WRITER: Zac Boyer

Kansas' Trevor Wilson suspended indefinitely following assault charges; Tanaka Scott to miss 1 game

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold said Monday that wide receiver Trevor Wilson will remain suspended indefinitely following his arrest on charges of aggravated assault with use of a deadly weapon last week. Leipold, who was speaking with reporters for the first time since the incident, offered few other details on Wilson's status with the team, including his ability to attend meetings and practices. Wilson, ...

Kansas' Kobe Baynes receives waiver, is cleared to play following transfer from Louisville

Kobe Baynes, the offensive lineman who transferred to Kansas last week from Louisville, has had his request for eligibility approved by the NCAA and will be able to play for the Jayhawks this season. Coach Lance Leipold said Monday that Baynes, a 6-foot-4, 297-pound redshirt sophomore, is able to play guard or tackle. He was listed as the backup right tackle on Louisville's depth chart prior to the start of ...

Unconventional wisdom: In splitting D-line coaching, Kansas hopes for better results

Taylor Riggins was still acclimating to the demands of playing college football at Buffalo in 2018 when a slight change was made in the structure of the coaching staff. No longer would the defensive line be overseen by just one assistant coach. Instead, two people would handle those responsibilities, one to work with the defensive tackles and another with the defensive ends. Riggins, who was a redshirt ...

'If we're closer, we're better': Detroit quintet reunites, gives Kansas drive to succeed

Kalon Gervin remembers being kindergarten-aged when his mother finally had enough of all of the roughhousing. Gervin and Lorenzo McCaskill, close friends who grew up across the street, loved playing outdoors. One day, Gervin's mother, Djuna Payton, decided they should take their energy to a local football field, and it didn't long for the two boys to fall in love with the sport. They began playing for the ...

Dominick Puni's 'big gamble' to join Kansas from Division II already paying off

As Dominick Puni began searching for highlights to send to coaches following his decision to transfer from Central Missouri in January, it didn't take him long to realize how problematic doing that would be. After all, the Mules didn't play in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he appeared in just one full game last season, a Week 1 loss to Pitt State, before he tore the MCL in his left knee. Puni ...

Kansas' Daniel Hishaw Jr., Torry Locklin state cases for opportunities on offense

Daniel Hishaw Jr. spent last season recovering from a hip injury that prevented him from being able to play for Kansas. Torry Locklin dislocated an ankle and missed the Jayhawks' final three games. Despite the additions of two highly regarded running backs in Ky Thomas and Sevion Morrison, as well as the emergence last season of Devin Neal, Hishaw and Locklin have been determined to make sure they're not ...

Kansas loses out on feel-good moments by keeping football scholarship talks private

When Kansas redshirt sophomores Jared Casey and wide receiver Quentin Skinner were awarded scholarships by coach Lance Leipold in the spring, they were told of the decisions in straightforward conversations without hoopla and pizzazz. Casey, a tight end, received word of his in Leipold's office in late April. Skinner, a wide receiver, was told of his via phone call after he had already left campus for the ...

Former Kansas QB Miles Kendrick named starter at New Mexico

Former Kansas quarterback Miles Kendrick has been named the starting quarterback at New Mexico, coach Danny Gonzales said Monday morning. Kendrick, a sixth-year senior from Morgan Hill, California, beat out redshirt freshman CJ Montes and sophomore Justin Holaday, a transfer from Fresno City College, to earn the role. The Lobos open their season at home on Sept. 3 against Maine, followed by consecutive ...

Coaching, offense fuel ex-Louisville O-lineman Kobe Baynes’ transfer to Kansas

Former Louisville offensive lineman Kobe Baynes has found a new home at Kansas. Baynes, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound right tackle from Jacksonville, Florida, committed to play for the Jayhawks on Monday, less than a week after deciding to leave the Cardinals and just four days after receiving a scholarship offer from coach Lance Leipold. "I didn't want to wait until December and waste a year of eligibility," Baynes ...

Kansas wraps up training camp with open practice; focus shifts to Week 1

The conclusion of the Saturday morning practice inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium means something important to the Kansas football team. Training camp has ended, and it's time to get ready for the season opener. "You put all this work in, especially from January to now, and you get close to what you're doing it all for," coach Lance Leipold said following the practice, a 90-minute affair that was held ...

