KU Football

Pro day standout Dexter McDonald goes to Oakland in Round 7

Dexter McDonald sat in his family’s Kansas City, Missouri, home Saturday watching the NFL Draft for the third day in a row.The cornerback from Kansas University didn’t start second-guessing himself necessarily as round Nos. 4 through 6 went by, but he ceded during Round 7 to the notion he ...

Offseason hamstring issues hurt JaCorey Shepherd’s draft stock

JaCorey Shepherd knew if he watched the NFL Draft, the anticipation alone would give him fits.So when the Kansas University cornerback arrived back in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas, he decided the family would kick back, instead of focusing on his big moment. Dominoes, spoons, Yahtzee — you ...

Fiery Ben Heeney calms down once Raiders draft him

The more Ben Heeney watched the NFL Draft at his parents’ Overland Park home Saturday, the more his irritation grew.The linebacker from Kansas University couldn’t help himself. Between the time he spent this offseason training in Florida, his involvement in the East-West Shrine Game and his ...

Raiders draft KU’s Dexter McDonald in final round

Only 14 picks remained in the entire seven-round NFL Draft Saturday when Kansas University cornerback Dexter McDonald finally heard his name called.The Oakland Raiders, who earlier in the day, in Round 5, selected KU’s Ben Heeney, made McDonald the 25th pick of the seventh round and the third ...

JaCorey Shepherd picked by Philadelphia in 6th round

JaCorey Shepherd began his Kansas University football career as a wide receiver, but he’ll enter the NFL as a cornerback after turning heads in the secondary during his final three seasons for KU.Philadelphia made the 5-foot-11 defensive back the 15th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft ...

Oakland selects Kansas LB Ben Heeney in 5th round

A starting linebacker in his final three seasons at Kansas University, Ben Heeney learned what his NFL future holds Saturday, when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the fourth pick of the fifth round, in the NFL Draft.A First-team All-Big 12 selection in his final season with the Jayhawks, ...

Heeney taking different approach to workouts

When the image of former Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney working out comes to mind, one might expect a lot of grunting, screaming, sweating and swearing.And while most of that vision proved true during his days as a Jayhawk, the workouts Heeney has done in the past couple of months have ...

Former South Carolina LB announces intentions to join KU football

For the second time in two days, a former SEC player has decided to relocate to the Big 12 and play for Kansas University.Less than 24 hours after former Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez tweeted out his plans to make KU his new college football home, former South Carolina ...

Michael Cummings to have surgery on left knee

Kansas University football players, coaches and fans held their collective breaths Saturday at Memorial Stadium when senior quarterback Michael Cummings took a helmet to his left knee after taking off downfield in the first half of KU’s spring game.The 5-foot-10 signal-caller from Killeen, ...

Spring over, Beaty turns attention to recruiting — especially in-state

Now that first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his staff have completed their first spring season, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail.Beaty said Saturday, following KU’s spring game at Memorial Stadium, the next few weeks will prove crucial for the future of the ...

Column: Here’s a look at seven KU football newbies to watch

As many as 40 new players, including walk-ons, could join the Kansas University football program in June, when summer school and summer conditioning start. Once practices resume, coaches hope a number of them will surprise with their level of maturity, game-readiness and talent.Others who ...

Former Texas A&M WR says he’s headed to Kansas

This past Monday, Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez took to Twitter to announce he was leaving the program to pursue his college football career elsewhere.Less than a week later, the 5-foot-10 former Aggie returned to social media to tweet his decision Sunday night: “I have ...

Spring game nets KU receiver Braylon Royal

A cavalcade of Kansas University football recruits and commitments watched Saturday’s spring game at Memorial Stadium, and before the big weekend concluded for the Jayhawks, one of those undecided high school players in attendance told KU’s coaches he plans to make Lawrence his future ...

Bryan Sperry, 89, steals show in alumni flag football game

Prior to Saturday's spring football game, Kansas University had about 40 alumni take the field for a flag football contest. While most participants weren’t too far removed from their glory days, it was a Kansas standout from 1946-48 who stole the show.Wearing his blue No. 28 jersey with khaki ...

Notebook: David Beaty brings back Kansas greats

While Saturday’s Kansas University spring football game served as a reminder of the uphill climb ahead for new coach David Beaty and his staff, the days leading up to the exhibition also featured examples of attainable success.Several former KU standouts migrated back to Lawrence this week as ...

Jayhawks’ productive spring ends with plenty left to accomplish

Shortly after the conclusion of Kansas University’s annual spring game, head coach David Beaty showed up for his news conference with the same bounce and energy he takes with him everywhere. But even the most optimistic person in the room didn’t try to paint a false picture of the Blue ...

Column: ‘Uncertain’ future ahead for KU football

Oh well, at least nothing was falling from the sky during the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game. Yet, plenty else was falling, including the sky itself. The big black cloud that hovered over the stadium seemed appropriate.Other falling objects: The starting quarterback, ...

KU to play it ‘very basic’ at spring game

The annual Kansas University football spring game has provided KU fans an opportunity to get a fresh look at the team the Jayhawks will put on the field each fall.While that certainly will be the case at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium in terms of personnel, style of play and effort and ...

Beaty reaching out to students

As part of his ongoing quest to bring the Kansas University student body and the KU football team closer together, first-year head coach David Beaty plans to spend some time competing with those outside of the program.From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Beaty will be on the lawn of Watson ...

Who are these guys? KU wideout corps unknown for now

The 2015 Kansas University wide receivers are a pretty anonymous group. And position coach Klint Kubiak expects it to stay that way.At least for a while.See, Kubiak, who played college football at Colorado State, spent some time in the Washington Redskins’ training camp and grew up with a ...