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Les Miles plays it mum on Kansas quarterbacks

KU quarterback Carter Stanley runs against OU in 2017. (Photo by Ian Maule, Tulsa World)
KU quarterback Carter Stanley runs against OU in 2017. (Photo by Ian Maule, Tulsa World)


New Kansas coach Les Miles is playing it coy about the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback. The Jayhawks open the Miles era Saturday against Indiana State, and Miles said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference that he won’t announce a quarterback before the game.

“You certainly can go to the game and watch to see how they’re going to be played,” Miles said. “We like our quarterbacks and we’re going to let ‘em play out.”

The candidates are junior Thomas MacVittie, who spent two years at Pittsburgh before transferring to junior college, and senior Carter Stanley, who has made nine starts over the previous three seasons.

“Obviously, we’re going to take our competition to the back end of the week,” Miles said. “We’ll know exactly who’s going to start, but it’s going to be late. It’s good news, because both quarterbacks are talented. I would imagine two could conceivably play. We’re contemplating that as we go through game week.”

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Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe (72) hits Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley (9) after he threw a pass during the NCAA football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, November 18, 2017. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe (72) hits Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley (9) after he threw a pass during the NCAA football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, November 18, 2017. IAN...

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