WRITER: Benton Smith

Pooka Williams gets back on track with chunk plays at ISU

Head coach Les Miles couldn’t say that he personally saw his Kansas football team’s star running back grow frustrated when the Jayhawks could not get Pooka Williams on track three games in a row. “I could understand it though,” Miles conceded. KU’s preseason All-Big 12 rusher wouldn’t be impeded for a fourth consecutive outing, however. After a three-game span during which he totaled 156 yards on ...

Thomas MacVittie 'very viable' candidate to replace Carter Stanley in 2020

This Saturday Carter Stanley will play his final game at the University of Kansas. Once it’s over, the Jayhawks will have to replace a senior starting quarterback leaving the program ranked second all-time in touchdown passes (37). As much as the focus this week for head coach Les Miles and his players will be on the season finale versus Baylor (2:30 p.m., ESPN), Miles obviously is aware that the QB position ...

Notebook: Les Miles will 'have to see' what position Torry Locklin plays next year

Though his impact this season has proven minimal, a man who knows Torry Locklin better than most observers outside of the Kansas football program thinks highly of the young athlete. Head coach Les Miles reiterated Monday that Locklin will not play in the Jayhawks’ finale so that the 6-foot-2 freshman from Rockdale, Texas, can use 2019 as his redshirt season. But it remains to be seen exactly where Locklin, ...

3-star Texas prep WR joins KU football's 2021 class

With still more than a year to go before any commitments can become official, the Kansas football staff continued piecing together its 2021 recruiting class on Monday. That’s when Kelan Robinson, a three-star receiver from Grand Prairie, Texas, became the fourth high school junior — and third from the Lone Star State — to announce his plans to eventually sign with KU. Robinson, listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 ...

TD-less red zone trips in 1st half costly for KU in road defeat

As much as Kansas football players lamented Saturday missed opportunities late in a 41-31 loss at Iowa State, the offense’s red zone shortcomings in the first half contributed perhaps even more to dooming the Jayhawks’ chances of an upset road victory. After a three-and-out to open the day offensively, KU ventured inside the Cyclones’ 20-yard line on four of the next five possessions. Each time the ...

KU falls to Iowa State 41-31 on the road after losing fourth-quarter lead

Ames, Iowa — As another defeat got tossed atop the season’s growing pile for the Kansas football team Saturday at Iowa State, the Jayhawks left a 41-31 loss at Jack Trice Stadium engulfed with regrets. Getting blown out is one thing. Relinquishing the grasp on a fourth-quarter lead can feel even worse. “They were sick,” KU head coach Les Miles said after KU lost for the seventh time in eight games. ...

Notebook: KU Big 12 road losing streak reaches 49 games, Torry Locklin plays again

Ames, Iowa — For moments Saturday in the final road game of their college careers, it looked like the Kansas football team’s seniors might actually pull it off. However, for the 11th year in a row, the season came and went without the Jayhawks winning a Big 12 road game. KU will have to wait until 2020 to see if it can finally put an end to a streak that reached 49 games with a 41-31 defeat at Iowa ...

Game day breakdown - KU football at Iowa State

— Kansas (3-7 overall, 1-6 Big 12) at Iowa State (6-4, 4-3) • 11 a.m. kickoff, Jack Trice Stadium • Game-time forecast: 38 degrees, mostly sunny, 0% chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 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 and @SJacksonLJW Keys for Kansas 1. Rediscover your run game Hey, ...

KU bigs David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa grinding for starting spot

One spot in the Kansas basketball team’s starting lineup is subject to change. For now. It’s mostly been David McCormack occupying the position up front, next to Udoka Azubuike, for the No. 4 Jayhawks. However, Bill Self isn’t opposed to going with Silvio De Sousa in his two-big starting lineup either. A few weeks into the season, McCormack has started three games and De Sousa one as Self figures it out. ...

Jayhawks not concerned about 1-for-14 night from 3-point range

The Kansas basketball team knocked down double-digit 3-pointers in a pair of early November victories. However, it doesn’t sound as though Bill Self is expecting the Jayhawks to have that type of output every time they take the floor. They were nowhere near that territory in their third win of the season, when KU’s shooters combined to make just one of their 14 long-range looks in a win over East Tennessee ...

QB Carter Stanley can't always audible out of plays at line of scrimmage

Sometimes the Kansas football offense runs a play that seems doomed before the ball is even snapped, leading one to wonder why the Jayhawks’ quarterback, Carter Stanley, didn’t audible out of the call. Well, in some situations he can’t. A glaring example of how that rule can handcuff Stanley and the offense showed up early in the Jayhawks’ loss at Oklahoma State. It was third and 2 for the Jayhawks, ...

6 KU football players make Academic All-Big 12 1st team

With two-time honoree Kameron McQueen leading the way, six Kansas football players made the Academic All-Big 12 first team this year, the conference announced on Tuesday. Joining McQueen, a junior KU receiver, on the first team were junior defensive tackle Sam Burt, redshirt freshman tight end Mac Copeland, redshirt junior running back Donovan Franklin, redshirt freshman linebacker Cody McNerney and sophomore ...

3-star TE Tristan Golightly commits to KU football

A month out from the early December signing period, the Kansas football staff continues adding to its crowded 2020 recruiting class, with the latest commitment coming from the Lone Star State. Tristan Golightly, a consensus three-star tight end, who reportedly also is being recruited by Georgia Tech, Houston, Louisiana Tech and Purdue, announced Tuesday evening he plans to sign with KU. “I’m coming ...

KU's bench trio should be devastating before long

Some college basketball coaches go to their bench begrudgingly. The starters start for a reason and when they rest it’s out of necessity. Few coaches can turn to one reserve, let alone two or three, and trust that something positive is about to happen as a result. But Bill Self might be in that enviable position before long, a rare coach able to look down his bench and see a variety of subs he would even ...

Les Miles explains why Thomas MacVittie didn't take over at QB in loss at OSU

Les Miles decided midway through his Kansas football team’s loss at Oklahoma State that he wanted to open the third quarter with a different quarterback. With reserves Manny Miles, a graduate transfer, and Thomas MacVittie, a junior, both in uniform and available, the head coach ultimately went with the older QB. Considering that MacVittie seemed throughout the offseason to be battling Carter Stanley for the ...

Notebook: Some significant Jayhawks could use 2019 as redshirt season

With only two games remaining on the schedule, it appears Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff have plans to use this year as a redshirt season for a number of the youngest Jayhawks on the roster. Although Miles declined during his Monday afternoon press conference to detail plans precisely, he indicated players who are still under the four-game maximum for appearances during a redshirt season won’t ...

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 ...