WRITER: Zac Boyer

Devin Neal to in-state recruits considering Kansas: 'Don't be afraid to take risks'

Devin Neal always knew he wanted to be different. The Lawrence High graduate grew up watching the Kansas football team struggle year after year but his interest never wavered. When he was extended a scholarship by former coach Les Miles during his junior season and accepted it in March 2020, it was only natural that he'd take it. What Neal didn't know at the time was just how different his decision would be. ...

Kansas football coaches to players after wave of high-profile additions: 'Everything is earned here'

As wave after wave of new players joined the Kansas football team in recent months, many of whom have significant experience playing at other Power 5 programs, defensive coordinator Brian Borland's messaging to those who remained has been consistent. "Make it so that I have to play you," Borland has told them. Such a challenge may be easier issued than heeded, especially because those who were recruited over ...

Kansas begins answering biggest questions in first week of football training camp

The Kansas football team has completed its first portion of its preseason training camp and will take the day off Saturday before beginning another four-day stretch. Between in-person observation and discussions with coach Lance Leipold, offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki, defensive coordinator Brian Borland and several players, several of the main questions surrounding the Jayhawks are starting to be ...

Kansas QB recruiting target set to make college decision next week

One high school quarterback who has caught the eye of Kansas' coaching staff has said he will share his college decision next week. Kasen Weisman, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star quarterback from Douglasville, Georgia, plans to make his announcement on Thursday. Kansas offered him a scholarship in mid-February, and he has received scholarship offers from more than 30 schools, including Cal, Colorado State, ...

New Kansas linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill participates in first practice after transfer

Kansas defensive coordinator Brian Borland said Thursday that linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill's transfer from Louisiana will provide the Jayhawks with an accomplished player at a position that could have benefited from the addition of someone with considerable experience. McCaskill, who participated in practice for the first time on Thursday morning, is a 6-foot, 220-pound sixth-year senior from Detroit who was ...

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels: Starting can 'show more people what I'm able to do'

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels said that being named the starting quarterback by coach Lance Leipold won't affect his preparation throughout preseason training camp. Leipold said Tuesday morning, after the Jayhawks completed their first practice, that he expects Daniels to be the starting quarterback for the season opener against Tennessee Tech at home on Sept. 2. Daniels, a junior, finished last season in ...

Regardless of role, Kansas' Jason Bean focused on 'moving in the right direction'

By all accounts, Jason Bean was productive throughout six weeks of spring practice, continued to develop on his own during the summer months and had a crisp opening session of preseason training camp on Tuesday. That Kansas coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday he still expected junior Jalon Daniels to be the starting quarterback for the season opener on Sept. 2 against Tennessee Tech doesn't faze him. "It kind of ...

Kansas coach Lance Leipold expects quarterback Jalon Daniels to start in Week 1

Kansas coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday that he is planning for Jalon Daniels to be the starting quarterback when the season opens — a role that has seemed likely for Daniels since the final month of last season. Daniels, a junior, has been battling fifth-year senior Jason Bean in a competition that appears to be one in name only. "If you want to type right now, 'Leipold expects Daniels to be the starter,' ...

Jalon Daniels can 'learn and grow' as Kansas' quarterback as training camp opens

Jalon Daniels knows the challenges he faces. He also believes he knows how to overcome them. As Kansas prepares to open its preseason training camp Tuesday morning, exactly one month before its season opener against Tennessee Tech, Daniels will be in line to take many of the first-team reps at quarterback. "I definitely feel more comfortable," Daniels said last month at Big 12 football media days. Coach Lance ...

KU football notebook: Daniels befriends South Florida freshman, Neal an admirer of Deuce Vaughn

Quarterback Jalon Daniels' attempt to form a bond with each of his Kansas teammates led to a seemingly unlikely friendship developing over the summer. Daniels, the junior from greater Los Angeles, has grown close with cornerback Brian Dilworth, a freshman from South Florida. "I was cool with him on his visit when he came to KU, but since he came to Kansas, me and him have been like road dogs," Daniels said ...

