WRITER: Benton Smith

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 ...

'Production' a must in Year 4 for KU football coach David Beaty

Internally, head coach David Beaty knows how critical it will be for his fourth University of Kansas football team to outperform the three that preceded it. Externally, Beaty won’t say how many games his Jayhawks need to win to squelch questions about his job security, he has acknowledged such debates come with his position. “Well, the name of the game in college sports is production,” Beaty said earlier ...

'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 ...