Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Decision by Beaty to Instruct Punt Returners Adds More to KU Coach's Plate

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Decision by Beaty to Instruct Punt Returners Adds More to KU Coach's Plate

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Musings at the mid-week:

- You want to believe David Beaty when the Kansas football coach says the assistants who left after last season received better opportunities.

- You wonder, however, when Beaty takes over play-calling, then goes as far as to take over the technical instruction of catching a punted football.

- That was the latest personal oversight he announced in light of muffed punts by LaQuvionte Gonzalez.

- Just this offseason, a longtime special teams coach with 15 years of Big 12 experience was hired.

- We were told Joe DeForest would provide the coaching needed to reshape that important third phase.

- Now Beaty wants to step in after one game and provide punt returners his own instruction.

- The simpler move would be to remove Gonzalez off punt returns for now, but let the junior practice that discipline.

- Gonzalez is best left to excel on kickoffs after a 99-yard touchdown against Ohio.

- Opportunities in that game favored Gonzalez's role on kickoffs anyway. He returned six kickoffs against Ohio, compared to two punts.

- During Bill Snyder's weekly press conference Tuesday he mentioned a fullback who was bigger than any four of the media members present.

- To that, I smirked along with Tim Fitzgerald of Powercat Illustrated.

- We were both flattered, though.

- Snyder exaggerated (I think) that Kansas State has had "100 practices and we haven't played a home game yet.''

- That was about all the anxiety he feels, however, in regard to his 25th home opener with the Wildcats, a matchup Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

- "By and large there isn't anything different,'' Snyder said, indicating he feels the same going into any game on the schedule.

- Baldwin sophomore Dayton Valentine did something against Stanford no K-State tight end managed all of last season.

- Catch a pass.

- Doubt he becomes a prolific receiver in K-State's system. With vast inexperience along their offensive line, the Wildcats will mass- protect as much as LifeLock.

- Happy for Gary Woodland making it into the finals of the PGA playoffs, the FedEx Cup. …

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