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Kansas redshirt freshman RB Sam Skwarlo transferred to Coffeyville Community College.

The 5-foot-11, 209-pounder redshirted in his only season with the Jayhawks. Kansas wanted to move him to safety, and Skwarlo's departure is, in effect, a veto of that plan. "I wanted to switch to the offensive side and ultimately wanted to play," Skwarlo said. "I knew KU just wasn’t the right fit for me."
May 26 - 3:32 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty raved about freshman LB Kyron Johnson's speed this spring.

Johnson, a three-star recruit in the last cycle, is an undersized linebacker with cornerback speed (reported 4.41 forty). The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder "is an athletic player with good range and ... versatility ... [who could] impact early on special teams due to his play traits," ESPN noted in a scouting report. ESPN's Jake Trotter added: "The combination of that speed and Johnson's ability to deliver big hits could earn him immediate time on the field."
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman floated Kansas junior DE Dorance Armstrong Jr. as a possible future first-rounder.

The Jayhawks training staff helped Armstrong pack on nearly 40 pounds over the past two years. Already quick, now he's a 6-foot-4, 241-pound terror off the edge. Kansas HC David Beaty compared Armstrong Jr. to former Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett this spring. "[Armstrong] is unbelievable. He’s a freak. He is Myles Garrett, and Myles is a freak. This guy’s a beast," said Beaty. Armstrong led the Big 12 with 20 TFL and chipped in 10 sacks and a trio of forced fumbles last season. Beaty agrees that Armstrong will land in the first round of the 2018 draft if he declares at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 1:01 PM

Kansas redshirt junior RB Ryan Schadler transitioned to slot receiver this spring.

"With this Air Raid you’ve got to be able to just go, go, go. We wear the defense down in practice all the time just because we’re going and going and going and going," Schadler said of the system being installed by OC Doug Meacham. "If we can be the fastest team in the Big 12 in that category, I think we’ll be OK because you can catch defenses off guard." The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder missed the 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a birth defect involving the malrotation of the large intestine, small intestine and appendix. While that is heavy enough stuff, he was a full participant in spring practice, wrapping up with three catches for 37 yards in the spring game. Schadler is also a weapon in the return game, having averaged 22.7 yards per kick return during a healthy 2015 campaign.
Source: KU Sports
May 18 - 4:30 PM

Kansas redshirt sophomore TE Jace Sternberger will transfer.

Sternberger worked mostly on special teams this past season. On the offensive side of things, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder caught a mere one pass for five yards over the course of 10 games played. Seeing as how Kansas was the only Power 5 outfit to offer him a scholarship during the 2015 cycle, it will be interesting to see if he is forced to drop down to the FCS or JUCO ranks with this transfer.
Apr 8 - 12:51 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty compared junior DE Dorance Armstrong Jr. to Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett.

"[Armstrong] is unbelievable. He’s a freak. He is Myles Garrett, and Myles is a freak. This guy’s a beast," said Beaty. He believes -- strongly -- that the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Armstrong deserved to be named an All-American for his work this past season, when the then-sophomore posted 56 tackles (20 for loss), 10 sacks and a trio of forced fumbles without missing a contest. Beaty called Armstrong's All-American omission "shocking" and believes Armstrong will land in the first round of the 2018 draft should he choose to declare at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 12:51 PM

Kansas redshirt junior QB Peyton Bender and sophomore Carter Stanley shared the majority of the offensive reps at the first spring practice.

Stanley started the final three games last year. Bender, meanwhile, is the celebrated JUCO recruit -- and former Washington State quarterback -- attempting to unseat him. We'd give Bender the advantage in winning the starting gig in the Jayhawks’ Air Raid offense, directed by new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (formerly of TCU).
Mar 17 - 12:54 PM

Kansas redshirt junior T Charles Baldwin has lined up as the starting right tackle in spring practices.

Baldwin was the No. 1 overall JUCO prospect in 2016. He signed with Alabama and spent four months with the Tide before he was dismissed last May for an unspecified violation of team rules. He transferred to Kansas last August and sat out last season. Baldwin has been lining up across from KU defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., a first-team All-Big 12 defender last season. "We're making each other better," Armstrong said.
Source: ESPN
Mar 16 - 1:39 PM

Kansas hired Ohio DL coach Jesse Williams to serve in the same capacity.

"Jesse brings a wealth of technical knowledge that will be extremely valuable in our defensive line room because it all starts with those guys up front, especially in the Big 12 Conference," said HC David Beaty in a statement. Prior to this jump to Kansas, Williams had spent the last five seasons coaching up the Ohio defensive line. With the Jayhawks, he will try to coax the best out of All-Big 12 notables Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Daniel Wise.
Feb 18 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Chris Low pointed to Kansas as having the third-weakest non-conference schedule for 2017.

A team like Washington will get roasted for a soft non-conference schedule (Low ranks theirs as the easiest in the country), but Kansas is not in the same situation. As a developing team, the Jayhawks will be looking to use their early schedule to springboard toward an improved 2017. They will open against Southeast Missouri State on September 2, with games against Central Michigan and Ohio to follow. Both of the former contests will be played at home. There is a ton of positive buzz around KU at this point, particularly on the recruiting front.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 5:54 PM

Kansas added associate head coach to RB coach Tony Hull's title.

Hull has been on an incredible recruiting heater to start the 2018 cycle, helping the Jayhawks to a top-10 standing at this early juncture. He's a long-time coach in the Louisiana high school ranks who has deep connections in New Orleans. Hull looks like a rising star in the coaching industry.
Feb 8 - 4:24 PM

Four-star 2018 WR JaMarr Chase committed to Kansas.

Score another one for ace recruiter Tony Hull, who has deep in-roads in Louisiana. Chase is the No. 256 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite ranking. Incredibly, Kansas has the No. 9 2018 recruiting class in the country right now. Much can change, but the Jayhawks have come out of the gate firing in the new recruiting cycle.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 6 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree believes Kansas redshirt junior QB Peyton Bender could start from Day 1.

Bender, a former Washington State quarterback, is the No. 3-ranked junior college quarterback. The 6-foot, 187-pounder "fits perfectly what the Jayhawks want from quarterbacks in their Air Raid offense, and he'll get every opportunity to earn the starting spot in spring and summer drills," Crabtree wrote. Kansas HC David Beaty has said that he expects Bender to battle for the starting job with incumbent Carter Stanley. Beatty said Bender has a "freakish" arm: "His release is about as clean and as quick as I’ve been around," Beaty said.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 12:40 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from 2018 QB Clayton Tune.

Tune was one of four recruits to commit to the Jayhawks on Saturday. The Lewisville, Texas, native measures out at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. He brings a dual-threat aspect to the field. Expect his standing as a recruit in the 2018 class to clarify over the spring and summer. For the time being, he does not receive a star rating on Rivals, Scout.com or ESPN. Still plenty of time for that to change.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 5 - 4:16 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Corione Harris.

Harris was on-hand for KU's junior day on Saturday. He and four-star WR Devonta Johnson -- both of whom attend Landry High (Louisiana) -- subsequently took the commitment plunge with the Jayhawks. That HC David Beaty is finding some luck with form LSU pledges is a great sign for the program as they look to extricate themselves from the Big 12 basement. In the ESPN Jr. 300, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Harris slots in at a respectable No. 95. "Harris has all the tools you look for in a cornerback - size, speed, athleticism and toughness," notes the Worldwide Leader. ESPN adds that they believe Harris has the chops to succeed in both man and zone schemes.
Feb 5 - 1:39 PM


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