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The father of Colorado State junior RB Deron Thompson told a KWCH television station in Wichita that his son is transferring to Kansas.

Thompson left the Colorado State program in March. At the time, he explained, "It just didn’t seem like it was ever a priority to get me on the field. I never was late to meetings, never was in trouble, never failed a drug test. I did everything I was asked and felt I was as good as anyone else out there." The 5-foot-10, 178-pounder saw just seven carries for 49 yards during his sophomore season in 2015. A former three-star recruit, Thompson will have to sit out the coming campaign, but will have two years eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

Kansas redshirt junior QB Montell Cozart was granted a hardship waiver.

What that means is he has two years of eligibility remaining. Kansas' starting QB in three of the first four games of 2015 (66-of-105 for 752 yards with two touchdowns), Cozart suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Iowa State. Cozart was Wally Pipp'd by Ryan Willis, so the guess here is that he'll settle in as the backup QB who can be used in sub-packages.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 8:57 PM

The NCAA granted Kansas redshirt junior QB Deondre Ford's medical hardship waiver.

Ford will enter the fall with two years of eligibility remaining. He appeared in only two games last season before suffering a season-ending thumb injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 6:45 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon argues that Kansas junior WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez will have a bigger impact on his new team than Oklahoma sophomore QB Kyler Murray.

Both are Texas A&M transfers. Chatmon thinks Gonzalez could go down as "the foundation of the Jayhawks under [HC David] Beaty" and advises Kansas to get him the ball "at least 10-15 times per game." Gonzalez looked tremendous this spring and in Saturday’s spring game. If he succeeds, Chatmon argued, his impact could linger long after his graduation. "Beaty already has terrific connections in the Lone Star state but for recruits to actually see Gonzalez star in a Jayhawk uniform could open doors that were locked before the former Aggie excelled in Lawrence, Kansas," he wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 10:48 PM

The parents of Daisy Tackett, a former female member of the Kansas rowing team, are suing the university for "misleading the public by representing campus housing as safe" after she reported being sexually assaulted by a football player in 2014.

The player who allegedly committed the assault was not named, but Tackett herself has requested that media outlets use her name in their reports. While the attack was said to have occurred in autumn of 2014 (just three months into her freshman year at Kansas), Tackett did not come forward with the allegations until a year later, when a fellow teammate told her that the same football player assaulted her as well. Tackett told the Dallas Morning News, "At first I was reluctant. Then I realized if he’s assaulted two people, he has assaulted more or will assault more if we don’t do anything about it." Tackett left the university in January, having experienced extreme alienation and isolation after she reported the assault to authorities.
Mar 13 - 3:27 PM

Kansas sophomore QB Ryan Willis will miss spring practices due to an injured right wrist.

When asked if Willis was the starter entering spring ball, HC David Beaty hedged a little, saying the sophomore was the "incumbent." The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Willis started the final eight games of last season as a true frosh. While Willis recoups and looks on from the sidelines, Montell Cozart, Deondre Ford, Keaton Perry and Carter Stanley will divvy signal-calling duties. "I love all of those guys," Beaty said. "We’ve got some talented (quarterbacks). It’s gonna be an interesting race."
Mar 9 - 5:28 PM

Kansas head coach David Beaty has taken over offensive play calling and coaching quarterbacks.

This has to come as a blow to Jayhawk offensive coordinator and QB coach Rob Likens, basically stripped of responsibility but still an assistant on the coaching staff. "Rob is still going to carry the same title," Beaty said. "But I’m gonna call the offense, and I’m gonna coach the quarterbacks this year. And that doesn’t have anything to do with Rob. It has to do with me. I want to be more actively involved with the QBs and what we do offensively." Likens will now become an extra coach. "He’s a little bit more of a walk-around guy right now," Beaty said. "It allows him to help me a little bit. Rob can go address some of the running-back stuff, some of the O-line stuff, and we get a chance to come back and make sure we’re really doing everything efficient." Kansas' average of 331.5 ypg ranked No. 115 nationally last year.
Mar 9 - 1:48 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that Kansas will hire Rice DL coach Michael Slater to serve in the same capacity.

Slater's been with Rice the past four seasons, but after Kansas lost DL coach Calvin Thibodeaux to Oklahoma, they needed to log themselves a replacement and it appears Slater is their man. This is another nice coaching step as he looks to climb the FBS ladder. He began his career as a defensive graduate assistant at Rice in 2007.
Feb 27 - 1:32 PM

The NCAA granted Kansas senior WR Shakiem Barbel's medical redshirt request for an extra year of eligibility.

