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S KU ARRIVAL DELAYED

June 23, 1999

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Dylen Smith's arrival at Kansas University will be delayed nearly a month.

Smith, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback from Santa Monica (Calif.) Community College, learned this week he was three classes short of becoming eligible to play this fall at KU.

So, he'll take three classes at Santa Monica CC this summer and will try to report to Kansas just before the Aug. 2 start of fall practices.

"I already have my degree," Smith said Tuesday. "But they told me late I have to have 35 percent of my major, so I'll have to go to summer school. I need three more classes to be eligible. It's disappointing. I was hoping to come earlier so I could work with the receivers."

Smith said he had hoped to report to KU by July 7. Instead, he now hopes to make it to Lawrence in the last week of July.

Kansas will hold its orientation session for newcomers on Aug. 2, and full practices will begin on Aug. 6 in preparation for the Jayhawks' season-opener on Aug. 28 against Notre Dame in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

"I'll still be there in time for two-a-days," Smith said. "So that's good. Getting to know the receivers is the most difficult part. But I have a playbook I've been going over. I compared the KU playbook to the (Santa Monica CC) playbook, and there are a lot of similarities, a lot of the same formations and terminology. So it shouldn't be hard to learn the offense."

Smith also has been following a workout prescribed by Kansas' strength staff.

"The one I'd been doing wasn't tough at all," Smith said. "We really didn't do anything. Now I'm doing a lot more running and a lot more weights. I feel stronger already."

Smith passed for 2,890 yards and 25 touchdowns last season and 5,100 yards and 44 TDs in his Santa Monica CC career. An all-state and all-league selection, Smith also earned honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore.

-- Andrew Hartsock's phone number is 832-7216. His e-mail address is ahartsock@ljworld.com.

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