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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."
Dec 10 - 5:40 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.
Dec 5 - 11:50 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.
Nov 16 - 7:42 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.
Nov 10 - 6:05 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.
Sep 28 - 6:10 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).
Sep 28 - 3:21 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
Sep 28 - 10:07 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.
Sep 21 - 5:42 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.
Sep 15 - 7:27 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."
Sep 7 - 9:21 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman predicts Kansas HC Charlie Weis will be the first coach from a Power 5 conference to be fired in 2014.

"After going 1-17 in Big 12 play in his first two years at Kansas, the 58-year-old comes into this season already on thin ice," Feldman wrote. "Won't help that his team lost its top two running backs to season-ending injuries or that word is he's falling asleep in team meetings." Earlier this summer, NFL.com also highlighted Weis as sitting on one of the nation's hottest seats. "What, exactly, has Weis done on the college level to lead anyone to think he can get this program going in the right direction?" wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. "He has a five-year contract, but another two-win season may lead KU administrators to pull the plug. There are two eminently winnable games in September. But another 0-9 Big 12 mark looks possible." Kansas has two winnable games on the schedule against Southeast Missouri State and Central Michigan. Outside of that, they travel to Duke and play nine Big 12 games.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 26 - 6:40 PM

Kansas lost its top two tailbacks -- Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox -- to season-ending injuries last week.

Not only that, but the injuries occurred within 24 hours of each other. But it gets worse for Charlie Weis, whose seat is so hot it must feel like he's sitting on the devil's throne: Darrian Miller, the early projected starter, left the squad in June, and KU's top recruit, freshman Traevon Wrench, is at a junior college after failing to make grades. True freshman Corey Avery or JUCO transfer De'Andre Mann, both new to the school, are now in the driver's seat to start. "While De'Andre and Corey lack experience on the Division I level, they both have had excellent camps," he told reporters Tuesday. "The team is well aware of this situation and is excited to make the run game successful."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 10:01 PM

Former Maryland WR Nigel King transferred to Kansas.

As a graduate transfer, King is eligible to play immediately. Good thing, that, as Kansas isn't exactly ocean-deep at receiver. In fact, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound King is already No. 2 on the depth chart. He has a real chance to earn a starting job immediately in a Charlie Weis offense that should be better (it can't be worse). Last year, King ranked third on the Terps with 33 catches, fifth with 450 receiving yards, and No. 1 with four receiving touchdowns.
Aug 7 - 8:54 PM

At Big 12 Media Days, Kansas HC Charlie Weis said teams playing without a mobile QB means they are playing with 10 men versus 11.

It is an interesting idea and something that many college teams are definitely implementing, in some cases sacrificing passing ability for mobility. It really is up to what the team's head coach and/or offensive coordinator wants to implement. We think there are different types of mobile quarterbacks. For example, Jameis Winston is not an agile ball carrier, but he is very aware and evasive in the pocket. Obviously it is ideal to find a quarterback that combines both skills, but the Andrew Lucks and the Cam Newtons are rare.
Jul 21 - 11:54 AM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis must do better than last season's two-win campaign or face dismissal, notes NFL.com.

"What, exactly, has Weis done on the college level to lead anyone to think he can get this program going in the right direction?" wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. "He has a five-year contract, but another two-win season may lead KU administrators to pull the plug. There are two eminently winnable games in September. But another 0-9 Big 12 mark looks possible." The Jayhawks will open the season with a victory against Southeast Missouri State, and should be favored a few weeks later when they host Central Michigan. Other than that, they travel to play an improved Duke program and then embark on a treacherous nine-game Big 12 schedule. Weis' time as a major collegiate coach looks to be drawing to a close, unless he can pull a rabbit from his hat.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 3:38 PM


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