"We are excited to have Shakiem back for another year," said Kansas head coach David Beaty in a released statement. "He is a great teammate and a guy with some quality experience. It will be valuable to our program to have him in our locker room and back out on the field with us." Barbel appeared in all 12 games last year and finished with 15 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Feb 25 - 5:25 PM

Kansas freshman LB Kendall Duckworth and redshirt sophomore CB Eric Rivers were arrested for an alleged robbery.

Police responded at 2:25 a.m. on Saturday after a man reported that he had been robbed by two people outside Jayhawker Towers. Kansas HC David Beatty's acted swiftly, writing in an email, "I am aware of the situation and am in the process of gathering all of the facts. Eric Rivers has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. For the time being, Kendall Duckworth has been suspended from all team activities." Rivers earns the dismissal because he was involved in a separate incident a day later, one in which he allegedly attempted to touch a KU female student in inappropriate fashion without her consent. He remains in custody under suspicion of sexual battery and criminal restraint.
Feb 22 - 10:38 PM

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey reports that Kansas DL coach Calvin Thibodeaux is a "leading candidate" to capture the same position at Oklahoma.

The Sooners lost DL coach Diron Reynolds to Stanford earlier this month. In looking to fill the vacancy, it appears that the 32-year-old Thibodeaux is a strong possibility to take over for Reynolds. Adding fuel to speculative fire, Thibs graduated from Oklahoma in 2006. The former defensive end earned All-Big Ten honors in 2005. He's previously coached at the FBS level with Tulsa (2012-2014) before ascending to the Jayhawks' line man prior to last season.
Feb 22 - 8:52 PM

Kansas freshman QB Ryan Willis completed 35-of-50 balls for 330 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 30-20 loss to Texas Tech.

We're going to go ahead and call this one: Willis is going to be a four-year Jayhawk starter. He's the most promising signal-caller to pass through the program since perhaps Todd Reesing. Today, in his second start, he put a major scare into the 5-2 Red Raiders. Kansas trailed by only a field goal with the ball late when Willis made his one pivitol mistake, an interception Jah'Shawn Johnson returned for a score to seal the deal. Either way, the 6-foot-4, 211-pound freshman has shown good promise in limited action.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 05:44:00 PM

After rushing for 270 yards through his first two games, Kansas junior RB Ke'aun Kinner has logged just 71 on the ground in his last two contests combined.

Kinner's the one true Kansas player who deserves DFS consideration on a weekly basis, but his last two contests have not been kind to him. The 5-foot-9, 186-pound junior carried the ball 16 times for 25 yards against the season-long disaster movie that is Rutgers football two weeks ago, then followed it up with another sad panda outing of 11 carries for 46 yards in Saturday's loss to Iowa State. This weekend's showdown with Baylor is a problematic spot for a possible rebound game. Not only is HC Art Briles' team relatively strong against the run (144 rushing yards allowed on average), their video game offense is almost certainly going to bury Kansas early. Kinner's best case scenario would be a close game that sees the Jayhawks pounding the rock through him to keep Seth Russell and company on the sidelines. That's just not going to happen. His October 17 showdown with Texas Tech represents a much more palatable opportunity for those curious about this deeper DFS option.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 11:07:00 PM

Kansas freshman QB Ryan Willis will start Saturday's game against Baylor.

Willis entered the season as a third-string quarterback, but multiple position injuries have allowed him to rise to starter on the depth chart. Starter Montell Cozart is out indefinitely with a shoulder strain and backup Deondre Ford is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 season due to a thumb injury. For his part, 6-foot-4, 211-pound freshman Willis completed 8-of-16 passes for 100 yards after Cozart left Saturday's match-up with Iowa State. A three-star recruit out of high school, Willis will immediately be thrown into the fire against Baylor on Saturday. While he could eventually turn into a successful starter, it would be a risky DFS play to toss him into the lineup against the Bears.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 04:16:00 PM

Kansas junior QB Montell Cozart is out indefinitely due to a shoulder strain and will miss Saturday's contest with Baylor.

Cozart was forced out of Saturday's game against Iowa State due to what's being deemed a left shoulder sprain. This, on top of a thumb injury to backup QB Deondre Ford, has freshman QB Ryan Willis now in-line to start against Baylor this coming weekend. Prior to the shoulder issue, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Cozart had thrown for 752 yards with a 2/1 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown across four games.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 04:02:00 PM


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