KU Football

KU linebacker Ben Heeney to throw out first pitch at Sunday’s Royals game

Led by senior linebacker Ben Heeney tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, Sunday will mark “KU Night at the K” for the Kansas University football program and the Kansas City Royals. Heeney, a Hutchinson native dubbed "Captain Heeney" by the KU athletic department, will be joined at the ...

Lewandowski recalls defensive roots

From time to time at Kansas University football practice, senior left offensive tackle Pat Lewandowski looks in Buddy Wyatt’s direction and tells Wyatt, KU’s defensive-line coach, he knows exactly what’s coming.Some of the calls Wyatt makes haven’t changed since Lewandowski’s days as ...

Column: KISS and tell: Ex-Jayhawk Joe Mortensen relishes TV role

He owes his very existence to KISS, so it’s no surprise that Joe Mortensen withstood punishing hits on behalf of the quirky rock band.Mortensen played football for the LA KISS of the Arena Football League in the spring and appears on TV on Tuesdays in a worth-watching reality show. The third ...

Kansas senior Victor Simmons at home at ‘buck’

It’s a good thing Victor Simmons does not fear change, because the Kansas University senior has experienced nothing but transition since joining the program.Wouldn’t you know it? After 61 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a team-leading three forced fumbles in 2013, this past offseason brought another ...

Column: Running backs’ lost carries might be least of Kansas’ worries

Free State High football coach Bob Lisher listed qualities he liked about Joe Dineen as a running back during his junior season when he raised one interesting point that could apply to others.“He’s elusive, yet he’s strong,” Lisher said of Dineen, who moved from a safety and red-shirt ...

Jayhawks turning former liability into strength

During the first few months of Charlie Weis’ initial season back in 2012, the new Kansas University football coach and several of his assistants often stressed the need for improved speed.As the Jayhawks prepare to head into Weis’ third season, it appears that team speed has become more of ...

Column: Kansas assistant AD Grant helped Tiger, Seals

Murphy Grant, Kansas University assistant athletic director for sports medicine, was at a rehabilitation institute in Las Vegas, explaining to the client the aquatic exercise program he had designed for him.“Everything I put together was questioned: ‘Why would you do this? What’s the ...

KU football fans asked to vote on opening-game uniforms

Don’t expect Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to spend any time on his phone texting his vote for which of three uniform combinations the Jayhawks will wear Sept. 6 in their home opener against Southeast Missouri State.“I just want to win football games,” he said. “I really ...

At pep rally, Weis won’t utter B-word

Prairie Village ? Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis didn’t have to use the words “bowl game” to fire up a parking lot full of crimson-and-blue-clad supporters Friday evening at Corinth Square.He let the fans at the KU Kickoff event dissect his rallying points and read between ...

Column: Kansas junior RB De’Andre Mann plays for family

Sometimes athletes wear an assigned number. Others ask for a specific number because of what it means to them.De’Andre Mann, either No. 1 or No. 2 on the depth chart at running back in the wake of injuries to seniors Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox, wears No. 23, and it has nothing to do with ...

KU freshman RB Corey Avery relishes ‘Superman’ alter ego

It was a screen pass. A 99-yard touchdown. The longest score in Dallas Carter High’s storied history.And it was one of the highlights that inspired a nickname that both stuck for the next two seasons and provided an injection of confidence for a player who already had a ton of talent. You may ...

Column: Dineen follows family tradition

It seems as if a guy who rushed for 431 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 4.5 yards per carry for Kansas University as a senior ought to be asked about his own running prowess at least once every half-century. Ron Oelschlager isn’t holding his breath waiting for that to happen.Fifty ...

Heeney, Harwell, Sendish named Jayhawks’ captains

Flanked by senior teammates Nick Harwell and Cassius Sendish at the Mrkonic Auditorium podium in the Anderson Family Football Complex, Kansas University senior Ben Heeney was introduced Wednesday as the Jayhawks’ first repeat captain since Toben Opurum in 2011-12.Heeney, a linebacker from ...

Column: Tackle knows Cozart’s health critical

An athlete carrying a football is as susceptible to injury as just about any performer in any sport. Losing senior running backs Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox for the season reminded us of that.So it becomes more important now than ever for quarterback Montell Cozart, a big-play threat as a ...

RBs Brandon Bourbon, Taylor Cox to miss 2014 KU football season

What once was a position of strength for the Kansas University football team quickly has transformed into one of the team's least experienced units.KU coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday night that senior running backs Brandon Bourbon (torn ACL) and Taylor Cox (torn Achilles' tendon) both will ...

Kansas moves tight end Shelley-Smith to tackle

Monday’s Kansas University football practice produced the first significant position change of the 2014 season.Third-year sophomore Jordan Shelley-Smith, a tight end from Waco, Texas, spent Monday working with the offensive line, and it looks as if the shift is permanent.Shelley-Smith wore ...

Column: Thin blue line: Kansas better, but building O-lines takes time

In Major League Baseball, a shoddy pitching rotation is the snowflake that gains steam through the course of a season and turns into a lethal avalanche.By August, bullpens are worn out, sore arms crop up all over the place, and the team fades into oblivion.Teams with solid starting rotations ...

Fan-tastic: Spectators get glimpse of Jayhawks

The 11th practice of Kansas University’s preseason football camp featured a little different element than the 10 that came before it: fans.Saturday was Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium, and despite an early threat of inclement weather, between 500 and 1,000 KU football supporters ...

KU football Fan Appreciation Day, open practice still on

Today's Fan Appreciation Day and open practice for the Kansas University football program will go on as scheduled. The rain that moved through the area overnight cleared out in time for things to proceed as planned. The practice will run from 1:30-4:15 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and will be open ...

Grand plan: KU wideout Nigel King working way up depth chart

Maybe it’s his experience, maturity or veteran status, but former Maryland and current Kansas University wide receiver Nigel King already has figured out a plan for the 2014 season.“If I learn everything quickly, I can play faster,” King said Friday during his first meeting with the local ...