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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Kansas DB Kevin Short "has very little chance of being drafted [in the supplemental draft] despite his intriguing 6-foot-2 frame."

Short came to the Jayhawks via the 2013 JUCO class, but he never played for them after taking a redshirt in 2013. He was ruled academically ineligible in 2014 and then left school for personal reasons, according to then-Kansas coach Charlie Weis. He hasn't played in a game since 2012.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 3:56 PM

Kansas redshirt senior QB Michael Cummings underwent knee surgery.

Cummings suffered a left knee injury in April's spring game after being tackled by walk-on safety Michael Glatczak. "It was a complete freak accident," said Cummings. "I have reviewed the film from Saturday and Michael Glatczak was being blocked down the field and had his back to the action for almost the entire play. At the last second he turned to make the tackle without having any idea who was carrying the ball. He is a great kid, a great teammate and again it was just a very unfortunate accident." Kansas hasn't released an ETA on his return, but Montell Cozart figures to enter the season as starter.
Source: News OK
Jun 10 - 9:09 PM

Kansas senior LB Jake Love retired from football for medical reasons.

Between Love hanging up the cleats and the dismissals of running back Corey Avery and wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, Kansas has had a rough week. Love's loss figures to be the most painful for new coach David Beaty. Last season, he had 53 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss. This year, he was expected to pick up much of the slack left by the graduation of All-Big 12 performer Ben Heeney to the NFL. ESPN's Jake Trotter recently tweeted that Kansas could have the worst team in Big 12 history. Matching last year's 3-9 record would be a feat for Beaty.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 7:56 PM

Kansas has dismissed suspended junior WR Rodriguez Coleman.

Those who follow the program called Coleman the school's top returning receiver, but he had been held out of spring activities due to a violation of team rules. That incident has led to his dismissal.
Source: ESPN
Jun 10 - 1:16 PM

Kansas has officially dismissed suspended sophomore RB Corey Avery.

Avery's suspension began in the spring for a violation of undisclosed team rules. In his only season Avery led the team with 631 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Head coach David Beaty has a big challenge in front of him this season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 10 - 12:53 PM

JUCO transfer CB Brandon Stewart was Kansas' top CB in spring practices.

Stewart signed with the Jayhawks out of Trinity Valley CC (Texas). "Kansas might not find much success on the football field this fall, but a bright spot is that Stewart (6-0, 171) looks good," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He should help solidify the secondary: Both of Kansas' starting corners from last season were drafted earlier this month." Last season, Stewart posted three picks and 19 pass breakups.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 12:48 PM

Kansas senior LB Jake Love "plays sideline-to-sideline with the mentality and motor that stands out on tape," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Similar to (Ben) Heeney, he is short and doesn't look like much, but he plays sideline-to-sideline with the mentality and motor that stands out on tape. And his smarts and instincts are what stand out the most with Love, using his diagnose skills and quick first step to arrive at the ballcarrier with pop," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 214-pound Love lacks the ideal size and frame for the next level and will have to improve when shedding blocks. Despite his size, Love was productive for the Jayhawks, recording 53 tackles and 9.5 tackles for a loss. Brugler notes that Love "brings some scheme versatility and will be a key cog of coordinator Clint Bowen's defense."
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 2:25 PM

Kansas redshirt senior Ben Goodman, Jr. has "athletic traits to operate in space," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Goodman has a tweener skill-set and can be overwhelmed at the point of attack, lacking the size or strength to overpower blockers and disengage. However, he does have athletic traits to operate and space, using his quickness and range to make plays when not hung up on blocks," Brugler wrote. The Kansas prospect started every game in 2014 at strong end, recording 21 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. The two-year starter is one of the few senior starters on the Jayhawks defense.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 2:05 PM

Kansas QBs Michael Cummings and Montell Cozart are competing for the starting job.

Cummings (a senior) replaced Cozart (junior) as starter in Week 6 last year. "You'll have to ask coach (David) Beaty that," Cummings said when asked about the competition. "But I'm focusing on one thing a day, trying to get better at one thing every day. Little things add up to the big picture." Beaty and offensive coordinator Rob Likens also figure to allow freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis in on the race. "I only have one child, so I wouldn't know this," Likens said. "But I hear you could have two kids, you love 'em both the same but they're completely different, their attitudes and all that stuff. At the quarterback position, the No. 1 thing at the end of the day is did you manage the game well?"
May 13 - 10:01 PM

Former Missouri redshirt sophomore OL Harneet Gill transferred to Kansas.

The former three-star recruit, graded as the No. 70 offensive tackle in the country when he came out in 2013, is actually coming by way of the JUCO level. He left Missouri in 2013 and played last season at a state of Washington community college. "The thing that probably stood out are the people in there," Gill said. "The coaching staff is new and coach [David] Beaty is from Texas A&M, and coach Yenser is from Cal and those are good programs. Every recruit looks for security in a staff and I liked the excitement that I see in the program." Gill is eligible to play immediately.
May 6 - 7:55 PM

Kansas redshirt senior QB Michael Cummings will need left knee surgery following an injury sustained in the spring game.

Cummings was wearing a non-contact jersey, but a "freak accident" led to the injury after being hit low on a play. There is no word on how long Cummings will be out. He started seven games in 2014 and was, by all accounts, the leader to start the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 6 - 11:17 AM

Dolphins signed Kansas WR Nigel King.

King (6'2/214) spent one season at KU after transferring from Maryland, tallying 29 catches for 518 yards (17.9 YPR) and one TD before surprisingly turning pro. He showed plus athleticism at the Jayhawks' Pro Day, running 4.54/4.56 with a 39 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Although his limited track record of production is an obvious concern, King is big with good movement skills and strong hands. He'll be someone to monitor from afar.
May 4 - 7:57 PM

Raiders selected Kansas CB Dexter McDonald with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

McDonald started 24 games over the last two seasons. The corner is big for the position at 6'0/203 lbs but ran in the 4.4s at that size. McDonald's journey had its stumbles, as he left Kansas in 2012, spent a year in community college, then returned to Kansas in 2013. He is depth on the Raiders roster.
May 2 - 6:09 PM

Eagles selected Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Shepherd (5'11/199) converted from wideout to corner as a junior and emerged as an elite college cover man as a senior, earning first-team All-Big 12, ranking third nationally in pass breakups (19), and intercepting three passes. He had the lowest "burn rate" (32.9 percent) among draft-eligible cornerbacks in 2014. Although Shepherd was a legitimate shutdown corner in the Big 12, his ability to transition to the NFL is a major question mark. He is undersized, speed deficient (4.65/4.68), and a matador as a tackler, hindering Shepherd's projection to slot corner.
May 2 - 4:24 PM

Raiders selected Kansas LB Ben Heeney with the No. 140 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Heeney (6'0/231) was a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2014, finishing his career with 35.5 tackles for loss and four INTs. He showed terrific athleticism at the Combine, running 4.59 with a 10-foot broad jump and recording top times in the shuttle and cone drills. Heeney is undersized and gambled too often in college, but shows the requisite movement skills to hold up in pass coverage and is willing to get physical. He projects best as a rangy "run-and-hit" outside linebacker in a 4-3.
May 2 - 1:55 PM


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