WRITER: Benton Smith

Game day breakdown: KU football vs. West Virginia

— Kansas (2-1 overall) vs. West Virginia (2-1) • 3:30 p.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 80 degrees, mostly cloudy, 52% chance of rain • Streaming broadcast: ESPN+ • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live coverage and follow our team on Twitter: @KUSports, @BentonASmith and @SJacksonLJW Keys for Kansas 1. Stick with the ...

Darrell Stuckey to become latest Orange Bowl-winning Jayhawk in Ring of Honor

A key part of the Kansas football program’s successful run a little more than a decade ago, former defensive back Darrell Stuckey will soon join a few of his Orange Bowl-winning teammates in the Ring of Honor inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. KU’s athletic department announced Thursday that Stuckey will see his name added to the list of program greats, including Aqib Talib, Todd Reesing, Chris ...

Unworried about receiving numbers, Daylon Charlot blocking while waiting for his time to come

Daylon Charlot’s mood doesn’t match the one you might envision for a receiver who has only caught one pass in the past two games. When the Kansas football team completed its emphatic victory at Boston College this past week, it was a smiling Charlot who grabbed a KU flag from the spirit squad, carried it onto the field and then ran it over to one corner of Alumni Stadium, so he could wave it right in front ...

Kansas LB Dru Prox's production being tracked carefully — just not by him

While Kansas linebacker Dru Prox is in the process of racking up tackles on game days, he isn’t exactly keeping track. But by the time a stat sheet reaches his hands afterward, Prox is likely to already know the exact numbers attached to his production. “Usually my mom will send that stuff to me to be honest,” said a smiling Prox, who heads into Big 12 play as the conference’s fifth-leading tackler, ...

More receivers, space and RPO calls allow Kansas RBs to thrive

The Kansas football team’s receivers and quarterback weren’t the only ones who benefited from the offense spreading the field at Boston College, where the Jayhawks often lined up with three or four receivers. The resulting spacing allowed KU running backs Khalil Herbert and Pooka Williams to flourish, as well, thanks to one-on-one scenarios in the open field. By the end of a 48-24 Kansas road win, the ...

KU adds 3rd commitment for 2021 with pledge from WR Jaddai Henry

A few days after a victory at Boston College that seemed promising for the Kansas football program’s immediate future, the Jayhawks received some potentially good news for down the road with another commitment for 2021. Jaddai Henry, a 6-foot-4 junior receiver at Hebron High (Texas), announced Wednesday night his plans to one day — more than a year from now at the earliest — sign with KU. “After a ...

'Rough and rugged' reserve LB Jay Dineen beginning to contribute for KU defense

In the days leading up to the Kansas football team’s trip to Boston College it became clear to reserve linebacker Jay Dineen his role was about to expand. Position coach Mike Ekeler told the inside linebackers the game plan would involve keeping starters Dru Prox and Kyron Johnson fresh by rotating in Dineen and Gavin Potter, something KU had not done the first two weeks of the season. “Just getting a ...

Notebook: KU victory at BC uniquely satisfying for Jayhawks

True, the scarcity of Kansas football victories during the previous three years reduces the number of viable candidates, but a couple of key veterans didn’t mind identifying the Jayhawks’ win at Boston College as the most significant they’ve experienced. Three days after the resounding 48-24 win in Massachusetts, senior safety Mike Lee replied instantly when asked where he would rank the result in terms ...

Kansas defense shows off resilience, depth in victory at Boston College

With the Kansas football team’s offense playing so relatively out of character in a 48-24 victory at Boston College on Friday night, the performance of the Jayhawks’ defense may have gone overlooked by some. It wasn’t by KU quarterback Carter Stanley, who referenced multiple times during his postgame interview the job well done by his teammates on that side of the ball. Nor, of course, was the importance ...

Jayhawks ride with Carter Stanley and offense takes off

Chestnut Hill, Mass. — Les Miles, fresh off coaching his Kansas football team to a Friday night upset over Boston College at Alumni Stadium, had a confession to make. “You know I definitely violated an NCAA rule,” Miles began in jest, following the Jayhawks’ 48-24 road victory. “I just want to come clean. I told the whole team that after we won we would park the plane someplace here in Boston and go ...

