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2015 Kansas Spring Game Preview and Open Thread

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New coach David Beaty gives us our first look at the 2015 Jayhawk footballers.

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The annual spring game gets underway at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 25, at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, KS.  Admission and parking are free, so come on out!  Here's what to look forward to.

The Jayhawks have been hard at work with 15 practices across the past month or so.  For at least the second year in a row, there is a considerable amount of pessimism surrounding the Kansas football program.  The gridiron boys are coming off the failed Charlie Weis regime which was preceded by the infamous Turner Gill experiment.  Hopefully, things are as low as they can get and we'll finally start back on an upswing.

New head coach David Beaty and his staff have attacked the KU football program with a ton of zeal and enthusiasm.  How soon - or if - that will translate into success on the field is, obviously, TBD.

Not much is known about the format of the game.  The Jayhawks only return 44 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from last year's team.  Some players to keep an eye on might be newcomers Bazie Bates (S), Chase Harrell (WR), and Ke'aun Kinner (RB).  Returning players to keep an eye on might be Rodriguez Coleman (WR), Corey Avery (RB), Kryon Watson (LB), Jacob Bragg (OL), and Jordan Shelley-Smith (OL).

It will also be interesting to see which quarterbacks play well, and see if Michael Cummings, Montell Cozart, or TJ Millweard seem to have separated themselves from the rest.

As for scheme, you may not even recognize the team that takes the field on Saturday.  With the coaching change, KU is implementing an Air Raid offense and is expected to shift back to either a 4-3 or a 4-2-5 defense.

Schedule

11 AM; Gates to the stadium open

11 - 1 PM;  Bike Fair, Parking Lots 58 & 65

11 - 1 PM;  Kids Fun Zone, Practice Fields

11:30 - 1 PM;  Tailgating tents (Williams Fund and K Club Members)

12 - 12:25;  Alumni Flag Football game, Memorial Stadium

1 PM; 2015 Spring Game, Memorial Stadium

Postgame; Train Like a Jayhawk (Kids grades 1-6), Memorial Stadium

How to Watch

Come on out to Lawrence!  Otherwise the game will be televised live on the Jayhawk Television Network in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area and nationally on ESPN3. The game will also be broadcast live across the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Radio Network, with an audio stream also available at KUAthletics.com.

Position Breakdowns

Check out RCT's position previews:

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Safeties

Cornerbacks

Special Teams

Discussion Questions

What player or players are you most looking forward to getting a look at?

Will the Jayhawks stay out of the cellar this fall?

What is a realistic win goal for the 2015 campaign?