KU Football

KU adds commitment from another southeastern DB, Jayson Gilliom

If all goes according to plan, an influx of new players will be joining the Kansas football secondary next year. KU picked up a sixth commitment from a high school defensive back in the Class of 2021 — all of whom are from the southeast — when Jayson Gilliom announced Monday night his ...

KU plans to ride with true freshman Jalon Daniels as ‘the guy’ at No. 1 QB

It appears the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback question is finally resolved: Barring an injury or any other unpredictable turns, freshman Jalon Daniels should retain his spot atop the depth chart, KU coach Les Miles said Monday. “If he stays healthy, I think he’ll be the guy ...

KU rushing attack struggles yet again, this time without its star RB

Playing for the first time this season without preseason All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams, the Kansas football team’s rushing attack, which hadn’t been that productive with Williams, once again rarely found success in a blowout loss to rival Kansas State — even with the added ...

KU football special teams no-show in Sunflower Showdown

The winless Kansas football team found a new way to lose in 2020 on Saturday in Manhattan. In earlier games this season, it had been KU’s offense or defense — or both — that did the Jayhawks in. But during the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks’ special teams no-showed and took the ...

Notebook: Miles expecting Williams to return in 2021

According to Kansas football head coach Les Miles, the Jayhawks are expecting to have running back Pooka Williams back on the roster in 2021. Williams’ decision earlier this week to opt out came without much clarity on his future plans. But Miles, fielding questions from reporters for the ...

Quick recap: KU football suffers lopsided loss to Kansas State in Sunflower Showdown

Whoever claimed that third time's the charm has never met the Kansas football team. After two long punt returns in the first half by Kansas State, Les Miles and his staff chose to punt the ball down the middle of the field with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter. The result was a ...

Game day breakdown: KU football at No. 20 K-State

— Kansas (0-4 overall, 0-3 Big 12) at No. 20 Kansas State (3-1, 3-0) • 11 a.m. kickoff, Bill Snyder Family Stadium • Game-time forecast: 38 degrees, partly sunny, 0% chance of rain • TV: FOX Sports 1 • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live coverage ...

Alabama prep WR Tanaka Scott Jr. commits to KU

With the early signing period a little less than two months away, the Kansas football program added another receiving prospect to its upcoming recruiting class. A 6-foot-4 target from Mobile, Ala., Tanaka Scott Jr. announced Thursday night on Twitter his commitment to the Jayhawks. Scott ...

Les Miles reiterates his support of Pooka Williams’ opt out

Speaking in a public forum for the first time since Pooka Williams opted out of the rest of the season, Kansas football coach Les Miles said Wednesday night on his “Hawk Talk” radio show that the running back made a “great decision” given the circumstances. Miles likened Williams ...

Les Miles indicates more than 1 QB could play at K-State

Perhaps Miles Kendrick won’t start for Kansas in the upcoming Sunflower Showdown after all. KU football coach Les Miles was back to his old tricks on his “Hawk Talk” radio show Wednesday night, speaking in vague terms while discussing the quarterback position. A few days after painting ...

Klieman: Wildcats know they can’t look past Jayhawks

If ever there was a time for an opponent to look past the Kansas football team, it’s this week. The Jayhawks are winless. Their star running back just opted out of the season. And even with Pooka Williams, KU averaged just 261.3 yards per game (75th in the country, out of 77 FBS teams that ...

KU secondary delivers 10 pass breakups, highest total for Jayhawks in 6 years

While Les Miles observed his Kansas football team from afar this past weekend, the recuperating head coach enjoyed watching the defense perform, especially during the first half at West Virginia. “There was a lot of pass breakups,” Miles recalled earlier this week of one aspect of KU’s ...

Replacing Pooka: Why a former KU RB thinks Velton Gardner is up for the challenge

As Kansas football players and coaches approach the midway point of the season still in search of the team’s first victory, the Jayhawks now know whatever success they’re able to muster will have to come without Pooka Williams, the running back who was supposed to be KU’s offensive ...

KU football’s recruiting class loses 2021 O-lineman

The Kansas football program’s 2021 recruiting class lost a prospect for the second time this month on Monday night, when offensive lineman Edgar Amaya announced he was backing out of his commitment. “After countless prayers and conversations with my family, we have decided the best ...

Pooka Williams Jr. opts out of remainder of KU football season

What was shaping up as a potentially disappointing year for preseason All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams Jr. came to an abrupt end on Monday, as the Kansas junior announced he would be opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season. Williams thanked head coach Les Miles and “everyone ...

Notebook: Miles Kendrick in line to start again as other QBs recover

Les Miles and his Kansas football assistants might not until later in the week have a clearer picture regarding the Jayhawks’ quarterback situation for their upcoming rivalry game at Kansas State. But one thing was for sure as of Monday: junior Miles Kendrick is in line to start. After ...

Les Miles describes his ‘hard’ Saturday away from the Jayhawks

Les Mies has basically seen it all in his 200-plus games as a head college football coach. But the 66-year-old was out of his element this past Saturday, when his Kansas football team kicked off a road game at West Virginia, and Miles was some 900 miles away, back at home watching the game play ...

Three takeaways from KU’s 38-17 loss to West Virginia

Kansas remains winless on the year following a 38-17 road loss to West Virginia Saturday afternoon in Morgantown. The Jayhawks are now 0-4 on the year, which includes an 0-3 clip in Big 12 action. But maybe the latest loss was a sign of progress for the Jayhawks? At least that might be the ...

KU defense encouraged by takeaways, disruptive plays at WVU

After playing three games without securing even one takeaway, perhaps the odds were in the Kansas defense’s favor on Saturday at West Virginia. “We were due. We were close,” acting head coach Josh Eargle said after the Jayhawks finally captured both their first fumble and interception of ...