KU football OC Doug Meacham not the only talented newcomer

Kansas will be better at quarterback, deeper at receiver, more experienced on the offensive line and armed with a dedicated offensive coordinator who does not have to spread himself think by handling head-coaching responsibilities.

It all should add up to the most high-scoring KU football team since Mark Mangino was the head coach and Todd Reesing was the quarterback.

A look at five individuals who bring the Jayhawks a different look on offense than they had during a 2-10 2016 season in which KU too often wasted strong defensive performance:

Kansas receiver Daylon Charlot soars back to get in line during team stretches at the beginning of practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas receiver Daylon Charlot soars back to get in line during team stretches at the beginning of practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

1 - Daylon Charlot: The Alabama transfer gives Kansas three receivers with big-play potential, joining Steven Sims and LaQuvionte Gonzalez. Not only that, with Charlot fielding punts and kick returns, the defense will have company in giving the offense good field position. Kansas had negative punt-return yardage last season, so going from the worst in the nation to above average, a realistic expectation, indirectly will lead to many more points. His work ethic and humble attitude made him a favorite of the coaching staff during his red-shirt season.

FILE — Washington State head coach Mike Leach, left, talks with quarterback Peyton Bender during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. Bender transferred from WSU after his redshirt freshman season, and after spending a year with Itawamba Community College, signed with Kansas football. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

FILE — Washington State head coach Mike Leach, left, talks with quarterback Peyton Bender during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. Bender transferred from WSU after his redshirt freshman season, and after spending a year with Itawamba Community College, signed with Kansas football. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

2 - Peyton Bender: Head coach David Beaty takes great care to avoid hyping newcomers so as not to clash with his earn-it philosophy, but it's difficult for him when discussing Bender. His Air Raid history dating back to high school and ultra-quick release rank high among the traits that most excite Beaty. I'll be shocked if he doesn't win the starting job.

TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham talks to his players on the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 41-20.

TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham talks to his players on the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 41-20.

3 - Doug Meacham: He'll be calling the plays, which takes that responsibility off of Beaty's too-full plate. When the head coach runs one side of the ball, nobody with authority oversees him, not an ideal situation. Now Beaty will oversee Meacham, a big factor in TCU having its two best offensive seasons (2014 and 2015) under vastly improved quarterback Trevone Boykin. New quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley will play a big role in the offense as well.

Kansas newcomer, Charles Baldwin, 72, a transfer from Alabama, gets stretched out with the offensive line during practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas newcomer, Charles Baldwin, 72, a transfer from Alabama, gets stretched out with the offensive line during practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

4 - Charles Baldwin: Highly ranked juco prospect didn't do his repuation any favors in his one (spring) semester at Alabama and was tossed from the team. So the burden of proof is on him. If he brings a better attitude to spring football and summer conditioning he could become the biggest faster in an improved offensive line.

Derby senior receiver Kenyon Tabor jumps up to catch a pass in front of Free State junior cornerback Gabe del Valle during the Class 6A state semifinals on Friday.

Derby senior receiver Kenyon Tabor jumps up to catch a pass in front of Free State junior cornerback Gabe del Valle during the Class 6A state semifinals on Friday.

5 - Kenyon Tabor: At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Tabor gives the KU quarterbacks a big target and he's not just big, he's physical and blessed with outstanding hands. No reason the Derby High standout can't make a big contribution from the start of his career.

Woodland off to strong start in Hawaii

Gary Woodland follows his drive off the 17th tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament Thursday in Honolulu.

Gary Woodland follows his drive off the 17th tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament Thursday in Honolulu.

Former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas, 23, became the youngest golfer to break 60 in a PGA tour event when he fired an 11-under 59 in Thursday's first round of the Sony Open. Fresh off his victory in the Tournament of Champions, Thomas is being pursued by, among others, former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland, who shot a 6-under 64 to put himself in an eight-way tie for fourth heading into today's second round.

Woodland tees off at 4:10 p.m. Central time and Golf Channel will cover the event from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Woodland ranks 50th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

A check of the play-by-play detailed on pgatour.com reveals that the three longest putts Woodland made in the opening round came on back-to-back-to-back holes, all of which he birdied. Woodland teed off on No. 10 and hit putts of 36 feet, 11 inches, 20 feet, four inches and 9 feet, 7 inches on holes 12 through 14.

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Buck Bukaty

IMO the sizable number of Comments to the new OC hiring post(s) is evidence of the immense excitement of things to come in the Jayhawk football program. A true indicator of the support a solid football program is hoped for.

On my wish list is one or two additional Offensive Linemen to show up and surprise us for the next recruit signing day. A couple of big/quick dudes ready to go reasonably soon! Can't have enough respectable depth on the lines!

Would also like to see WR Chase Harrell's size and jumping ability contribute this and coming seasons!

11 months, 1 week ago

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Tom Keegan

If either Harrell or Tabor could be a big contributor I think that woud be huge because they have size, which should translate not just to receiving but blocking on some of those screens that didn't work too well last season. Maybe Malik Clark could be the surprise O-lineman of the coming season.

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Andy Godwin

You were being kind "blocking on some of those screens that didn't work too well last season", but are highlighting a very important area that must be improved if this offensive scheme is to be successful. The horizontal game was pitiful and Beaty kept going to those plays even after the receivers demonstrated game after game that they were not very good blockers as a group.

11 months, 1 week ago

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Buck Bukaty

Or maybe learn some of those phantom pick routes Clemson runs ;-)

I'll have to look up Mr. Clark. Not familiar with his body of work off the top of my head.

11 months, 1 week ago

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Buck Bukaty

How sad OL have to toil in obscurity.....just checked the roster and a number of OL do not have their handsome photos posted. Somebody isn't doing their job earning it! How 'bout some respect!

11 months, 1 week ago

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Dirk Medema

Malik was a freshman that redshirted I believe, so you shouldn't find any body of work for him collegiately. He was 1 of 7 freshman, plus 4 RSF on the OL. I believe a number of them were walk-ons, and might have not been on the team yet for picture day. Lots of room for growth there. Coach Yenser has his work cut out for him.

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Dirk Medema

Hopefully, Mr. Tabor surprises the heck out of debut I certainly hope we have better new reasons to be hopeful. Especially when he's coming in to a position behind 4 of our best players. Now the DB's, that where we need some new blood to step up in a big way. Massively ginormously huge way.

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