KU Football

Tom Keegan: Football heading south under Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger

As a rule, college football coaches need five years to establish a culture and have a roster completely made up of their recruits before they can be judged by their records.Yet, it’s not unusual for athletic directors to reach a verdict sooner than that if they don’t see signs of ...

KU football struggles to produce sustainable drives

As much as turnovers plagued the Kansas football team’s offense in a one-score trip to Memphis on Saturday, the inability to sustain drives brought torment, too.KU interrupted any chance of finding a rhythm with six turnovers in a 43-7 loss to the Tigers. But other than a three-play, 75-yard ...

Notebook: Bragg laments mistakes at center; Dineen injured

Memphis, Tenn. ? For the first time in his career at Kansas, sophomore Jacob Bragg started at center Saturday at Memphis. Afterward, the young offensive lineman, pushed into a new role due to injuries to starter Joe Gibson and would-be backup Mesa Ribordy, regretted his role in what became a ...

Tom Keegan: Less is more for Beaty, Jayhawks

Memphis, Tenn. ? Seemingly in disbelief that the team he coaches vomited the football over and over for the second week in a row and made it so easy on the opponent, Kansas second-year head coach David Beaty belly-flopped onto the sword to open Saturday’s post-game press ...

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Memphis

Game BallsRB Khalil Herbert, a true freshman, turned a catch into a 35-yard gain and on his second carry he sprinted down the left sideline to a 66-yard touchdown.Defensive end Dorance Armstrong showed his speed with three tackles for loss, two of them sacks. GassersC Jacob Bragg’s lousy snap ...

Roadkill: Jayhawks dismantled in Memphis, 43-7

Memphis, Tenn. ? The Kansas football team took its traveling road show of horrors to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Saturday, and the seven-year long spectacle refused to die. Capitalizing on KU drives that went nowhere and an array of Jayhawk giveaways, Memphis dismantled the visitors, 43-7, ...

Turnovers, slow start hand Jayhawks another road loss

Looking to end a seven-year road losing streak, the Kansas football team had another abysmal start with four first-half turnovers in a 43-7 loss to Memphis on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers, who had a bye last week, started the scoring when junior transfer quarterback ...

Notebook: Daniel Wise recognized for stellar performance

According to Pro Football Focus, Kansas sophomore tackle Daniel Wise played better than almost every interior defensive lineman in the nation last week during the Jayhawks’ loss to Ohio.The PFF website, which evaluates players from every program playing in a Power 5 conference, placed Wise on ...

Gameday Breakdown: Kansas football at Memphis

Kansas (1-1) at Memphis (1-0)11 a.m. Saturday, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Game-time forecast: 82 degrees, 70% chance of rain • TV: ESPNULog on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage team on Twitter: @KUSports, @BentonASmith, @TomKeeganLJW, @mctait and ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas football team tries to get off the road to dubious record

College football futility records prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there is no worse place for schools from the state of Kansas than the road.In fact, three Kansas schools are responsible for four of the seven longest losing streaks in college football history, at least based on one list ...

Jayhawks ’embarrassed’ by lack of run production

An easy, season-opening victory over Rhode Island might have masked a glaring issue for the Kansas football team’s offense.The Jayhawks ran the ball 35 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns against an overmatched FCS opponent in their debut, but after KU averaged a meager 1.7 yards a carry ...

Kansas football can’t afford another sluggish start

The concept of valuing the opening plays of a game or practice certainly isn’t new to Kansas football coach David Beaty or his players. When Beaty worked on Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Texas A & M, the Aggies’ first-string defense and offense squared off early every practice for a ...

Notebook: Jayhawks not good enough on ‘money down’

Kansas football coach David Beaty likes referring to third down as the “money down.” In Saturday’s home loss to Ohio, his Jayhawks went broke on offense, going 0-for-8 on third-down conversions.When reviewing the numerous issues that plagued KU in Week 2, as Beaty and his players prepare ...

Tom Keegan: Giving it to Kinner key to coming out of Memphis a winner

College football coaches forever put a premium on secrecy when formulating just the right game plan to crush the enemy. They love surprise attacks. Sometimes, they overthink it and avoid the obvious out of fear that a lack of deception would be equivalent to walking blindly into a trap. Rare ...

David Beaty to coach KU’s punt returners

When David Beaty spoke to his 87-year-old mother, Bobbie Ford, following his Kansas football team’s Saturday home loss to Ohio, she told her son the same thing everyone who watched the game was thinking, too."Y'all got to hang on to that ball when they punt it to you,” Beaty said of her ...

David Beaty looks ahead to Memphis and weighs in on Big 12 expansion

As David Beaty and his staff prepare for the Jayhawks’ first road game of the season, the second-year Kansas football coach knows the Memphis Tigers waiting for them Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will look significantly different from the team that came to Lawrence a year ago and ...

Tom Keegan: Too early for KU to pass on run

First, a moment to wish everyone involved in the historic day a happy anniversary. That’s right, today is the seven-year anniversary of the Kansas football team’s most recent road victory, a 34-7 blasting of UTEP.The Jayhawks will try to avoid being road kill for the 39th consecutive time ...

Big hit brings scary flashback for KU QB Cozart

The first thing Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart thought about when he slammed into the turf in front of the KU bench on the fourth snap of the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 37-21 loss to Ohio was a play that came 343 days earlier and ended his 2015 season.On that one, a scramble in Ames, ...

Tom Keegan: Sloppy Jayhawks on the menu at Memorial Stadium

For the second week in a row, Kansas showed it has faster football players than a year ago, but the football they played resulted in a not-so-fast verdict in declaring the Jayhawks a much better football team than when they went 0-12.Three words best describe what led to Kansas squandering an ...

Notebook: Beaty rides ‘hot hand,’ keeps Cozart at QB

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart handled all but nine offensive snaps during Saturday’s 37-21 loss to Ohio at Memorial Stadium.This, after rotating with sophomore QB Ryan Willis throughout most of last week’s season opener.Asked if going with Cozart more in this week’s game was an ...