LAWRENCE — Kansas football’s spring showcase will once again take on a different look this year.
The Jayhawks will hold an open practice at 1 p.m. April 28 at Memorial Stadium, a shift from last year’s full, four-quarter scrimmage format and the fourth consecutive year with a structural change to the annual event. The session, which will be KU’s final practice of the spring period, will highlight a day of program-related activities.
The event will resemble a traditional practice with a handful of scrimmage-like situations. The reason for the switch, a team spokesperson told The Topeka Capital-Journal, was an injury-related lack of depth at certain positions such as offensive line that made fielding two full teams difficult, if not impossible. The team’s coaches made the call to err on the side of caution and go with the more low-risk practice setting.
David Beaty’s group played a full exhibition last spring and even held a player draft ahead of that event. The program tried an offense-versus-defense format two springs ago that featured a series of untimed drills in simulated situations and an overall more lax structure. In 2015, Beaty’s first year at the helm, the Jayhawks held the traditional exhibition format in a contest that saw senior and incumbent starting quarterback Michael Cummings suffer a season-ending knee injury.
This year’s spring showcase will also, for the fourth consecutive year, include an alumni flag football game, slated for a noon start. Admission for all events will be free, as will all parking, with the exception of the Mississippi Street garage.