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JaCorey Shepherd learning, growing as a corner with Eagles

Benton Smith

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

Benton Smith

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'

Benton Smith

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

Benton Smith

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 ...

Cheick Diallo might be the next great Kansas big man

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/28/290669/ Meet Cheick Diallo. He’s 6-foot-9, 220 pounds. He was MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game and co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic. And he just might be the next great big man at Kansas. http://twitter.com/cheick_diallo13/status/593144374495576064 Originally from Mali, the five-star post player turned himself into one of the nation’s ...

Kenny Perry keeps KU football coaches relaxed in midst of challenging overhaul

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/24/288958/ Kansas offensive coordinator Rob Likens walked into his office at Anderson Family Football Complex in early April and found an unexpected gift of sorts waiting for him. There, placed on a shelf sometime in Likens’ absence, sat a framed photograph of KU’s co-defensive coordinator, Kenny Perry. This would have ...

Bill Self better off at Kansas than with home-state Oklahoma City Thunder

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/07/284685/ The Oklahoma City Thunder has a coaching vacancy. Cue the wild speculation. [Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported][1] Wednesday afternoon the small-market NBA franchise not too far from Lawrence, Kansas, decided to get rid of head coach Scott Brooks. So don’t be too surprised if rumors start swirling about the Thunder ...

Despite tumultuous season, Cliff Alexander remembers time at KU fondly

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/14/286892/ Like fellow one-and-done Jayhawk Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander won’t have a press conference to discuss [his decision to leave early and enter the NBA Draft][1]. An NCAA investigation into his eligibility that forced KU to keep Alexander off the court for the final eight games ...

KU's Elite Eight loss to VCU comes up on Shaka Smart's first day at Texas

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2011/mar/27/kansas-v-vcu/81965/ Shaka Smart, whose 2011 VCU Rams [busted onto the college hoops scene by toppling No. 1 seed Kansas][1] on the way to the Final Four, didn’t flee for the first big-name university to call him up once he became a hot coaching commodity. He stuck it out in Richmond, ...

Clint Bowen details what's in store for KU's defense this spring

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/nov/01/281517/ Kansas football assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen knows this spring will be critical in the overall development of the 2015 Jayhawks, even if there are more things on his to-do list than can possibly be accomplished for a young, rebuilding unit. After going through just four ...

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