Class-by-class scholarship breakdown for Kansas football

Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson sweeps aside an obstacle during spring football practice on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Counting scholarships in college football is somewhat of a moving target. Asked a few weeks ago how many scholarship players Kansas has on the roster, coach David Beaty said 84, but that total counted walk-ons given scholarship because KU wasn’t at its limit of 85.

Tallying how many players originally came to the program on scholarship is a better measure of a team’s scholarship numbers. Beaty declined to reveal how many such players Kansas has. The best guess, not counting dismissed players LaQuvionte Gonzalez and Maciah Long, is 67, a figure that includes unofficially suspended right tackle Charles Baldwin and nickel back Derrick Neal. It also includes running back Octavius Matthews, whose heart-test results ended his football career and potentially saved his life, and Denzell Evans, who suffered a career-ending injury during training camp.

Part of the scholarship shortage can be attributed to recruiting too many transfers from four-year schools and junior colleges, instead of sticking to his original plan of bringing in huge high school classes every year. Transfers, such as quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis, guard Aaron Garza and tight end Jace Sternberger, also have thinned the ranks.

An educated guess at the players who originally came to Kansas on scholarship,:

Freshmen (17): Shola Ayinde, Earl Bostick, Jay Dineen, Joseph Gilbertson, Quan Hampton, Chris Hughes, Kyron Johnson, Liam Jones, Travis Jordan, Ian Peterson, Dru Prox, Tyriek Starks, Kenyon Tabor, Kyle Thompson, Robert Topps III, Dom Williams, Takulve Williams.

Sophomores (18): Hakeem Adeniji, Isaiah Bean, Julian Chandler, Daylon Charlot, Malik Clark, Hasan Defense, Cam Durley, Evan Fairs, Antione Frazier, Chase Harrell, Khalil Herbert, Mike Lee, Kyle Mayberry, Clyde McCauley III, Shaq Richmond, Carter Stanley, Bryce Torneden, Andru Tovi.

Juniors (24): Dorance Armstrong, Charles Baldwin, Peyton Bender, Jeremiah Booker, Jacob Bragg, Antonio Cole, Joe Dineen, Josh Ehambe, Denzel Feaster, Isi Holani, J.J. Holmes, Larry Hughes, Kerr Johnson, Taylor Martin, Octavius Matthews, Willie McCaleb, Tyrone Miller, Emmanuel Moore, Osaze Ogbebor, Tyler Patrick, Keyshaun Simmons, Steven Sims, Shakial Taylor, Daniel Wise.

Seniors (8): Kellen Ash, Jacky Dezir, Denzell Evans, DeeIsaac Davis, Zach Hannon, Bobby Hartzog, Ben Johnson, Jayson Rhodes.