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Kansas HC David Beaty indicated that the team's quarterback competition will not be settled until after August camp has commenced.

Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis will compete for the starting job once preseason work proper gets underway. Willis permanently took over for Cozart midway through the 2015 campaign after the latter suffered a season-crumpling shoulder injury. Willis finished the season having compiled 1,719 passing yards (52.1% completions) with an 8/10 TD/INT ratio. This competition will sort itself out over the next month or so, but for what it is worth, Beaty said that Cozart had a "phenomenal" showing this spring.
Jul 20 - 2:59 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell wrote that according to one NFL GM, Kansas senior S Fish Smithson "really jumped out [on film]."

The GM indicated to Campbell that he was excited to watch Smithson's development in 2016. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 201-pounder earned All-Big 12 second-team honors on the strength of a conference-leading 111 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Campbell's GM is not on an island in believing that NFL success could be in the cards for Smithson when all is said and done -- ESPN's Brandon Chatmon issued a similar sentiment earlier this offseason.
Jul 5 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes Kansas senior S Fish Smithson "could easily follow in the footsteps of guys like Chris Harris and Ben Heeney as Jayhawks who have gone on to productive NFL careers."

Smithson led the Big 12 Conference with 111 total tackles as a junior and also led the NCAA in solo tackles with 7.9 per game (ranked No. 13 in total tackles at 10.1 per game). Presumably because he plays for Kansas, that Herculean showing garnered mere Second Team All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Smithson has everyone's attention now, even if he's playing for a team that hasn't won a game since 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 7:09 PM

Four-star 2017 CB Michael Lee committed to Kansas.

Lee took to Twitter to make his announcement, writing, "After discussing my options with my brothers, family and my coaches, I have decided to announce that in the next 3 to 4 years I would be taking my talent to Kansas." It's a nice snag for the Jayhawks, who netted the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder in the face of offers from the likes of Miami, Cal, Missouri and Tennessee. The Louisiana native stands as Kansas' eighth commitment for the 2017 cycle. He is actually the second player from Louisiana to commit to Kansas -- the influence of new RB coach Tony Hull, who spent the last nine years coaching high school football at Warren Easton in New Orleans.
Jun 11 - 4:17 PM

Arkansas graduate RB Denzell Evans transferred to Kansas.

Evans initially planned to transfer to SMU, but apparently he got one look at Kansas' depth chart and booked the next flight for Lawrence. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder describes himself as a one-cut runner with great hands. He's eligible to play immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Source: KU Sports
Jun 7 - 6:32 PM

Kansas junior WR Darious Crawley will transfer.

Crawley had 244 receiving yards last season. He exited the spring buried on the depth chart, however. While Kansas is thin across the roster, it isn't at receiver. Former Texas A&M receiver Laquvionte Gonzalez figures to be Ryan Willis' No. 1 target and Kansas returns Shakiem Barbel, Steven Sims, Tyler Patrick, and Bobby Hartzog.
Jun 3 - 8:16 PM

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

Arkansas graduate RB Denzell Evans transferred to SMU.

Evans will have two years of eligibility remaining after he joins the Mustangs. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder saw action in 15 games with the Razorbacks, though his role consisted mostly of special teams work. He finished his time with Arkansas having rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 12:11 PM

Arkansas graduate RB Denzell Evans will transfer.

Evans, the rare graduate transfer with two years eligibility remaining, figures to get some love in college football's version of free agency. The former three-star recruit had only 84 yards on 13 carries during his Razorbacks' career.
May 6 - 10:24 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


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