KU Football

Tom Keegan: Kansas football scoring prospects slim

Overall, it appears Kansas University’s football team has more depth than at the end of spring football 2015, but still not have sufficient depth by Big 12 standards.The defense in particular looks deeper and more experienced.Yet, the search is on for signs that Kansas will have an easier ...

KU quarterback Willis throws at practice

The 200 or so students and faculty members who showed up to Memorial Stadium on Tuesday to watch the 14th practice of Kansas University’s spring football season were gifted with a pleasant surprise.Sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis, who was limited most of the spring after suffering a right ...

Tom Keegan: Jayhawks should improve; how much is unclear

The Kansas University football team held its second public and 14th overall practice of the spring Tuesday afternoon.It’s not a stretch to believe that the 2016 Jayhawks will be better than they were when they went 0-12 last fall. But enough better to make much of a difference in the ...

KU’s spring game welcome distraction

Saturday afternoon’s spring game provided Kansas University’s football program an opportunity to turn its attention back to the gridiron and away from the heartbreaking news about the passing of former Jayhawk Brandon Bourbon.And while the sound of thumping pads and cheering fans gave the ...

Spring game notebook: Jayhawks honor Bourbon

Before the pom-poms waved, the band played and supporters of Kansas University football cheered on the 2016 team during Saturday’s annual spring game at Memorial Stadium, the crowd of 1,200 fans, along with the players and coaches on the field, kicked things off with a moment of silence for ...

Tom Keegan: Spring ‘game’ good time to practice truth-telling, too

The spring football event, which used to be but no longer is a game, also serves as a dress rehearsal for reporters who cover the Kansas University football program. That’s another way of saying it’s a day to practice writing the truth without being mean, no easy juggling act in recent ...

Early to rise: Transfer WR Gonzalez steals spring show

The scoreboard following Saturday’s Kansas University spring football game at Memorial Stadium read 49-42 in favor of the White team.But in reality, only 24 points were scored.Four Matthew Wyman field goals — of 31, 28, 22 and 34 yards, all against no rush — and an eight-yard pass from ...

Tom Keegan: Likens’ title is wrong, but attitude is just right

It doesn’t rank high among the many reasons I believe David Beaty made a move he will live to rue when he decided to take the offensive reins from the hands of Rob Likens, but doing so while still leaving “offensive coordinator” as Likens’ title does eat at me.In announcing last month ...

Jayhawks to focus on situations

The final score of today’s annual Kansas University spring game might better resemble what you’d see on a pinball machine than a football scoreboard.But that’s by design.Instead of dividing into teams and playing out a full game with four quarters, a running clock and kickoffs and punts, ...

QB Cozart offered to switch positions

Montell Cozart entered his junior season at Kansas University as the team’s starting quarterback, hoping for big things under a new regime, led by first-year head coach David Beaty.After four weeks of diminishing offensive results and no victories, however, Cozart suffered a shoulder injury, ...

Former KU running back Brandon Bourbon found dead

The six-day search for missing former Kansas University football player Brandon Bourbon ended in tragedy on Friday.According to the Maries County Sherriff’s Office, the body of Brandon Kyle Bourbon, 24, was found around 2 p.m. Friday, when a farmer discovered Bourbon’s silver minivan ...

Kansas football assistant Likens takes liking to role

Speaking for the first time since the news surfaced that Kansas University football coach David Beaty would be taking over play-calling duties this season, offensive coordinator Rob Likens sounded a lot more like a man appreciative of an opportunity than disappointed about a demotion.“We kind ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas WR coach Phillips’ résumé loaded

He was a first-team All-American wide receiver and primary target of a quarterback who went on to win the Heisman Trophy. He led the nation in receiving yardage in back-to-back seasons, faced off against Deion Sanders daily in Atlanta Falcons practices, worked as an intern for the Minnesota ...

New D-Line coach calls KU ‘dream job’

First-year Kansas University defensive line coach Michael Slater was only at Rice for one season when KU head coach David Beaty was calling the offense there, but that was long enough for him to waste no time saying, ‘Yes,’ when Beaty offered him a job at Kansas this offseason.Slater, who ...

KU football lands commitment from 3-star Louisiana WR/athlete

Spring practices may be the main focus for the Kansas University football program at the moment, but the recruiting game is a year-round endeavor.And on Sunday, second-year KU coach David Beaty learned that Travis Jordan, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver/athlete from Louisiana had orally ...

KU punting game to see changes, DeForest forecasts

First-year Kansas University special-teams coordinator Joe DeForest may not yet have learned anything concrete about what head coach David Beaty likes to call the hidden third of his football team, but there is one thing about which DeForest already is certain.Senior Matthew Wyman will not be ...

Solid ’backing: Bradford took time off for family, now he’s back coaching

An only child, new Kansas University linebackers coach Todd Bradford felt needed at home by both parents, the cancer patient and the caretaker, so he put his career on hold.“I went home for what I expected to be a short time because my mom wasn’t doing well,” Bradford said during a recent ...

Miller moving from CB to safety

Whether it was Biletnikoff Award winner Corey Coleman of Baylor, TCU monster Josh Doctson or Oklahoma standout Sterling Shepard, Kansas University freshman Tyrone Miller lined up against some of the best wide receivers in the country during his first season of college football.Now, those days ...

Ex-Kansas QB Cummings works during Pro Day

Wednesday afternoon, after almost an entire year away from football, former Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings was back on the turf throwing passes.Cummings, who was injured and lost for his senior season during last year’s spring game in late April, was one of 11 former Jayhawks ...

Tom Keegan: Cozart has seen Kansas offense from many perspectives

It’s possible Kansas University rising senior Montell Cozart has had the most diverse X-and-O education of any quarterback in the history of college football.Think about it. Cozart began his freshman season playing in an offensive coordinated by Charlie Weis. The head coach fired himself from ...