Carter Stanley hasn't noticed things leaning in one direction or another with the KU football starting quarterback competition.

The sense around the program, though, is that might start to change moving forward.

To this point, KU has only participated in two practices with pads. The quarterbacks — Stanley, Miles Kendrick and Peyton Bender — have rotated in and out of various drills and have split up reps evenly between the three of them. But things figure to heat up with the team's first full-on scrimmage coming this Saturday. 

"Yeah, I think it'll be awesome," said Stanley. "You know, we've been doing team periods, 11-0n-11 in these first couple practices we've had, but I think that scrimmage will be a lot for us, it'll be good for us. We'll be able to move the ball down the field and do some drives, so I think it'll be good."

KU coach David Beaty went into a little bit of detail about the logistics of the scrimmage during his Thursday press conference. It will contain about 135-140 plays, Beaty said, and essentially be more like a game than a typical practice.

There will be two full scrimmages and two half scrimmages. Then there were also be a few tackle days, Beaty said, and then some more physical situations, which will help the staff figure things out. 

“After Saturday we should know a lot more," Beaty said before repeating himself. We’ll know a lot more [about the QB competition] Saturday.”

While Beaty didn't come out and say it, the hope may very well be to narrow the race down to two quarterbacks following the scrimmage.

Beaty mentioned back at Big 12 Media Day in Frisco that he was looking to narrow things down as soon as possible. Saturday would presumably provide the first real chance to do so.

“We’d like to do that, but like I said, we won’t trim it just to make everybody happy," Beaty said. "We are going to trim it when it naturally occurs. It’s not about happiness, it’s about doing the right thing. It’s about doing the right thing for that Jayhawk on our chest. We can’t work off the motions and perception. We need to work off reality.”

As for how the various quarterbacks are feeling heading into the scrimmage, Stanley was quick to note he won't be approaching things any differently just because of the format of the practice. 

"You definitely have got to put yourself in that [gameday] mindset, but at the same [time], it's essentially a practice," Stanley said. "You've just got to do your job, focus on the details and work on your craft."

Kendrick, on the other hand, said the scrimmage should serve as a good marker of progress for the offense regardless of everything else.

"It's just a good opportunity to get better and see how these days — how much we've collectively improved so far," Kendrick said. "As an offense, are we on the same page? Are we making the right reads? Are we putting the ball in the right spots? Are we seeing what we need to see? Are we not making stupid mistakes, stupid penalties? Just things like that."