Monday Notebook: Bender, Stanley fighting for starting job at QB

Jon Kirby, Publisher- Football Editor
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It will be an important week of practice between Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender. Beaty feels both quarterbacks have to be ready and the ability to help the team.

“It will be no different than we prepare in each week,” Beaty said. “All of our guys know they are only as good as their next snap. It is all about competition each and every day getting yourself ready to play. From our standpoint we have two very, very capable quarterbacks who can help us.”

After watching the film Beaty said both quarterbacks showed good and bad things from the Texas Tech game.

“Carter did some good things and then some things that he has to knock the rust off of a little bit,” Beaty said. “He still had two turnovers in the game and we have to manage those. He did some good things as well just like Peyton. Peyton did some good things in that game as well. We’re going to need both of them as we go down the stretch. I’m excited to have both of them because they’re capable moving forward.”

The starting quarterback likely won’t be known until game time on Saturday.

“I’m never going to announce a starter,” Beaty said. “I’m just not going to do it. It doesn’t give us any advantage and it makes a little tougher on the defense.”

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Two-quarterback system presents challenges for defense

Iowa State used a two-quarterback system to defeat the third ranked Sooners in Norman. Former quarterback Joel Lanning who converted to linebacker moved to his old position and mainly was used in running situations.

“I am a big Joel Lanning fan and I have been since I watched him play two years ago,” Beaty said. “He is a tough, tough guy. He gets moved to linebacker and is a terrific player over there and then comes back to quarterback like he did and didn’t skip a beat at all.”

Kyle Kempt, a fifth year walk-on, threw for 343 yards in his first start.

“I know he has been there for a long time and you can tell that he is a guy that is extremely smart and understands that offense,” Beaty said. “He does a good job of taking care of the ball and not putting it in jeopardy. That is more than half the battle for a quarterback. He’s got plenty of arm to do what they want to do and a smart enough to get the ball out quick.”

Beaty says players spirits aren't down

The Jayhawks are headed on the road the next two weeks after a lop-sided loss at home against Texas Tech. Despite another slow start Beaty said his team has kept their focus during the rough stretch.

“I have said it on numerous occasions we have the right guys on our team,” Beaty said. “They care and they know that this job that we have playing in this conference is never an easy one. The thing that I think about most of the time when we talk to our guys is on Monday morning half the teams and that in the country are going to be feeling the exact same way.”

Beaty said his team didn’t show any signs of losing enthusiasm when the team took to the practice field on Sunday.

“Every one of those guys was in here for practice yesterday chomping at the bit to get ready and move forward and try to get over that hump,” he said.

Jayhawks started and finished slow

The Jayhawks didn’t start or finish the game well against the Red Raiders. But Beaty said they fought back at one point and had chances to make it closer.

“That game was one that you take your hat off to coach Kingsbury and his guys,” Beaty said. “They came in here and did what they needed to do. With about 7 minutes left ago in the third quarter we had just cut it down to two scores and had the ball back right before we had a big turnover. We were a lot closer than what some people thought we just didn’t finish the game well.”

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