WRITER: Benton Smith

KU women's basketball turns slow start into blowout vs. UTRGV

After a slow first quarter Wednesday night versus Texas Rio Grande Valley, the lead for the Kansas women’s basketball team just kept growing in what turned into a 75-44 blowout at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (6-1) only led 14-13 after the first quarter, when they shot 4-for-16 from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3-point range in their first home game in 10 days. Said head coach Brandon Schneider afterward: ...

Kyron Johnson, Kenny Logan Jr. land on PFF All-Big 12 2nd team

Two of the Kansas football team’s veteran leaders proved to be among the most impactful players in the Big 12 this season. When Pro Football Focus announced its all-conference teams this week, KU super-senior defensive end Kyron Johnson and junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. both landed on the second team. PFF used season grades and advanced statistics to determine which players received the honors. A fifth-year ...

QB Jalon Daniels wants KU football to 'come in with a bang' in 2022

Jalon Daniels’ improbable sophomore season, when he went from a redshirting third-stringer to the starting quarterback in the final weeks, had just come to an end this past Saturday night when Daniels already had 2022 on his mind. “I’m glad that we showed a lot of grit and a lot of fight towards the end of the season,” Daniels said after the Jayhawks played their third consecutive one-score game in his ...

Best performance of Gavin Potter's KU football career left LB wanting more

In the 24th start of his college football career, Kansas junior linebacker Gavin Potter put together the most prolific individual outing of his time with the Jayhawks. Not only did Potter record a season-high 10 total tackles against West Virginia, he also came away with the first fumble recovery of his career, and when he secured his first interception as a Jayhawk, Potter went ahead and returned it to the end ...

Jayhawks upbeat about KU football's future as Season 1 of Lance Leipold era concludes

When the Kansas football season ended this past Saturday night with a six-point home loss to West Virginia, the emotions in the locker room minutes after the finale reflected not only the conclusion of a challenging year, but also a growing sense of hope about the program’s future. “It’s always sad, because we’re losing guys,” junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. said, while describing the scene, referring ...

Assistants Drake, Jackson leaving KU football; Leipold promotes Onatolu, Peterson

Lance Leipold’s Kansas football coaching staff for next year already has a new look to it, just two days after the conclusion of Leipold’s first season in charge. Leipold announced Monday that neither defensive line coach Kwahn Drake, nor cornerbacks coach Chevis Jackson, will be retained. With the former position coaches leaving, Leipold promoted Taiwo Onatolu and Jordan Peterson, both of whom were ...

2-star juco TE Tevita Noa commits to KU football

A day after the conclusion of his first season as the Kansas football head coach, Lance Leipold received a commitment from a junior college tight end who could help the Jayhawks in his second season. Tevita Noa, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect from Salt Lake City, Utah, told Leipold and the KU coaches Sunday he wanted to join the program’s 2022 recruiting class. Noa, who recently played his sophomore season ...

Jayhawks come up short in season finale, 34-28, against West Virginia

In another tight November game for the improving Kansas football team, the Jayhawks’ late mistakes kept them from concluding Lance Leipold’s first season as head coach with another upset win. West Virginia secured two takeaways in the fourth quarter Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and prevailed, 34-28, in the regular-season finale. A speedy and efficient late-game touchdown drive ...

Notebook: Lance Leipold, KU football honor 'special' group of seniors

Before the Kansas football team played its season finale Saturday night against West Virginia, the program honored a group of 15 players — which included both seniors and super-seniors — who were about to experience the final game of their KU careers. Earlier in the week, head coach Lance Leipold called this year’s class a “special group” with “outstanding” leaders in it. “While many (other ...

3 keys for KU football vs. West Virginia

— Kansas (2-9 overall, 1-7 Big 12) vs. West Virginia (5-6, 3-5) • 6 p.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 52 degrees, clear, 0% chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 1 • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 Keys for Kansas 1. Turn the corner with tackling Even as Kansas stopped getting blown out and began playing a competitive brand of football the past two weeks, the ...