'The reality of life': Kansas football analyst Oscar Rodriguez Jr. channels positivity after twice surviving cancer

Oscar Rodriguez Jr. was given less than a 15% chance of survival and was undergoing chemotherapy in a room typically reserved for hospice care. Despite the long odds, all he wanted to do was focus on the positives. It was late 2014, and the longtime football coach considered his surroundings. He had been diagnosed with testicular cancer a second time after having battled it nearly two years earlier. A heavy ...

Season of struggles leads Kansas kicker Jacob Borcila to change approach

Kansas kicker Jacob Borcila is hoping that a physical transformation over the summer will lead to a change in mental approach come this season. Borcila, a redshirt junior, made just nine of his 15 field goal attempts last season, the worst success rate in the Big 12 among full-time kickers. That followed a redshirt freshman season in which he made six of his nine attempts. Understanding that what he had been ...

Keeping Jason Bean at QB may be Kansas' best option for offensive success

It was an enticing thought in the early winter, one conceived in the wake of Jalon Daniels' emergence over Kansas' final three games last season. Could Jason Bean find a home on the field at a position other than quarterback? Bean has attributes that stand out among his teammates and beyond those required at his position. The redshirt senior is widely considered one of the Jayhawks' fastest players, at ...

Safety Marvin Grant Jr.'s physical approach will strengthen Kansas' defense

As Marvin Grant Jr. began acclimating himself to the specifics and intricacies of Kansas' defense this summer, he started to recognize parallels between what the Jayhawks run and what he did at Purdue. If Grant can duplicate what he was able to accomplish with the Boilermakers last season, he'll prove to be a quality addition. Grant, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt junior safety, may have the highest profile of ...

Players' versatility, comfort key as Kansas identifies best O-line combinations

Michael Ford Jr. knows how to snap a football. He also insisted that he didn't say that simply because it's what's expected of him as an offensive lineman at Kansas. "I wouldn't say it's hard," Ford said. "It just takes some reps, takes some getting comfortable in the position. I would just say it's different." Ford, a redshirt sophomore, hasn't lined up as a center for any significant amount of time. What ...

Kansas football depth chart projection: Who is standing out for the Jayhawks?

The Kansas football team wrapped up its second week of preseason training camp on Monday and has a little over two weeks remaining until it plays Tennessee Tech in the season opener at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2. As such, what the team will look like in coach Lance Leipold's second year is beginning to take shape. Some roles are evident and others are in flux, and several will continue to ...

After late-season heroics, Kansas tight end Jared Casey earns scholarship

Kansas redshirt sophomore tight end Jared Casey said Saturday that he is now on scholarship following a successful season that included the winning two-point conversion reception in overtime against Texas. Casey, from Plainville, enrolled at Kansas in 2020. He played in nine of the Jayhawks' 12 games last season, primarily on special teams, before assuming a more prominent role on offense in the final three ...

Kansas' Lonnie Phelps Jr. eager for introduction to fans — and Big 12 quarterbacks

Lonnie Phelps Jr. can recall the exact moment when he felt at home at Kansas. It was January, not more than a week into the spring semester, when the defensive end was recognized on campus. The fans didn't just know Phelps plays football. They knew his full name and that he had just joined the Jayhawks following a transfer from Miami (Ohio). "That was just abnormal for me because when I was at Miami, I didn't ...

After trusting coaches, Taiwan Berryhill becomes Kansas' 'most improved' linebacker

Kansas linebackers coach Chris Simpson didn't hesitate when asked for an assessment on the development of junior Taiwan Berryhill. "Most improved in the room, period," Simpson said Wednesday. "It's not even close, in my opinion." Berryhill played in all 12 games for the Jayhawks last season, started four of them and finished with 31 tackles. Three of those starts were in the first three games, though he played ...

QB Kasen Weisman commits to Kansas, wants to 'build something' with Jayhawks

Kasen Weisman, a quarterback and high school senior from Douglasville, Georgia, said Thursday he has committed to play football at Kansas. Weisman, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound dual-threat prospect, shared his decision at his school, South Paulding High, about 20 miles west of Atlanta. He's the only quarterback in what is now a nine-player recruiting class for Kansas and holds more than 30 scholarship offers, ...