on Nov. 7, Kansas football players have seen their time off extended unexpectedly, the result of their home game versus Texas being postponed following a bye. But the struggling Jayhawks this week, ahead of their scheduled return to action versus TCU on Saturday, downplayed the idea that they might also have to deal with some rust when they play for the first time in 21 days. “I feel ...

Texas prep WR Xavion Brice on board for KU's 2022 recruiting class

The Kansas football coaching staff kept steadily building for the future on Wednesday, adding a fourth member to the program’s 2022 recruiting class. Xavion Brice, a junior high school wide receiver from Seguin High, in Arlington, Texas, announced his commitment to KU on Twitter, with a photo of himself in his prep uniform and a lengthy note thanking coaches, his parents and the like. Though Seguin played ...

Notebook: Miles hopes to bring back WRs Robinson and Parchment

There are at least two seniors on the Kansas football roster Les Miles would like to see take advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver for an extra year of eligibility. KU’s head coach, while discussing some of this year’s seniors on his “Hawk Talk” radio show on Wednesday evening, identified receivers Stephon Robinson Jr. and Andrew Parchment as players the staff would want to invite back for the 2021 ...

Jayhawks' 2021 recruiting class loses 3-star O-lineman

The Kansas football program lost a potential addition to its 2021 offensive line on Tuesday evening, as Christien Hawks, an in-state prospect from Norton, decided his future won’t include the Jayhawks. Rated a three-star offensive tackle prospect by Rivals, Hawks announced on Twitter what he called “a hard decision” to pull his commitment from KU. Hawks thanked head coach Les Miles and the staff “for ...

Notebook: Miles optimistic KU will have numbers necessary to face TCU this week

One never really knows for sure in 2020 whether any given college football game will be played as scheduled, but as of Monday at least, Kansas coach Les Miles felt optimistic about the Jayhawks returning to action. “Right now I would guess that we would have the numbers to play this week,” Miles said during his Monday afternoon video press conference, regarding Saturday’s home matchup with TCU. “And ...