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Kansas dismisses WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez

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The 2017 season hasn’t even officially begun and it’s already off to a bad start for Kansas. Senior wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez has been kicked off the team for a violation of team rules, as first reported by the Lawrence Journal World on Sunday afternoon.

The program did not specify the nature of Gonzalez’s violation, and head coach David Beaty was not available for comment.

A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Gonzalez originally signed with Texas A&M but followed Beaty to Lawrence after the former Texas A&M receivers coach took the KU job.

Gonzalez was the team’s second-leading receiver last season, hauling in 62 balls for 729 yards and three touchdowns. He caught eight passes for 131 yards against TCU, six for 106 and a touchdown versus Oklahoma State and five for 127 and a score opposite Kansas State.

Kansas reports for training camp on Monday; Beaty is expected to address the Gonzalez situation at his previously scheduled state of the team address on Tuesday.

QB situation at Kansas now looks to 4th string QB; Cozart out indefinitely

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Kansas head coach David Beaty simply cannot catch a break with his quarterbacks since being named the head coach of the Jayhawks. Quarterback Montell Cozart is out indefinitely with a shoulder strain. His backup, Deondre Ford, is also out for the year with a thumb injury. That means Kansas will have almost no other choice than to move forward with Ryan Willis.

Cozart had completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 752 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season. Ford appeared in just two games, as has Willis. Willis, a freshman, has attempted 18 passes and completed eight of them for 100 yards in his brief time on the field this season. He will now be given the first team snaps and have a chance to show what he can do running the offense. He is not exactly taking over at a good time, as if there is one for Kansas. Kansas takes on Baylor this weekend, followed by Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma before getting to Texas.

The Kansas quarterback instability started in the spring when Michael Cummings was taken out at the knee by one of his teammates in the spring game. That injury led to knee surgery that put him on the shelf.

It’s early, but Texas high school QBs are dominating the total offense charts

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We’re just three weeks into this marathon 2015 college football season, but one definite trend has emerged – or, perhaps more accurately, continued: if you want to move the ball in a big way, get a quarterback from a Texas high school.

Former Texas high school gun slingers occupy five of the top six total offense spots thus far, and the other – Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson – runs an offense under the tutelage of Dino Babers, who copied his playbook from Texas high school legend Art Briles during his time as a Baylor assistant.

Here’s the list:

  1. Matt Johnson (Bowling Green/Harrisburg, Pa.): 1,416 total yards, 472 yards per game
  2. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma/Austin, Texas): 1,201 total yards, 400.3 yards per game
  3. Seth Russell (Baylor/Garland, Texas): 782 total yards/391 yards per game
  4. Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech/Whitehouse, Texas): 1,158 total yards/386 yards per game
  5. Dane Evans (Tulsa/Sanger, Texas): 1,153 total yards/384.3 yards per game
  6. Trevone Boykin (TCU/Mesquite, Texas): 1,133 total yards/377.7 yards per game

Furthermore, Lone Star State signal callers Greg Ward, Jr. (Houston/Tyler, Texas) and Skyler Howard (West Virginia/Fort Worth, Texas) rank ninth and 11th, respectively, Matt Davis (SMU/Houston) stands at 17th, and Jerrod Heard (Texas/Denton, Texas) racked up a school-record 527 yards of total offense in Saturday night’s loss to California.

This is not a new trend. After all, we all remember the 2008 season when Colt McCoyGraham HarrellRobert Griffin III, Chase Daniel and Todd Reesing lit up the midwestern skies. But it does confirm that when coaches go quarterback shopping, they should start in Texas and look outward from there.

The Fifth Quarter: Week 1 Rewind

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As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.

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The Pac-12 came into the 2015 season looking to challenge the SEC for conference football supremacy.  While that may end up still being the case, it was a rough Week 1 in myriad regards for the Left Coast league, particularly its northern division.

First and foremost, No. 21 Stanford went into Evanston as heavy favorites only to be upended and upset by Northwestern.  And it wasn’t just that one of the preseason favorites in the North was beaten, it was that they were roughed up by the Wildcats and seemed to play timid on both sides of the ball.  More embarrassingly, a couple of hours later Washington State lost to FCS Portland State, which came into the game a 30-point underdog.

The South contributed to the first-week malaise as No. 15 Arizona State, viewed by some as a darkhorse playoff candidate (sheepishly raises hand), capped off the night with a 20-point loss to unranked Texas A&M.  At least that, though, was a loss to a Power Five school, and one from the stacked SEC West no less, in what was essentially a home game for the Aggies.

Add in Washington’s loss to Boise State — no shame in that — and Colorado’s loss to Hawaii Thursday night — a whole hell of a lot of shame in that — and it turned into a horrific lost weekend for the conference.  That said, remember how many were writing the Big Ten off a year ago at this time?  Yeah, it wouldn’t be wise to repeat that history.

WEAK 1?
If you thought that the Week 1 schedule, especially Saturday, was especially lacking when it came to compelling on-paper matchups, you’re not alone.  In fact, the raw data is sitting right along side you.

Opening weekend, and including the two still remaining, there were/are 87 games involving FBS teams.  Of that, 11 pitted Power Five vs. Power Five (for this exercise, I’m considering BYU a P5); another 47 — more than half — featured FBS teams playing an FCS team.  There were 22 Power Five teams that opened their season against an FCS team, with the ACC far and away leading the cupcake way with seven.  The Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 had four apiece, while the pastry alley that is the late-season SEC lagged behind with three.

There were also 23 games played between Power Five and Group of Five teams.  The SEC accounted for eight of those games, while the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 saw four each.  The FCS-heavy ACC had three such games.

It wasn’t just the Power Fives feeding on the FCS, though, as 25 Group of Five teams opened against the former Div. 1-AA.  The remaining six games saw Group of Five squads squaring off against each other.

While most of the FBS feasted on their FCS cupcakes, a handful choked on them.  Two that lost to FCS teams were Power Five members in the aforementioned Wazzu and Kansas (South Dakota State, more on that below) and two were Group of Five teams in Army (Fordham) and Wyoming (North Dakota).

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Vernon Adams transferred from Eastern Washington to Oregon earlier this offseason and ultimately earned the Ducks’ starting quarterback job.  As luck would have it, Adams’ current and former teams squared off in the season opener in Autzen Saturday night, and there was one interesting development in UO’s 61-42 win.

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David Beaty announces he agreed to coach Kansas on Twitter

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It’s official. Well…it’s Twitter official.

David Beaty, who previously served as Texas A&M’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, announced he agreed to become the new head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks on Twitter. So, that’s about as official as one can get in today’s news cycle.

Reports surfaced earlier in the day that Beaty was Kansas’s leading candidate and that he had been offered the position.

The 44-year-old coach spent three seasons as an assistant coach during Mark Mangino‘s successful run as the Jayhawks’ head coach before landing at Texas A&M and coaching in College Station during the past three seasons.

The university officially welcomed its new head football coach to its ranks 12 minutes after Beaty’s initial tweet.

“David Beaty is well-respected in the football community and brings to KU great vision, passion and energy,” Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “He has a bright football mind and is known as one of the best recruiters in the nation.”

It didn’t take Beaty long to make his first move. He already made the first hire to his coaching staff.