Jayhawks thrilled to see O-lineman Joey Gilbertson 'seize the moment' in 1st career start

One of the unsung contributors to the Kansas football team’s late-season upswing, redshirt senior offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson had never started a game for the Jayhawks until he was called upon for KU’s road finale at TCU. A fill-in starter at left guard for the injured Malik Clark, Gilbertson, who also came in late to help the Jayhawks win at Texas in overtime the week before, played every snap for ...

'He's kind of embraced being the man': Jayhawks credit QB Jalon Daniels for reenergizing KU football late in season

A Kansas football team that looked dead in the water not long ago found a source of revitalization for the season’s final weeks when the Jayhawks unexpectedly landed on a new starting quarterback. “First of all, if y’all are not entertained by Jalon Daniels and the rest of this Jayhawk squad, I don't know what to tell you,” super-senior KU receiver Kwamie Lassiter II declared as he sat down for his ...

KU football coaches want to give Jason Bean opportunities as a rusher in his new role

The Kansas football team found a new starting quarterback in Jalon Daniels. Now KU’s coaches are trying to concoct ways to keep the Jayhawks’ former No. 1 QB, Jason Bean, involved in a different capacity. Daniels officially supplanted Bean on the depth chart — after filling in for him due to an injury — for KU’s road finale this past weekend at TCU. But Bean was still involved in the game plan, just ...

KU D-end Kyron Johnson's 'adrenaline was rushing' when given Collegiate Bowl invite

When Kansas football players were informed after practice on Tuesday that a representative from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was in attendance and about to address the team, Kyron Johnson “knew something was up.” Even so, Johnson didn’t expect he was about to learn that the official was there to extend him an invitation to the postseason all-star game. “It was exciting. My heart dropped,” Johnson said ...

QB Jalon Daniels rested his arm 'a little bit' after taking 'a few nicks' in KU football's tight road loss

Jalon Daniels had another productive start for the Jayhawks this past weekend at TCU, but the Kansas football quarterback didn’t leave the narrow road loss completely unscathed. Daniels wasn’t a full participant at Tuesday’s practice, because the staff wanted the sophomore QB to rest his throwing arm “a little bit.” “Got a few nicks in the game, (while) trying to make some plays and ended up ...

Jayhawks' RB depth could be tested, with Devin Neal 'questionable to doubtful' for finale

The Kansas football team could be without its starting running back, Devin Neal, in its season finale this Saturday. Neal got hurt late in the second quarter of the Jayhawks’ narrow road loss at TCU this past weekend. As of Monday, head coach Lance Leipold described the true freshman from Lawrence as “questionable to doubtful” for the upcoming home game versus West Virginia. Leipold said that Neal ...

Availability of TEs in question heading into KU football finale

The Kansas football running back room isn’t the only one where available bodies are dwindling late in the season. When asked during his Monday press conference which tight ends might actually be in uniform and able to contribute in the team’s upcoming season finale versus West Virginia, KU head coach Lance Leipold had to think for a second. At this point, walk-on Jared Casey might end up getting his first ...

Walk-on Jared Casey 'a baller' again in KU football's narrow road loss at TCU

Fort Worth, Texas — No one-hit wonder, Kansas football walk-on Jared Casey proved to be even more productive in his second game contributing as a tight end than he was in his first. A week after becoming a college football overnight sensation, with his game-winning two-point conversion for the Jayhawks at Texas, Casey was no longer an unknown commodity Saturday night at TCU. And the 6-foot, 254-pound redshirt ...

Juco LB Mike Smith joins KU football's 2022 recruiting class

The first recruiting class for head coach Lance Leipold at the University of Kansas won’t be completely comprised of high school prospects. The Jayhawks got their first junior college addition to the Class of 2022 this past week, when Mike Smith committed. A 6-foot-1, 225-pound sophomore linebacker at Gulf Coast Community College (Miss.), Smith averaged 10 tackles per game this year. Currently unrated by ...

Horned Frogs' late FG puts end to KU football road rally

Fort Worth, Texas — Despite a promising start Saturday at TCU, the Kansas football team couldn’t quite replicate its road magic from a week ago. The Horned Frogs’ Griffin Kell kicked a 25-yard field goal with six seconds to play, and the Jayhawks fell, 31-28, at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU, which racked up 326 rushing yards and 492 yards of offense in the narrow win, effectively ran out the clock in the ...