WRITER: Benton Smith

KU's stadium officially renamed for booster David Booth in halftime ceremony

As of halftime of Saturday’s season opener, the home of University of Kansas football has a new name: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The university made it official with a ceremony at the 50-yard line, as new athletic director Jeff Long and Chancellor Douglas Girod presented Booth with a miniature Jayhawk statue shortly after the KU band spelled out his name in formation. It was close to a year ago ...

Familiar result: Kansas football suffers overtime loss to Nicholls State

In a game marred by bad snaps, sacks and no real running threat, the Kansas football team somehow found itself with a chance to open the season with a victory, in overtime at that. But head coach David Beaty’s fourth season opener ended the same as his first, in 2015, with a home defeat at the hands of an FCS opponent. Nicholls State, ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches poll, entered newly christened ...

Notebook: Pooka Williams unavailable in Week 1

The long-awaited debut of freshman running back Pooka Williams didn’t go as planned Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Kansas football team announced shortly before kickoff of its 2018 opener that the four-star running back from Louisiana was “unavailable for competition.” “He is working through a non-disciplinary matter,” a release from the team stated. “We are fully ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 5, Alex Fontana

When the Kansas football team lost its presumed starting center for 2018, Mesa Ribordy, during the offseason due to retirement, it didn’t take much reflection to realize how dire a situation the Jayhawks would face if they didn’t find a worthy replacement. All one needed to do was recall the two games KU played without Ribordy in 2017. When the center missed back-to-back road games due to injury, the ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 4, Khalil Herbert

Kansas football’s offensive coaches think they have three perfectly capable running backs , all effective in their own way and all viable threats to break open a drive with a big play. But junior Khalil Herbert just might prove to be the strongest and most complete back in the bunch. With 19 games of experience behind him, including two monster outings as a sophomore, when he combined for 428 rushing yards ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 3, Joe Dineen

If you thought leading not only the Big 12 but all of FBS with 7.6 solo tackles per game or setting a Kansas football single-season record with 25.0 tackles for loss in 2017 would be enough to satisfy Joe Dineen, then you just don’t know Joe Dineen. A preseason All-Big 12 first-team selection leading into this, his redshirt senior season with the Jayhawks, Dineen would like to contribute even more to his ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 2, Steven Sims Jr.

Easily the skill player most feared by Kansas football opponents, senior receiver Steven Sims Jr. already ranks fifth in program history with 2,049 career receiving yards The dynamic 5-foot-10, 176-pound wideout from Houston also is third all-time at KU with 161 career receptions and tied for sixth in the Jayhawks’ record books with 15 career touchdown catches. Sims’ seven 100-yard receiving games, all in ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 1, Daniel Wise

To simply call Daniel Wise a returning starter, redshirt senior defensive tackle and Kansas football leader doesn’t really do him justice. A preseason first-team All-Big 12 choice, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Wise proved to be a force on the Jayhawks’ D-line in 2017, racking up 53 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and five quarterback hurries. Now, with Dorance Armstrong Jr. playing in the NFL ...

KU safety Mike Lee prepared to battle familiar faces on Nicholls roster

University of Kansas safety Mike Lee knows too much about football players from his hometown of New Orleans to disregard the Jayhawks’ season-opening opponent, Nicholls State. The Colonels, ranked No. 17 in the FCS preseason coaches poll, have 32 players from The Big Easy and surrounding communities, including two of Lee’s former high school teammates. “Seems like Mike knows everybody,” KU head coach ...

Game day Breakdown: KU football vs. Nicholls State

— Kansas vs. Nicholls State • 6 p.m. kickoff at Kansas David Booth Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 90 degrees, mostly sunny, 7 percent chance of rain • TV: Jayhawk TV (KCMI: 38 the Spot, in Lawrence) • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage team on Twitter: @KUSports, @BentonASmith, @TomKeeganLJW and @SJacksonLJW Keys for ...

