WRITER: Henry Greenstein

KU coaches as confident as ever playing Locklin in multiple positions

When Torry Locklin first committed to Kansas, he was a lefty dual threat quarterback, a two-star prospect as assessed by Rivals and the 18th addition to David Beaty’s class of 2018. A grayshirt season, four years and two coaching changes later, Locklin is still in Lawrence as a running back, wide receiver, special teamer and whatever else offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki needs him to be in the madcap ...

KU alumni hope stadium rebuild will secure football program's national position

Chris Harris Jr. said he remembers when, as a student at Kansas, he was looking forward to upcoming renovations to the school’s football stadium. That was in 2007, when Harris was a true freshman on the Jayhawks’ football team that won the Orange Bowl. Fast forward 16 years, and Harris, now a 12-year NFL veteran and four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, was on hand at the Jayhawk Welcome Center on Tuesday to see ...

KU women's basketball closes European trip with win in Greece

Freshman guard S'Mya Nichols led Kansas in scoring for the second consecutive exhibition game, center Danai Papadopoulou scored 14 points back in her native Greece, and Laia Conesa and Nadira Eltayeb each put up double-doubles as the KU women's basketball team beat Greek Select 108-52 on Sunday. The Jayhawks outrebounded Greek Select by a staggering 59-22 margin and used that dominance on the boards to build ...

KU football drawing on team effort to muster pass rush

In describing defensive end Austin Booker, any animal metaphor will do. His position coach Taiwo Onatolu calls the 6-foot-6, 245-pound lineman a "baby deer." "He can really open up and run," Onatolu said Monday. "So a guy that long that can change direction in (a) small area and still has that short-area quickness, that’s hard to find.” Teammate Hayden Hatcher opts for a less elegant reference point: the ...

KU wide receivers training to get the most out of every catch

As Kansas wide receivers coach Terry Samuel describes it, when a young receiver catches the ball, he's often so relieved that he ran the right route, and so shocked that it actually paid off, that he rarely knows what to do next. KU's receiving corps isn't quite that young anymore. The Jayhawks return a whopping seven of their top eight receivers from last season. Already possessing a firm grasp of the ...

KU linebackers' ability to slot into various spots will be key to group

It’s not out of the question, in a linebacker room led by position coach Chris Simpson, that a No. 4 player coming off the bench, “a utility guy that I could bounce around and get guys off the field" as Simpson puts it, could earn more snaps than one of his three starters. Simpson certainly saw it happen when he was working under head coach Lance Leipold at Buffalo. And the way this year’s position group ...