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Kansas senior ILB Ben Heeney "is a 'right time, right place' type of linebacker and that's not by accident as he anticipates well with a quick first step to put himself in position to make plays," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Those instincts have served him well during West practices, along with his toughness at the point of attack to take on blocks, never slowing his momentum until the whistle blows," Brugler wrote. "The measureables and athleticism aren't special, but Heeney is in the mold of a throwback tough guy at the position who will make it tough on NFL coaches to cut him." Playing for the hapless Jayhawks, Heeney was ultra-productive outside of the spotlight. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, who accrued 127 total tackles and 17 TFL in 2014, is looking like a mid-round pick. His stock, however, appears to be on the upswing after a great week of Shrine Game practices.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 5:08 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zeirlein reported from the Shrine Game that Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney is "generating draft buzz, more than I had anticipated."

"Heeney checked in at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, which is undersized by NFL standards," Zeirlein wrote. "But conversations with multiple personnel men yielded the same result: Heeney can play in the league. NFL teams love production, and when it comes to production as a tackler, Heeney was near the top with 127 total tackles, 17 of them for loss. Heeney plays the game downhill and he continued to do that in practice on Tuesday by consistently beating offensive linemen to the spot and disrupting the running game." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculated previously that Heeney will probably make the NFL as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 1:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney is a "classic overachiever."

"Heeney leaves it all on the field with his throwback style, thriving on his instincts to be a hunter," Brugler wrote. "His stiffness and lack of range limit his NFL upside, but there's a lot to like about his play speed and read/react skills." Scouts will get a closer look at Heeney in the East-West Shrine Game later this month. If he latches on with an NFL team, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculated that it will probably be as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 4:10 PM

Kansas junior WR Nigel King will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to the Lawrence Journal World.

King transferred to Kansas prior to this season and produced 30 catches for 537 yards and one touchdown in 2014. We honestly know nothing about his game, so check back throughout the scouting process once his tape has been reviewed.
Source: LJWorld
Jan 3 - 12:54 PM

Kansas senior CB JaCorey Shepherd accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Many feel Shepherd was snubbed from the All-Big 12 First Team. He's coming off a huge season in which he led the Big 12 with 18 passes defensed. A decent showing in the postseason for scouts should get Shepherd's name called on Day 3. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior runs a 4.55 forty.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 08:56:00 PM

Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Playing for the hapless Jayhawks, Heeney has remained anonymous to most fans. He should not be discounted as an NFL prospect, however. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently wrote that Heeney has continued to play "productive football." If he latches on with an NFL team, Pauline speculated that it will probably be as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:40:00 PM

Kansas will hire Texas A&M WR coach David Beaty as the school's next head coach, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Beaty already has ties to the Kansas program, as he coached wide receivers there from 2008-2009 and was the co-offensive coordinator there in 2011. Along with being A&M's receivers coach, Beaty has held the title of recruiting coordinator for two years. Feldman points to those Texas recruiting ties along with Beaty being a former high school head coach.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 11:50:00 AM

Kansas reshirt senior WR Justin McCay had one catch for 15 yards in Saturday's loss to TCU.

Not much to see here, obviously. McCay is a former five-star recruit who had some promise coming into the season, but he's only caught 16 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. Over the summer, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that McCay had the frame (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and athleticism to possibly emerge as an impact receiver. He simply hasn't done much with any of that this year.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:42:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline observed that despite Kansas' continued mediocrity, Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney has continued to play "productive football."

Heeney has 101 tackles to lead the team through nine games. 10 of those have gone for loss. The senior also led the team in tackles in 2014. "Entering the season with a middle round grade from scouts, he’s a good football player who lacks top measurables," noted Pauline. If he latches on with an NFL team, Pauline speculated that it will probably be as a back-up linebacker and special teams player.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 06:05:00 PM

Kansas athletics director Sheahon Zenger confirmed that the school has fired head coach Charlie Weis.

"I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season," Zenger said. "But I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away." The Weis era was as a nightmare for the Jayhawks. During his 6-22 run, the team curiously became worse and worse at passing the ball, one area of coaching expertise Zenger believed he was bringing to Lawrence when he hired the former Patriots' and Chiefs' offensive coordinator. Zenger announced KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen as interim head coach.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 06:10:00 PM

Kansas senior WR Nick Harwell had five catches for 39 yards in Saturday's loss to Texas.

The Jayhawks had one of the nation's most anemic pass offenses in 2013, and they've done nothing to rehabilitate Charlie Weis' image this year (Weis was fired after the game). Kansas went 12-for-32 for 140 yards and five interceptions through the air in the loss to the Longhorns. Harwell won't come anywhere close to his production between 2010-2012 (64/871/6, 97/1,425/9 and 68/870/8), when he played for Miami (Ohio).
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Kansas has fired head coach Charlie Weis, according to beat writer Matt Tait.

This is after 28 games as the Jayhawks' head coach, posting a 6-22 record during that time including a 23-0 loss to Texas on Saturday. "Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen will take over as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season," Tait writes.
Source: KU Sports
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Kansas redshirt senior WR Justin McCray had two catches for a 66 yards and a touchdown on Saturday versus Central Michigan.

McCray was mostly absent in this game, but he had one huge moment that changed the game. With score knotted at 10-10 with a little more than 13 minutes to go in the game, McCray hauled in a Montell Cozart pass and raced to a 60-yard touchdown. McCray has NFL tools, but he's a difficult player to evaluate because Kansas struggles mightily to get balls to their receivers (117th-ranked passing offense last year). "McCay was a highly-regarded recruit a few years back due to his frame, athleticism and natural ability and 2014 might be the year he emerges as an impact talent," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in June.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 05:42:00 PM

Kansas senior WR Nick Harwell's "game has regressed," hurting the perception that he has an NFL future, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"There was a point in time when Harwell was spoken about as a potential middle round choice," Pauline wrote. "That was three years ago when he played at Miami-Ohio but since then Harwell’s game has regressed. He’s totaled 6 receptions for 55 yards in two games this season and one of the contests was against a IAA opponent. Despite receiving late round grades from a number of scouts Harwell has average size/speed numbers and shows no dominant trait to his game." Hartwell posted huge numbers at Miami (Ohio) -- 64/871/6, 97/1,425/9 and 68/870/8 in three seasons, respectively -- but hasn't been the same since transferring to Lawrence prior to last season after his dismissal due to off-field issues.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 07:27:00 PM

Kansas senior WR Nick Harwell had four catches for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his Jayhawks' debut in Saturday's win over Southeast Missouri.

You may recall that Hartwell posted huge numbers at Miami (Ohio) -- 64/871/6, 97/1,425/9 and 68/870/8 in three seasons, respectively -- earlier in his career. Harwell transferred to Lawrence prior to last season after he was dismissed due to off-field issues, and NCAA rules forced him to take a redshirt in 2013. He could be in line for a big season with a Jayhawks squad that doesn't have many other weapons and will playing from behind often. "Harwell displays quickness in his breaks and smooth redirection skills, creating a cushion in coverage with his short-area route quickness," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in June. "While the measureables aren't ideal for the NFL level, he is proven and if he can be productive in Kansas' suspect passing attack, Harwell will attract attention as a possible NFL Draft pick."
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