WRITER: Benton Smith

Game day breakdown: KU football at TCU

— Kansas (2-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12) at TCU (2-1) • 11 a.m. kickoff, Amon G. Carter Stadium • Game-time forecast: 83 degrees, partly sunny, 3% 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. Consistently longer drives The Kansas ...

Jayhawks: Offense in far better place than it was in 2017 debacle at TCU

With 40 career starts already on his resume, Kansas senior offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji typically can remember at least some detail about every college football game in which he has appeared. Close to two years removed from a nightmarish trip to TCU in 2017, Adeniji cringed when asked what he recalled about that one. “I don’t think about that night,” the senior left tackle told reporters earlier this ...

KU defensive players convinced takeaway drought won't last

Four games into the season, senior safety Jeremiah McCullough is one of two players on the entire Kansas football roster who has recorded an interception. But, as fellow safety Mike Lee doesn’t mind reminding McCullough, he could have more. “No, it’s not in the past, because as a unit we’re still trying to be better,” said McCullough, who couldn’t haul in a pair of potential interceptions at Boston ...

Les Miles wants Pooka Williams touching the ball as often as possible

When Les Miles lamented his Kansas football team’s inability to keep up with West Virginia in time of possession following a narrow home loss, there was a specific subgripe at the crux of his concern. The Jayhawks spent such comparatively little time on offense (22:19 compared to WVU’s 37:41) that star running back Pooka Williams didn’t get to touch the ball enough. With 15 carries for 76 yards and two ...

Big 12 Newcomer of Week Andrew Parchment: 'More in store' for Jayhawks

More than 10 minutes into the third quarter against West Virginia, Kansas football receiver Andrew Parchment finally got the route he had hoped for — and asked for — all afternoon. Parchment had worked on a specific post route toward the middle of the field all week during practices. The junior receiver, who hadn’t contributed a catch for the Jayhawks’ offense up to that point of the Big 12 opener, made ...

Notebook: Who's KU's No. 2 QB? Les Miles won't say

If Les Miles has a specific No. 2 quarterback on his depth chart — and if that player is his oldest son, Manny Miles — the Kansas football coach is keeping that information within the walls of the team’s facility. When Carter Stanley’s helmet came off on a play in the third quarter last weekend against West Virginia, the Jayhawks’ starting QB, by rule, had to leave the field for one snap. When that ...

Alleged KU football violations involve misuse of Beaty staff member

The Notice of Allegations the University of Kansas received from the NCAA on Monday finally revealed the alleged infractions committed by the KU football program when David Beaty was still the head coach. The document outlines alleged misconduct by the football program, citing the use of a noncoaching staff member, then video coordinator Jeff Love, in a coaching role. The NOA alleges Beaty didn’t demonstrate ...

KU football players notice improved environment, appreciate 'amped' home crowd

With the offense finally in a rhythm in the third quarter of the Kansas football team’s Big 12 opener, and the Jayhawks four yards from the goal line and a potential momentum-boosting score, quarterback Carter Stanley did something for the first time in his college career. The fifth-year senior, playing in his 29th game for KU, waved both his hands, motioning down, indicating to the fans inside KU’s home ...

Despite valiant effort, Jayhawks fall short against Mountaineers

The desperation play that ended 12 yards shy of the end zone could have given the downtrodden Kansas football program a victory in its Big 12 opener. Those of the 35,816 in attendance who stuck it out until the end were so inspired to see the Jayhawks compete that most of the fans who saw it happen delivered a standing ovation to the KU players and coaches as they walked off the field Saturday at David Booth ...

Notebook: Kick-catch interference proves pivotal in narrow loss

It appeared the man known affectionately in college football circles as “The Mad Hatter” had just pulled a quick one in the third quarter of his Kansas football team’s Big 12 opener against West Virginia. An onside kick designed for redshirt freshman Jamahl Horne to track down out of the air ended with the ball in Horne’s hands. The only problem for head coach Les Miles and the Jayhawks was the flag on ...

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 ...