WRITER: Benton Smith

Continuity expected to benefit KU O-line, with lack of 2019 signees

When Les Miles introduced his first signing class at the University of Kansas this past February, the head coach provided some sort of details about every incoming prospect. Not one of them was an offensive lineman. That meant when practices began in the spring, there were no transfers or early enrollees to acclimate. Similarly, KU’s first preseason practices in August will involve only experienced ...

Notebook: Les Miles delighted to share grass-eating habit with another champion

If Les Miles’ sporadic dietary urges spawned a trend it was news to him. The Kansas football coach, known through the years to grab a blade of grass or two from the playing field for a taste, didn’t know that another prominent sports figure shared his eccentric habit. At Big 12 Football Media Days earlier this week, one reporter asked Miles whether he saw Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic polishing off his ...

Khalil Herbert: 3 Kansas RBs give Jayhawks 'best' rushing unit in nation

No one outside of the staff and players who spend so much of their time inside the Anderson Family Football Complex know exactly what the Kansas football team’s offense will look like in the first year of the Les Miles era. It seems a safe assumption, though, that the Jayhawks’ running game will feature heavily in the coach’s plans. Senior running back Khalil Herbert deduced as much long before he ever ...

Les Miles explains recruiting approach that has KU football off to hot start for 2020

As much of an emphasis as Les Miles puts on recruiting, maybe he should have seen the wave coming. But eight months after he became the University of Kansas head football coach, Miles admitted earlier this week that the Jayhawks might be off to an even better start on the recruiting front than he expected. “I think we’ve done a good job of identifying the guys that we want, going after them, giving them an ...

KU to begin beer, wine sales at football games this fall

Head coach Les Miles won’t be the only new attraction coming to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this fall. University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced Wednesday that fans attending KU home games now will be able to buy beer and wine, beginning with the Jayhawks’ Aug. 31 season opener versus Indiana State. With the introduction of widely available alcoholic beverages, Kansas Athletics ...

Why one KU veteran thinks WR Takulve Williams is poised for breakout season

If anyone is searching for a breakout performer on the Kansas football team this season, Mike Lee just might have your playmaker in waiting. Lee, a senior safety from New Orleans, is a talker. So any subject matter thrown his direction is generally met with a welcoming response. Ask him about Takulve Williams, though, and Lee’s eyes widen as his grin stretches. “Oh, great,” Lee said earlier this week at ...

New ESPN+ streaming series to feature Les Miles and KU football

ARLINGTON, Texas — With the help of a camera crew that has followed Les Miles since this past November and will continue documenting the head football coach and his staff throughout his debut season at the University of Kansas, fans soon will get to go behind the scenes for glimpses of Miles’ endeavors to rebuild the program. ESPN and the Big 12 announced Tuesday that an 18-part series starring Miles will ...

Jayhawks: Player-led summer workouts crucial for KU football

ARLINGTON, Texas — While spending the past several weeks counting down the days to their first preseason practice, Kansas football players have done all they can to head into August in prime shape. Just as importantly, the Jayhawks spent June and will continue spending July going through player-driven football specific workouts that they think foster chemistry and keep them knowledgeable about their playbook, ...

Les Miles, Big 12 commissioner weigh in on Pooka Williams' 1-game suspension

ARLINGTON, Texas — It didn’t take long Monday morning at Big 12 Media Days for Kansas football coach Les Miles to address the recently announced one-game suspension for high profile running back Pooka Williams, which was met on social media and other platforms with some backlash. Less than a minute into his opening press conference at AT&T Stadium, Miles veered from pleasantries to offer his ...

Latest KU football roster features numerous additions since spring

Arlington, Texas — As the Kansas football program unveiled its 2019 media guide for the first time on Monday at Big 12 Media Days, the Jayhawks’ roster included many new additions. KU football’s communications staff updates the roster throughout the offseason according to when new players arrive on campus and join the program, but the latest version was the first one published since April. As the roster ...

