WRITER: Benton Smith

'Running different': RB Dom Williams striving for impactful sophomore season

Junior Khalil Herbert just might be the Kansas football team's frontrunner to start at running back this fall. And most of the Jayhawks’ supporters are counting down the days until they get to see true freshman Pooka Williams with the football in his hands. Just the same, sophomore Dom Williams allocated too much of his offseason time to becoming a more effective rusher to get overlooked. Actually, the ...

KU football awards newly retired RB Kezelee Flomo scholarship

Ahead of preseason camp, Kansas football coach David Beaty and his staff planned on giving walk-on running back Kezelee Flomo a scholarship. When the team’s medical staff discovered Flomo, a transfer from North Dakota School of Science, had a heart condition, though, the 5-foot-10, 215-pound would-be senior had to retire. Even so, Flomo remains involved in a student-coach capacity, and the program announced ...

Notebook: AD Jeff Long learning about KU football coach David Beaty

Since taking over as athletic director at the University of Kansas on Aug. 1, Jeff Long has spent some of his time getting to know football coach David Beaty. While Long addressed Beaty’s team on the first day of preseason camp and has been able to stop by at practice since, the new AD also has attended a pair of pep rallies with KU’s fourth-year head coach, ahead of the Sept. 1 season opener. Asked what ...

KU names Peyton Bender its starting QB for season opener

The Kansas football team has its starting quarterback for the 2018 opener. Two and a half weeks into preseason camp, head coach David Beaty landed on Peyton Bender as the Jayhawks’ No. 1 QB for Week 1, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. The three-man competition for the job, which began in the spring, with the arrival of sophomore transfer Miles Kendrick (College of San Mateo), officially concluded a ...

KU in search of consistency from complementary D-linemen

Popular opinion might state that most of the Kansas football team’s defensive linemen are unproven. The foremost member of the position group happens to see it differently. “Some of the guys, I think, are proven but have to be more consistent,” redshirt senior defensive tackle and team leader Daniel Wise said. Wise, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, has 30 starts behind him. His 16 tackles for loss, ...

'Refreshing' freshmen: Corione Harris and Pooka Williams welcome chance to represent KU football

When two small buses filled with Kansas football players pulled into the Corinth Square parking lot in Prairie Village Friday night for the athletic department’s KU Kickoff event, freshman Corione Harris was the first to leap out. The smiling cornerback from New Orleans didn’t pause to find his bearings or wait to follow the lead of a veteran Jayhawk. Harris made a beeline for the crowd, eager to interact ...

Starting jobs up for grabs as Jayhawks enter 2nd camp scrimmage

Kansas quarterbacks aren’t the only players on the football team gunning for a starting role this weekend. Head coach David Beaty plans on using Saturday’s scrimmage, the second of preseason camp, as a proving battleground to sort out positions all over the depth chart. And the way Beaty characterized the state of various competitions, some veterans with legitimate in-game experience are being pushed by ...

Jeff Long starting small with KU football changes

Prairie Village — As more than 20 University of Kansas football players and head coach David Beaty began mingling with fans Friday night at the athletic department’s 13th annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square, new athletic director Jeff Long outlined a few of the ways he hopes to help the long struggling program head toward recovery. Bringing Mike Vollmar, a former associate athletic director for football at ...

Unresolved Kansas QB competition seemingly headed toward conclusion

Twelve practices into the Kansas football team’s preseason camp, head coach David Beaty has not yet seen enough to decide upon a starting quarterback. However, Beaty indicated at his weekly press conference Thursday the moment of truth should be right around the corner. “I love the competition that we have going right now,” Beaty said. “This weekend is our second big scrimmage, and we need that ...

Injured KU O-lineman Jacobi Lott still being evaluated

Eight days after Jacobi Lott suffered an undisclosed injury at Kansas football practice that required him to leave in an ambulance, head coach David Beaty could not provide Thursday a detailed update on the freshman offensive lineman’s status. Lott, Beaty said, has not yet been able to return to football activities. “I can't say much,” Beaty began during his weekly press conference, “but he is still ...