Jayhawks spread the field to unlock offense's potential

Chestnut Hill, Mass. — It’s Carter Stanley’s job as the quarterback to know and be able to execute every call in the Kansas football offense’s playbook. After the Jayhawks put up 567 yards and rolled, 48-24, at Boston College Friday night, though, even the businesslike senior QB couldn’t mask his affinity for the calls that spread the field and put the Jayhawks’ best skill players in more one-on-one ...

KU's offense comes alive to soar past Boston College for 48-24 win

Chestnut Hill, Mass. — Wielding an offense that somehow remained sheathed the first two weeks of the season, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley and the Jayhawks’ skill players around him left a heavily favored Boston College staggered much of Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The same KU players who struggled to score and sustain drives as recently as six days earlier breathed new life into the season with the ...

Notebook: Kansas fullback Hudson Hall notches first-career touchdown in road win

Chestnut Hill, Mass. — It took close to five years of service in the Kansas football program, but Hudson Hall finally entered the end zone for the Jayhawks on Friday night at Boston College. Regardless of how many more rushes the senior fullback has in his future, Hall won’t forget the second one of his career, which he took across the goal line for a touchdown under the lights at Alumni Stadium, where KU ...

Game Day Breakdown: KU football at Boston College

— Kansas (1-1 overall) at Boston College (2-0) • 6:30 p.m. kickoff, Alumni Stadium, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. • Game-time forecast: 58 degrees, mostly clear, 0% chance of rain • Television: ACC Network • 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. Pooka, Pooka, ...

Notebook: Jayhawks want Parchment, Charlot more involved

Although the receiving duo of Andrew Parchment and Daylon Charlot wasn’t likely to combine to produce 200 yards and 14 catches every week just because the two did so in the Kansas football team’s season opener, the Jayhawks would like to get a lot more out of the pair of targets than they did in a Week 2 setback. After a career game in KU’s opener against Indiana State, when Charlot grabbed six passes for ...

Les Miles doesn't think KU's 4th down failures will make him less assertive

The Kansas football team only had the ball twice during the final 15 minutes while trailing at home against Coastal Carolina. Head coach Les Miles wanted to go for it on fourth down in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and he had to go for it again in the final minutes, with no time outs left. Neither play resulted in a first down. Throw in a failed fourth down conversion in the third quarter of the ...

Les Miles: KU's O-linemen 'settling in'

During the buildup to his first game as the head football coach at the University of Kansas, Les Miles at times went out of his way during press conferences and interviews to let people know how optimistic he felt about the Jayhawks’ offensive line. Two games into the season, though, the play up front has neither wowed observers nor overwhelmed opposing defensive linemen and linebackers. While watching ...

Jayhawks: Ineffective offense somewhat a result of miscommunication

Two weeks into his first season as head coach at the University of Kansas, Les Miles has seen the Jayhawks’ offense sputter far more than roar. Despite opening the schedule against one FCS foe and a Coastal Carolina team that is in its second year as an FBS program, KU ranks 115th among FBS teams in points per game (15.5), 94th in yards per play (5.24) and, according to ESPN’s analytics, 129th out of 130 ...

Notebook: Why Les Miles is sticking with Carter Stanley at QB

Les Miles wanted to rewatch his Kansas football team’s 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina before doing anything drastic like saying he might need to make a change at quarterback. By Monday morning, when Miles spoke to the media for the first time since Carter Stanley threw two interceptions and only passed for 107 yards on Saturday, the head coach had decided no such change was necessary. Miles said he’ll ...

Pooka Williams says he had to humble himself after 'poor decisions' in offseason

Pooka Williams Jr. had more to discuss on Saturday night than the first game of his sophomore season with the Kansas football program. It had been 363 days since Williams proved he could be a game-changing running back for the Jayhawks in his freshman debut at Central Michigan. But Williams didn’t field questions from the media for the first time in his college career until nearly a full year later, following ...