KU Football

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby plans to sign contract extension

Frisco, Texas — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters Monday that he expected to sign a contract extension through the 2024-25 season. Bowlsby, speaking at the Big 12 football media days at Ford Center, said his potential extension would last through the Big 12's current television ...

From Muleshoe to Big 12 Rileys enjoy life of football

Frisco, Texas — Lincoln Riley makes his game debut as head coach of perennial powerhouse Oklahoma three days in advance of his 34th birthday and isn’t the family’s lone football prodigy.Kansas head coach David Beaty promoted Riley's younger brother, Garrett, 27, to quarterbacks coach ...

Jayhawks counting down the days to preseason camp, opener

Frisco, Texas ? As head coach David Beaty, preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Dorance Armstrong Jr., and his Kansas teammates Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen and Hakeem Adeniji prepare to spend most of their Monday discussing the program at Big 12 Media Days, the Jayhawks’ Sept. 2 opener ...

Friendly competition: Housemates Bender and Stanley vying for KU’s QB job

When Peyton Bender arrived in Lawrence as a challenger to Carter Stanley’s job as the starting quarterback at the University of Kansas, Stanley didn’t view Bender as an adversary. In fact, KU’s incumbent No. 1 QB welcomed the man recruited to possibly replace him with open arms.The two ...

Jayhawks unfazed by last-place finish in preseason poll

If news of Big 12 media members picking Kansas football last in the 2017 preseason poll had made its way through Anderson Family Football Complex Thursday afternoon, players weren’t paying much attention to the prognostication.Asked what kind of reaction the 10th-place forecast received among ...

KU football once again picked last in preseason Big 12 poll

It has become a conference tradition.Every year since the Big 12 scrapped divisions following the 2010 season, the Kansas football team has been picked by media members to finish last in league play.The Jayhawks’ undesirable streak reached seven years on Thursday, when the Big 12 released the ...

Dorance Armstrong Jr. becomes KU’s first Big 12 preseason Defensive Player of Year

The secret is out. One of the Big 12’s best football players calls the University of Kansas home.Despite the program’s long-standing struggles to escape the conference’s basement, the talent of junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. is so great that media voted Armstrong the preseason ...

KU’s Johnson and Ribordy land on preseason watch lists

Just as he did a year ago, ahead of his junior season, Kansas tight end Ben Johnson found his name on the John Mackey Award preseason watch list Tuesday, when the rundown of college football’s best at his position was unveiled.The 6-foot-5 senior from nearby Basehor only caught 10 passes for ...

Bill Self on Border War: ‘Nothing’s changed in my regard’

Although he showed up to discuss his team’s upcoming summer trip to Italy, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self couldn’t get through a media session Tuesday afternoon without the subject of the currently dead Border War coming up.In late June, former University of Missouri chancellor R. Bowen ...

Armstrong’s play, Dineen’s service have Jayhawks up for college football honors

With actual college football games less than two months away, preseason awards and watch lists season has arrived, and players at the University of Kansas aren’t being left out.The Maxwell Football Club announced Monday its comprehensive list of candidates for the 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award, ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas football better than 101 ranking

ESPN uses a formula that ranks all 130 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. It’s called Football Power Index (FPI) and is defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance.”The 2017 FPI has Ohio State No. 1, Alabama No. 2, Florida State ...

Experience as true freshmen expected to fuel sophomore success for KU trio

Headed into the 2016 season, the Kansas football team needed all the on-field help it could get — on all fronts. Accordingly, some true freshmen, instead of slowly working their way up through the ranks, got legitimate chances to shine as starters.The Jayhawks hope that also brings some ...

Key returning starters to represent KU football at Big 12 media days

When David Beaty heads to Frisco, Texas, later this month for the Big 12’s annual football media days extravaganza, the Kansas football coach plans to bring four players with him to pose for photos and answer questions about the upcoming season.The conference announced Thursday the ...

Tom Keegan: Jacob Bragg ready to pop back up on depth chart

Historically, Kansas hasn’t landed many recruits who play in prestigious, nationally televised high school football all-star games, so when Jacob Bragg, a three-star center from Nacogdoches, Texas, did in 2013, hard-core KU football fans celebrated the news.Never mind that Louisiana Tech was ...

Ehambe prepared to make big impact on defensive line

Josh Ehambe has impressed his Kansas football teammates over the past few years with his dedication in the weight room. Not many players can match his willingness to become a stronger and faster player. Coaches consider him a leader. But his next step is trying to transfer all of his ...

Tom Keegan: No stopping rise of Daniel Wise

Family and close friends at the Wise household in Lewisville, Texas gathered to watch the television coverage of the third day of the NFL draft. Everyone in the room was confident that an NFL team would select Deatrich Wise. It was just a question of when.“We were waiting all day, walking ...

Crazy talk?: KU football players have bowl aspirations

It’s not the job of an athlete to care about what others deem possible or impossible in his or her sport. Nor is an athlete required to base personal or team goals solely off of recent history.All of which is helpful to keep in mind while considering this: football players at the University ...

Tom Keegan: Zac Woodfin brings scientific mind and savage mindset to KU football

The message on the T-shirts of the athletes grabbed the attention of visitors to the Kansas football program’s weight room during a recent workout session for the offensive and defenisve linemen: SAVAGE MINDSET.Uh-oh, get ready for primal screams and a drill sergeant who if he had his ...

Tom Keegan: Walk-ons centers of attention for Kansas football

A pair of Class of 2015 offensive linemen from Kansas, one from Louisburg, the other Overalnd Park, didn’t receive any scholarship offers to play Div. I-A football and read those snubs the same way.Mesa Ribordy and Hunter Saulsbury, who occupy the top two spots on the Kansas depth chart at ...

Inexperienced linebackers expected to step up for Kansas this fall

For all the havoc expected to be produced by the Kansas football team’s defensive line this coming fall, move a level back on the Jayhawks’ defense and you’ll find a less heralded unit accompanied by more reservations then presumptions.Not one senior will play linebacker for KU in 2017. ...