|1897 Kansas Jayhawks football|
|Conference||Western Interstate University Football Association|
|1897 record||8–2 (2–1 WIUFA)|
|Head coach||Wylie G. Woodruff (1st season)|
|Captain||A. R. Kennedy|
|Home stadium||McCook Field|
|1897 Western Interstate football standings|
The 1897 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Western Interstate University Football Association during the 1897 college football season. In their first season under head coach Wylie G. Woodruff, the Jayhawks compiled an 8–2 record (2–1 against conference opponents), finished second in the conference, shut out seven of ten opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 253 to 16. The Jayhawks played their home games at McCook Field in Lawrence, Kansas. A. R. Kennedy was the team captain.
- "2017 Kansas Football Media Guide". Kansas University. p. 179. https://issuu.com/kuathletics/docs/17-ku-fb-media-guide-web.