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Getting to know Ohio football

Bobby Nightengale

Under former Nebraska coach Frank Solich, Ohio’s football program has finished with a winning record for the past seven seasons, including five years with at least eight wins. The Bobcats have similar expectations this season, voted to finish second in the MAC East preseason poll, but they were upset by ...

KU defensive end Dorance Armstrong not 'one-trick' player anymore

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/aug/06/309667/ When the Kansas football team takes the field for the first time this season on Saturday night against Rhode Island, expect to see a new-and-improved Dorance Armstrong Jr. When head coach David Beaty describes the sophomore defensive end as a “big rascal,” he isn’t joking. Listed at 225 pounds ...

KU football unveils 'insane' new locker room

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/aug/29/310001/ Just in time for the first game week of the season, Kansas football players on Sunday evening got to check out the team’s refurbished locker room for the first time. Throughout preseason camp, the Jayhawks had to stay out of the space on the ground floor of Anderson Family ...

Bill Self told KU football players they can build something special

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/19/305124/ At the beginning of the month, when the Kansas football team reported to Lawrence for preseason camp, David Beaty invited another head coach on campus to give the Jayhawks a pep talk. [Behind closed doors, KU basketball coach Bill Self][1] didn’t gloss over the football program’s struggles. He instead ...

Former LSU receiver Tyron Johnson has KU connection

Benton Smith

This is a strange new world for Kansas football. Former Alabama players are transferring to play for the Jayhawks. Like THE Alabama. Not South Alabama. Not Alabama-Birmingham. The Alabama with Nick Saban and all those national championships. First, former ’Bama receiver [Daylon Charlot][1] announced his intentions to move on to ...

Piecing together KU football's preseason progress thus far

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/aug/08/309700/ The Kansas football team is now a week into its preseason camp. How do the Jayhawks, who went 0-12 a year ago, look? Let’s try to piece some clues together. Second-year head coach David Beaty, his assistants and the players meet with media for interviews a couple times a ...

Perry Ellis talks NBA Summer League experience and his future

Benton Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZj1GgH8TA After spending a few weeks in early July playing for the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team, former Kansas basketball star Perry Ellis describes how his first few months as a professional have been different than his college experience. “It’s different, you know,” Ellis says. “Everybody’s fighting for a ...

Healthy JaCorey Shepherd enters Eagles training camp inexperienced, but well educated

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jul/26/309499/ It’s been close to 20 months since JaCorey Shepherd last played in a football game. Yet the former Kansas defensive back feels more prepared than ever as he embarks on the first true season of his professional career. Poised to start as a rookie nickel corner for Philadelphia last ...

Behind the scenes at Big 12 Media Days with Joe Dineen

Benton Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcMCCCXVmN4 Lawrence native Joe Dineen, who grew up watching Kansas football, represented his hometown program in Dallas at Big 12 Football Media Days this week. Dineen, a junior linebacker, took pride in wearing a Jayhawk lapel pin on his suit and talking KU football with sports reporters from around the ...

Wayne Selden Jr. trying to move past disappointment of going undrafted

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/10/304528/ Projected as a mid- to late-second-round pick after leaving Kansas a year early to enter the NBA Draft, Wayne Selden Jr. remained mostly silent in the days following what had to be a disappointing night for the 21-year-old guard, who watched from afar as 60 other players realized their ...

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