The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a gut-wrenching loss to Texas Tech in Week 11, a 16-13 defeat that all but eliminated them from Big 12 title contention heading into Week 12.
Quarterback Jason Bean left the game with a head injury and did not return, leaving KU to roll with Cole Ballard at quarterback. The freshman struggled in his first meaningful snaps of college football, as most anyone would, completing nine of 20 attempts for 124 yards and one interception, with three sacks taken on the day.
Heading into the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State, the Jayhawks need to have an experienced quarterback under center if they have any hopes of ending a 14-game losing streak to the Wildcats, and it appears there might be some hope for the Jayhawks.
According to Kansas OC Andy Kotelnicki, Bean has made progress since his injury on Saturday and was actually taking reps at practice on Wednesday, which is a very positive sign for his availability this weekend.
“Jason’s practicing today,” Kotelnicki said, unabated. “He took a bunch of reps. That’s all I’ll say. Took a lot of reps.”
Getting Bean back on Saturday in front of a home crowd would be massive for the Jayhawks, who are looking for their first eight-win season since the Mark Mangino era and can get there with one more victory this season. Doing so against their bitter in-state rival whom they haven’t beaten since 2008 would make it that much sweeter for the folks in Lawrence.
Kansas and Kansas State are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. CT kickoff on FS1, with K-State being favored by 7.5 points as of Wednesday afternoon.