1st and 10: Explosive
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8/04 – Opening Day
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – In the National Football League (NFL) a season ago, 91 percent of scoring drives contained an explosive play on offense of 15 yards or more, and Friday’s second practice on the turf fields outside Memorial Stadium echoed that same sentiment from head coach David Beaty.
“If you win the turnover battle and create scoring drives off explosive plays, you win 98 percent of the time,” Beaty said. “It is evident at even the highest level. We need to create explosives on offense to be successful and at the same time, stop our opponents from having explosive plays. We do that, we are going to win games.”
The Jayhawks slung the ball all over the field connecting for multiple explosive plays until the defense showed up in the final team period to force a late takeaway – a perfect teaching opportunity for Beaty.
“I am so proud of the defense today,” Beaty said. “You faced some adversity and kept playing, and you turned the whole day in a single play with that turnover. With what we do on offense, we are never out of it. We don’t need much time to put it in the end zone, so keep playing – you did that today.”
That teaching moment reiterates the importance of fall camp. One-hundred and five brothers together for the first time, learning to play next to one another and keying off each other’s movements.
Friday’s cooler temperatures gave the Jayhawks a prime opportunity to bounce back from Thursday’s opener with heat indexes well over 100 degrees. The near-perfect conditions paved way for Beaty’s message to be heard and his teaching moments to be received, but not without a little maturity.
“We matured a little bit today,” Beaty said. “We had a lot of competitiveness on both sides of the ball and we got after each other. We have to be able to refocus and manage our emotion so it doesn’t manifest into selfish and devastating penalties.”
The back-and-forth chatter motivated both sides past exhaustion and culminated with a sense of achievement at the day’s end. The Jayhawks walked off the field knowing they gave it their all and left today better than they were yesterday – all Beaty can ask for.
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