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Pooka Williams speaks

Officially, freshman Kansas football players — even redshirt freshmen in their second season with the program — aren’t allowed to be interviewed by the media. So, unofficially (I guess?), here’s your first interview with KU freshman running back Pooka Williams. ESPN’s Holly Rowe, in ...

5 stats that popped from KU football’s loss at Baylor

In a turnover-free Big 12 opener at Baylor on Saturday, the Kansas football team put together too few highlights on either side of the ball to keep up with the Bears in a 26-7 defeat. One 90-yard scoring drive was the exception rather than the rule for KU’s offense, and the Jayhawks (2-2 ...

Freshman CB Corione Harris ‘workmanlike’ in 1st career start

No one figured it would take Corione Harris long to break into the starting lineup at Kansas. Still, the freshman cornerback from New Orleans might have even flew past some of his highest expectations. It only took Harris until the second game of his college football career to graduate from ...

‘Pass-first’ QB Miles Kendrick assesses his KU debut

During his first game wearing a Kansas football uniform, backup quarterback Miles Kendrick only got onto the turf for six snaps. The sophomore dual threat QB carried the ball twice, handed it off once and connected on two of his three throws during his cameo, which included a bit part on the ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 5, Alex Fontana

When the Kansas football team lost its presumed starting center for 2018, Mesa Ribordy, during the offseason due to retirement, it didn’t take much reflection to realize how dire a situation the Jayhawks would face if they didn’t find a worthy replacement. All one needed to do was recall ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 4, Khalil Herbert

Kansas football’s offensive coaches think they have three perfectly capable running backs , all effective in their own way and all viable threats to break open a drive with a big play. But junior Khalil Herbert just might prove to be the strongest and most complete back in the bunch. With ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 3, Joe Dineen

If you thought leading not only the Big 12 but all of FBS with 7.6 solo tackles per game or setting a Kansas football single-season record with 25.0 tackles for loss in 2017 would be enough to satisfy Joe Dineen, then you just don’t know Joe Dineen. A preseason All-Big 12 first-team ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 2, Steven Sims Jr.

Easily the skill player most feared by Kansas football opponents, senior receiver Steven Sims Jr. already ranks fifth in program history with 2,049 career receiving yards The dynamic 5-foot-10, 176-pound wideout from Houston also is third all-time at KU with 161 career receptions and tied for ...

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 1, Daniel Wise

To simply call Daniel Wise a returning starter, redshirt senior defensive tackle and Kansas football leader doesn’t really do him justice. A preseason first-team All-Big 12 choice, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Wise proved to be a force on the Jayhawks’ D-line in 2017, racking up 53 total ...

KU Kickoff 2018: How the Jayhawks could win 4 games — or more

*Earlier this week, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan officially made his win/loss prediction for the 2018 Kansas football team, [picking the Jayhawks to finish David Beaty's fourth season with a 3-9 record.][1] Clearly, that's not the only possibility for the Jayhawks, who, with a ...

The case for Miles Kendrick as KU’s starting QB

At some point between now and the season opener, Kansas football coaches will decide upon a starting quarterback. Maybe tomorrow. Perhaps the night before the Jayhawks’ Sept. 1 debut. Or, conceivably, they already have identified the man for the job and they’re keeping it under ...

Corione Harris ‘realistic’ option at CB for KU as true freshman

The closer the Kansas football team gets to its season opener, the more likely it seems fans who show up Sept. 1 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will get ample opportunities to watch freshman Corione Harris. One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in the program’s recent memory ...

Summer Svi: Lakers 2nd-rounder Mykhailiuk proving himself in Las Vegas

Some around the NBA may have found themselves caught a little off guard the past couple of weeks by the summer success of Los Angels Lakers second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk. L.A. assistant coach Miles Simon is not one of those people. After Mykhailiuk scored 15 points and the Lakers improved ...

Devonte’ Graham credits Bill Self for smooth transition to NBA

Since joining the Charlotte Hornets as a second-round draft pick, former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham has encountered, and been accountable for processing, loads of information. Learning how to best complement his new summer roster teammates and playing within new offensive and ...

Svi Mykhailiuk shows off shooting, athleticism in Lakers’ summer league debut

Svi Mykhailiuk arrived at the NBA Summer League ready to score. The Los Angeles Lakers’ second-round draft pick from Kansas put up 15 points and knocked down three of his 6 3-point attempts in his exhibition debut Monday night at the California Classic, in Sacramento, Calif. The smooth ...

2019 NBA mock drafts project Quentin Grimes as likely lottery pick

Considering the 2018 draft concluded only a little more than a week ago, it’s still difficult to picture second-round picks Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk playing in their respective new NBA uniforms instead of the University of Kansas jerseys and shorts they sported every time they hit ...

KU freshman David McCormack a ‘classic big’ who fits today’s modern game

As basketball has evolved into more of a floor-spacing, 3-point-friendly game over the course of the past several years, an increasing number of big men with frames both large and athletic enough to dominate the paint have relocated to the perimeter with the idea being they will better fit into ...