KU quarterback competition headlines media day

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KWCH) -- Four guys are competing for the top QB spot during the first week of KU fall practices, and each one brings something different.

The Jayhawks return redshirt junior Carter Stanley and senior Peyton Bender.

Based solely on 2017 snap count, Bender is the obvious front-runner with 273 attempts last year, 90 more than Stanley. However, now Beaty is considering JUCO-transfer Miles Kendrick in the mix.

Beaty said there's a huge advantage to picking that starting role early on in the fall, but he's going to make that decision based off what he sees in practice this preseason instead of what he hopes to see in the future.

"I've seen a renewed sense of competition between those three guys that I think is really good," he said. "I think each one brings a little bit of a different strength to the table which makes each one have to work harder to improve that area of the game."

Bender started the majority of the 2017 season, and sees the competition as a fire under his tail to keep his spot.

"Bring another guy in and it makes it that much harder to win the job because there's one more guy there," he said. "I've always said... doesn't matter who I'm competing against, how many guys I compete against. I go out there and compete with myself every day."

Carter Stanley is the only quarterback who has been with the program for his entire career.
"We know we compete every day at every position. Really nothing changing," he said. "Just going out there and being the best we can be."

Miles Kendrick is already turning heads since he transferred from College of San Mateo (JUCO) this year. The three-star dual-threat player is ready to take the reins if he's chosen.

"We want to get ready as fast as possible for September 1st and be prepared."

Quarterback isn't the only position on Beaty's offense up for grabs. Roughly eight players are snapping the ball right now, trying to fill the gap left on the offensive line. Alex Fontana has separated himself from the pack, according to Wide Receiver Steven Sims.

"He's like the most vocal center we've had. I don't think I've heard our center and talk and scream at people like he does. I'm happy he's here."