Lance Leipold's second Kansas team to feature Big 12-high 19 transfers

It wasn't until late in October that Kansas coach Lance Leipold realized the Jayhawks needed to get older. Leipold, who was hired the previous April, had too many challenges to confront during his first several months on the job to recognize what it meant to have a team full of underclassmen. The solution? The transfer portal. Since the end of last season, Kansas has added 19 players who spent last season ...

As others look for more wins, Kansas football coach Lance Leipold continues to emphasize importance of establishing solid foundation

Despite the perception of improvement during the offseason and a newfound belief in the program's ability to compete, any measures of the Kansas football team's progress this season aren't likely to be seen in the standings. That doesn't deter coach Lance Leipold — or any of his players, who remain committed to the project of trying to turn the woebegone program around. "I think what we're really saying is, ...

KU's Kenny Logan Jr. named to another preseason watch list

Senior safety Kenny Logan Jr. was named Thursday to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which honors the most versatile player in major college football. Logan had 113 tackles last season, the most of any safety in a Power 5 conference, as well as one interception and two forced fumbles. He also returned 15 kickoffs for an average of 27.9 yards while playing in all 12 games. Named to the All-Big 12 ...

New Jayhawk Bella Swedlund eager to contribute in Year 1 with KU women's team

There's a photo Bella Swedlund shares whenever anyone asks about her fondness for basketball. It's of her as a baby, during her first Easter, holding a bright orange ball instead of an egg. "I always tell people, 'That's kind of when it started,'" Swedlund said. "I fell in love with it pretty early." That love was tested through 5:30 a.m. workouts, countless weekends spent traveling the country for tournaments ...

KU safety Kenny Logan Jr. has lofty goal for interceptions in 2022

After a season in which Kansas' Kenny Logan Jr. led all safeties in Power 5 conferences with 113 tackles, he has his sights set higher as a senior. "I want to try to lead the NCAA in interceptions and try to lead the conference in interceptions," Logan said. Logan was reliable on the back end of the Jayhawks' defense last season, with only Kent State's Dean Clark, who had 116 tackles, finishing with more among ...

Big 12 honors Kansas' Ochai Agbaji as Male Athlete of the Year

Add one more honor to the list for Kansas' Ochai Agbaji. Agbaji was named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year on Monday afternoon following a season in which he helped the men's basketball team win the NCAA national championship. "What a great honor to be named this among all the athletes in the Big 12," Agbaji said in a statement. "It is humbling to be listed among Heisman Trophy winners, other national ...

Kansas coach Lance Leipold 'very impressed' by QB Jason Bean's development

Although much of the conversation about Kansas' quarterbacks centered on Jalon Daniels earlier this month during Big 12 football media days, coach Lance Leipold made it known that he's still looking forward to the preseason performance of Jason Bean. "Jason Bean has a lot better understanding (of the offense) and is doing a lot better than where he was last September, so I'm anxious to see him as well," Leipold ...

Kansas' Craig Young emerging as leader after transfer from Ohio State

Even though linebacker Craig Young only transferred to Kansas before the spring semester, safety Kenny Logan Jr. said he has already begun to take a leadership role on the team. Young, who played in 26 games over three seasons as a backup at Ohio State, is expected to be one of the Jayhawks' starting linebackers and at least compete to be their top nickelback. Logan, speaking last week at Big 12 football media ...

Kansas freshman QB Ethan Vasko already 'more than meets the eye'

Even though Ethan Vasko has only been at Kansas for a few informal offseason practice sessions, he has already impressed Jalon Daniels. Vasko, a freshman quarterback from Chesapeake, Virginia, has what Daniels called "a tremendous amount of athletic ability" last week at Big 12 football media days. Daniels said Vasko already has shown to his teammates that he should be able to handle playing in college. "It's ...

Kansas' Sevion Morrison should add 'really dynamic' talent to backfield

Even though Sevion Morrison and Adrian Martinez didn't share many snaps while they played together at Nebraska last season, Martinez always thought the running back had potential. After all, Morrison rushed for more than 5,000 yards while playing at Edison High in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was considered one of the top 250 high school players in the class of 2020 and often showed flashes of excellence that caught ...