Chris Harris Jr. 'humbled' to join KU's Ring of Honor

When Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.’s name is added to the Ring of Honor inside Kansas David Booth Memorial Stadium Saturday night, the former KU standout will be glad to see it so close to a pair of his one-time teammates. When scanning the surnames plastered on the venue’s walls, one won’t be able to spot Harris’ without also noticing two other 2008 Orange Bowl champions, Aqib Talib and ...

KU Kickoff 2018: How the Jayhawks could win 4 games — or more

*Earlier this week, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan officially made his win/loss prediction for the 2018 Kansas football team, [picking the Jayhawks to finish David Beaty's fourth season with a 3-9 record.][1] Clearly, that's not the only possibility for the Jayhawks, who, with a veteran group mixed with some new faces, could finish with more or certainly even fewer victories than the three Keegan's ...

Former Ohio State OT Kevin Feder ready to reboot career at KU

In an alternate reality, free of injuries, Kevin Feder likely never would have ended up at the University of Kansas. Had the offensive tackle’s college football path gone as expected, Feder would be entering his senior season at Ohio State now, perhaps even starting. Even so, the 6-foot-9, 300-pound junior from Ramsey, N.J., said this week he doesn’t regret the personal obstacles that led to him graduating ...

Jayhawks think each of the top 3 RBs could be 'explosive'

Next to "running back" on the Kansas football team’s published depth chart this week, you can find the names of three players, each separated by an “or.” When the Jayhawks make their season debut Saturday against Nicholls State, the starter might be junior Khalil Herbert. Or it could be sophomore Dom Williams. Or just maybe true freshman Pooka Williams will be the first to line up in the backfield. With ...

Report: Former KU linebacker Ben Heeney out for season

A former standout linebacker at the University of Kansas, Ben Heeney’s fourth NFL season ended Wednesday before it ever really began. The Houston Chronicle reported that Heeney, a 26-year-old backup inside linebacker for the Texans, had surgery on his left ankle, following an injury suffered during the team's preseason game this past Saturday. With the setback expected to sideline Heeney for the whole ...

KU starting QB Peyton Bender treating 'every day' like he has to 'win the job'

Peyton Bender learned a week ago he would open the season as the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback. As the senior approaches Saturday’s matchup with Nicholls State, Bender also understands he will have to prove himself worthy of maintaining that status in week two and beyond. KU head coach David Beaty explained Tuesday at his weekly press conference why Bender, who also opened the 2017 season as ...

David Beaty: Backup QB Miles Kendrick has 'it factor'; position battles continue

Ahead of Saturday’s season opener, Kansas football head coach David Beaty has a message for his counterpart at Nicholls State, Tim Rebowe. It came when asked during his Tuesday press conference to elaborate on his declaration the night before on his "Hawk Talk" radio show that backup quarterback Miles Kendrick will play this week, as well as in “every game” this season. “That’s the only thing I'm ...

David Beaty: Peyton Bender 'taking command' at QB for KU

Speaking publicly for the first time since naming Peyton Bender his team’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty shared Monday morning some of the details that led to the decision. “Peyton has done a terrific job of taking command,” Beaty said on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference, explaining the senior QB showed during camp practices he has developed ...

KU football reveals its first depth chart of 2018

We already knew the identity of the starting quarterback for the Kansas football team’s season opener against Nicholls State. Now some greater clarity exists for the rest of the Jayhawks’ lineup, too. Five days ahead of the team’s debut, KU published its first depth chart of 2018 on Monday evening, six days after announcing senior Peyton Bender won the starting job at QB. As one would expect, names such ...

Memorable lessons from forgettable debut season have Kansas WR Daylon Charlot confident

Ask Daylon Charlot to name one Kansas football receiver he thinks is ready to have a breakthrough season and he won’t vacillate. “I would pick myself,” the junior from Patterson, La., will respond, “because I’ve been working hard.” Charlot recently answered that question with the conviction of a man who didn’t abruptly get expelled to the secondary just 10 months ago. The 6-foot, 209-pound ...