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Kansas sophomore RB Khalil Herbert had 19 rushes for 137 yards and two scores in Saturday's loss to Ohio.

He also had two catches for 18 yards. For reasons that remain unclear to us, Herbert had only three carries for 10 yards in the first two games despite playing in both. It looks like Herbert has reclaimed his starting job.
Sep 16 - 3:28 PM

Kansas junior WR Steven Sims Jr. (ankle) returned to have six catches for 60 yards in a 42-30 loss to Ohio on Saturday.

Sims (5'10/176) missed last Saturday's 45-27 loss to Central Michigan due to an ankle injury. He should be ready to roll for the Big 12 schedule. Sims posted a 72-859-7 receiving line last season.
Sep 16 - 3:23 PM

Kansas redshirt junior Peyton Bender went 30-for-47 for 343 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 42-30 loss to Ohio on Saturday.

Bender looked better this week than he did in last week's debacle against Central Michigan, probably a combination of star WR Steven Sims being back and Bender gaining familiarity in this new offense. The efficiency hasn't been great, but Bender has thrown for at least 320 yards in all three games this year.
Sep 16 - 3:22 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty is unsure if senior DT Isi Holani (undisclosed) will play against Ohio on Saturday.

Holani suffered an undisclosed injury against Central Michigan in Saturday's loss.
Sep 13 - 4:23 PM

Kansas junior WR Steven Sims Jr. (ankle) is expected to return against Ohio on Saturday.

Sims missed Saturday's 45-27 loss to Central Michigan because of an ankle injury. Kansas' passing offense went into the tank without its star receiver. "We think that Steven is going to be available this week, which is good," HC David Beaty said. "He seems to be doing a lot better. I think that he’ll be fine. I’ll know a lot more today after we go through practice." Sims (5'10/176) posted 72-859-7 receiving line last season.
Sep 13 - 2:18 PM

Kansas junior WR Steven Sims Jr. left Saturday's loss to Central Michigan early after suffering an ankle injury.

Sims (5'10/176) finished with no catches. We'll update the star receiver's status when more is known.
Sep 9 - 8:12 PM

Kansas redshirt junior Peyton Bender went 32-for-62 for 323 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday.

This was the Air Raid gone bad. Kansas' run game was stagnant and its passing game was toothless, managing only 5.2 YPA and no touchdowns. Bender simply must work on his efficiency; he's now posted a 4/4 TD/INT rate against two poor defenses in CMU and SE Missouri State.
Sep 9 - 8:11 PM

Kansas redshirt junior LB Joe Dineen Jr. was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Dineen logged 2.5 TFL and a game-high 15 tackles in Saturday’s victory over Southeast Missouri State. Dineen becomes the first Kansas defensive player to win the honor since November 2016, when DE Dorance Armstrong Jr. won for his performance in Kansas’ 24-21 overtime upset victory over Texas.
Source: kansan.com
Sep 8 - 3:34 PM

Kansas junior WR Steven Sims Jr. caught four passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.

Sims (5'10/176) was a breakout star for the Jayhawks last year, and he was easily the best player on the field on Saturday night. His first score was an impressive 77-yard grab to make it 7-0 Jayhawks, and his second trip to the end zone came at the end of the second half to give Kansas a 21-7 lead. The ball is going to be spread around in the David Beatty offense, but Sims is going to see more than his fair share of looks, and he'll take advantage of them.
Sep 2 - 11:11 PM

Kansas redshirt junior Peyton Bender threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns along with two interceptions in a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.

A transfer who started his career at Washington State, Bender had a strong first start, albeit against substandard competition. He mostly made good decisions, and interceptions are going to happen in this pass-happy offense. He opened things up with a 77-yard touchdown to Steven Sims, Jr with 12:43 remaining in the first quarter, and he found Chase Harrell later in the quarter. He found Sims again at the end of the second quarter, making it 21-7 Jayhawks. His final touchdown came on a 57-yard strike to Ben Johnson, putting Kansas ahead 35-10 and putting the contest away. Bender will get another chance to put up big numbers against Central Michigan next Saturday.
Sep 2 - 11:04 PM

Kansas redshirt junior WR Ryan Schadler is healthy in advance of the Jayhawks' Saturday opener against Southeast Missouri State.

Schadler (5'11/191) missed the 2016 season due to a needed surgery to shore up a birth defect which involved the malrotation of the small intestine, large intestine and appendix. After recovering from that procedure, he participated in spring practice in full -- while transitioning from running back to slot receiver -- and has suffered no setbacks in the interim. He will be one of KU's starting receivers on Saturday.
Source: Diehards
Sep 1 - 7:27 PM

KUSports.com's Tom Keegan passes along that Kansas redshirt junior QB Peyton Bender will start against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.

Bender (6'0/187) transferred to Kansas out of the JUCO ranks this winter after being ruled academically ineligible at Washington State prior to the 2016 season (which forced the initial JUCO move). Back in February, ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree wrote that Bender "fits perfectly what the Jayhawks want from quarterbacks in their Air Raid offense." He won the job over sophomore Carter Stanley -- who has been dealing with a wrist injury -- during preseason camp.
Aug 31 - 1:06 PM

Kansas freshman WR Kenyon Tabor will miss the season with an undisclosed injury.

HC David Beaty described the 6-foot-4 true freshman as "promising." Tabor will redshirt. "We think he’ll be back full-speed and ready to go by next year, and I think it’ll do wonders to help him, because he’s already a big dude," Beaty said, "and in a year I could see him being a giant."
Aug 30 - 6:50 PM

Kansas junior RB Octavius Matthews was forced to medically retire due to a heart condition.

Matthews’ mother, Kristy Bradford, died because of heart complications in May. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Matthews was a hyped three-star JUCO recruit who chose Kansas over Auburn, among others. Khalil Herbert is locked in as KU's No. 1 running back.
Source: KU Sports
Aug 29 - 1:29 PM

Kansas dismissed sophomore LB Maciah Long for a violation of team rules.

While HC David Beaty declined to offer specifics as to the dismissal, Long was recently arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with use of a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property without consent value less than $1,000 and possession of marijuana/THC (this according to Douglas County Jail records). Long (6'2/245) began his career with the Jayhawks as a running back last season -- he saw two carries in 10 games -- before shifting over to defense this spring.
Aug 21 - 2:58 PM


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