Preparing for a road game in the Big 12 can be a difficult task, especially when it means heading to a different time zone to take on West Virginia in a night game environment.
This week, the Jayhawks went about preparing for the road environment in a relatively unique way and they will certainly be used to hearing a John Denver classic by that time.
KU has had a hard time winning in Morgantown, going 0-6 to this point, but they will certainly be ready for what awaits them on Saturday night.
“Shout out to Jimmy Le our video coordinator. He’s already worked ahead and every opponent fight song that they’re going to play on the road and what they play in their stadium is all queued up and ready to go, so we’re preparing for an environment we think we are going to go into,” KU offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday.
“Everybody’s pumped up. They (KU coaches) have been trying to keep it loud so we can lock in, so we can communicate at a high level with all the noise,” KU senior safety Kenny Logan Jr., said after practice Wednesday.
“We want to make sure we click on every aspect in communicating well.”
Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels was impressive in Week 1, completing 15 of 18 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception and rushed for 29 yards on three carries and a score. In Week 2, he looks to be the spearhead for an upset bid, and he doesn’t mind the choice of song this week at practice.
“Honestly I don’t even pay attention when it comes on. I’m really just in a practice mode,” Daniels said. “It’s not just that song per se, we have a lot of crowd noises out there as well to simulate how it’ll be in the game. It’s an enclosed stadium from what I’ve heard. They said it’s supposed to be loud when we’re out there. We’re just trying to put ourselves in a game situation in practice so when we go out there we’re able to play our game.”
“Their front seven is good. They are able to move around. They are very good at trying to distort an offense. We have to be able to go out there and execute what we’re able to do.”