1. Jason Bean was thrown into the fire last minute
You can say what you want about Jason Bean’s 9-for-21, 136-yard passing performance, but he was put into about the worst situation one can imagine. A player who had been taking reps with the second team all week long in practice suddenly was starting against the nation’s third-best team. While everyone is supposed to maintain the “always be ready” mindset, there’s not a single backup quarterback in the nation who’d be ready for the test Bean faced yesterday.
We can’t assume that Daniels will play any game moving forward until we see him take an in-game snap. Bean will probably start a handful of games again this year. The coaching staff has lacked transparency with the fans, and it’s becoming a real issue. So you can blame Leipold and whoever else you’d like, but don’t blame the student-athlete who couldn’t have been put in a worse position.
If Daniel Hishaw Jr. let him keep the triple option on that crucial 4th-and-1 situation, Bean could have been leading Kansas football to a go-ahead scoring drive late in the third quarter. He deserves a round of applause for that much.