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Five things to watch for at KU football's spring showcase

KU's David Beaty discusses QB competition

Kansas Jayhawks football coach David Beaty discusses his team's quarterback battle on April 5, 2018.
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Kansas Jayhawks football coach David Beaty discusses his team's quarterback battle on April 5, 2018.

The Kansas football team will hold a spring showcase/open practice at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, with coach David Beaty choosing to not have an official spring game because of a lack of depth on the offensive line. There is no admission charge for the event, and the showcase will be televised locally on Spectrum Sports KC (listing of other networks in Kansas here) and streamed outside Kansas and the KC metro area on ESPN3. Here are five things to watch for Saturday:

1. QB competition

In what has become a yearly tradition, KU will conclude spring practices with an ongoing competition at quarterback. Juco transfer Miles Kendrick has received the most early buzz, and at 5 feet 10, he'll undoubtedly get Todd Reesing comparisons if he's able to land the starting gig. The other main challenger will be Peyton Bender, who was inconsistent last season but still has a big enough arm to win the job outright.

2. The Rookie

True freshman cornerback Corione (pronounced Cor-ee-ON) Harris graduated a semester early from high school with the belief he could make an immediate impact in the fall. There's a good chance he will, too. Harris, who ranked as Rivals' 105th-best player in the class of 2018, is the top prep to sign with KU since Rivals began its scouting service in 1999. Though Harris' starting spot isn't guaranteed, Beaty has already mentioned him as one of KU's standouts this spring.

3. Faces in the crowd

Beaty has done a good job in years past of getting former players to come back for the spring game, and the coach potentially could have his largest gathering of pros at Memorial Stadium this weekend. The KU football Twitter account announced this week that NFL players Chris Harris, Ben Heeney, Bradley McDougald and Steven Johnson would be among the alums coming back to campus.

4. Turned Tide

A story line to watch all season will be receiver Daylon Charlot, who has had a strange career arc since transferring to KU from Alabama. After scoring a touchdown in last year's spring game, Charlot wasn't able to crack KU's two-deep at wideout for most of the 2017 season, posting just one catch before being moved to safety for the final few games. He's back at receiver now, and it'll be worth tracking the former four-star recruit's progress in the coming months.

5. Flag football fun

KU fans, if they show up early, can catch KU's alumni flag football game at noon. There have been memorable moments from the exhibition in the past, which included 89-year-old World War II veteran Bryan Sperry scoring a touchdown in 2015.