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Kansas HC David Beaty said that redshirt senior DT Daniel Wise (undisclosed) is expected to play against Baylor on Saturday.

Wise (6'3/290) sat out the second half of Saturday's win over Rutgers due to a minor injury concern, but Beaty explained to reporters on Tuesday that this was just a precautionary move on the team's part. Wise will practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, Beaty said. A first-team All-Big 12 performer for the 2017 season, Wise is a potential Day 2 selection for the spring draft.
Sep 18 - 2:43 PM

Kansas junior S Bryce Torneden had one interception and four tackles in Saturday's win over Rutgers.

Torneden (5'10/197) and fellow Kansas safety Mike Lee were given high grades by Pro Football Focus. Lee didn't allow a catch in his pass-defense and also hauled in an interception. The two safeties both finished within the top five of all graded safeties by PFF. Don't look now but the Jayhawks are 2-1 despite starting the season with a loss to Nicholls State.
Sep 16 - 4:36 PM

Kansas freshman RB Pooka Williams forced five missed tackles in Saturday's 55-14 blowout win over Rutgers.

The Jayhawks are on a roll and Williams has been one of the conductors. He had 158 yards -- 46 after contact -- on just 18 carries and looked explosive on a 52-yard touchdown run. Williams now has back-to-back 100 yard games and will try for a third in a much tougher matchup on the road against Baylor next week.
Sep 16 - 11:40 AM

Kansas freshman RB Pooka Williams ran for 158 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in Saturday's 55-14 demolition of Rutgers.

Break up the Kansas Jayhawks! This was Kansas' second consecutive win over an FBS team, the first time that's happened since 2009. In this game, they were also favored over an FBS team for the first time since 2009. Pooka Williams is a legitimate bright spot for a program that has waited a decade for one. He's looked like a star in the early going, with a lack of quality competition an obvious caveat. Williams was a top-200 recruit in this past class. It looks like David Beaty and crew found a building block. Now we'll just have to see if the Jayhawks can bag the couple upsets they'll need in conference play for Beaty to keep his job.
Sep 15 - 3:47 PM

Kansas freshman RB Pooka Williams is suited up ahead of Saturday's game against Rutgers.

HC David Beaty was vague about Williams' status this week, alluding to an eligibility issue that held him out for the opener. Apparently it won't keep him out this week. Williams went off for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries in last Saturday's 31-7 over Central Michigan.
Sep 15 - 11:54 AM

Kansas freshman RB Pooka Williams forced 10 missed tackles on Saturday in a win over Central Michigan.

What's most impressive is that he did that on just 14 carries in the 31-7 victory over the Chippewas. After not playing in the season-opening loss against Nicholls State, Williams (5'10/170) looked legit in Week Two, and gives the Jayhawks something they haven'd had in a while: Optimism. Expect Williams to get plenty more carries as the season progresses, starting Saturday with Rutgers.
Sep 10 - 5:08 PM

Kansas redshirt senior LB Joe Dineen Jr. didn't allow a catch on three targets in Saturday's 31-7 win at Central Michigan.

Dineen also recorded eight defensive stops and nine solo tackles per Pro Football Focus. He was a big part of the defense that held Central Michigan to a measly seven points. This was a huge win for Kansas as they snapped the longest road losing streak in FBS history at 46. Kansas will look to continue their success against Rutgers.
Sep 9 - 10:09 AM

Kansas senior WR Kerr Johnson Jr. had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-7 over Central Michigan.

Johnson didn't do much last year -- posting an 8-92-0 line -- but he has emerged as one of the team's most valuable receivers in the early going. Johnson has scored touchdowns in consecutive games to open the year.
Sep 8 - 6:29 PM

Kansas freshman RB Pooka Williams ran for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries in Saturday's 31-7 over Central Michigan.

Wow. The true freshman exploded for 8.9 ypc, and just like that Kansas' offense could move the ball again. Williams, a top-200 recruit in this past class, may already be the team's best offensive player. The Jayhawks have not yet thrown for even 200 yards in a game. With the passing game likely to be bad all season, it may be in David Beaty's best interest to turn his "Air Raid" offense into a ground-and-pound attack going forward. Kansas also has a pair of talented backs behind Pooka in Khalil Herbert and Dom Williams. Running back is the one position the program has hit on over the past few years on the recruiting trail.
Sep 8 - 6:25 PM

Kansas redshirt senior QB Peyton Bender went 17-for-26 for 130 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-7 over Central Michigan.

The longest road losing streak in FBS history is over at 46. Go crazy, Lawrence. The win was Kansas' first on the road since Sept. 12, 2009, when the Jayhawks beat UTEP 34-7 in El Paso. iPads weren't a thing. Barack Obama was four months away from completing the first year of his first term in the presidential office. Winning streaks are as rare to this program as road wins, but the Jayhawks have a real shot to get to two in a row next week at home against Rutgers.
Sep 8 - 6:18 PM

Kansas redshirt senior DT Isi Holani will not be suspended by the team after his DUI charge was dropped.

There was not enough evidence to charge Holani, and the Jayhawks won't punish him because of it. In the season opening loss to Nicholls State, Holani made one solo tackle.
Sep 5 - 6:11 PM

Kansas AD Jeff Long said in a statement that "[o]ur evaluation of the program is on-going without a predetermined timeline."

"We all expected a different outcome [in Saturday's game against Nicholls] but I continue to support our student-athletes and coaches and ask all Jayhawks to do the same," Long said. None of this reads as an endorsement of KU HC David Beaty, who has gone just 3-34 since taking over at the helm of the ship. A road date with Central Michigan shows next on the schedule as the program tries to find some glimmer of positive light in all of this darkness.
Sep 5 - 12:36 PM

Kansas senior WR Steven Sims caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in a 26-23 overtime loss to Nicholls State on Saturday.

It's going to be a long year in Lawrence. Sims was able to get his, scoring on a two-yard pass from Peyton Bender to tie the game at 7-7 in the middle of the first. Unfortunately, Sims wasn't able to do much else, as the talented senior is limited by the less-than-talented signal-callers on the Jayhawks. Kansas and Sims takes on Central Michigan next Saturday.
Sep 1 - 11:09 PM

Kansas freshman RB Pooka Williams will not be available for Saturday's season opener against Nicholls State.

According to the program Williams (5'10/170) is working through a "non-disciplinary matter," and there was no further information provided. A highly regarded recruit in the Jayhawks' 2018 class, Williams has the talent that can make him a factor in the team's running back rotation. But with this development, it's unclear when Williams will make his Kansas debut.
Sep 1 - 6:50 PM

Kansas redshirt sophomore OL Malik Clark was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's office, Clark was arrested a touch after 2:00 AM on Sunday morning. No further details as to the exact circumstance are known at this juncture. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder appeared in two games as a true freshman during the 2016 campaign after arriving on campus as a two-star recruit, but did not play last season, instead taking a redshirt. Kansas has not yet moved to publicly discipline the lineman, though a suspension or the like could still be coming down the pike in the next few days.
Aug 29 - 2:40 PM


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