Jayhawks appreciate star power Les Miles brings to KU football

ARLINGTON, Texas — Those expecting to prop up their feet, munch on some popcorn and enjoy The Les Miles Show at Big 12 Football Media Days didn’t get much of the fun-loving, grass-eating persona that so many associate with the University of Kansas head coach. In his first trip to the annual summer event since his final season at Oklahoma State, in 2004, Miles proved to be more reserved and less of “The ...

Notebook: QB Thomas MacVittie heads into camp with edge over Carter Stanley

ARLINGTON, Texas — When Les Miles heads into his first preseason camp as the head football coach at the University of Kansas in a couple of weeks, he will do so with a quarterback competition to resolve. As Miles indicated at the end of spring practices, he reiterated Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days that he has not yet decided who will open the season as KU’s No. 1 QB. However, just as the coach ...

Jayhawks: Les Miles and staff's emphasis on physicality helped O-line's run blocking

The most experienced veteran on the Kansas football roster, three-year starter Hakeem Adeniji will gladly dodge your questions about the Jayhawks’ offense and the new system being implemented by head coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Les Koenning and the rest of the staff. “I really don’t want to say a lot about our scheme, so…” senior left tackle Adeniji warned during one interview session. So ...

Jayhawks confident RPO plays will be effective with their personnel

In the seven-plus months since he was hired to breathe some life into a dormant Kansas football program, head coach Les Miles has proven unwavering in his quest to reveal only the vaguest details about what he envisions for KU’s offense this coming fall. Nevertheless, it seems one key component for the Jayhawks will be the run-pass option calls that appear in offensive coordinator Les Koenning’s ...

KU football picked last in preseason Big 12 poll for 9th year in a row

Coaches come and go, but the Kansas football program’s place within the Big 12 hierarchy remains unchanged. As the conference revealed Wednesday its 2019 preseason media poll, the bottom rung in the standings belonged to the Jayhawks yet again. Heading into Les Miles’ first season at the helm, Kansas landed at 10th in the annual summer projections — the same spot it occupied in each of the previous eight ...

KU's Pooka Williams and Kyle Thompson land on preseason All-Big 12 team

Despite an offseason full of uncertainty regarding his exact status for the coming Kansas football season, expectations remain high for sophomore running back Pooka Williams. A day after being cleared by KU’s athletic department to rejoin the football program after a seven-month suspension tied to a domestic battery charge, Williams picked up All-Big 12 honors on Tuesday, when the conference announced its ...

'Back home': Hasan Defense returning to CB for senior year with KU

When Chevis Jackson approached Hasan Defense with the question, the assistant coach caught his new player a bit off guard. Jackson, shortly after being hired to coach defensive backs at the University of Kansas, sought out Defense’s opinion on which position he wanted to play. Recruited to KU as a cornerback, it was there where Defense made his first 11 starts with the Jayhawks. But a switch to safety during ...

Jayhawks pick up first 2021 commitment from Texas prep WR Majik Rector

Still five months away from their first chance to sign recruits in the Class of 2020, the football coaches at Kansas are off to a significant head start on the 2021 batch. A receiver heading into his junior year at Lancaster High (Texas), Majik Rector announced Tuesday his verbal commitment to the Jayhawks. As of now, Rivals doesn’t have the 5-foot-9 receiver rated in its database. However, 247 Sports lists ...

Pooka Williams reinstated by KU football after domestic violence arrest, will miss season opener

Story updated at 4:17 p.m. Monday The Kansas football team’s undeniable star a season ago, running back Pooka Williams, is rejoining the program after a seven-month suspension. Williams, who was arrested and charged with domestic battery in December before reaching a diversion agreement in the case, will miss the Jayhawks’ season opener versus Indiana State as part of his punishment, KU announced on ...

Group of KU seniors to accompany Les Miles to Big 12 Media Days

While Les Miles will attract most of the cameras, questions and attention during his first trip to Big 12 Media Days as the head coach at the University of Kansas, The Mad Hatter will have some veterans alongside him for the ride next week in Arlington, Texas. KU announced Monday that four seniors — left tackle Hakeem Adeniji, running back Khalil Herbert and safeties Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden — will ...