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Kansas coordinator Rob Likens describes Jayhawks’ new spread offense (+video)

KU offensive coordinator Rob Likens discusses offense, QB battle

On Monday, Aug. 10, Kansas' Rob Likens discussed KU's freshmen QBs, Ryan Willis and Carter Stanley, and juco transfer Deondre Ford. Video by Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com
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On Monday, Aug. 10, Kansas' Rob Likens discussed KU's freshmen QBs, Ryan Willis and Carter Stanley, and juco transfer Deondre Ford. Video by Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

LAWRENCE – Four days into fall camp, Kansas offensive coordinator Rob Likens is still learning about his two true freshman quarterbacks, Ryan Willis and Carter Stanley. But a general theme emerged Monday, when Likens spoke to reporters before the Jayhawks’ fourth practice of the fall.

It won’t be easy for a first-year freshman to win the starting job — at least right out of the gate.

“I’m not saying it can’t be done,” Likens said, “but it’s just very unique.”

The main reason: time.

There is approximately four weeks between the start of fall camp and the first week of the season. The first of those weeks, Likens says, is spent installing the offense. And the last is used for game prep. That leaves just two weeks to beat out any incumbents.

“This is why you don’t see many starting, true freshman quarterbacks out there across the country,” Likens said.

Watch Likens discuss the Jayhawks’ new up-tempo spread offense and his thoughts on the quarterback race, including Willis, Stanley and juco transfer Deondre Ford.

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