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News, notes and quotes about Kansas coach David Beaty and Jayhawk football.

News, notes and quotes about Kansas coach David Beaty and Jayhawk football.

“CREAM TRULY RISES TO THE TOP”

Beaty said at his press conference last Saturday that he hopes to evaluate his players in the next two weeks and list the top two or three players at each position. He believes the process will work itself out easily.

“You've got to do it pretty quick for all the spots, you really do,” Beaty said. “You'd like them to start getting some cohesiveness together, so yeah, we're going to try to get that done pretty quickly with all of them. And honestly, it's not that difficult. If you were at practice I tell my mom, I'm like, ‘Mom, you really could do this because the cream truly rises to the top.’ They look different. There's a separation.

“And we talk to our kids about that all the time. Listen, when they're competing, you know. It's very clear who is doing it and who's not.”

HIGH HOPES FOR KINNER

Beaty has high hopes for junior college transfer Ke’aun Kinner. The explosive 5-9 running back earned National Junior College Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2014, where he rushed for 1,696 yards and 22 touchdowns on 253 carries at Navarro Junior College. He ranked second in single-season carries and topped the single-season per game rushing average list in NJC history.

“I think the key for us is making sure that we do a good job of making sure that he stays healthy because I think he's a guy that can certainly be maybe a guy we can build some things around this year,” Beaty said. “He's a lot stronger than I thought he was. He's a lot heavier than he looks. He's 193, 195 pounds, and extremely hard worker.

“He's got some burst,” Beaty added. “I've been around some really good ones. We'll just have to see. But he's got some real burst, and he finishes runs. He's a guy I'm glad is on our football team right now.”


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