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Coming off hot summer, Wayne Selden Jr. plans to be more effective scorer

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/13/294254/ After spending a good chunk of his summer preparing for the World University Games, in South Korea, and then leading Kansas/Team USA to a gold medal, Wayne Selden Jr.’s basketball journeys continued with a trip to the adidas Nations event, near Los Angeles, in early August. [It was there ...

'That's what's up': Ben Heeney goes for 8 tackles and sack in Raiders debut

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/aug/17/295486/ It wasn’t the regular season, so none of the stats count and everything that transpired will soon only register as footnote-worthy, but former Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney looked like he’ll fit in at the NFL level just fine in his preseason debut Friday night. Heeney led Oakland with eight ...

Montell Cozart impressed with freshman QBs Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/aug/06/295101/ When Montell Cozart arrived at Kansas in 2013, the true freshman didn’t have all the answers. Cozart had to figure out then-head coach Charlie Weis’s pro-style offense. For him, the transition was far from seamless, because the system wasn’t like the spread format he had success in at the ...

Devonté Graham projects as one of KU's all-time great point guards

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/31/286162/ From time to time during Devonté Graham’s freshman season at Kansas, the young point guard exhibited the shooting, passing and decision-making of a veteran. The 6-foot-2 lead guard from Raleigh, North Carolina, scored a team-high 14 points in his debut, came away with three steals against Florida in a ...

Seventh-round pick Dexter McDonald has unique opportunity in Oakland

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/27/292093/ Dexter McDonald’s life changed earlier this month, when Oakland snagged him in the final round of the 2015 NFL Draft. > “When I finally got the call it was > just a blessing,” McDonald said in a > profile posted on the Raiders’ > website. “It was a relief. ...

Examining the many offensive skills of future Jayhawk LaGerald Vick

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The more you hear about Kansas basketball commitment LaGerald Vick, the more impressive he seems. National analyst Eric Bossi of Rivals watched the 6-foot-5 guard from Memphis this past weekend in New York and came away [claiming Rivals.com needs to move his national ranking of No. 137 up “at least ...

JaCorey Shepherd learning, growing as a corner with Eagles

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/19/291752/ When JaCorey Shepherd arrived at Kansas four years ago as a wide receiver, his transition to college football included plenty of teaching moments. Now that the All-Big 12 cornerback is with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in the sixth round and this past week signed him to a ...

Ben Heeney's childhood goals included playing at KU and in the NFL

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/18/291727/ Back before Ben Heeney became a star football player at Hutchinson, or an All-BIg 12 linebacker at Kansas or a draft pick of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, he was just a 12-year-old kid who seriously loved football. In 2004, Heeney laid out his goals for becoming a football lifer ...

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio: Ben Heeney 'plays with his hair on fire'

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http://instagram.com/p/2Z8mzbOphl/ For the first time in his life, Hutchinson, Kansas native Ben Heeney is in California. The Bay Area is the former Kansas linebacker’s new home now, thanks to the Oakland Raiders, who took him in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Heeney thought heading into this past Saturday ...

Kansas O-line coach using Twitter to his advantage with video clips

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/14/290036/ Zach Yenser doesn’t claim to be on the cutting edge of social media usage, nor the inventor of some fantastic, never-before-seen concept. But Kansas University’s new offensive line coach and run-game coordinator knows what he likes and what works when it comes to using Twitter to his advantage. Of ...

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