Kansas To Start Freshman QB Against Baylor

The Bears offense is now number one in the NCAA averaging 745.3 yards per game and 63.8 points per game.


KU has produced multiple interceptions in each of its last two outings.

The attrition leaves freshman Ryan Willis as the team’s starting quarterback.

In fact, other than a slightly lower completion percentage, Russell’s 2015 numbers – 1,281 yards, 19 TDs, 172 rushing yards and three TDs – most closely resemble those thrown up by Griffin’s 3-1 start in 2010, when RGIII started with 1,308 yards and 18 touchdowns and added 173 yards and three TDs on the ground.

The nation has noticed.

Baylor quarterback Seth Russell against the Kansas defense.

“Baylor has tremendous personnel”, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said.

But Baylor’s style doesn’t fit in that category. And, of course, Coach (Art) Briles is an fantastic coach. Moving on to the Baylor defense, there are certain areas where it measures up well against the Jayhawks.

Despite his past connection to Beaty and Kansas, Russell said this week’s game held no special significance. “I don’t know how you slow Baylor down because I’m not sure anyone has”. Our guys are going to be excited to play, ready to go. As the head man at Houston from 2003-07, Briles posted a 34-28 record with the Cougars and guided them to four bowl games.

“Obviously a great challenge, one of the best teams in the country coming in here”, Beaty said Monday. He said recently, “I feel God opened up the opportunity to make a better decision for myself”.

By the way: Baylor, at 9.4 yards per offensive snap, is averaging almost a first down per play. “He just had to go through the bad and get to the good and understand his role in the system and be disciplined and know what he’s doing”. He started his emphatic fist pumps after kicker Cole Netten splits the uprights on extra points last season but now fans and the media are starting to notice.

Here are a few things to watch for as the Bears visit the Jayhawks on Saturday. “I love everything that this university stands for. I’m so much smarter now with my football IQ because of Coach Bennett”.

In Saturday’s victory over Kansas, Fischer replaced his fist pump by simulating a bow-and-arrow shot.

“Being there, of course, you want to continue that tradition”, he said. “That’ll draw a flag”.

“I think the last time I had a team rep was the third day of fall camp”, he said. “Limiting possessions is going to be big”. “Our coaches keep it simple, but the “Bear” is asked to do a lot”.

The Jayhawks (0-4) also lost top quarterback Michael Cummings to a season ending knee injury during the spring game.

The week before, in a 70-17 blowout of Rice, Blanchard flipped the game around when he chased down quarterback Driphus Jackson, punched the ball out and recovered near midfield with the Bears only leading 14-10.

Russell was a commitment to Kansas coach Turner Gill. The duo has combined for 72 total stops and rank fourth on the Big 12 charts with 36 tackles apiece. Big Ten: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern.

Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker speaks his mind and has displayed great leadership for the Sooners. But the Wildcats’ pass defense might not be up to the task of stopping TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson.


“It’s entertainment. It’s made-for-TV football. His turn has come, so we’ll see where we go from here”. So beating Kliff Kingsbury’s squad at least showed us that Baylor could hang with a very good team. “If we can get out of there 7-6, I’ll get on the plane as happy as I can be”, he said. Then you back that up with ability, and that’s where he’s at now. “The preparation, the focus, everything”.

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart right runs from Iowa State defenders Bobby Leath and Willie Harvey during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 3 2015 in Ames Iowa. Iowa State won 38-13