Kansas football is giving 2 different quarterbacks a chance to win the job, but Miles Kendrick showed he is the frontrunner.
The loss to Coastal Carolina was not a good way to start the season for the Kansas Jayhawks, but at least fans to see Miles Kendrick emerge as a strong option to be the starting quarterback moving forward.
Kendrick, a former JUCO recruit, was definitely the better performer between him and other KU quarterback Thomas MacVittie. Kendrick went 15 of 24 for 156 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. MacVittie, on the other hand, went 5 of 9 for 20 yards and tossed an interception on the first offensive possession of the game.
When the Jayhawks were letting MacVittie run the offense, the team wasn’t doing much. They had a promising first possession that ended in a pick and after that, MacVittie wasn’t effective and as a result, KU was on the wrong end of a blowout.
Kendrick came in and struggled at first, but came into his own in the second half. The first touchdown pass he had was a 14-yard strike to Andrew Parchment and it was a beauty of a throw and a beauty of a catch. That touchdown and the two-point conversion got KU back into the game and motivated them.
Kendrick struck again in the fourth quarter when he connected with Kwamie Lassiter II on a 5-yard touchdown that made it a 12-point game. The Jayhawks went on to loss, but Kendrick did what he could to get his team the win.
While it’s very likely that Les Miles lets both quarterbacks get a chance to play in their next game against Baylor, Miles Kendrick should get the first crack at being under center and running the offense. If he plays well and keeps the Jayhawks in the game, then the team should stick with him moving forward.
It’s going to be tough for Kansas to get more than a win or 2 this year, but if they want to get even that, Miles Kendrick needs to be the quarterback moving forward.
It’s true that KU relies heavily on Pooka Williams and the rest of their run game, but they’ll need a decent quarterback to make plays. MacVittie had a chance to show what he could do and once KU handed the keys to the offense to Kendrick, the Jayhawks made a game of it, but unfortunately it was too little, too late. The damage had already been done.
What do you think, Kansas football fans? Is Miles Kendrick the frontrunner or do you think Thomas MacVittie deserves another opportunity to prove what he can do?