KU Football

Jayhawks add juco offensive lineman to 2016 class

The Kansas University football program picked up its second oral commitment in the Class of 2016 on Monday night, when Snow College offensive lineman Joe Malanga pledged his services to the Jayhawks.According to a report from JayhawkSlant.com, Malanga, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound sophomore-to-be who ...

Ex-Jayhawk Shepherd grateful for pro chance

All JaCorey Shepherd wanted was a chance.When the defensive back from Kansas University didn’t hear his name called until the sixth round of the NFL Draft last weekend, he made up his mind right then. Yes, Shepherd wanted to get picked before Philadelphia selected him 191st overall. But, no, ...

Lions’ Bledsoe open-minded about college destination

Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd has a new nightly routine these days. He picks up his phone to call up lineman Amani Bledsoe and talk about the junior’s schedule for the coming day.Tuesday night, Wedd reminded the 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end that coaches from Oregon, Iowa, ...

KU football picks up another offensive lineman

Former Missouri commitment, Harneet Gill, an offensive tackle from Pierce College in Los Angeles, has committed to the Jayhawks, JayhawkSlant.com reported Tuesday night.Gill, who is expected to be eligible to play immediately, paid his own way to visit KU during the recent spring game.The ...

Simmons gets Seahawks tryout

Victor Simmons became the 11th Kansas University player to move on to the professional football ranks as he earned a rookie mini-camp invite with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday afternoon.Simmons, an Olathe native, saw action at safety, nickelback and buck during his four seasons at KU. As a ...

Ex-Kansas TE Jordan Shelley-Smith gaining weight, reps on OL

A year ago, Kansas University football player Jordan Shelley-Smith was a 248-pound tight end preparing for his third season in the KU program.Today, he’s on the verge of joining the 300-pound club — he actually spent a couple of days at 302 but since has dipped back down to 297 — and ...

Heeney: KU’s football struggles hurt draft stock

When 139 college football players — including 18 linebackers — heard their names called in the 2015 NFL Draft before Ben Heeney did, the first-team All-Big 12 linebacker from Kansas University began to wonder why he was still available in the fifth round Saturday.It wasn’t hubris that ...

Jayhawks land NFL deals

Although only three Kansas University football products heard their names called during the NFL Draft on Saturday, a number of their fellow Jayhawks signed free-agent deals in the hours that followed.Wide receiver Nigel King, who left KU early after his junior season to turn pro, reached an ...

Pro day standout Dexter McDonald goes to Oakland in Round 7

Dexter McDonald sat in his family’s Kansas City, Missouri, home Saturday watching the NFL Draft for the third day in a row.The cornerback from Kansas University didn’t start second-guessing himself necessarily as round Nos. 4 through 6 went by, but he ceded during Round 7 to the notion he ...

Offseason hamstring issues hurt JaCorey Shepherd’s draft stock

JaCorey Shepherd knew if he watched the NFL Draft, the anticipation alone would give him fits.So when the Kansas University cornerback arrived back in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas, he decided the family would kick back, instead of focusing on his big moment. Dominoes, spoons, Yahtzee — you ...

Fiery Ben Heeney calms down once Raiders draft him

The more Ben Heeney watched the NFL Draft at his parents’ Overland Park home Saturday, the more his irritation grew.The linebacker from Kansas University couldn’t help himself. Between the time he spent this offseason training in Florida, his involvement in the East-West Shrine Game and his ...

Raiders draft KU’s Dexter McDonald in final round

Only 14 picks remained in the entire seven-round NFL Draft Saturday when Kansas University cornerback Dexter McDonald finally heard his name called.The Oakland Raiders, who earlier in the day, in Round 5, selected KU’s Ben Heeney, made McDonald the 25th pick of the seventh round and the third ...

JaCorey Shepherd picked by Philadelphia in 6th round

JaCorey Shepherd began his Kansas University football career as a wide receiver, but he’ll enter the NFL as a cornerback after turning heads in the secondary during his final three seasons for KU.Philadelphia made the 5-foot-11 defensive back the 15th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft ...

Oakland selects Kansas LB Ben Heeney in 5th round

A starting linebacker in his final three seasons at Kansas University, Ben Heeney learned what his NFL future holds Saturday, when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the fourth pick of the fifth round, in the NFL Draft.A First-team All-Big 12 selection in his final season with the Jayhawks, ...

Heeney taking different approach to workouts

When the image of former Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney working out comes to mind, one might expect a lot of grunting, screaming, sweating and swearing.And while most of that vision proved true during his days as a Jayhawk, the workouts Heeney has done in the past couple of months have ...

Former South Carolina LB announces intentions to join KU football

For the second time in two days, a former SEC player has decided to relocate to the Big 12 and play for Kansas University.Less than 24 hours after former Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez tweeted out his plans to make KU his new college football home, former South Carolina ...

Michael Cummings to have surgery on left knee

Kansas University football players, coaches and fans held their collective breaths Saturday at Memorial Stadium when senior quarterback Michael Cummings took a helmet to his left knee after taking off downfield in the first half of KU’s spring game.The 5-foot-10 signal-caller from Killeen, ...

Spring over, Beaty turns attention to recruiting — especially in-state

Now that first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his staff have completed their first spring season, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail.Beaty said Saturday, following KU’s spring game at Memorial Stadium, the next few weeks will prove crucial for the future of the ...

Column: Here’s a look at seven KU football newbies to watch

As many as 40 new players, including walk-ons, could join the Kansas University football program in June, when summer school and summer conditioning start. Once practices resume, coaches hope a number of them will surprise with their level of maturity, game-readiness and talent.Others who ...

Former Texas A&M WR says he’s headed to Kansas

This past Monday, Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez took to Twitter to announce he was leaving the program to pursue his college football career elsewhere.Less than a week later, the 5-foot-10 former Aggie returned to social media to tweet his decision Sunday night: “I have ...