KU’s Steven Sims, Khalil Herbert eyeing bowl game in 2018
Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports
FRISCO, Texas — David Beaty held back on making any bold predictions at the 2018 Big 12 football Media Day.
One year after predicting an increased win-total for his squad at the event, Beaty only predicted that the team would know its standing by Christmas — meaning he wasn’t going to throw out a number or any set expectation.
The players, though, did want to make one thing clear.
“It’s different, it’s different. I think we’ve got the right guys, right attitudes, ready to come in and work,” said junior running back Khalil Herbert . “We’ve got a lot of seniors, so the experience is there. I think we just have the right guys now in the locker room.”
During the player interview session, Herbert was asked if bowl-eligibility was poker online a goal of the Jayhawks, who had won just three total games in the Beaty-era three seasons.
After responding with a “yes sir,” Herbert expanded a little on why he feels the way he does.
“I want to do anything in my power to help the seniors get a bowl before they leave,” Herbert said. “So that’s a goal. Win games. Bowl game.”
Others didn’t even need to be prompted by the idea.
Senior wideout Steven Sims agreed with Herbert’s assessment, than an older 2018 KU football squad should be more prepared than the teams of past years.
“Yeah, definitely, we noticed that,” Sims said of the number of experienced players. “We know this is probably the most experienced team since I’ve been here the last four years. So I think this is going to be a big year for us. Our leadership and the things we’ve learned from our mistakes have to take over this year.”
Asked for his individual goals, Sims’ first four words had nothing to do with a statistic — at least an individual one.
“Win a bowl game. Just win,” Sims said. “Just help my team win in any way possible, special teams, just do whatever I can to help my team win.”
While the goal may seem out there, it’s far from shocking that players on a college team would have high hopes for their program.
Even with the players who didn’t go as far as to predict a bowl game, there seemed to be some consensus in setting goals that would be considered by some to be impossible to reach.
“The next step is to continue to focus on the small things, continue to work hard, continue to take care of our bodies off the field, stuff that’s going to help us on the field,” said senior defensive lineman Daniel Wise . “Obviously we want to win games and be the best defense in the Big 12, so I think the steps to take to do that are continue to work hard off the field and get your body right.”
Regardless, with Fall Camp underway and the first practice of August taking place on Friday, the Jayhawks will get their chance to work toward those markers.
KU’s season will kick off on Sept. 1 against Nicholls State at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.