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Kansas redshirt senior LB Joe Dineen Jr. recorded the most run stops among returning FBS linebackers with 53.

Dineen recorded a whopping 133 tackles, 22 for a loss, and 2.5 sacks in 2017. He was named the Big 12 player of the Week in Kansas' only win last season over Southeast Missouri State where he recorded 15 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Dineen will continue to be one of the Jayhawks few defensive playmakers in 2018.
Jun 13 - 3:17 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior OL Kevin Feder transferred to Kansas as a graduate.

A happy Memorial Day, indeed, for Jayhawks HC David Beaty and company, as not only do they get Feder on a graduate transfer -- meaning he'll be eligible to play immediately this year -- but they also land the 6-foot-9, 303-pounder with two years eligibility still remaining to his fair name. A former four-star recruit, Feder struggled to break into rotation in Columbus, with a nagging foot injury playing some role in his failure to take a step forward once he hit the collegiate ranks. Fresh start in Lawrence, now.
May 28 - 12:03 PM

Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger has been relieved of his duties.

A nice way to say canned. This is big news for the athletic program, obviously, but it's especially big -- and potentially ominous -- news for Kansas HC David Beaty. Beaty was likely on the hot seat either way, but the 3-33 record he's put up in four years along with a new athletic director coming could be a bad sign for the 47-year-old coach. Don't expect an immediate change, but the Jayhawks will have to show significant improvement in 2018 if he's going to be back.
May 21 - 11:26 AM

Kansas season-ticket sales are down 65% from their high-water mark in 2009.

The Jayhawks were drawing $9.5 million in season-ticket sales in 2009, a cashflow which has dwindled to a mere $3.4 million for the most recent season. None of this is particularly surprising -- Kansas has not won more than three games since that aforementioned 2009 campaign -- but it is rather dreary nonetheless.
May 6 - 3:09 PM

Cowboys selected Kansas DE Dorance Armstrong with the No. 116 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Armstrong (6’4/257) turned pro after three years as a Jayhawk, tallying 34 career tackles for loss and 15 sacks but slumping to 9 TFLs and 1.5 sacks as a 2017 junior following a monster sophomore campaign. Scouts attributed the downturn to a scheme change which asked Armstrong to set the edge more than attack. Although Armstrong ran slower than expected (4.87) in Indy, he shined in agility drills, confirming the twitched-up quickness Armstrong won with in the Big 12. A relentless edge player, Armstrong offers sneaky three-down potential as a talented run defender and pass rusher.
Apr 28 - 12:59 PM

Army junior RB Donovan Franklin has transferred to Kansas.

This isn't something you see too often as Franklin will have to sit out a year due to elgibility. Franklin originally went to Army as a cornerback and was a two-star recruit. He then switched to running back and only recorded one carry for seven yards in his career at Army. He will look to fight for a role on the Jayhawks during the 2019 season.
Apr 25 - 4:07 PM

Kansas OC Doug Meacham has additionally been named quarterbacks coach.

Meacham was hired over from TCU last winter. At the time, he took on the role of wide receivers coach in addition to his offensive-coordinating duties. He'll be shifting over from the receivers room to the quarterbacks room, now, with Justin Johnson taking on his former position. Johnson had been working as an analyst before he received the promotion to KU's on-field staff.
Apr 6 - 3:43 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty revealed on Thursday that redshirt senior T Charles Baldwin left the team last fall.

Baldwin (6'5/315) stood as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO prospect when he initially signed on with Alabama in February of 2016, but was dismissed from the Tide in May of that year due to an unspecified violation of team rules and subsequently transferred to Kansas. After sitting out the 2016 season in Lawrence, he was seeing first-team snaps at right tackle in spring practice a year ago. And then everything fell apart. Despite his early signs of competitiveness, Baldwin was unable to make a starting push in August camp and fell off the depth chart altogether in September. He hasn't been with the team since. Baldwin is expected to graduate from Kansas later this spring and will likely be seeking a new home via transfer. It's a disappointing conclusion to what was initially an encouraging addition for Beaty and company.
Apr 6 - 2:54 PM

Kansas redshirt junior C Mesa Ribordy has left the team due to what a program spokesman called an "undisclosed medical condition."

While Ribordy is currently away from the team dealing with his health concern, it is not known at this time whether his absence is permanent or merely temporary. If permanent, it's going to cause a headache on the depth chart. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder started 10 of 12 games for the Jayhawks last season.
Apr 5 - 2:32 PM

Kansas promoted graduate assistant Cassius Sendish to safeties coach.

Sendish earns the promotion with previous safeties coach Todd Bradford accepting a job in the oil industry this week. He's in the embryonic stages of his coaching career, having just recently wrapped his career as a defensive back with the Kansas program.
Mar 22 - 6:42 PM

Kansas S coach Todd Bradford has left the staff to rejoin the oil industry.

Bradford previously worked in the oil industry for four years following his being fired from defensive coordinating duties at Maryland in January of 2012. He was brought onto the Jayhawks' staff prior to the 2016 season, working two seasons as linebackers coach under HC Dave Beaty before being shifted to safeties coach this offseason.
Mar 20 - 2:27 PM

Kansas edge rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr. ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Armstrong (6'4/257) did not exactly tear up the dance floor on this one. Earlier in Indianapolis, he recorded 20 reps on the bench press. Beyond the athletic marks, Armstrong showed up weighing in more than 10 pounds heavier than Kansas' listing for the 2017 season. There's some thought that outside linebacker might be Armstrong's best fit for the pro ranks. He's a probable Day 2 selection for April.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 2:11 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Lance LeGendre.

Without being too hyperbolic, this might be one of the biggest get of Jayhawks coach David Beaty's time with Kansas. LeGendre pledges to the Jayhawks over offers from teams like Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Oklahoma State. He ranks as the ninth-best quarterback in the class, and the 15th best player in the state of Louisiana.
Feb 26 - 2:34 PM

An NFC director of scouting said that Kansas edge rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr. "will help himself at the combine."

"Don't read too much into that sack total this year (Armstrong recorded two in 2017). They didn't really cut him loose this year," the scout said, adding that he remains a big fan of Armstrong as a prospect even despite his drop in production. The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder posted 10 sacks during his breakout 2016 season with the Jayhawks. In a rare cross-sport scouting observation, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein refers to him as possessing the "build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard." The analyst compares Armstrong to former Browns edge rusher Kamerion Wimbley, who was drafted with the No. 13 overall pick in 2006. We don't expect the Kansas stud to rise quite that high, but he's a good bet to be off the board by the end of Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 3:59 PM

Kansas received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 JuCo G Reuben Willis.

Willis chooses the Jayhawks over West Virginia, and also was considering East Carolina and New Mexico. The mammoth 6-foot-4, 330-pound guard ranked fourth among the junior college guards in the country by 247 Sports, and 77th overall. With his size and power, he should be a candidate for immediate playing time for the Jayhawks in 2018.
Source: KU Sports
Feb 5 - 4:45 PM


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