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The Morning Stake: October 4th

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  A-J Media’s Don Williams rites about some of the JUCO players returning to Kansas to play football. It was odd, and maybe it’s just me, but I’m guessing Don asked Kingsbury if he knew if the players were excited to return to Kansas and the answer was, “No, not really.” The odd part is that I can’t think of a reason to be excited to return to Kansas, no offense to Kansas. Anyway, here’s a bit from the article:

Thomas, Jones and Morgan all wore the purple and gold of the Butler Grizzlies. They went 8-3 in 2014 and 9-2 in 2015, the two seasons Thomas played there, and 7-5 in 2016, which was Jones’ and Morgan’s second season in the program.

Jones said his old coaches still keep in regular contact.

“They always text me, watch the games, follow up on me, write me on Twitter, stuff like that,” he said.

Transfers frequently go through an adjustment period that limits their contribution at the beginning, which was the case with Thomas. The senior from Dallas Skyline’s gone from a backup who made eight tackles in his first year post-Butler to a starter with 14 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in his first four games as a senior.

  A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook from yesterday’s press conference, including Texas Tech playing at 11:00 a.m. two weeks in a row, Kansas players Khalil Herbert and Dorance Armstrong, a Keke Coutee update, which there isn’t really one, he’s day-to-day, and a Da’Leon Ward update, which he’s on the team, but won’t make a decision until the end of the year. Here’s a bit about Coutee:

The injury Coutee suffered was to his knee, though it’s not believed to be serious or ligament-related.

Senior Ja’Deion High and sophomore Antoine Wesley stepped in Saturday when Coutee left the game in the third quarter.

“We’ve just got to have other guys step up,” Kingsbury said. “He’s been a big coog in what we’re doing, a dynamic playmaker who we’re trying to give the ball to in a bunch of different ways. But we have others. If he can’t play, we’ll find different ways to move the football.”

  Lawrence Jurnal-World’s Benton Smith writes about how the Jayhawks used the bye week to prepare for Texas Tech and self-assess where they’re at:

The self-assessment portion of the bye week for Bender included honing in on reads and seeing on video when and where mistakes were made. KU’s starting QB admitted his seven interceptions on the season are “too many.”

After getting some extra time to examine how he can improve, and having a loss to WVU as a barometer of where the offense is at, Bender agreed the bye came at an ideal time.

“It’s definitely nice, I think mentally and physically. Probably a little bit more mentally for me,” added Bender, who avoided injury while suffering nine sacks and other hits during the first four games. “But I know a lot of guys were playing a little bit banged up, so obviously the bye week’s always good for that. But, I think the bye week came at a good time. I think we’ve got a good stretch of games here where we can really compete, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do coming off last week.”

  Miscellaneous . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Patrick Mayhorn has what he’s learned last week in the Big 12 . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his Big 12 power rankings with Texas Tech at #5 . . .

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