Kansas head coach Lance Leipold waits with his players to run onto the field before a game against Illinois on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Lawrence, Kan. | Charlie Riedel, Associated Press
The third question that Kansas football coach Lance Leipold fielded Monday during his weekly news conference with reporters in Lawrence was what stands out about BYU, the Jayhawks’ opponent this Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.
Leipold didn’t immediately refer to BYU’s surprising 38-31 win over Arkansas, its 3-0 record, or any of the Cougars’ specific players who have shined this season on both sides of the ball.
“Well, again, I think what is probably made a lot about is, of course, probably the age and maturity of the team. You know, I think average age of the roster is like, over, is 22 years old, or something, versus what a traditional college roster is. So the size and maturity and those things, experience. Well-coached.” — Kansas coach Lance Leipold on BYU’s football team
Rather, the 59-year-old coach, who has been KU’s head coach since 2021 after successful stints at Buffalo and Wisconsin-Whitewater, brought out that old, well-worn claim that BYU’s players are older and more mature than most of their college football counterparts.
“Well, again, I think what is probably made a lot about is, of course, probably the age and maturity of the team,” Leipold said. “You know, I think average age of the roster is like, over, is 22 years old, or something, versus what a traditional college roster is. So the size and maturity and those things, experience. Well-coached.”
Leipold wasn’t far off on his estimation of the average age of the BYU player.
According to BYU sports information, which produces the number on an annual basis because of the interest in the matter, the average age of the 2023 team…
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Publish date : 2023-09-19 00:00:00
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