If Kansas is going to upset anyone this season, tempo will be critical to their chances. Last Saturday, down 31-7 to South Dakota State, it was tempo that got Kansas back in the game and it is what head coach David Beaty has preached since day one. It’s the one item that can jumpstart their chances.
“I think the key for us is making sure that we control the tempo. And what I mean by that is just going one tempo fast. I don't know that that's always the answer now,” Beaty said. “In this day and age, there's some really smart people defensively, and if you keep the tempo at one tempo they get pretty good at being able to defend that. Now, when you can vary the tempo and you can do some things like that to keep chalk out of their hand last, that's really what we aim for.”
Going into the season, Beaty knew his team needed an identity going into last week’s 41-38 loss to the Jackrabbits. As the Jayhawks (0-1) prepare for game two against Memphis (1-0) on Saturday, he feels as if his team has if nothing else, done just that.
“I've got to take my hat off to our team, (quarterback) Montell Cozart and (offensive coordinator) Rob Likens, those guys did a tremendous job of really accomplishing a personal goal that I don't know that I spoke about, but I wanted to see happen, which is creating an identity for us offensively,” Beaty said. “I wanted to see that we were actually staying true to who we were and not just running a bunch of plays out there; that the things that we were doing, we had been practicing and we had done them over and over again and we could become a little bit more efficient at it.”