The case for Miles Kendrick as KU's starting QB

At some point between now and the season opener, Kansas football coaches will decide upon a starting quarterback. Maybe tomorrow. Perhaps the night before the Jayhawks’ Sept. 1 debut. Or, conceivably, they already have identified the man for the job and they’re keeping it under wraps. Whenever that verdict materializes or goes public, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if newcomer Miles Kendrick emerges as ...

Notebook: Kansas WR Steven Sims makes another watch list

The most experienced and prolific skill player on the Kansas football roster entering this season, Steven Sims Jr. expects the Jayhawks to show significant progress offensively in the months ahead. Those who follow college football foresee Sims, a senior receiver, playing a starring role regardless. Sims’ name appeared Tuesday on the 2018 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list. The award goes to the top ...

Corione Harris 'realistic' option at CB for KU as true freshman

The closer the Kansas football team gets to its season opener, the more likely it seems fans who show up Sept. 1 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will get ample opportunities to watch freshman Corione Harris. One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in the program’s recent memory might kick off with Harris, a four-star cornerback from Louisiana, on the bench as a reserve. But the way his teammates and ...

Notebook: Mike Lee notices key difference in KU defense this preseason

Currently going through his third preseason with the University of Kansas football program, safety Mike Lee feels better about the state of the team this August. Looking back at camp practices that ushered in his freshman and sophomore seasons and comparing them to those of the past week-plus, Lee thinks he has picked up on an important difference. “My first two camps, really, there was bad communication on ...

Upcoming scrimmage expected to be critical stage in KU football QB competition

Six practices into preseason camp, the Kansas football team still has a three-man quarterback competition on its hands, with Thursday morning marking just the second session in full pads. As repetitions remain split between Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Miles Kendrick, their head coach, David Beaty, is eyeing an upcoming scrimmage as a likely moment of separation. “After Saturday, we should know a whole ...

David Beaty 'proud' of how KU players, staff responded to Jacobi Lott's injury

A day removed from seeing offensive lineman Jacobi Lott leave practice in an ambulance, his Kansas football head coach and teammates shared Thursday what they could about the scene. David Beaty reiterated the program’s previous statement on the undisclosed injury the freshman suffered around the midway point of Wednesday’s practice, noting that, due to “privacy concerns,” all the coach could share was ...

Notebook: New KU football administrator to help remove 'roadblocks'

As Kansas football head coach David Beaty and his staff led players through their first few days of preseason camp, they learned a man with a long history of working with successful Power Five programs will soon join them. KU athletic director Jeff Long announced Monday the hiring of Mike Vollmar, a former associate athletic director for football at Alabama and Michigan, as KU’s senior associate AD for ...

KU freshman OL Jacobi Lott ‘stable’ after leaving practice in ambulance

An injury marred the Kansas football team’s fifth preseason practice, its first in full pads, on Wednesday morning. An ambulance was called to the practice fields adjacent to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium when offensive lineman Jacobi Lott suffered an unspecified form of trauma that was deemed a code red due to its critical nature by paramedics who arrived on the scene. Lott left the practice in an ...

Notebook: Clint Bowen anticipates using bench as motivator with KU defense

As the Kansas football team continues its preseason camp schedule, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen looks forward to having an essential inspirational factor of sorts at his disposal this season. If a defensive lineman, linebacker or defensive back fails to carry out his responsibilities one too many times, Bowen, unlike during some recent years at KU, expects the threat of demotion will come in handy. “The ...

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Jayhawks think freshman RB Pooka Williams can be 'dangerous' in open field

This past Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, former Louisiana prep football star Pooka Williams was recognized as the Greater New Orleans Male Amateur Athlete of the Year during the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. It was an event, of course, Williams couldn’t afford to attend. Louisiana’s reigning Mr. Football, following Williams’ ...