WRITER: Benton Smith

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 ...

Kansas QB Carter Stanley: 'I let the team down'

After an emotionally draining loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday night, Kansas football quarterback Carter Stanley expressed his remorse about his play in particular, going as far as to say he was to blame for the 12-7 setback. Stanley described the scene in the locker room afterward as “tough” and “what you would expect” from a group of KU players and coaches who felt as though they should have left ...

Despite Pooka Williams' return, KU's offense stagnant in loss to Coastal Carolina

The All-Big 12 running back expected by many to ignite the Kansas football team’s offense with his open field magic, Pooka Williams couldn’t turn the Jayhawks into some kind of juggernaut by simply returning to the lineup. Though Williams proved effective in his return from a one-game suspension, the KU offense labored most of Saturday night against Coastal Carolina at David Booth Kansas Memorial ...

Notebook: Les Miles will wait to watch the film on QB Carter Stanley

Carter Stanley got through his first start of the season without an interception but the Kansas quarterback couldn’t extend that streak to two games on Saturday against Coastal Carolina. On Stanley’s ninth throw of what proved to be a 12-7 KU loss at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the KU QB got picked off looking for receiver Andrew Parchment deep down the right sideline, early in the second ...

Game day breakdown: KU football vs. Coastal Carolina

— Kansas (1-0 overall) vs. Coastal Carolina (0-1) • 6 p.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 82 degrees, mostly sunny, 0% chance of rain • Video stream: 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, @mctait and @SJacksonLJW Keys for Kansas 1. Welcome back, Pooka The ...

Les Miles: Strengths, weaknesses were on display with KU's kicking

Before the season began, Kansas football coach Les Miles indicated the Jayhawks may resort to using more than one kicker on their field goal tries and extra points. In a Week 1 victory over Indiana State, though, Miles and special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler went with junior Liam Jones exclusively, despite one missed field goal and one extra point gone awry. After two full seasons of handling the team’s ...

Playing FB for dad's team fun 'sometimes,' hard at others for KU's Ben Miles

Before he became a high school football player, Ben Miles had a sneaking suspicion that he wasn’t going to have the height or frame to play a glamorous position. An offensive linemen on his little league teams in Baton Rouge, La., Miles thought he possessed enough athleticism to at least play in the backfield, though. So Miles leaned into a future as a fullback. It worked, too. By the end of his prep career ...

Carter Stanley aims to improve upon mistakes made in Week 1 win

Of course Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley left the Jayhawks’ season opener pleased about winning the starting job and leading a must-have touchdown drive in crunch time. At no point during Stanley’s postgame discussions with the media nor in his interview session on Monday, however, did the fifth-year senior come across as a QB elated or even satisfied by his performance. In his first time entering a ...

'Everybody eats': Jayhawks rotating 4 CBs on defense

The Kansas football defense had only been on the field for six snaps on Saturday when starting cornerback Hasan Defense took a seat on the bench. Defense wasn’t winded. Nor had the senior corner committed some egregious mistake. This was not a case of his coaches trying to teach him a lesson. In fact, Defense’s most recent contribution at the time was a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown. When ...

'I suspect he'll give us some Pooka plays': Kansas RB returning 'without limitation'

After coaching his first football game at the University of Kansas without the team’s All-Big 12 running back, head coach Les Miles is prepared to play Pooka Williams Jr. “without limitation” this week versus Coastal Carolina. While some may have wondered whether Miles might ease KU’s leading returning offensive playmaker into the rotation following Williams’ one-game suspension for an offseason ...

Hurricane forces Coastal Carolina football team, family of KU QB to evacuate

As Hurricane Dorian slowly headed toward the southeastern Atlantic coast on Monday, its coming impact was on the minds of members of both the Kansas football team and the Jayhawks’ next opponent, Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers, based in Conway, S.C., had to pack up and relocate on Labor Day, according to a report from The Sun News. Two days after dropping their season opener at home 30-23 to Eastern ...